When one of her famous Red Velvet cupcakes is thought to have caused the death of her rival--a scandalous Lake Eden legend who was trying to steal her boyfriend--Hannah Swensen becomes the unlikely suspect in a murder investigation and must whip up the real killer before someone else gets iced.
A book on how artists work, how they ritualize their days with the comforting (mundane) details of their lives: their daily routines, fears, dreams, naps, eating habits, and other prescribed, finely calibrated "subtle maneuvers". Daily Rituals is irresistible, addictive, magically inspiring.
The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II
Mar 28, 2014 - Mar 31, 2014
Kiernan traces the astonishing story of the unsung World War II workers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee--one of the Manhattan Project's secret cities. "A lively story about the tens of thousands of women who made the bomb - from the power-plant janitor struggling each day through the mud to the exiled physicist in Sweden - The Girls of Atomic City offers a bottom-up history revealing that the atomic bomb was not simply the product of J. Robert Oppenheimer's genius, but also of the work of women at every level of education and class." (BrainPickings.org)
Schappell delves into the lives of an eclectic cast of archetypal female characters--from the high school slut to the good girl, the struggling artist to the college party girl, the wife who yearns for a child to the reluctant mother--mapping America's shifting cultural landscape from the late 1970s to the present day. Harlan Coben just picked Schappell's book as "my favorite short story collection in recent memory".
"Put on your hard hats and get ready to roll with these 26 hardworking trucks featured in rhyming verse. . . The alphabetic lineup has some obvious ones, like D for dump truck and P for pickup truck, but most of the vehicles will be new to fans, and many have surprising jobs. C is for cargo, G is for grapple, K is for knuckle-boom. . . . " (Kirkus Reviews)
"One place and one family are inextricably linked in this marvelous novel. Elizabeth Graver writes with a painter's attentiveness to detail, and creates from these particulars a vivid rendering of American life from 1942 to the century's end." (Ron Rash)
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder case matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? "All of Connelly's considerable strengths are on display: the keen eye for detail and police procedure, lots of local L.A. color, clever plotting, and most important the vibrant presence of Harry Bosch." (Publishers Weekly)
Just nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal for illustration, Morpurgo's book is part poetry anthology, and part children's scrapbook. Pippa loves staying with her Aunty Peggy. She loves going for walks, whether it is sunny or cold -- long, wandering walks where her wellies take her. Follow Pippa into the beautiful English countryside as her day unfolds, and the wildlife, animals, and people she encounters are complemented by relevant poem.
In this utterly enchanting book, food writer Carpenter chronicles with grace and generosity her experiences as an urban farmer. "Having moved into one of Oakland's most blighted neighborhoods, Carpenter takes up cultivating a neglected plot of urban earth behind her apartment. Not only does she raise lettuces, she maintains beehives and nurtures chickens, turkeys, and even rabbits. Her neighbors, a delightfully odd lot of immigrants, Buddhist monks, vegans, and gang members, have decidedly diverse reactions to farm animals in their midst. (Booklist)
The truck food cookbook : 150 recipes and ramblings from America's best restaurants on wheels
Edge, John T.
Mar 22, 2014 - Mar 25, 2014
Visiting hundreds of restaurants on wheels, one of America's most respected culinary chroniclers has collected the very best street food recipes--and interviewed the proprietors, customers, and small business supporters who have helped make the trend happen.
The yarn whisperer : my unexpected life in knitting
Mar 21, 2014 - Mar 24, 2014
Renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes uses the metaphor of knitting to tell her own story via twenty-two captivating, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny essays. Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things.
Midnight in Peking : how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China
Mar 20, 2014 - Mar 23, 2014
"Simply marvelous! An atmospheric who-done-it in which the setting is pre-communist China, incorporating the last tottering edges of the British empire, a cast of enigmatic foreigners, and Peking bracing as Japan invades and brings the last of Old China to its knees. The mysterious and seemingly motiveless killing of a young English girl by a spirit-haunted gate in Peking is much more than it appears." - (Margaret George)
When Thomas wakes up, he's surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade--a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got there. The next day, a girl arrives with the surprising message that Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. "Heart-pounding to the very last moment." (Kirkus Reviews)
One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory. Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.
"[Rash's] starkly beautiful prose has mapped the heart and soul of southern Appalachia in a way few writers of his generation can match. . . A splendid new collection. . . shimmering, liquid poetry. . ." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)