Bake from Scratch: Artisan Recipes for the Home Baker (Volume One)

Brian Hart Hoffman's Bake from Scratch: Artisan Recipes for the Home Baker, Volume One, is a big, beautiful cookbook full of those recipes. The ones people marvel over, not so much for their exquisite details as their perfectly satisfying and completely memorable tastes. My grandmother and great-grandmother were both known for their baking, and I've…
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Book Groups Give You a Shared Reading Experience

Books + friendship = book club —Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale, Magic Hour, and Firefly Lane Do you love books and want to meet others who feel the same way? CRRL sponsors several book groups that meet in our facilities. Fredericksburg, Porter, Salem Church, Cooper, Montross, Snow, and Howell branches all host book clubs. Other groups meet at…
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Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping the Civil War in Sudan by John Bul Dau and Martha Arual Akech

When you’re thirteen, it seems as though everything will be the same always, especially if you live in a traditional culture. For John Bul Dau, life with his large family and many friends as cattle keepers in the Dinka tribe was wonderful. The elders were wise and taught them what they needed to know to…
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