Thursday, June 24, 2021

Winning the Gentleman

By Kristi Ann Hunter
Bethany House, 2021. 348 pgs. Romance

When his reputation is threatened, Aaron Whitworth makes the desperate decision to hire a circus horse trainer as a jockey for his racehorses. Most men don't take Sophia Fitzroy seriously because she's a woman, but as she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she finds the fight for Aaron's guarded heart might be a more worthwhile challenge.

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By Julie Wright
Shadow Mountain, 2021. 330 pgs. Romance

Taking a one-way trip aboard the Fishing Fleet to India after a third failed London season, outcast Caroline bonds with unconventional ship captain Thomas Scott, who is captivated by her forthright nature.

By Sarah M. Eden
Covenant Communications, 2014. 193 pgs. Romance
A horse breeder by trade, Corbin Jonquil is more at home in the stables than in the ballroom of his sprawling estate. Corbin is the quietest of the Jonquil brothers and has always faded into the background, contentedly unnoticed. When a mysterious young widow, Mrs. Clara Bentford, moves into the neighborhood, horse breeder Corbin Jonquil quickly falls in love -- but the menace of Clara's past threatens to tear them apart. Will the couple have the courage to fight for the promise of forever?    


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A Taste for Love

by Jennifer Yen 
Razorbill, 2021. 336 pages. Young Adult Romance 

 Both high school senior Liza Yang and her mother share a love and talent for baking but disagree on the subject of dating, especially when Mrs. Yang turns her annual baking contest into a matchmaking scheme. 

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by Emma Lord 
Wednesday Books, 2021. 305 pages. Young Adult Romance 

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it's mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie...although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front. But she didn't know she's a younger sister. When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents. The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby's growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything. 

by David Yoon 
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2019. 406 pages. Young Adult Romance 

High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love--or himself--at all. 

by Lyla Lee 
Katherine Teegan Books, 2020. 323 pages. Young Adult Romance 

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn't dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn't call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she's about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her. She'll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she'll do it better than anyone else. When Skye nails her audition, she's immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn't count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame, and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho. But Skye has her sights on becoming the world's first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition, without losing herself.


Monday, June 14, 2021

Europe's Best Bakeries

Europe's Best Bakeries
By Sarah Guy
September Publishing, 2019. 223 pages. Nonfiction. 

An inspirational, illustrated guide to Europe's 135 best bakeries. The aroma of just-baked bread, the chewy bite of an oven-fresh bagel and the thrill of a cream-filled patisserie are conjured up in this enticing list of bakeries from the UK, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Spain, Greece, Italy, and France. A fascinating, mouthwatering and unique introduction to Europe's long and impressive baking tradition. 

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By Mike Reilly
Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. 142 pages. Nonfiction. 

This book is a food tour in your pocket, featuring more than 100 of the best restaurants, cafes, bars, and markets recommended by a team of in-the-know Tokyoites. You'll also find insights into the city's idiosyncratic food culture, and a handful of iconic recipes to cook at home. It's the inside knowledge that allows you to drink, shop, cook, and eat like a local. 

By Adrian Miller
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2013. 333 pages. Nonfiction. 

Delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish--such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and "red drinks"--Miller uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity. Four centuries in the making, and fusing European, Native American, and West African cuisines, soul food--in all its fried, pork-infused, and sugary glory--is but one aspect of African American culinary heritage. This refreshing look at one of America's most celebrated, mythologized, and maligned cuisines is enriched by spirited sidebars, photographs, and 22 recipes. 

By Louise Abbott
DK Publishing, 2011. 336 pages. Nonfiction. 

This book takes travelers on a gastronomic tour of the globe to find truly world-class culinary experiences. Whether it is the most delicious food in Southeast Asia, or the best clam chowder in New England, this beautifully illustrated book includes every must-try treat in some of the world's best destinations, and places them in their cultural and geographical context. 


Friday, June 4, 2021

Travels With Charley


Travels with Charley
by John Steinbeck 1986, Penguin Books. 277 pages. Nonfiction 

With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.

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by Bill Bryson. BBC Digital Audio, 2004. Nonfiction. Audiobook. 

In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.From the Deep South to the Wild West, from Elvis' birthplace through to Custer's Last Stand, Bryson visits places he re-named Dullard, Coma, and Doldrum (so the residents don't sue or come after him with baseball bats). But his hopes of finding the American dream end in a nightmare of greed, ignorance, and pollution. This is a wickedly witty and savagely funny assessment of a country lost to itself, and to him.Travel through small-town America with Kerry Shale's popular BBC Radio 4 reading of Bill Bryson's comic travelogue.


by Matt Kepnes. New York: St. Martin's Press 2019. 226 pages. Nonfiction

Matthew Kepnes knows what it feels like to get the travel bug. After meeting some travelers on a trip to Thailand in 2005, he realized that living life meant more than simply meeting society's traditional milestones, such as buying a car, paying a mortgage, and moving up the career ladder. Inspired by them, he set off for a year-long trip around the world before he started his career. He finally came home after ten years. Over 500,000 miles, 1,000 hostels, and 90 different countries later, Matt has compiled his favorite stories, experiences, and insights into this travel manifesto. 

Our Towns: A 10,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America
by James Fallows. New York: Pantheon Books 2018. 413 pages. Nonfiction

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-prop airplane, visiting small cities and meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs, seeking to take the pulse and discern the outlook of an America that is unreported and unobserved by the national media. Attending town meetings, breakfasts at local coffee shops, and events at local libraries, they have listened to the challenges and problems that define American lives today. Our Towns is the story of their journey--an account of their visits to twenty-one cities and towns: the individuals they met, the stories they heard, and their portrait of the many different faces of the American future. 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Girl Explorers

by Jayne Zanglein
Sourcebooks, 2021, 416 pages. Nonfiction

The Girl Explorers is the inspirational and untold story of the founding of the Society of Women Geographers—an organization of adventurous female world explorers—and how key members served as early advocates for human rights and paved the way for today's women scientists. They scaled mountains, explored the high seas, flew across the Atlantic, and recorded the world through film, sculpture, and literature. Some of the women covered in this book include the group’s founder, Blair Niles; mountaineer Annie Peck; author Pearl Buck; pilot Amelia Earhart; and suffragist Margaret Mead.

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by Marianne Monson
Shadow Mountain, 2016, 198 pages. Nonfiction

The stories of twelve women who heard the call to settle the west and came from all points of the globe to begin their journey. These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world.


by E.B. Wheeler
History Press, 2019, 188 pages. Nonfiction

Representing lawmakers and lawbreakers, artists and adventurers, scholars and activists, the women of Utah defied stereotypes. At the crossroads of the West, they found new challenges and opportunities to forge their own paths. Emma Dean explored the Rocky Mountains with her famous spouse, John Wesley Powell. Martha Hughes Cannon defeated her husband to become the first female state senator. Maud Fitch drove an ambulance under German artillery fire to rescue downed pilots in World War I. Author Emily Brooksby Wheeler celebrates the remarkable Utah women who, whether racing into danger or nurturing those who fell behind, changed their world and ours.

by Katherine Sharp Landdeck
Crown, 2020, 435 pages. Nonfiction

When the U.S. Army Air Forces put out a call for women pilots to aid the war effort, just over 1,100 women from across the nation made it through the Army's rigorous selection process to earn their silver wings. The brainchild of trailblazing pilots Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) gave women a chance to serve their country—and to prove that women aviators were just as skilled as men. While not authorized to serve in combat, the WASP helped train male pilots for service abroad, and ferried bombers and pursuits across the country.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
by Kate Winkler Dawson
G.P. Putnam’s Son, 2020. 325 pages. Nonfiction. 

Known as the 'American Sherlock Holmes,' Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America's greatest forensic scientists, with a skill level that seemed almost supernatural. Heinrich spearheaded the invention of new forensic tools that police still use today, including blood spatter analysis, ballistics, lie-detector tests, and the use of fingerprints as courtroom evidence. His work, though not without its serious - some would say fatal - flaws, changed the course of American criminal investigation. Based on years of research, American Sherlock captures Heinrich's life, work, and legacy. 

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by Jennifer Greer 
Crooked Lane Books, 2020. 311 Pages. Mystery. 

The body of a famous actress is unearthed from its shallow grave in the small town of Medford, Oregon. Local reporter, Whit McKenna, is trying to lick her wounds and get her life back on track when she is called to cover the murder. Working with her best friend, medical examiner Katie Riggs, race across the clock to find the killer as more bodies are discovered. 

by Bridget Heos
Balzer & Bray, 2016. 264 pages. Nonfiction. 

An account of the history of modern forensic science from the first test for arsenic poisoning in the 1700s to criminal profiling, fingerprinting, blood splatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the milestones in between. 


The Awakening of Malcolm X

The Awakening of Malcolm X 
By Ilyasah Shabazz
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2021. 323 pages. Young Adult Historical Fiction 

In this lyrical and compelling novel, based on real events and written by the subject’s daughter, Malcolm Little struggles with the weight of his past. Plagued by nightmares, Malcolm drifts through days, unsure of his future. Slowly, he befriends other prisoners and writes to his family. He reads all the books in the prison library, joins the debate team and the Nation of Islam. Malcolm grapples with race, politics, religion, and justice in the 1940s. And as his time in jail comes to an end, he begins to awaken — emerging from prison more than just Malcolm Little: Now, he is Malcolm X. 

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Dear Martin (Dear #1)
By Nic Stone
Crown, 2017. 210 pages. Young Adult Fiction 

 Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Justyce comes face to face with the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him. 

Punching the Air
By Ibi Aanu Zoboi
Balzer + Bray, 2020. 386 pages. Young Adult Fiction 

Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, because of a biased system he's seen as disruptive and unmotivated. Then, one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. "Boys just being boys" turns out to be true only when those boys are white. Suddenly, at just 16-years-old, Amal is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it? 


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Lost Apothecary

The Lost Apothecary
by Sarah Penner
Park Row Books, 2021. 301 pages. Historical fiction

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientèle. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary's fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries. 

When aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary's in a stunning twist of fate, and not everyone will survive.

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by Julia Kelly
Gallery Books, 2019. 293 pages. Historical fiction

It's always been easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than confront the present, which is why working with a gruff but brilliant antiques dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin that holds the relics of a lost relationship: among the treasures, a World War II-era diary and a photograph of a young woman in uniform. 

Eager to find the author of the hauntingly beautiful, unfinished diary, Cara digs into this soldier's life, but soon realizes she may not have been ready for the stark reality of wartime London she finds within the pages.

by Paraic O'Donnell
Tin House, 2021. 403 pages. Historical fiction

London, 1893: high up in a house on a dark, snowy night, a lone seamstress stands by a window. 

So begins the swirling, serpentine world of Paraic O'Donnell's Victorian-inspired mystery, the story of a city cloaked in shadow, but burning with questions: why does the seamstress jump from the window? Why is a cryptic message stitched into her skin? And how is she connected to a rash of missing girls, all of whom seem to have disappeared under similar circumstances?