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Reuniting with a dear Friend

After an absesnce from the library for a bit, I'm now back and just as much in love as ever!  We're reunited!  (Hello, winter ;)
The library is ever so giving.  (Yes, sometimes I have to wait a bit for what I want, but I eventually get it.)  And all it asks in return is that I return my books/dvds/etc. by their due date for the next person to use.  Not so difficult.
Best relationship ever?

Lately here are some lovlies the Library has brought into my life:

Love Etc.
A cute little documentary that followed 4 or 5 different love stories and their very different relationships.

Main Street Vegan - Victoria Moran
helpful definitions provided at the beginning courtesy of Victoria:
vegan eats vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds, and delicious dishes made from them; they don't eat meat, fowl, fish, eggs, or dairy products; honey is left to individual discretion
there are health vegan and ethical vegan variations
vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat anybody who had a face.  That means no meat, poultry, or fish.  
You'll sometimes run into people who say, "I'm vegetarian, but I eat fish."  Somebody even coined the hyphenation peso-vegetarian, but that's a contradiction in terms.
Whew... she even had more confusing definitions than that, which I'm not going to include here.  Why all the labels?   
If you're even sort-of on the fence of becoming a vegan this book very well might push you over the edge.  She doesn't encourage vegetarianism.  Veganism is what she wants!  She presents her point in an interesting way. It's not one of those books with stat after stat.
I'd heard about locavores before.  I appreciate locavores & what they try to do.  She says "It's interesting to note that transportation accounts for only 10 percent of food's overall energy cost."  The way I look at it, every bit helps.
Pretty sure Ms. Victoria would enjoy this article about how Americans eat, even though the article's author isn't quite as direct.

The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
Wow!  He is such an intelligent writer and addresses SO MANY different societal issues!  I really wish I could read this book with a book club because they were just coming at me so quickly I didn't even digest half of them.  
Labeling (people) has been on my mind a lot lately and it was brought up in the book as well:
"I'm not anything," Denise said.  "I'm just me."
She wanted above all to be a private person, an independent individual.  She didn't want to belong to any group... She didn't want a label, she didn't want a lifestyle...

One Last Strike - Tony LaRussa
Did they think there no other Cardinals fans in Chicago?  They literally had two copies in all of Chicago Libraries.  When I reserved it I was sure I wouldn't see it for months (since so many other people would be reading it).  But I hoped and hoped.  And I never got it...
My dad got it for Christmas & let me read it, even before him!  
I loved it!  But to be fair if you don't love baseball, you probably won't enjoy it very much.

With my love of the library professed, I also need to acknowledge how much I love my local bookstore.  I swear every time I go in I could spend $100 if I didn't have any willpower.  I love it!


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