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Warner Library serves Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Visit your own local library and see what gems you can unearth.

Zombie Ate My Cupcake (2013-11-22 001)Title: A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!: 25 Delicious Cupcake Recipes

Author: Lily Vanilli [AKA Lily Jones]; starring Paul Parker

Publication Information: London, New York: Cico Books, 2010

ISBN: 978-1908862068

Library of Congress Classification: TX771

Dewey Decimal Classification: 641

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Cupcakes
Cake decorating
Halloween cooking

This is a little book with a lot of recipes for cupcakes—cupcakes for the dead! Seriously, it’s got some interesting ideas on making and decorating cupcakes with a spooky theme.

There are some clever cupcake recipes in here. The Blood-Stained Brains (p. 47) looked like an actual human brain, and the Bleeding Hearts (p. 53) actually looked like real hearts. (No Valentine’s Day-shaped hearts here.) The Devil’s Food Cupcake (p. 57) was clever: it had horns sticking out on either side!

I really liked the Rainbow Cupcakes (p. 49 & 51), which were colorful and could be used for any parties needing a little color. The Day of the Dead Skull Cupcakes (p. 8 and cover) were really nice. They looked like the stylized, decorated skulls used in the Day of the Dead celebrations. These skulls are everywhere, and not just limited to the Day of the Dead. Recently I’ve seen one as an ornament for a tree, which I was tempted to buy.

I’m one of those people who love looking at photos of food and the ingredients, so the color pictures of the various cupcakes and their recipes got me thinking. I would try and substitute some of the ingredients used in the decorations. Marzipan is used in some of the decorating. For example, Sweeny Todd’s Surprise, which looked like a pie only with a finger sticking out. That finger was made of marzipan.

I’ve never understood marzipan. I know that it’s used in decorating, and it allows for some very interesting creations, but it either has no taste or tastes bad. If eating it isn’t going to be pleasurable, what’s the point of using it on a cupcake or cake? Sorry, in my book aesthetics are always sacrificed for yumminess.

The Black Roses Cupcakes (p. 36) had the roses made out of gum paste. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted gum paste, but I was wondering if roses made of buttercream icing would work just as well? Experimenting, at least for me, is part of the fun.

Books like this spark creativity, which is always a good thing.

Look What’s in the Warner Library!

Warner Library serves Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Visit your own local library and see what gems you can unearth

(2013-09-22 001Title: Voyage of the Iceberg: the Story of the Iceberg that Sank the Titanic

Author: Richard Brown

Publication Information: New York: Beaufort Books, 1983

ISBN: 0-825-301-874 (i.e. 978-0-82530-187-2)

Library of Congress Classification: GB2595

Dewey Decimal Classification: 551.34

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Icebergs
Arctic regions

I came across this book wandering in the library stacks. Having read it many years ago, I really liked it, so I decided to pass on my experience.

I used to describe this book as about the sinking of the Titanic from the iceberg’s point of view, but the Titanic plays a small part in the story. The book is about how an iceberg is created in the far north, only Brown selects the most famous iceberg in history to tell the story. Icebergs are created from calving in Greenland. The Atlantic currents carry them down the North American coast, passing Labrador and down to the Great Banks, where this iceberg encounters the Titanic.

As the iceberg travels, we are told what the iceberg “sees” going on along the shore. Cultures, animals, explorers–and some history–is what we learn about as the iceberg travels down to its encounter with fame–er, imfamy. It’s history of the area as well as natural history which, if you like to learn new things, you will find this book of interest.

The book is only 152 pages. Some might not like it, but it is an easy read, and I thought it was a hoot.

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Warner Library serves Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. There’s a big browsing section of what new books the library bought.

004Title: A New New Testament: a Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts

Editor and Commentator: Hal Taussig

Publication Information: Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-547-79210-1

Library of Congress Classification: BS2361.3

Dewey Decimal Classification: 225.52

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Bible. New Testament—Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Christian literature, Early—History and criticism

Usually I pass right by religious texts, but this one gave me pause and I ended up taking it out.

A New New Testament: a Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts is the traditional New Testament supplemented with ten added works from early Christianity not included in the traditional canon.

Hal Taussig, the editor and commentator, chaired a group of scholars who sat down and decided which ancient texts to add. (Their short bios are included.) Several, like The Gospel of Mary (probably Magdalene) and The Gospel of Thomas, were “lost” until recently discovered, many coming from the Nag Hammadi Library, found outside the Egyptian village in 1945. (Appendix 2 lists the books in each codex.) Of these, several manuscripts may now exist, copied at different times with subtle changes. Other texts, such as The Acts of Paul and Thecla, were never lost, just not included in the canon.

The Acts of Paul and Thecla is surprising. The revered St. Paul does not look so good in this work. He is seen as hesitant and negligent in his dealings with Thecla, a woman who wants to be baptized. Taking matters into her own hands, Thecla BAPTIZES HERSELF then PREACHES the gospels of Jesus to anyone who will listen, becoming a disciple.

No wonder the Christian writer Tertullian attacked this book in the 2nd century. Throughout this book, Thecla is seen as a leader standing up to government authority and cultural biases, all the while maintaining her faith. Ironically, this book was popular throughout the Middle Ages and was viewed as an appropriate reading for women and missionaries.

Taussig refuses to use the term “Christianity” because no one is sure when this term came into existence. Instead, he calls the early Jesus people “Christ movements,” plural because there were many different belief systems in existence early-on. I taught a politics and religion class at Purchase College, the State University of New York, in 2001 and I used the term “Christianities,” but the meaning is the same. There were many different versions of Christianity with radically different views of Jesus and God.

What we have today is Pauline Christianity, that version of Christianity which St. Paul taught and endorsed: Jesus as God, the Trinity, etc. This version of Christianity was adopted by Emperor Constantine; henceforth, all other Christianities were now viewed as heretical. The three major branches of Christianity (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant) and any splinter groups are Pauline Christianity.

There is so much here. Each book, including those in the traditional New Testament, is introduced by Taussig. He includes a short bibliography at the end of every entry. The book also has: an overall introduction; Q&A on typical things asked about the New Testament; a companion section, consisting of nearly 100 pages of research; a bibliography; and subject and scripture indices.

Look What’s New at the Warner Library!

Warner Library serves Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. There’s a big browsing section of what new books the library bought. This book I happened to come across and was happy that I did.

003Title: 101 Classic Toy Trains: Best of the Postwar Years

Author: Roger Carp

Publication Information: Waukesha, Wis.: Kalmbach Books, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-87116-410-0

Library of Congress Classification: TF197

Dewey Decimal Classification: 625.19

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Railroads—Models—History
Railroads—Models—Collectors and collecting
Models and modelmaking—History

This book is fun.

With all color pictures, Carp lists the 101 best trains and accessories (in his opinion) that have been released in the postwar period. Though Lionel trains dominate the entries, there are other companies whose trains, like Gilbert and Marx, that make the list. Even Plasticville, known to anyone who has anything to do with toy trains, gets a plug as one of the best-created accessories. Each entry not only gives the history of the item being discussed, but some of the corporate history of the toy manufacturer that created it. Carp is the editor of Classic Toy Trains magazine, so he knows his facts.

If you love toy trains, this is the book for you.