Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

glorySet in 1830, the tale follows Jamie, the son of a plantation owner and his slave Belle, characters from the Kitchen House, the author’s first book.

Henry, an escaped slave in hiding, helps homeless Jamie when he arrives in Philadelphia.

Confusion, truth and lies are at the heart of Jamie’s existence as he passes for white. The road he takes brings him to wealth and prestige but he is uncomfortable with the role he plays in society.

Jamie is compelled to assist Henry in finding his son Pan who has disappeared. They fear Pan is kidnapped and sold into slavery. At the same time Jamie is torn because if he goes south someone may recognize him as an escaped slave. His fears are warranted. Thus begins an escape from North Carolina through the Great Dismal Swamp. The bravery of the Underground Railroad conductors, both black and white are brought to life in the escape.

Especially compelling is Sukey, another slave from the Kitchen House, who tells her story about being sold over and again with resignation, sadness and strength. In the end, she takes control over the helplessness of the life she leads.

It is interesting to think about what attitudes have changed or have not changed in our country during the last 200 years.

If you enjoyed the Kitchen House you are bound to enjoy this story as well.

 

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The Charm Bracelet

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The Charm Bracelet written by Viola Shipman will jangle your interest right away! If you are a fan of authors Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery or local author Lori Nelson Spielman you may enjoy this work by a Michigan-based author.

Charming and sweet, the book is not only a story of 3 women but it is a message that no matter how old, your dreams should not be neglected.

The story begins in Chicago with mother Arden and daughter Lauren who for various reasons are not living their lives the way they wish. Both of them have put their dreams on hold.

Grandmother Lolly, who is very independent in her 70’s and lives in an adorable old cabin on an inland lake in a small town near Lake Michigan, hints to them that she would like them to visit. They go, intrigued and somewhat concerned because it is unlike her to ask.

There she enlightens her daughter and granddaughter on the meaning of the charms in her bracelet by passing down stories from her own time growing up on the lake. These lessons are sweet and lead to the women reflecting on their own lives.

After a long winter, the setting of early summer Michigan is pleasant to read. The tale flows smoothly and gently like soft tears. Don’t be surprised if you find a few of your own while reading this story.

In the end, this book is about challenging your fears, discovering your passions and finding the strength to follow your dreams. I think you may enjoy it.

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HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: A WINDOW OPENS

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What happens to a family when the major breadwinner has a melt down?  In A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan, Alice Pearse’s husband becomes so angry when he learns he will not make partner at his law firm that he throws a laptop across the room.  When he decides to open his own law practice, Alice needs to go to work full time.  Her new job is at a company that hopes to revolutionize bookstores across the country.  Although she is reasonably competent, she has not fully embraced advancing technology.  Scroll is a company that will only stock ebooks which mildly dismays Alice.  She struggles to keep up with younger colleagues, trying to understand why they wouldn’t love the solid feel of a physical book.  She is exhausted by trying to combine a parent’s duties with working in an environment that is so challenging.  When an even greater change is planned at Scroll, Alice needs to decide what her future will be.  This novel is exhausting to read as it follows how difficult life is for Alice.  In ways it may be a mother’s worst nightmare.

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Literary Foodies: The Queen of Hearts’ Strawberry Tarts

Literary Foodies IS a recipe club that meets once a month on the last Wednesday evening of the month BUT this isn’t any ordinary recipe club.  This culinary club focuses on fantastic foods from fiction.  Participants create a dish inspired by their favorite book, author or character and bring their fictitious feast, along with a recipe, to share and discuss with other foodies.    Visit the Library’s Events Calendar for the next meet-ups times and registration information and in the meantime enjoy this recipe provided by literary foodie Jennet.

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“The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,

All on a summer day:

The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts

And took them quite away!”

~Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

1 Cup flour
pinch of salt
orange zest (optional)
2 Tbls  butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
2 Tbls vegetable shortening
2 Tbls cold water

A jar of quality strawberry jam or preserves

Begin by making the pastry. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Cut the butter and shortening into the flour or use the tips of your fingers, lifting it up as you go to aerate the flour somewhat. Be careful not to over mix, the flour should be crumbly. Add the cold water all at once and stir with a fork. Blend quickly until the mixture clings together in a ball, leaving the sides of the bowl clean. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead just a couple of times, lightly, to make a smooth, stiff dough. Let rest in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before using.

Preheat the oven to 400*F.

Roll the pastry out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into rounds with a sharp 3 inch cutter. Place the pastry rounds into the holes of muffin tin. Dollop heaped teaspoons of jam into the center of each shell.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the pastry has lightly browned and the jam is bubbling. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before eating.

Note –  You can use any kind of jam you want. queen-of-tarts

Get Help With Your New Device

Tech Connect

Need help mastering your new electronic device?
Want to learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks?
Have you been meaning to get started on Facebook or other social media sites?

No problem!

The Dewitt District Library offers One-2-One Tech Connect.  These private, 20 minute training sessions are FREE and can be tailored to meet your individual needs.

  • Tech topics may include:
  • Basic computer operation
  • Creating and sending emails
  • Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)
  • Navigating your tablet or e-reader
  • Downloading ebooks and audiobooks
  • Microsoft Office programs
  • Video chatting
  • How to find a job online
  • and much more

No matter your skill level our knowledgeable staff are here to help you plug-in, get connected, and learn the technologies of today.

Simply complete an online registration form or call the library at (517) 669-3156 and ask to set up an appointment.

The Book and Brew Club

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Join us Tuesday, March 31st for Book and Brew!  This brand new book club will meet at Reno’s North every other month, on the last Tuesday evening of the month, to celebrate and discuss the finer things…books and brews!  The first month will be a meet and greet to discuss format, reading interests, and to choose the first four book selections.

Reno’s North (located at 16460 Old US 27 Lansing, MI) is a family friendly restaurant and sports bar with an impressive 40+ brews on tap.  Their full menu includes some of Michigan’s finest beers and a selection of entrees crafted with Michigan made ingredients!  While many may purchase a brew or two, it is certainly not required!

Registration is not required, but recommended for this first meet-up so we can be sure to have enough seats at the table.

Confused About The Affordable Healthcare Act? The Library Can Help!

Become informed about the Affordable Health Care Act and what it means for you.   Attend a free workshop at the DeWitt District Library on Thursday, October 17th at 6 pm.

Presentation will address such questions as:

  • What are the top 10 changes I need to know about?
  • When is this all taking place?
  • How much will the new insurance cost?
  • Will I qualify for the health insurance premium subsidies?
  • What is the penalty if I don’t purchase insurance?
  • Does my employer need to offer me insurance?
  • Will my Medicare deduction change?

Lee Brown, Senior Benefits Advisor for Insurance Market Advisors of Okemos will lead the workshop and present information on options as well as additional resources.   Registration is requested.