The Science of Taste

One of the enjoyable factors to Kitchens of the Great Midwest is the change in perspective and narrator that each chapter brings. In the only chapter that is from Eva’s point of view, she is a young girl, experimenting in the growth of chili peppers and breeding for the hottest possible. In her bedroom closet. […]


Dontcha know where the Midwest is?

Location, location, location. In some books, the sense of place becomes its own character. The location provides a meaning and impact all its own, contributing to the actions of the characters as well as the readers’ understanding of them. Kitchens of the Great Midwest is one such book. The first giveaway, of course, is the […]


Kitchens of the Great Midwest selected as One Book 2016

The holiday season is undeniably known for food–its power to bring people together, to make memories, to share traditions, and make mere ingredients into something much more special with a little creativity. In that spirit, we’re happy to announce our One Book, One Mesa County selection for 2016. Kitchens of the Great Midwest, author J. […]


Our One Book Committee Thanks You!

One Book 2015 wrapped up with our finale, a presentation by author Roz Chast, on Saturday night. Roz addressed nearly 400 audience members, who were certainly treated to an original, comical, and honest presentation. Roz shared with us insights about how she became interested in drawing, how she became involved with The New Yorker at […]


One Book Movie Series at the Avalon

Our last One Book movie of the series takes place this Sunday, 1:30 pm, at the Avalon Theatre at 7th and Main St. Admission will cost $6.00. Mother, a 1996 film, stars Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds. Brooks plays a successful writer in the midst of his second divorce, who determines that in order to […]


Crucial Conversations

The title of Roz Chast’s book and our One Book selection, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, says it all. The topic of the end of our lives is naturally uncomfortable. Not only is it complicated and time consuming, to the point where it necessitates professionals–Roz consults a few for these affairs herself–it is […]


Wrinkles featured as next One Book Movie

You won’t want to miss Sunday’s One Book Movie, Wrinkles, at the Central Library at 1:30 pm. This animated feature film for an adult audience is based on a graphic novel, an illustrated work, by Paco Roca. A lot of emphasis has been given, in our selection and programs, to the caregivers, especially adult children […]


Art as Healing

Our One Book program this evening, Art and Journaling to Heal the Heart, will cover a powerful method that assists people recovering from grief. Art therapy clients “use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior…reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.” (From the American […]