Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top 5 most requested nonfiction titles for March 2013

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rod Stewart (I will never, as long as I live, understand his popularity and, moreover, why women swoon at the mere mention of his name), Anabel Langbein, Miranda Hart (YEAH! I lurve Miranda and you need to check Laura's review of the television series), the Road Code and Jamie Oliver. Such an unusual mix this month. I judge you not, though, people. I'm eyeing the odd mix that is my own request list and thinking "People who live in glasshouses shouldn't walk around naked." My shortest post ever? Maybe. Why? Because its not about me, it's about the books *steps out of your way and let's you request them* Be well, people.

 Rod : the autobiography / Rod Stewart - 356 requests
Rod Stewart was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths, ranging from gravedigging to professional football, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back. Rod started out in the early 1960s, playing the clubs on London's R&B scene, before his distinctively raspy voice caught the ear of the iconic front man Long John Baldry, who approached him while busking one night on a railway platform. Stints with pioneering acts like the Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, and the Jeff Beck Group soon followed, paving the way into a raucous five years with the Faces, the rock star's rock band, whose offstage antics with alcohol, wrecked hotel rooms and groupies have become the stuff of legend. And during all this, he found a spare moment to write 'Maggie May', among a few others, and launch a solo career that has seen him sell an estimated 200 million records, be inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, and play the world's largest ever concert. Not bad, as he says, for a guy with a frog in his throat. And then, there is his not-so-private life: marriages, divorces and affairs with some of the world's most beautiful women - Bond girls, movie stars and supermodels - and a brush with cancer which very nearly saw it all slip away. Rod's is an incredible life, and here, thrillingly and for the first time, he tells the whole thing, leaving no knickers under the bed.

 Simple pleasures : the free range cook / Annabel Langbein - 366 requests
In more than 200 delicious recipes, all easily achievable by the home cook, Annabel draws on a global palette of flavours and her signature FridgeFixings to create dishes that are big on flavour while making the most of fresh seasonal produce. The book also features menu suggestions drawn from the accompanying second season of her TV series Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook, plus Annabel's musings on creating a good life in today's fast-paced world. 

Is it just me? / Miranda Hart - 382 requests
"Well hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures - surely it's plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path. Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let's call it, because it's fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you."

 The official New Zealand road code : your guide to becoming a safe and responsible driver - 466 requests
The official New Zealand road code contains: user-friendly explanations of New Zealand road rules. A step-by-step guide to getting your drivers licence. A driving skills syllabus. The theory test questions.

 15-minute meals / Jamie Oliver - 488 requests
15-Minute Meals is Jamie's simplest and most straightforward book yet. It pushes the concept of fast, everyday food to a new level, without compromising on flavour. It's designed to excite and inspire people to prepare a balanced, nutritional, no-nonsense meal every night of the week.

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