Byrd’s Books brings “Fairfield County Chef’s Table” to LaZingara Ristorante

Both the August 6th and August 13th dates are sold out.

Please join us at Bethel’s “2014 Best Restaurant”, LaZingara Ristorante, for an evening of fine food, a book signing, an author talk…and a recipe to go! We will gather at the restaurant at 6:30 on Wednesday August 13th (August 6th is sold out) when Amy will discuss her book.

Byrd’s Books is excited to welcome Amy Kundrat to LaZingara for a discussion of her new book, “Fairfield County Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Connecticut’s Gold Coast”. The evening will include farm-inspired fare from LaZingara, a signed copy of Amy’s book and a recipe to go!

About the book:

Fairfield County stakes a claim to some of Connecticut’s most diverse terrain, an enviable proximity to New York City, and a discerning community of food lovers driving the demand for a vibrant dining scene. The Gold Coast boasts some of the country’s toniest neighborhoods, such as Greenwich and Southport, as well as the state’s largest cities, including the historic port city of Norwalk, the corporate-minded Stamford, and the diverse Bridgeport. Fine dining, dense downtown dining districts, and neighborhood bodegas are equally at home along this dense and diverse corridor. Along Fairfield County’s suburban center are such towns as Ridgefield, New Canaan, and Westport, whose historic Main Streets and cultural landmarks draw a family-oriented population. As a result, reclaimed taverns, farmers’ markets, and upscale dining districts scattered with family-friendly options abound. At the landlocked northern fringes, quiet enclaves such as Easton, Wilton, and Newtown have large swaths of protected and undeveloped land, as well as bountiful farmland and a handful of farm-to-table restaurants.With recipes for the home cook from over fifty of the area’s most celebrated restaurants and showcasing over 200 full-color photos featuring mouth-watering dishes, famous chefs, and lots of local flavor, “Fairfield County Chef’s Table” is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook for both tourists and locals. LaZingara Ristorante has a recipe in Amy’s book!!

About the author:  

Amy Kundrat is the executive editor of CTbites, the award-winning website devoted to chronicling great food in Connecticut, especially her home in Fairfield County. A communications specialist with a concentration in new media, Amy’s career leading external communications teams has taken her from world-class art museums, to technology start-ups, and academic institutions. She currently works in New Haven at Yale University, where she indulges in the city’s vibrant food-truck scene. Amy is from Bethel.

About LaZingara: 

Imagine being in a tiny Italian village in Tuscany and walking into a beautiful restaurant on the town square. To your delight, you discover that the restaurant grows it’s own food and is THE place locals go to have dinner, celebrate events, enjoy their business lunches and share a glass of wine after work.

 That is the feeling when you first arrive at La Zingara in Bethel, CT., an intimate farm to table, and very local Italian restaurant.

Grown in nearby gardens and on local farms, La Zingara’s food is meticulously, deliciously prepared by one of Connecticut’s most celebrated kitchens and served by a knowledgeable, friendly staff who know what the specials are and which of our many great wines will enhance your enjoyment of each of them.

Praised by the food media, applauded on social media and truly beloved by its many dedicated customers, La Zingara is one of Connecticut’s great restaurants. It’s also home to a sibling, ECCO Rooftop Eatery and Bar, a more casual bistro up the stairs in back. A casual, glassy bistro, the whole place basks in the sunlight and glows in the moonlight.

The evening:  $50.00 per person (tax and gratuity included, cash bar): includes farm-inspired fare at LaZingara, a signed copy of Amy’s book (regularly $24.95 plus tax) and a recipe to take with you.    

Each registrant may bring a guest to dine at an additonal $25.00.

Each additional book is $22.00 each (event discount, sales tax included)

To register, click here. Event limited to 30 registrants.

 

Fairfield County Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Connecticut’s Gold Coast ( Chef’s Table )

Fairfield CountyBy Amy Kundrat. Amy Kundrat is the executive editor of CTbites, the award-winning website devoted to chronicling great food in Connecticut, especially her home in Fairfield County. A communications specialist with a concentration in new media, Amy’s career leading external communications teams has taken her from world-class art museums, to technology start-ups, and academic institutions. She currently works in New Haven at Yale University, where she indulges in the city’s vibrant food-truck scene. Amy lives in Bethel.

How Patience Works: The Quiet Mind To Benefit Others (How Life Works)

HowPatienceWorks-cvr-thumbBy Janet Ettele. In How Patience Works, Troy continues his journey in the fable that began with How Generosity Works and How the Root of Kindness Works. The teachings of Master Shantideva’s Perfection of Patience provide the guiding wisdom that leads Troy as he struggles to conquer the internal tyrant of his own anger. Building on the lessons learned from Grace in How Generosity Works, and Abe in How the Root of Kindness Works, Troy and his girlfriend Maggie encounter another sage. Mrs. Sternau is an elderly widow who is a regular customer a the diner where they work. The mysterious way she shares her wisdom that crosses between dimensions of time unfolds into teaching Troy the next lesson he needs to learn: Patience. (May 6th release)

Janet Ettele has a new book to share with us June 7th at 4:00p.m.

Janet Ettele has released the third book in her “How Life Works” series.

About the book:

Things are looking up for Troy. Summer’s around the corner, he’s wrapping up his spring semester at the community college, and the dynamics with his stepmother Maureen are at least more polite than they were a few months ago. He knows he’s lucky to have met Grace and Abe who, through their kindness and shared wisdom, have helped him begin to turn his life around. He’s in love with Maggie and knows he’s lucky she loves him in return even after he’s told her some of the darker things from his past. He’s determined to clean up his act and grow into the man he wants to be. With the things he’s learned from Grace and Abe that means developing his wisdom and offering across-the-board compassion, including to Maureen.

About the author:

Life is filled with chance meetings, and there are some that change your life in the most unexpected ways. I’ll start by telling you about the chance meeting I had with John Cerullo, a publisher and fellow student at a Tibetan Buddhist Center.  JKEttelePortrait-300x200

It was 2010 when John and I had a conversation about a shared vision to present the Buddhist teachings in such a way that non-Buddhists could benefit, and without implying a need to become Buddhist. Several months later I received an email from John describing his concept for a series of books based on The Six Perfections taught in Buddhism. He didn’t seem concerned that I am not an authority on the subject. Nor did he seem concerned that I had never written fiction, created characters, plot, or dialog. Accustomed to life’s unexpected turns, I took a giant leap of faith, a lot of deep breaths, and began the journey of writing the series.

Writing on a topic as profound as The Six Perfections isn’t something I take lightly, and my comfort level has undeniably been stretched by the work involved. I have benefited tremendously by the challenging and deeper study required, and I am extremely fortunate to have the help and guidance from excellent teachers where I study at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL) in Redding, Connecticut.  To begin, I took the adage “write what you know” to heart. For my first attempt at creating a character I used my own life to form the outlines that are colored in by the distinct and unique character you will meet in Grace. Like Grace, I was divorced when my sons were very young, and with a degree in music I was able to earn money by teaching piano from home. And like Troy, the character whose journey we follow through the series, it was only through some stroke of luck that the right people were there to help me find my way when I was young and my life was at loose ends.

Dreaming of George Harrison

As a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, I studied music composition. For me, music is all about painting pictures with sound.  I feel writing is about the same thing, only with words. I have found that elements of music composition such as theme, phrasing, rhythm, and dynamics are common elements in writing words. It is an awareness of these shared elements that helps guide my writing.

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited DNKL in October 2012, I had the ultimate good fortune to present him with copies of my first two books, How Generosity Works and How the Root of Kindness Works. While I don’t presume he has read the books, just knowing the Dalai Lama has held them in his hands is more thrilling to me now than was the possibility of my fantasy as an eight-year-old that, if only I could meet him, George Harrison would hold my hand and fall in love with me.

Decoding Your Dog

DecodingYorDogDecoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

More than ninety percent of dog owners consider their pets to be members of their family. But often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

The key to training dogs effectively is first to understand why our dogs do what they do. And no one can address this more authoritatively than the diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behavior, whose work, the culmination of years of rigorous training, takes them deep into the minds of dogs in an effort to decode how they think, how they communicate, and how they learn.

In Decoding Your Dog, these experts analyze problem behaviors, decipher the latest studies, and correct common misconceptions and outmoded theories. The book includes:
- Effective, veterinary-approved positive training methods
- Expert advice on socialization, housetraining, diet, and exercise
- Remedies for behavior problems such as OCD and aggression
With Decoding Your Dog, the experts’ experts deliver a must-have dog behavior guide that ultimately challenge the way we think about our dogs.

 

The Steady Way to Greatness by Melanie Barnum

We are so happy Melanie has written a second book – we want to share it with you!! ”The Steady Way to Greatness: Liberate Your Intuitive Potential & Manifest Your Heartfelt Desires” follows  her popular and inspiring “The Book of Psychic Symbols”.

About the book:    Steady

Use intuition and psychic development to master the law of attraction and manifest the life you truly desire. The Steady Way to Greatness is filled with new and groundbreaking techniques for achieving success in love, work, finances, relationships, and spirituality. Organized into a progression of fifty-two weekly practices, intuitive counselor Melanie Barnum guides you with affirmations and simple exercises designed to help you:

- Build confidence

- Explore positive and negative attitudes?

- Open yourself to the intuitive senses?

- Work with your strengths and weaknesses?

- Discover the power of goal setting

- Uncover the magnificence that lives within

- Create and live your dream life

Providing the perfect blend of encouragement, wisdom, instructions, and stories, The Steady Way to Greatness is an ideal companion as you journey toward your true potential.

Praise: “Melanie Barnum has put into words what we all know to be true–that we have the power to manifest brilliance, achieve greatness, and fulfill our every heart’s desire.”–Elizabeth Harper, author of Wishing: How to Fulfill Your Heart’s Desires

“This book makes greatness accessible to anyone and everyone.”–Tammy Nelson, PhD, author of What’s Eating You?

About the author:

Melanie Barnum (Bethel, CT) is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, life coach, and hypnotist who has been practicing professionally for more than fifteen years. She was a VIP Reader at Psych Out, a gathering of the nation’s foremost psychics, organized by Court TV. Barnum is also an Angelspeake Facilitator, a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT).

St. Peter’s Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again by Thomas Craughwell

In this fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world’s first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, Thomas J. Craughwell takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. ST Peter's bones
In 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news: the 1,100-year-old Basilica of St. Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair. The only solution was to pull down the old church–one of the most venerable churches in all of Christiandom–and erect a new basilica on the site. Incredibly, one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St. Peter.
Then in 1939, while reconstructing the grottoes below St. Peter’s Basilica, a workman’s shovel struck not dirt or rock but open air. After inspecting what could be seen through the hole they’d made in the mausoleum’s roof, Pope Pius XII secretly authorized a full-scale excavation. What lay beneath? The answer and the adventure await. In this riveting history, facts, traditions, and faith collide to reveal the investigation, betrayals, and mystery behind St. Peter’s burial place.

Pre-order a copy by calling the store: 203-730-2973……or order from the online store on the webpage- 20% off and $.99 delivery

 

 

A Soldier’s Sketchbook

By Joseph FarrisA Soldier's Sketchbook cover

An illustrated memoir from a World War II soldier is drawn from the letters, sketches, snapshots, and mementos of Pvt. Farris, who left his home of Danbury, Connecticut, and set off to war aboard the U.S.S. “General Gordon” in October 1944, bound for France as part of Company M, 398th Infantry.

 

 

This watercolor shows one of the most dangerous moments in our battle for the Maginot Line. The Germans had bracketed our position, and we anxiously feared the next shell would zero in on us. p. 120

This is an illustration by Joseph Farris from his powerful memoir A Soldier’s Sketchbook.

PERMITTED USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of the “A SOLDIER’S SKETCHBOOK” dated 2011 and exclusively in conjunction thereof. No copying, distribution or archiving permitted. Sublicensing, sale or resale is prohibited.

REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: All image uses must bear the copyright notice and be properly credited to the relevant photographer, as shown in this metadata, and must be accompanied by a caption which makes reference to the “A SOLDIER’S SKETCHBOOK.” Any uses in which the image appears without proper copyright notice, photographer credit and a caption referencing the “A SOLDIER’S SKETCHBOOK” are subject to paid licensing.

 

The Good Thief by Barry Connolly

“The Good Thief”     by Barry Connolly

Jerusalem, 33 A.D. It is the tumultuous final weeks before Passover. Excited pilgrims pour into the Holy City. Many hail a young rabbi preaching in the countryside as the promised Messiah.

Good Thief

In the wilderness south of Jerusalem, two wealthy and influential brothers have been robbed and killed. Their murders spark an aggressive search by Roman authorities to find and punish those responsible. Returning home to announce his engagement, a young Jewish man discovers his brother and sister dead, innocent victims of the Roman officer leading the investigation. The surviving brother’s obsession with revenge will take him from the back alleys of Jerusalem, to a thieves’ den in the mountains of Judea, to a fateful encounter with the man he has sworn to kill. The journey will end with his crucifixion alongside Christ on Good Friday.

Every Christian has heard of the Good Thief. This is his story.

Review:

Barry Connolly’s “The Good Thief” is everything first-rate Biblical fiction should be: it’s rich in period detail, sharp and telling in its character delineation, strong but not bossy in its faith, and immediately engaging, as the Gospels themselves always are.

He takes as the backdrop of his novel the story of the two criminals who were crucified with Christ – one taunted Christ, the other reproved his fellow and asked Jesus to remember him in the afterlife. Connolly imagines the life-story of both those criminals: Gestas, a hardened bandit, and his cousin Dismas, a headstrong but good-hearted young man who makes just about every dumb decision such men are prone to make in their lives (except for his love of the beautiful and spirited Rebekah, one of the strongest characters in the book). Chapters alternate between Connolly’s telling of familiar scenes of Jesus’ life and Dismas’ ongoing descent into crime and plots of revenge against the Roman official responsible for the deaths of his brother and sister – and of course those two stories not only intertwine but eventually meet head-on, when Dismas, strung up to a cross at Golgotha, becomes the last person on Earth to be saved by Jesus before his death and resurrection.

 

In imagining such a vivid and touching back-story for such a minor New Testament figure, Connolly has tapped narrative gold and made it shine. I hope he sifts through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and finds many more stories to tell. Highly recommended.

– Steve Donoghue, Editor, Historical Novel Review Online.

About the author:

Barry Connolly worked as a writer, editor and news bureau/media relations manager for the IBM Corporation before starting his own marketing communications business. A succession of bible study classes inspired him to write his first Christian historical novel, “The Good Thief.” His second novel, “On the Road to Damascus,” continues the story. He and his wife, Muriel, reside in Bethel, Connecticut. You can visit their website at www.connollyco.com.

The Book of Psychic Symbols

By Melanie Barnum

A strong feeling, a remarkable coincidence, a strange dream…What may seem ordinary could actually be an important message: a helpful hint or a warning from a deceased love one or spirit guide. Open yourself to a wealth of guidance and opportunities by learning how to recognize and interpret the signs and synchronicities all around us. The Book of Psychic Symbols can help you decode dreams, intuitive flashes, and all psychic impressions. Intuitive counselor Melanie Barnum explains what psychic symbols are, how we receive them, and where they come from. She also shares amazing stories from her life that clarify how the wondrous intuitive process works. In addition to a comprehensive dictionary of 500 symbols, there are many practical exercises for exploring symbols in your life, fortifying your natural intuition, and using psychic symbols to manifest your desires.

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