When you're done with canning & preserving for the year, but still have a ton of Mason jars lying around the house, check out this book. DIY Mason Jars: thirty five creative crafts & projects for the classic container can be enjoyed by both adults and older children. The book is divided into parts: In the Kitchen, Around the Home, Fun and Festivities and Useful Jars. The author also provides some basic information on Mason jars. Did you know that they been around since Napoleon? Some of the easier projects are a cheese shaker, Mason fabric frames and sprouting jars. Unique projects include Lidd-dle Pumpkin (made out of the screw bands) and Pendant Lighting. Save yourself some money by making your own Mason Jar straw tumbler instead of buying them at the store.
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EAA AirVenture has wrapped up for another year. Still have aviation on your mind. Try some of these books for our collection.
Warbirds: an illustrated guide to U.S. military aircraft, 1915-2000 by John Fredriksen
"In this book sized for the coffee table, Fredriksen provides portraits of 327 US warplanes, WW I to the present. Included are fighters, bombers, transports, flying boats, trainers, helicopters, reconnaissance aircraft, and several lesser-known types. Each entry includes one black-and-white photograph and provides information concerning physical dimensions (including weight), engines, performance, armament, and in many cases, pedigree." Choice Review
Lords of the Sky: fighter pilots and air combat, from the Red Baron to the F-17 by Dan Hampton
"The first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation--a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the Red Baron and his triplane in World War I to today's technologically expert flying warriors in supersonic jets."
Aircraft: the definitive visual history
"From the first prototypes of flying machines to today's supersonic jets, the history and roles of aircraft are explored in this beautifully illustrated guide. Planes are divided equally between military and commercial aircraft, and iconic aircraft of each era, such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Concorde, are showcased in beautifully photographed spreads with "virtual tours" that reveal the anatomy of these legendary planes."
50 Aircraft that Changed the World by Ron Dick
"50 of history's foremost planes with profiles of their pilots and designers. There's the Wright brothers' 1905 Flyer, along with the Douglas World Cruiser, De Havilland's Mosquito, the Messerschmitt Bf-109, the Boeing B-17, the P-51 Mustang, the Lockheed Constellation, the Learjet, and the Boeing jetliners, to name just a few. There are 300 engaging color and black-and-white photographs to delight aircraft buffs." Booklist
Viper Pilot: a memoir of air combat by Dan Hampton
"Hampton, one of America's most renowned fighter pilots-a retired, decorated Air Force lieutenant colonel-shares a brash and bold account of his 20 year military service in this fast-paced adventure memoir." Publishers Weekly
Heart of the Storm: my adventures as a helicopter rescue pilot and commander by Edward L. Fleming
"During his 30 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, Fleming made a career of descending from the sky to pluck disaster victims from the jaws of floods, storms, sharks and polar white-outs." Publishers Weekly
Apache Dawn: always outnumbered, never outgunned by Damien Lewis
"The dramatic story of two Apache attack helicopters in Afghanistan in this intense and sobering narrative. Lewis focuses on the four pilots of a single flight-identified by its radio call sign, Flight Ugly-of the British Army Air Corps's 622 Squadron as they deployed to Afghanistan's remote and rugged Helmand Province for a 100-day tour in the summer of 2007." Publishers Weekly
Are you waiting for a popular new title? You might like to try some similar reads while you're waiting.
While you're waiting for...The Vacationers by Ema Straub, You might also like these readable, character-driven stories that mix humor and drama in just the right proportion to create an immensely entertaining summer-time read.
Recently, I was in a Michigan library and they had a display of the 2014 Michigan Notable Books. Here's some of the titles that can be found in our catalog.
Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Link
"Poignant, irreverent, and hilarious: the memoir of a mother who, after ending her nineteen-year marriage, staves off a perpetually empty bank account and, with the help of her three young sons, saves her century-old farmhouse from foreclosure and reclaims her life. Bootstrapper is a story of motherhood and survival and self-discovery, of an indomitable woman who, against all the odds, holds on to what matters most"
Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
"An explosive exposé of Detroit, icon of America’s lost prosperity, from a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist. LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city. "Detroit" is an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer—and a black comic tale of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century."
Bluffton: my summers with Buster by Matt Phelan
A children's book. "The year is 1908, and a troupe of vaudeville performers has arrived in sleepy Muskegon, Michigan to spend the summer. Young Henry Harrison is fascinated with the animals and performers, but mostly with a slapstick performer his own age named Buster Keaton, who is also a master prankster and loves to play baseball."
The Bird : the life and legacy of Mark Fidrych by Doug Wilson
"The first biography of the eccentric pitcher, rookie All-Star starter, 70s pop icon, and first athlete on the cover of Rolling Stone. Mark Fidrych exploded onto the scene in the summer of 1976 with the Detroit Tigers, capturing the hearts of Americans from coast to coast. Lanky with a curly mop, a nickname born of his resemblance to Sesame Street’s Big Bird would only hint at the large personality that was about to take baseball in a new direction."
The River Swimmer : novellas by Jim Harrison
"Two novellas provide insight into the human condition as a sixty-year-old art history academic embarks on an unexpected journey of discovery and a young farm boy is drawn to the water of Lake Michigan as an escape."
Public speaking is scary for many people. In "Pitch Perfect: how to say it right the first time, every time," successful speaking coach Bill McGowan will help you avoid the common pitfalls and come out looking good, whether in a large group situation or chatting with a few people. Saying the right thing the right way can make the difference between sealing the deal or losing the account, advancing your career or suffering a demotion. In the book, McGowan lays out his Seven Principles of Persuasion including The Scorsese Principle, The No-Tailgating Principle and The Pasta-Sauce Principle.