A quack is defined by Google.com as "a person who dishonestly claims to have special knowledge and skill in some field, typically in medicine." There are other words relating to a quack, such as humbug, charlatan, con artist, and swindler. Overall, anything recommended by a quack will not be useful. In fact, it may be quite dangerous. It may just take your life.
Most of the time, quacks lured in their victims by promising medical miracles. The cures themselves are so dubious that only the desperate would try them. However, the authors of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything suggest that quackery is not just about pure deception but, in fact, includes situations when people believe that what they're selling may actually be working. Some examples of common practices include the citizens of the Ottoman Empire eating clay to keep the plague away and the Victorians using mercury steam rooms to cure syphilis.
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Looking for some chills and thrills this holiday season? Check out these holiday mystery titles.
12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Book 1 in Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep
England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds. But is she walking into danger? (catalog summary)
Making bread from flour, yeast, water/milk and whatever else goes into your recipe is one of the most satisfying things a person of any age can learn, and there are so many good lessons for homeschooling, too. There’s measuring, of course, but there are a lot of little things that baking reinforces. Patience: it takes time for a loaf of bread to rise. An eye for detail: how do you know when the bread is mixed enough? When it's done? Sharing: whether you’re sharing an Amish or sourdough starter or a complete loaf of bread, sharing can be the best part of baking.
Even with all those good lessons, author Elizabeth Harbison and illustrator John Harbison go it one better by including a cheerful history of bread making in their book, Loaves of Fun: A History of Bread with Activities and Recipes from Around the World. You’ll learn how people across the world and across time have made their bread. They might use different kinds of flour. They might not even use yeast. But it’s all bread, made to be enjoyed—and shared.
Big Jim Hickory is a lumberjack.
Every day, he awakes next to a forest, in a little log cabin, and he completes his morning routine: Limbering-up exercises—it's very important to limber up if you're a lumberjack. Jim also has a hearty breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup before he sets out with his trusty ax and heads into the forest.
CHOP-CHOPPETY-CHOP! Jim's ax echoes at every tree he cuts.
This winter, you can take the chill off in Howell Branch's cozy living room setting, complete with fireplace, at the Fireside Concert Series, held on second Saturdays from 2:00-3:00.
The last time we saw historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce, they were solving a series of murders in the Boston area (Dying Breath & Dark Rites) with the FBI's paranormal team, the Krewe of Hunters. After the wrap-up of these cases, Vickie and Griffin are eager to begin their new life together in Virginia.
Now comes their next baffling case in Wicked Deeds, involving none other than the Master of Horror himself . . . Edgar Allan Poe.
Sometimes the holiday whirl at the big stores makes your living room seem like the most festive place of all. On a chilly night with a book in your hand or a classic film on the screen, you can relax and enjoy the holiday—after a visit to the library, of course, whether online or in person.
A Catered Thanksgiving: A Mystery With Recipes by Isis Crawford
The proprietors of A Little Taste of Heaven, their Longely, N.Y., catering company, prepare a Thanksgiving feast for Scrooge-like fireworks manufacturer Monty Field and his family at the Field mansion. When Monty comes into the kitchen to test the roasting turkey, Bernie and Libby watch in horror as Monty taps the pop-up button in the bird's breast and the turkey explodes, blowing off the top of his head. (catalog summary)
Celebrate the holidays with your family, friends, and neighbors at a library open house!
Stafford's Porter Branch starts the holiday fun with holiday crafts and activities for young and old, a visit from Santa, and a performance by Amyclae Dance Academy. And, what's a party without treats? We'll have yummy goodies provided by the Friends of the Library. Drop in and enjoy the festivities on Wednesday, December 6, anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 in the evening.