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Lost recipes : meals to share with friends and family book Lost recipes : meals to share with friends and family
Presents basic American recipes including tomato bread soup, southern corn pudding, and shoofly pie, in a volume complemented by literary excerpts by such contributors as David Gergen and Laura Colwin on the family meal.

Suggested by Jane

Cunningham, Marion.
641.5973 CUNNING

The girl who fell from the sky : a novel book The girl who fell from the sky : a novel
Rachel, the daughter of a danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop. Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin and blue eyes bring a constant stream of attention her way. It’s there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity. This searing and heartwrenching portrait of a biracial girl dealing with society’s ideas of race and class is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.

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Durrow, Heidi W., 1969-
FIC DURROW

The bedside book of beasts : a wildlife miscellany book The bedside book of beasts : a wildlife miscellany
A wonderfully diverse selection of writings and gorgeous illustrations exploring the relationships between predators and their prey. Graeme Gibson has collected myths, fables, poetry, excerpts from nature and travel writing, journals, sacred texts, and works of fiction featuring creatures big and small, real and imagined. An intriguing look at the science and lore of animals through the ages.

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Gibson, Graeme, 1934-
591.53 GIBSON

Skylight confessions : a novel book Skylight confessions : a novel
On the night her father dies, Arlyn is certain that the man she is meant to be with will walk into her life, but fate seems to be playing a trick when John Moody knocks on her door to ask for directions. Cool, practical, and deliberate, John is Arlyn's polar opposite, yet the two are drawn powerfully together even when it is clear they are bound to bring each other grief. Their marriage is dangerous territory, tracing a map no one should follow. It leads them and their children to a house made of glass in the Connecticut countryside, to the rooftops and avenues of Manhattan, and to the blue waters of Long Island Sound, all in a search for family and identity.

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Hoffman, Alice.
FIC HOFFMAN

Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory : the Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl's Most Famous Creation Teen Book Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory : the Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl's Most Famous Creation
Explores the lasting legacy of Roald Dahl's popular book, examining the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations.

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Mangan, Lucy.
TEEN 823.914 MANGAN

The siege : a novel book The siege : a novel
Cádiz, 1811: The Spanish port city has been surrounded by Napoleon's army for a year and its residents endure routine bombardments and live in constant fear of a French invasion. Now the bodies of random women have begun to turn up throughout the city--victims of a shadowy killer. Police Comisario Rogelio Tizón has been assigned the case. Known for his razor-sharp investigation skills--as well as his brutal interrogation methods--Tizón has seen everything. Or so he thought... A haunting thriller filled with history, adventure, suspense by the internationally bestselling author, Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

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Pérez-Reverte, Arturo.
FIC PEREZ R

This is the water : a novel book This is the water : a novel
"In a quiet New England community members of swim team and their dedicated parents are preparing for a home meet. The most that Annie, a swim-mom of two girls, has to worry about is whether or not she fed her daughters enough carbs the night before; why her husband, Thomas, hasn't kissed her in ages; and why she can't get over the loss of her brother who shot himself a few years ago. But Annie's world is about to change. From the bleachers, looking down at the swimmers, a dark haired man watches a girl. No one notices him. Annie is busy getting to know Paul, who flirts with Annie despite the fact that he's married to her friend Chris, and despite Annie's greying hair and crow's feet. Chris is busy trying to discover whether or not Paul is really having an affair, and the swimmers are trying to shave milliseconds off their race times by squeezing themselves into skin-tight bathing suits and visualizing themselves winning their races. When a girl on the team is murdered at a nearby highway rest stop--the same rest stop where Paul made a gruesome discovery years ago--the parents suddenly find themselves adrift. Paul turns to Annie for comfort. Annie finds herself falling in love. Chris becomes obsessed with unmasking the killer. With a serial killer now too close for comfort, Annie and her fellow swim-parents must make choices about where their loyalties lie. As a series of startling events unfold, Annie discovers what it means to follow your intuition, even if love, as well as lives, could be lost."-- from publisher

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Murphy, Yannick, author.
FIC MURPHY

Lunch at the shop : the art and practice of the midday meal book Lunch at the shop : the art and practice of the midday meal
In our current bustle, lunch has been outsourced to stand-up counters, reduced to take-out platters, wrapped and rolled and packaged. But it doesn't need to be so. Peter Miller makes lunch every day at his bookshop in Seattle. It may be only a salad or a sandwich, but he and his team put it together each day without a formal kitchen. It is a moment set aside, away from the computer and the clock. Lunch at the Shop is a call to lunch. On the most basic level, the book is a primer for making lunch for a few people at work, including more than 45 tried-and-tested, deliciously simple recipes. However, the essence of the book is about adopting a lifestyle that allows food to be savored every day, in a way that is easy, fresh, healthy, and a pleasure.

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Miller, Peter, 1946-, author.
641.53 MILLER

Rules of civility book Rules of civility
A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

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Towles, Amor.
FIC TOWLES

China days : a visual journal from China's wild west book China days : a visual journal from China's wild west
China is a constant source of fascination, yet we rarely glimpse life beyond its urban centers. Artist Henrik Drescher settled in the remote Chinese province of Yunnan over a decade ago. While residing in his adopted home, Drescher records his experiences and observations in illustrated notebooks, capturing everyday life in settings ranging from street markets to mountainscapes. These richly illustrated pages are compiled here for the first time. Drescher's loyal fans will appreciate this window onto the life of the artist at the height of his powers, while those with an interest in Chinese culture will marvel at this rarely seen view of a country in the global spotlight.

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Drescher, Henrik.
915.1 DRESCHE

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