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It’s inevitable that you will one day tire of what you are now cooking – the recipes you now rely on will eventually fail to thrill, the staples that once provoked extreme satisfaction from family and friends will instead elicit groans. When that moment comes, the library has your back! We have assembled a list of 13 great cookbooks from 2018 for your consideration. Click here to view the entire list in our catalog, or click on the title or cover of each suggested book to be taken to its record in our catalog.

Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi

Author and chef Yotam Ottolenghi presents 130 streamlined recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern-inspired flavors. Each dish can be made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry staples, or prepared ahead of time for brilliantly, deliciously simple meals.

Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen

In this book – the follow-up to Small Victories, which Real Simple magazine called “an inspiring addition to any kitchen bookshelf” – Julia Turshen presents more than 125 delicious recipes and 20 creative menu ideas to help cooks of any skill level gather friends and family around the table.

Mississippi Vegan: Recipes & Stories from a Southern Boy’s Heart by Timothy Pakron

Inspired by the landscape and flavours of his childhood on the Mississippi gulf coast, Timothy Pakron found his heart, soul, and calling in cooking the Cajun, Creole, and southern classics of his youth. In his debut cookbook, he shares 125 plant-based recipes, all of which substitute ingredients without sacrificing depth of flavor and reveal the secret tradition of veganism in Southern cooking.

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball

Kimball and his team of cooks and editors search the world for straightforward techniques that deliver delicious dinners in less time. Here, they present more than 200 solutions that will transform your weeknight cooking, showing how to make simple, healthy, delicious meals using pantry staples and just a few other ingredients. Some chapters focus on time – with recipes that are fast (under an hour, start to finish), faster (45 minutes or less), and fastest (25 minutes or less) – while others highlight easy methods or themes.

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines

Drawing inspiration from television personality Joanna Gaines’s home kitchen and her Waco restaurant, this book includes 125 classic recipes – from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to small plates, snacks, and desserts – that represent a modern selection of American classics and personal family favorites. Complemented by Gaines’s love for her garden, these dishes also incorporate homegrown, seasonal produce at the peak of its flavor.

Israeli Soul by Michael Solomonov

For their first major book since the trailblazing Zahav, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook go straight to the food of the people – the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine. To find the best versions, the authors scoured bustling cities like Tel Aviv and sleepy towns on mountaintops. Solomonov has perfected and adapted every recipe for the home kitchen.

Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake by Kristen Miglore

Drawing from her James Beard Award-nominated “Genius Recipes” column and powered by the cooking wisdom and generosity of the Food52 community, Kristen Miglore has unearthed and rigorously tested 100 game-changing dessert recipes from beloved cookbook authors, chefs, and bakers – and collected them all in this guide.

Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan

The James Beard Award-winning and New York Times magazine columnist shares the irresistibly informal food she makes all the time for herself, her husband, and her friends. The dishes – many of which can be served as a dinners, side dishes, or an appetizers – are practical and can be made with common ingredients from the supermarket, farmers’ market, or pantry.

Eat At Home Tonight: 101 Simple Busy-Family recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot, and More by Tiffany King

Founder of the Eat at Home website and family meal-planning wizard Tiffany King shares recipes focused on simplicity, flavor, and healthy balance to help home cooks end every day with an affordable family dinner. This is the cookbook to turn to when all hope of a homemade, wholesome dinner seems lost.

Delish: Eat Like Every Day’s the Weekend by Joanna Saltz

You don’t have to know how to cook, you just have to love to eat. Delish.com speaks to food lovers who don’t fancy themselves chefs, and this – their first cookbook – collects all the online insanity and entertainment into one print volume. Inside, you’ll find more than 275 recipes and ideas that are meant to be devoured (Quesadilla Cake, Chicken Fried Cauliflower) plus tips, tricks, and indispensable advice.

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen

After the extraordinary success of Cravings, Chrissy Teigen returns with more of her signature wit and take-no-prisoners flavor bombs. Her 100 recipes are simpler and provide plenty of bang for your buck, reflective of her new time-conscious status as a parent responsible for getting food on the table.

All About Cake by Christina Tosi

In this book, Christina Tosi takes you into the sugar-fueled, manically creative cake universe of Milk Bar. From two-minute microwave mug cakes to gooey Crock-Pot cakes, from Bundts and pounds to their famous cake truffles and, of course, their signature naked layer cakes, this book will help bakers of all levels to indulge in a world of flavors. Along the way, Tosi reveals the methods behind her team’s creativity that will allow you to invent any cake flavor you can imagine.

Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals by Gena Hamshaw

Focused on the art of crafting complete, balanced meals that deliver sustained energy and nourishment, this book features 100 compelling and delicious recipes that just happen to be vegan. Every recipe contains the key macronutrients of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and proteins, which together make for a complete meal – things like Smoky Red Lentil Stew with Chard, and Falafel Bowls with Freekah and Cauliflower.

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Picking up where I left off yesterday, here are 10 of my favorite nonfiction reads from the last year. Click here for the entire list, or click on the individual covers and titles below to be taken to their records in our catalog.

Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley is often referred to as the female David Sedaris, and all of these essays are top notch. The writing is a perfect mix of hilarious and heartfelt. Fans of Nora Ephron should absolutely read this collection.

She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It by Hannah Jewell

An empowering look into the epic adventures and dangerous exploits of 100 women. The entries are both funny and informational. You’ll learn something new on every page.

What If This Were Enough? by Heather Havrilesky

This essay collection from the writer of the popular “Ask Polly” advice column examines the contradictions of middle-class American life with insight, humor, and terrific prose.

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

An incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger. Rebecca Traister does an incredible job taking this still unfolding history and turning it into a narrative.

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings in Chicago’s South Side by Eve Ewing

Eve Ewing knows Chicago schools. She was a student and teacher in them, and is now a scholar who studies them. This fascinating history of the Chicago Public School System is framed around the 2013 announcement of an unprecedented number of school closings.

Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover’s memoir of escape from her survivalist father is thrilling from start to finish. She didn’t set foot in a classroom until she was 17 and now holds several advanced degrees. This memoir is truly inspiring.

Tonight I’m Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson

From an American Apparel model to a NASA employee, Hodson takes us through her work experiences in essays that look at the ways people connect to their work and to each other.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Published posthumously, this account of the author’s research into the Golden State Killer is riveting from start to finish. Since the publication of the book, the serial killer has been caught and confessed.

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung looks back at her life as a transracial adoptee and wrestles with the fact that the prepackaged myth her adoptive parents told her may not be the whole truth. Chung’s writing is beautiful and the story of finding your identity is engaging from the first page to the last.

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin

In these essays, Bolin shows how women’s bodies are used as props to boost the stories of men. She analyzes, novels, movies, stories, and television programs that are obsessed with disenfranchised women. She ends the stunning collection by examining the injustices that real women suffer because of the portrayal of women in media.

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While librarians don’t sit around and read all day at work, most of us are voracious readers when we’re not on the desk. Below are 10 of my favorite novels and short story collections published in 2018. Click here for the entire list, or click on the individual covers and titles below to be taken to their records in our catalog. Come back tomorrow for a look at my 10 favorite non-fiction reads of 2018.

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Inspired by the author’s own loss of faith at the age of 17, this thrilling debut about religious fervor on a college campus is told through a series of intense memories pieced together after a terrorist attack.

Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey

A missing mother. An isolated community. One of the best canine narrators in literature. Dey sets her novel in a secluded area of Canada, and the area becomes the emotional center of the book, which deals with both adolescence and motherhood.

Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt

Loosely based on the adulterous marriage of Vladimir Nabokov, this novel is told in diary entries and follows the love triangle of Zoya, Vera, and Leo through the 1920s. The novel is filled with beautiful sentences worthy of Nabokov himself.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

If you knew the date of your death, how would you choose to live? This is the question at the heart of this novel, which follows the four Gold siblings throughout their lives and examines how they deal with the information given to them by a mystical woman on the Lower East Side of New York City in the summer of 1969.

Florida by Lauren Groff

This short story collection is entrancing from start to finish. Groff’s ability to write precise sentences leads to several unsettling (in a good way) stories where danger lurks at every turn.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This compelling novel tells the story of love, justice, and loyalty as a couple is ripped apart when one is falsely accused of a crime.

The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons

In this imaginative and unsettling debut short story collection, Bonnaffons creates worlds that are decidedly strange. Her writing is funny, insightful, and probing. A story in the collection about a woman trying to turn herself into a horse was also featured on a recent episode of This American Life.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

1980s Chicago is the setting for this novel, which explores the AIDS crisis through the character of Yale Tishman, an art director who tries to finalize a deal for a collection of 1920s paintings as his whole world begins to crumble around him. This novel is beautiful from beginning to end. You’ll want to read it in one sitting.

Certain American States by Catherine Lacey

A story collection about characters trying to come to terms with their place in the world. Catherine Lacey’s tales of love, loss, and longing are hard to shake. The way she writes about characters trying to get a handle on their own lives is simply beautiful.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Miller expertly makes the story of Circe come to life in this astounding novel. After she is banished to a deserted island by Zeus, Circe hones her occult craft and comes into contact with several famous figures from mythology.

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Who doesn’t love a good stunt memoir? You know: Books in which an author recounts his or her decision to do (or not do) this or that thing and then document the results of said decision. As someone who regularly undertakes large personal projects that inevitably fall far short of completion, I relate and admire those individuals who decide to do a thing, then do that thing, and are then (finally!) possessed of the energy and organizational skills to relate their findings to the world. Anyway! We have assembled a list of 15 such titles for you to peruse. Click here for the entire list, or click on the title or cover of each suggested book to be taken to its record in our catalog.

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson set out to chronicle a year’s worth of reading, to explore how the world of books and words intermingled with the “real” world. Fifty-two weeks, fifty-two books …  and it all fell apart the first week. That’s when she discovered that books chose her as much as she chose them, and the rewards and frustrations they brought were nothing she could plan for.

Three Among the Wolves: A Couple and Their Dog Live a Year With Wolves in the Wild by Helen Thayer

Helen and Bill Thayer, accompanied by their part-wolf, mostly Husky dog, Charlie, set out on foot to live among wild wolf packs, first in the Canadian Yukon and then in the Arctic. They discover the complexities of wolf family structure and view the intricacies of the hunt firsthand, as well as the wolves’ finely honed survival skills and engaging playfulness.

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

This is the story of Julie Powell’s attempt to revitalize her marriage, restore her ambition, and save her soul by cooking all 524 recipes in volume one of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking – in a mere 365 days.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

In this book, Barbara Kingsolver and her family embark on a rural, locally sourced adventure. For one year, their diet will consist solely of  food that was raised in their own neighborhood or that they have grown themselves.

A Year Without “Made In China”: One Family’s True Life Adventure in the Global Economy by Sara Bongiorni

Sara Bongiorni fills this book with engaging stories and anecdotes of her family’s yearlong attempt to outrun China’s reach – by boycotting Chinese-made products – and does a remarkable job of taking a decidedly big-picture issue (the effects of globalism) and breaking it down to a personal level.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs

The author of The Know-It-All follows up his bestselling account of reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica with another improbable adventure – a year spent living, as literally as possible, by the rules of the Bible.

The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

In the vein of Julie and Julia, this book describes Gretchen Rubin’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging chronicle of personal transformation.

Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won’t Do by Gabriel Thompson

What is it like to do the back-breaking work of immigrants? To find out, Gabriel Thompson spent a year working alongside Latino immigrants, who initially thought he was either crazy or an undercover immigration agent. Thompson shines a bright light on the underside of the American economy, exposing harsh working conditions, union busting, and lax government enforcement – while telling the stories of workers, undocumented immigrants, and desperate U.S. citizens forced to live with chronic pain in the pursuit of $8 an hour.

My Year With Eleanor: A Memoir by Noelle Hancock

In this book, Noelle Hancock recounts the results of her decision to heed the advice of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and do one thing a day that scares her in the year before her 30th birthday.

MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche

Newly arrived in Chicago and friendless, author Rachel Bertsche  settles upon a plan: She’ll go on 52 friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.

Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy by Maggie Anderson

On January 1, 2009, Maggie and John Anderson embarked on a year-long public pledge to “buy black.” The Andersons combed Chicago in search of supermarkets, dry cleaners, gas stations, pharmacies, and clothing stores owned by African-Americans, and this is the story of what they learned.

Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body By Not Looking At It for a Year Kjerstin Gruys

When Kjerstin Gruys became engaged, she was thrilled – until it came time to shop for a wedding dress. Faced with a new set of impossible beauty standards, she found herself struggling to maintain a positive self-image. She then decided to embark on a bold plan, vowing to give up mirrors and other reflective surfaces, relying instead on her friends to help her gauge her appearance and her outlook on life.

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianka Bosker

In this book, Bianka Bosker quits her job as an executive in the tech industry and gives herself one year to become a master sommelier. Her quest takes her inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as she attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: what’s the big deal about wine?

All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island by Liza Jessie Peterson

This book recounts a year in poet and actress Liza Jessie Peterson’s classroom at Island Academy, the high school for inmates detained at New York City’s Rikers Island.

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

This book documents the twelve months during which author Cait Flanders bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, fuel for her car. She trashed 70 percent of her belongings, learned how to fix things rather than throw them away, researched the zero waste movement, and completed a television ban – learning at every stage that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.

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Dec 18 2018

Bon Appetit: 10 Cozy Culinary Mysteries

by Elisabeth H

It’s impossible to separate the holiday season from high-calorie sweets, but – oddly enough – all too easy to justify the consumption of those pies and cakes and salty snack mixes. Allow us to propose a solution to this problem: Instead of cracking open a cookie tin at 3 a.m., why not dig into a food-themed mystery instead? We have assembled a list of 10 titles (old and new) that will satisfy your appetite for mystery and for food. Click here for the entire list, or click on the title or cover of each suggested title to be taken to its record in our catalog. And (this is important) please forward all uneaten cookies to your local branch of the DeKalb County Public Library.

Fer-de-Lance and the League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout

One of the first culinary mysteries appeared in 1934 with Fer-de-Lance, the first Nero Wolfe novel. Wolfe is not only a brilliant private detective, but food is his number one preoccupation and delight. On the hunt for more Wolfe? Click here to view and request more titles featuring this food-savvy detective.

The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams

In this new series from author Ellery Adams, Nora, a bookstore owner helps her customers solve their problems by prescribing the perfect book. (The freshly baked scones don’t hurt.) When a potential customer is found murdered, Nora founds a secret society of book- and scone-lovers to solve the mystery of his death. We also have the book’s sequel, which you can request by clicking here.

Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck

When Suzanne Hart buys a donut shop with her divorce settlement, she thinks that her world is finally about to settle down. Her plans have their middle punched out, though,  when the body of one of her customers is dumped in front of her shop. If you can’t stop with just one, we have more than 10 other installments in this series – you can view and request them by clicking here.

Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell

In the first installment of a delectable new Southern-set series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder. More sweet murder awaits you in the sequel, Batter Off Dead, which you can request by clicking here.

Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs

The first in the popular Tea Shop Mystery series introduces Theodosia Browning, owner of Indigo Tea Shop. She is catering an event when an esteemed guest is found dead, his hand clutching an empty teacup. Theo desperately tries to save her reputation and track down the real killer. Need a refill? You can view and request other titles in the Tea Shop Mystery series by clicking here.

The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby

Ellen Crosby’s debut mystery is set in the wealthy Blue Ridge wine country of northern Virginia, where vineyard heiress Lucie Montgomery must find a killer or lose her cherished family vineyard. Can’t stop sipping? You can view and request other titles in the series by clicking here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

This is the first novel in Joanna Fluke’s recipe-laden mystery series about cookie shop owner Hannah Swensen. In it, Hannah’s work-life cookie crumbles when the delivery man from a nearby dairy is found murdered behind her shop. With more than 20 titles in the series, Swensen’s sweets will keep you pleasantly buzzed for many an hour – to view and request other titles in the series, click here.

Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves

In this new series by Sarah Graves, Jake and Ellie (from the author’s Home Repair is Homicide mysteries) open a chocolate-themed bakery. Ellie’s old family recipes reel in the customers – until an early-season hurricane scuttles their plans. To make matters worse, the health inspector is found murdered in their kitchen. The followup – Death By Chocolate Malted Milkshake – isn’t available for checkout yet, but you can request it by clicking here.

Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies by Darci Hannah

This new series features a fearless, reckless sleuth who unravels a complicated culinary mystery. Whitney Bloom is furiously baking pies when she receives a desperate call from her mother: the manager of her family’s cherry orchard has been found dead and all evidence points to her father as the killer.

Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert

Mahalia “Halia” Watkins’ Sweet Tea restaurant has the finest soul food in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In between preparing her famous cornbread and mashed potatoes, Halia dips her spoon into a grisly mystery, investigating the murder (in her kitchen!) (next to her frying pan!) of a smooth-talking, shady entrepreneur. Ready for a second helping? You can request the sequel, Murder With Macaroni and Cheese, by clicking here.

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Picture books about immigration and refugees allow us to experience the feelings of fear, courage, and hope that are part of the journey from one’s homeland to a new country. In these 11 picture books, young protagonists find themselves leaving old lands and journeying to new ones, where hope and promise live side-by-side with memories of what has been left behind.

We Came to America by Faith Ringgold

Award-winning author-illustrator Faith Ringgold offers a timely look at the diverse makeup and backgrounds of the American people and celebrates the country’s diverse immigrant heritage. Ringgold’s poetic text and vibrant art affirm the message that diversity enriches us all.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself. But later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider. A beautiful and inclusive story that encourages children to find the beauty in their own lives and share it with the world.

Mustafa by Marie-Louise Gay

A young boy named Mustafa has traveled a long way to this country from his old one, where the trees were dusty and gray and there was not a lot of extra food. Here, he visits a park near his new home and finds beautiful flowers, ladybugs, fall leaves, and finally, a friend.

Islandborn by Junot Díaz

Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island. When she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland. However, their memories of home are not all happy – there is also a remembrance of struggles.

Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera

When Juan Felipe Herrera was very young, he picked flowers, helped his mama feed the chickens, slept under the starry sky, and learned to say goodbye to his amiguitos each time his migrant family moved on. When he grew up, he became a poet. This beautifully illustrated poem encourages children to imagine all that they might one day be.

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

A Japanese-American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America, which he later undertakes himself. He also describes the feeling of being torn by a love for two different countries. The immigrant experience has rarely been so poignantly evoked.

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

In warm, sparkling prose that moves easily from English to Spanish and back, Caldecott Honor artist Morales traces the journey that she and her small son took in 1994, when they emigrated from Mexico to the United States. Many books about immigration describe the process of making new friends and fitting in; this one describes what it’s like to become a creative being in two languages, and to learn to love in both.

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

This beautiful tale about a father and son’s fishing trip in Minneapolis shows the interconnectedness of family. The story, told from the boy’s perspective, begins when his father wakes him before dawn. Although the child enjoys the outing as a special adventure, they are fishing for food, not sport. The quiet time together provides opportunities for the father to talk about his long-ago life in Vietnam.

Marwan’s Journey by Patricia de Arias

A child fleeing conflict walks across the desert, recalling the home he left behind and promising to return to it someday. As he walks, the simple and poetic text brings readers along on this heartbreaking journey: “I walk, and my footsteps leave a trace of ancient stories, the songs of my homeland, and the smell of tea and bread, jasmine and earth.”

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? In this beautiful, powerful book, a mother and her two children set out on such a journey – a journey filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope for what lies ahead.

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

The story recounts the author’s great-grandmother’s arrival in this country from Eastern Europe. Her dress and babushka become part of a quilt that is been handed down from generation to generation. This book is most notable for the family traditions and the changes that it describes, and for the intergenerational love it portrays.

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Reese Witherspoon  (RW) loves to read!  She has her own production company that recently put together the Emmy nominated Big Little Lies series on HBO.  Big Little Lies was based on Liane Moriarty’s very successful book by the same title.  Many of her picks have ended up oThe Alice Networkn the big screen.  She recently starred in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle which will be out next year some time.  Reese Witherspoon has many connections to the literary world.

Her RW book club selection for July was The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.  I don’t know if it will end up on the big screen like some of her other projects.  One can hope!  There was a poll for her readers and The Alice Network was picked.

I recently read this book. The Alice Network tells the story of Eve Gardiner and Charlie St. Clair.  Each has a very important mission.  Charlie goes to Eve for help finding her cousin Rose Fournier.  Rose’s last known location was Limoges, France.  She worked at a restaurant for a character named Rene Bordelon.  Eve and Charlie journey to France with Eve’s driver Finn.  They start looking for answers to what might have happened to Rose.  Questions arise as you read such as, What will happen when Charlie finds her? Will it be a happy reunion or a chance to mourn an important loss?  Charlie’s clues help Eve find what she has been looking for since the First World War. Eve worked as a spy in Rene’s restaurant Le Lethe in Lille, France.   What does the future hold for both of them?

I enjoyed this book.  What interested me initially is the story of Eve becoming a spy during World War I.  I was not as interested in Charlie’s history until her path and Eve’s intertwined.  Kate Quinn also did a great job of showing the historical facts of that time period.

There is a lot to discuss in The Alice Network.  What will your next book club read be?  Reese’s next selection for the RW book club in August is The Lying Game by Ruth Ware.  You can follow the RW bookclub here.

Visit the catalog for :

The Alice Network  by Kate Quinn

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle

The Lying Game  by Ruth Ware

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How many of you check magazines and newspapers for the next best read?   Such as Red Book, Real Simple, Glamour, or USA Today?  These lists usually comprise what is currently the hottest books in the market.  I myself usually find these lists interesting to see what the selections are and which authors areThe Sun Is Also the Star included.

A website or blog has recently joined these hot magazines in offering the hottest books.  This site is Pop Sugar.  The posts are written by author Brenda Janowitz.  We currently have her latest book  The Dinner Party.  I thought it would be fun to see what titles DCPL has that were recently noted on her 50 Books of 2016 list.

So here are some titles from the best of 2016 that you can find at DCPL:

THE SUN IS ALSO THE STAR by Nicola Yoon

THE TRESPASSER by Tanya French

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Every Song Ever:  twenty ways to listen in an age of  musical plenty  by Ben Ratliff

Sons and Daughters of Ease and PlentySons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel

The Lonely City: adventures in the art of being alone by Olivia Liang

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeliene Thien

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Moon Glow by Michael Chabon

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott

And more…

Many of these books are available in audiobook format, ebook, and downloadable audio.  If you are looking for reader advisory then visit Pop Sugar for the 2017 list.  Happy Reading!

 

 

 

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May 12 2016

The Book of Joan

by Hope L

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It will soon be two years since Joan Rivers passed away, and her daughter has written a touching, sarcastic, book about her mother:  “The Book of Joan – Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation,” by Melissa Rivers.

Anyone who loved Joan Rivers’ humor will love this book.  Interspersed within the reflections are both jokes used by the comedienne in her act over the years and new ones the younger Ms. Rivers herself includes; “The Book of Joan,” by Melissa Rivers is available at DCPL, as are titles by the comedienne herself:

“Still Talking,” by Joan Rivers with Richard Meryman

“Bouncing Back : I’ve Survived Everything– and I Mean Everything– and You Can Too!” by Joan Rivers with Ralph Schoenstein.

“Don’t Count the Candles – Just Keep the Fire Lit,” by Joan Rivers

“I Hate Everything – Starting with Me,” by Joan Rivers

“Diary of a Mad Diva,” by Joan Rivers

“Joan Rivers:  A Piece of Work,”  by Ricki Stern, DVD recording

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Feb 17 2016

Brian K. Vaughan

by Joseph M

I am a big fan of sequential art. As a kid I read comic books all the time, and as an adult the graphic novel continues to be one of my favorite formats. Luckily, DCPL has a wealth of great titles to enjoy. One of my favorite “graphic novelists” is Brian K. Vaughan, author of such series as Runaways, Saga, and Y: The Last Man, among others. Some of his work may be a bit on the edgy side for the sensitive reader, but for the adventurous I highly recommend trying it out. Take a look at this catalog listing for a selection of his titles owned by DCPL. Happy reading!

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