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Notes by Richard Sumrall

[JUNE 30, 2004]  The children's summer reading program is in full swing at the Lincoln Public Library. Here are some hot new books for the grown-ups to enjoy:

"Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger." Helen Garabedian, Fireside Books, 2004, 236 pages.

One of the more intriguing infant care books to come on the market, the premise of "Itsy Bitsy Yoga" is simple: The ancient practice of yoga is a wonderful way for parents to bond with their infant children and improve baby's health. Complete with instructive photographs that depict the different yoga positions, the book covers yoga fundamentals and how to apply them to newborns, almost crawlers and crawlers, and almost walkers and walkers. The book's secret: a blend of yoga postures combined with infant developmental movement and parent-child bonding. The author is a certified Hatha yoga and pregnancy yoga teacher and a certified infant massage instructor.

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"Lost World: Rewriting Prehistory -- How New Science is Tracing America's Ice Age Mariners." Tom Koppel, Atria Books, 2003, 300 pages.

Exactly how was the ancient continent of North America populated? For decades the conventional wisdom proposed that ice age hunters followed their animal prey across a "land bridge" in the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska. Now journalist and author Tom Koppel believes that recent discoveries along the continent's western seaboard reveal a new possibility: that these ancient peoples migrated into North America by coastal waters. This coastal migration has been recently documented by an array of scientific disciplines and is rewriting the way we look at the first peopling of the North American continent. The author has been writing over 20 years and has earned two awards from the Canadian Archaeological Association.


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"The Berry Bible." Janie Hibler, William Morrow Co., 2004, 333 pages.

Fresh berries are a favorite ingredient for any cook and can liven up any dish. Since there are so many varieties of berries and so many ways to use them, they can be intimidating to anyone in the kitchen. In her book "The Berry Bible," writer Janie Hibler has taken the mystery and guesswork out of this staple of the dinner table. The book has over 175 recipes that use either cultivated, wild, fresh or frozen berries. More than just a cookbook, this book is an encyclopedia of berry information, history and lore. Berries not only add flavor and pizzazz to any meal, they provide important vitamins and antioxidants to your diet. Hibler shows that berries are not just for deserts -- they can also be used in drinks, soups, salads and sauces. The author is a contributing writer to Gourmet, Food & Wine, and Bon Appetit magazines.

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"Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment." James Gustave Speth, Yale University Press, 2004, 299 pages.

Author Lawrence Susskind describes a central theme of James Speth's provocative new book: "He shows us exactly why and how our international institutions are not up to the task -- global environmental deterioration is outpacing the speed at which we are making the necessary transition to sustainability." The problem, according to Speth? The current solutions to climate change, habitat loss, deforestation, water shortages and other environmental concerns simply aren't working and are not likely to work in the future. Speth's eight-part solution to building a sustainable environment on a global scale is a call to arms to citizens and governments alike.

[Richard Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library District]

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