Sunday, July 24, 2011

How to Make Money Using Etsy by Timothy Adam

In the book How to Make Money Using Etsy by Timothy Adam you will learn how to market your crafts online. 

Etsy is a website devoted to handmade crafts.  If you love what you make and the people around you tell you to get out and sell your stuff because it's so wonderful, then Etsy might be the right marketplace for you.  You don't have to go out in the weather and set up a tent or pay craft fair booth fees.

Besides all the good information on setting up your store, Mr. Adam gives you information on marketing techniques inside and outside of Etsy, ways to draw people to your stuff. 

In eight interviews with top sellers given at the end of the book, you will find out everything from time management to shipping tips.  Even photography techniques are discussed. 

This book is a foot-in-the-door for anyone who hopes to make a living selling their crafts.

Kathi Linz

The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss

The complete title is The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss.

Please note that the author does NOT have any intials behind his name.  He is not a doctor and makes no claims to being a medical professional.  What he does claim is that he has regular contact with sports people and coaches of all kinds.  These people, probably more so than doctors, are on the cutting edge of what works.

If you want to lose some weight, if you want to gain some muscle, if you want to increase your energy levels, this book will give you several ideas.  Some of the ideas will sound familiar, like vegetables and lean protein are good for weight loss.  Others might surprise you, like taking a cold shower will help you lose weight because the body has to work harder to get its temperature back up.

If you want some new ideas, this might be the book that will help you find a different way to get where you are going.

Kathi Linz

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Around the World In 80 Days by Jules Verne

At 11:00 AM, on Friday, July 15, the Fantastic Fictioneers (JCPL's Book Discussion Group) will talk about Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days.  Imagine "The Great Race" in 1872. Travel by rail, steamer, and elephant - yes, elephant - move our globe-trotting heros along.

Englishman Phileas Fogg, a wealthy, strong, silent type and his newly hired man-servant Passpartout are off on their adventures. A journey, not for sightseeing, studying foreign cultures, or enjoying local customs but on a bet.  Phileas Fogg has wagered 20,000 pounds (2.11 million in today's dollars) that traveling around the world could be accomplished in 80 days.

Mr. Fogg has the trip planned to the hour and he, along with Passpartout, set out on October 2, 1872. Their goal is to return to London by December 2, eighty days later. Unknown to Fogg, a Scotland Yard detective is following them. He believes Fogg matches the description of a London bank robber and is escaping the country with his haul from the bank.

Fogg, Passpartout, and the detective are met with adventures - or rather misadventures - that are dangerous, exciting, and often comical. Especially enjoyable is their journey across the United States including encounters with bison and Native Americans.

My only disappointment was that the travelers never used a hot air balloon. That means of transportation  was created by Hollywood in the 1956 movie adaption of Verne's book.

Enjoy the book! Learn about world customs, geography, and history. Get to know two of the most quirky characters in literature.

Jane Kaufman

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede

In August, the Fantastic Fictioneers will take on a nonfiction book called The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede.  It sounded like an interesting book, so I picked it up.

On 9-11, 2001, there were 4546 civilian aircraft over the United States and over 250 planes over the ocean when American airspace was shut down because of the attack on the World Trade Center.  Canada took in the international flights of which 38 planes landed in Gander, Newfoundland.  The town of about 10,000 people took in 6,595 passengers, housed, fed, and clothed them for 4 or 5 days. 

By the time the "plane people" got off their planes and went through customs with nothing but their carry-on luggage, they were bused to various area shelters, given clean sheets, towels and new toothbrushes, were fed, showered (often in residents' homes), and, in general, made to feel like they'd suddenly come home.

The book mainly tells the story of a few families/individuals and their experiences during what became a continental crisis.

I found out that 9/11 ripple effect had far-ranging effects.  I found out that there are still places in the world where people treat strangers like family.  It made me want to visit Newfoundland someday.

Kathi Linz

Around the Corner: Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

Sometimes a plain piece of knit or crochet can be transformed by a beautiful border.  The book Around the Corner: Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman shows how to join yarn to both knit and crochet pieces and figure out the correct number of stitches for straight places, corners, and curves.  A short section shows how to add crochet to woven cloth.

150 crocheted edging patterns go from simple to fancy with suggestions on color choices to make your work absolutely stunning.

I recommend this book for crocheters and for knitters who crochet enough to make finished edges.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Germans in Colonial Times

The Germans in Colonial Times. (1901) Lucy Forney Bittinger.

Determined to learn more about the folkways of the German and Swiss immigrants who probably included some of my ancestors in America, I purchased this book at a genealogy conference and took it with me to read while car maintenance was performed.

Most of my information these days arrives online as I graze points of particular interest, and I hoped this book on what sounds like a dry topic would hold my interest for an hour or so. As it turns out, I didn’t want to put it down. The next day I continued through it between chores, as unable to put it down for long as I would have been with a good mystery. 

People with the North Carolina ancestors so common in this area often don’t realize many of those Carolinians originated in the area of central Europe that became unified in 1871 as Germany. In some cases the ancestors migrated through Pennsylvania and traveled the Great Wagon Road south into the Alleghenies and the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.

Would I find clues in this book to help me locate immigrant ancestors? Certainly I found unexpected food for thought that no history class ever provided in such rich detail. The first chapter is “Conditions in Germany Which Led to Emigration.” 

The Germans who survived more than a century of warfare from the early 1500s through the 1600s lived in a ravaged, diseased environment. Bittinger details the hardships under kings and princes who denied prosperity and exacted harsh penalties for resistance to accepting their beliefs. She tells of Mennonites from Switzerland as well as the Palatines of the Rhineland, Moravians, Schwenkfelders, Dunkers, Brethren – all aliens among the English in the colonies.

Sea journeys also are described. Emigrants must have wondered if they had jumped from frying pan to fire!

“[T]he first emigration of Germans to America in 1683 was influenced by purely religious motives and not at all by social conditions,” Bittinger says. Later emigration starting about 1709 did relate to social conditions. A hard winter left areas with “ragged, miserable Germans” heading to the Low Countries, then England. While these countries had some sympathy for the refugees, they could ill afford the cost of taking care of them. 

What happens next is told in the stories of individuals and groups as they arrive also in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the southern colonies. Communities profiled as they develop include Germantown, Schoharie, Tulpehocken, Ephrata, Hagar’s Town, Shenandoah, Frederica, Purrysburg, Waldoboro, Orangeburg, Gnadenhutten and others. The narrative continues through the Revolutionary War with German connections to George Washington, Moll Pitcher and the Hessians. 

This book is indexed and has a chronology as well as a bibliography. It is held by some Evergreen Indiana libraries as well as the Indiana University Library at Bloomington. Full text of various editions also is available for free download online at,, and possibly other locations and can be viewed on Ancestry Library Edition or The search inside the book works better on some efiles than others. Let us know if you find this book helpful in your research.

- Charlotte