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The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens
About The Library
The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is part of the Public Libraries in Jefferson County, making it the only public horticultural library in the United States. Simply present your blue or black library card to check out one of over 8,000 books, DVDs, audio books and magazines from our circulating collection. As a full-service public library, we can access all of the vast resources of the entire Public Library System in Jefferson County. Stop by today and dig into our collection - your knowledge is sure to grow!
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday | 9 - 4 p.m.
Saturday | 10 - 4 p.m.
Sunday | 2 - 5 p.m.
The Library Offers:
When: January 7
Title: Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Salve,
Line Cook Pasta-Maker and
Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
Author: Bill Buford
Heat is a marvelous hybrid: a richly evocative memoir of
Buford’s kitchen adventure, the story of Mario Batali’s amazing rise to
culinary fame, a dazzling behind-the-scenes look at the workings of a
famous restaurant, and an illuminating exploration of why food matters.
When: February 4
Title: The Signature of All Things
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
"Gilbert, in supreme command of her material, effortlessly invokes the
questing spirit of the nineteenth century, when amateur explorers,
naturalists, and enthusiasts were making major contributions to progress.
Beautifully written and imbued with a reverence for science and for
learning, this is a must-read." - Booklist.
When: March 4
Title: The Backyard Parables
Author: Margaret Roach
"As orioles flit, tadpoles leap, and Jack the Demon Cat stalks
unsuspecting chipmunks. Roach muses on the nature of nature in a garden
she has tended for 25 years. Roach would be the first to admit the garden
has, in many ways, tended her, too, and she brings a Zen-like appreciation
for the lessons gardens impart to those who are willing to watch, listen and
When: April 1
Title: The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most
Author: Craig Pittman
"Imagine a plant so luscious, exotic, and rare that people would lie for it,
steal for it, risk their lives and sacrifice their freedom for it. In Peru’s
Andean jungle, just such a plant existed, a slipper orchid of unheralded
beauty and unimaginable size." -Booklist
When: May 6
Title: The Apple Orchard
Author: Susan Wiggs
he magical Sonoma town called Archangel), Tess begins to discover a
world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family, of the warm earth
beneath her bare feet. A world where family comes first and the roots of
history run deep. A place where falling in love is not only possible, but
When: June 3
Title: A Handmade Wilderness
Author: Donald G. Schueler
"In 1968 two gay young men - one white, one black - quixotically decided
to buy eighty backwoods acres in southern Mississippi, little realizing that
they were embarking on the greatest adventure of their lives. Don Schueler's
account of the twenty-five years that followed, during which he and Willie
Brown transformed their "least worst land" into a wildEden, is a modern saga
by turns suspenseful, very funny and deeply moving." -Amazon
When: July 1
Title: The Dark Vineyard
Author: Martin Walker
"When a bevy of winemakers descend on Saint-Denis, competing for its land
and spurring resentment among the villagers, the idyllic town—where
Benoit “Bruno” Courreges is the town’s only policeman—finds itself the
center of an intense drama, with suspicious fires at the agricultural
research station that is working on genetically-modified crops." -Amazon
When: August 5
Title: The Fruit Hunters: A story of Nature, Adventure, commerce and Obsession
Author: Adam Gollner
"A vivid and unforgettable expedition through the world of exotic fruit,
The Fruit Hunters is the engrossing story of some of Earth’s most
desired foods told by an intrepid journalist and keen observer of
nature—both human and botanical." -Amazon
When: September 9
Title: The Lost Garden: A Novel
Author: Helen Humphreys
Leaving London to grow food for the war effort, Gwen discovers a
mysterious lost gardennd the story of a love that becomes her own.
When: October 7
Title: The Grass Harp
Author: Truman Capote
"Set on the outskirts of a small Southern town, The Grass Harp tells
the story of three endearing misfits—an orphaned boy and two
whimsical old ladies—who one day take upresidence in a tree house.
As they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree, The Grass Harp
manages to convey all the pleasures and responsibilities of freedom.
But most of all it teaches us about the sacredness of love, “that love
is a chain of love, as nature is a chain of life.”
When: November 4
Title: Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct
Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
Author: Sally Fallon
This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods
contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains
but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper
function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease
and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the
current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do
diet that is both nutritious and delicious.
When: December 2
Title: The Roots of My Obsession
Author: Thomas C. Cooper
The Roots of My Obsession features thirty essays from the most vital
voices in gardening. They show that gardening is a passion and
obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged.
Each gardener tells a compelling story. Whether their muse is the
quest to achieve a personal vision of ultimate beauty, a mission to heal
the earth, or the attempt to grow a perfect heirloom tomato, the writing
is direct, engaging, and from the heart.
|Contact Hope Long, director of library services, at 205.414.3931 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the book club.|
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