DRINKING WITH THE SAINTS: THE SINNER'S GUIDE TO A HOLY HAPPY HOUR -- one part bartender's guide, one part spiritual manual, with a dash of irreverance
Drinking With the Saints: The Sinner's Guide To a Holy Happy Hour by Michael P. Foley (2015, Regnery History; 487 pages)
Michael P. Foley, the author of Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour, is the son of an Irish-German father and a French-Canadian mother, so yes, he grew up taking both Catholicism and, according to his bio, drinking seriously. He even eventually became a Catholic theologian, married his wife Alexandra, got a job as an Associate Professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University, and had six kids along the way.
This book is fantastic fun, especially if you have any relation with the Catholic world or you are intrigued by the saints. The author offers the reader witty and imaginative instruction on the appropriate libations for the seasons, feasts, and saint´s day of the Church year. This is what you will find inside:
My only complaint is that there was not recipe on my Saint Day! Bummer.
Check out this video about Two Cocktails to Help You Celebrate St. John the Baptist:
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Recommended by: Maite
THE ARTIST'S LIBRARY -- a quirky, imaginative book that celebrates individuals' potential for creativity, and libraries as vital and vibrant community resources
The Artist's Library: A Field Guide by Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer (2014, Coffee House Press; 220 pages)
This is a book for bibliophiles. It is a book about all types of libraries: public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries, archives, special collections, special libraries, etc. And it is a book for artists, too. It is a book that combines both the love for books and libraries, and the need for creation and art-making. What is even better about it is that it is a product of the Library as Incubator Project - one of the most interesting novelties of the last few years in the library world, a Project that took over the Bubbler at Madison Public Library and shaped the vision described in the book: make the arts and art-making available to communities, sharing the experiences of artists, writers, performers, bloggers and, of course, librarians with library patrons.
From the introduction:
“Libraries have historically been places where people come to educate themselves-to expand their recreational reading, to learn how to do everything from start a new business to bake the perfect cupcake. More and more, libraries not only provide information in the form of books (physical and digital), media, and periodicals, but also in the form of workshops, classes, and other opportunities for hands-on learning. (…) At the Library as Incubator Project, we believe the library is a place to connect and create. (…) Creativity, like information, is free to everyone who steps into a library.”
This book is filled with inspirational ideas for anyone wanting to create using their library. You will read some inspiring artist's stories that suggest new ways you can use your library to increase productivity, inspire new work, and support a creative life.
The Artist’s Library is a delightful read.
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The Night Life of Trees by Gita Wolf, Durga Bai (artist), Bhajju Shyam (artist), and Ram Singh Urveti (artist) (2006, Tara Books; 48 pages)
This is one of those mysterious and charming volumes that live in our library shelves, waiting for someone to find it to fall in love with it forever. Recreated from original art by three of the finest artists of the silk-screened by hand tradition, every page of the book is an original gorgeous art print. Each painting is accompanied by text which invites the reader and viewer into the art and folklore of the Gond tribe in central India, where the practical, aesthetic and spiritual aspects of the natural world are inseparable.
You will find intricately drawn visions of trees, that for the Gonds -- traditional forest dwellers -- are central to life. During the day, trees work hard, providing shade, shelter and nourishment for all. But at night, when all the daytime visitors have left, the spirits in the trees reveal themselves. And it is these luminous spirits that are hauntingly captured in The Night Life of Trees.
A little bit about the three artists of the Gond tribe of central India that share the same art tradition and mythical cosmos, but who each have a distinctive style:
Bhaiju Shyam, author of The London Jungle Book, is one of the best-known artists of his tribe, marked out by his careful and intense canvases.
Durga Bai is a young woman artist who constantly reworks and pushes the borders of the Gond art form to create work that sparkles with a distinctive energy.
Ram Singh Urveti is a quiet and brilliant artist who many other Gond artists respect for his fine technique and sophistication.
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Recommended by: Maite