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  • Natalie Berkowitz, The Winemaker's Hand

    Natalie Berkowitz, "The Winemaker's Hand"

    Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Avenue, Westhampton Beach, NY


    In her new book, The Winemaker's Hand: Conversations on Talent, Technique, and Terroir, wine, food and lifestyle writer Natalie Berkowitz speaks to winemakers from different backgrounds who work in diverse wine-producing regions, including Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the United States. In these fascinating interviews, winemakers clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details his or her personal approach to the various steps required to convert grapes into wine. They talk about familiar and unfamiliar grape varietals, their struggles with local terroirs, and the vagaries of Mother Nature. Some represent small family wineries with limited production while others work for corporations producing hundreds of thousands of bottles. Each individual offers rare insight into how new technologies are revolutionizing historic winemaking practices. In the book, the interviews are supplemented with personal recipes and maps of winemaking regions and an aroma wheel captures the vast array of wine's complex flavors and aromas.

    Natalie Berkowitz has written about wine for The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the wine blog Winealicious, and formerly taught at Barnard College and Columbia University. 

  • Martin Blaser MD, "Missing Microbes"

    Martin J. Blaser, MD, "Missing Microbes"

    Sun, 7/13/2014 - 10:30am

    Hampton Synagogue, 15 Brook Road, Westhampton Beach, NY

    Join us for a critically important and startling look at how the overuse of antibiotics, C-sections, and antiseptics has permanently changed our microbiome and is causing an increase in modern diseases such as obesity, juvenile diabetes, and asthma. 

    Dr. Martin Blaser, director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU, reaches back to the discovery of antibiotics, which ushered in a golden age of medicine, and traces how our subsequent overuse of these seeming wonder drugs has left its mark on our systems, contributing to the rise of what Blaser calls our modern plagues: obesity, asthma, allergies, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Blaser's studies suggest antibiotic use during early childhood poses the greatest risk to long-term health, and alarmingly, American children receive on average seventeen courses of antibiotics before they are twenty years old. At the same time, C-sections deprive babies of important contact with their mothers' microbiomes. Taking us into the lab to recount his groundbreaking studies, Blaser not only provides elegant support of this theory, he guides us as to what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future. 

    "The weight of evidence behind Dr. Blaser's cautions about antibiotics is overwhelming." —The New York Times

    "Unlike some books on medicine and microbes, Dr. Blaser's doesn't stir up fears of exotic diseases or pandemic 'superbugs'...He focuses on a simpler but more profound concern: the damage that modern life inflicts on the vast number of microbes that all of us, even healthy people, carry inside us at all times." —The Wall Street Journal

    "Dr. Blaser's credibility as a world-class scientist and physician makes this exploration of our body's microbial world particularly provocative. Missing Microbes will make you rethink some fundamental ideas about infection...fascinating." —Abraham Verghese MD, author of Cutting for Stone

  • Shelly Gitlow, "Dispatches from Paradise"

    Sun, 7/13/2014 - 4:00pm

    Books & Books Westhampton Beach, 130 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY

    The debut novel by New York and Miami-based author/screenwriter Shelly Gitlow, Dispatches from Paradise is an over-the-top erotic comedy about three generations of women living together in Miami, where DD cups abound, octogenarians recite erotic poetry, an S&M fitness class is not for the faint-hearted, and where too much is never enough. Dispatches from Paradise is written in the distinct voices of Liz (39) who pulls the plug on her marriage and quits her job so she can re-boot her life; her hypersexual mother, Claudette (55), who is searching for her next partner/meal ticket; and Darcy (18), Liz's beautiful, reckless daughter who's realizing she might also have a brain and be a lesbian. When all three move in together, all hell breaks loose—but as the women tear through the city's racy clubs and outrageous art scene, Liz, Claudette, and Darcy change, grow, and reconnect on new terms, letting go of past betrayals, misunderstandings, and disappointments. 

    Shelly Gitlow co-wrote the script for the feature film Boynton Beach Club with director Susan Seidelman.

  • Zhena Muzyka, "Life by the Cup"

    Zhena Muzyka, "Life by the Cup"

    Mon, 7/14/2014 - 7:00pm

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    Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY

    The founder of Zhena's Gypsy Tea Company tells her extraordinary story of struggle, hope, and audacity, inspiring you to overcome setbacks, no matter how daunting, and pursue your dreams.

    As a 24-year old single mom, Zhena Muzyka had a young son in need of life-saving surgery and only six dollars in her wallet. But she also had three other powerful motivators: hope, a love of tea, and a dream to share beautiful, aromatic, organic teas with the world. By combining her knowledge of aromatherapy and her gypsy grandmother's teachings, Zhena started selling custom tea blends from a cart on California sreet corners—and with a lot of ingenuity and grit, her business took off. Now, thirteen years later, her son is healthy and Zhena's Gypsy Tea is a thriving, purpose-driven, fair-trade, multimillion-dollar brand. Life by the Cup is the inspiring story of Zhena's journey to a meaningful life as founder of a company that benefits health, protects the environment, and supports humanitarian efforts. Each chapter illuminates an inspirational life lesson through stories and wisdom passed down through generations—and also shares one of Zhena's signature tea blends as well as mouthwatering tea-based dessert recipes. Zhena's gentle insight will motivate you no matter where you are in life. Her message: Be audacious in your dreams, commit to your values, and see your passion transformed into possibility.

    One of USA Today's "Hottest Books of the Season"

    "Muzyka's charisma leaps off the pages of this unconventional, touching, and personal guide to success...Just as she infuses her tea with meaning and passion, Muzyka's authenticity, artistry, and innate business sense make for a potent blend." —Publishers Weekly

  • Tad Hills, "Duck & Goose"

    Tad Hills, "Duck & Goose Go to the Beach"

    Sat, 7/19/2014 - 11:00am

    Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Avenue, Westhampton Beach, NY

    In the newest Duck & Goose picture book by beloved children's author Tad Hills, Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn't. He doesn't see the point. After all, why would they go anywhere when they're happy right where they are, in a butterfly-dotted meadow? But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn't? Well, Duck, for one! But because they are friends, they hike to the beach together, where Goose revels in the waves, the new creatures they meet, and the seashell-filled tidal pool. Comically at odds as usual, Duck and Goose once again cement their friendship, this time nicely illustrating the benefits of both adventurous and cautious personaiities. In Duck & Goose Go to the Beach, bestselling author Hills employs his trademark humor, vocabulary-stretching words, and rich, glorious illustrations to give us the perfect book for children ages 3 to 7 this summer.

    "A winner"
    School Library Journal

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