When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural beings stalk the gaslit streets.
A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen's beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem. "A glorious plum pudding of a whodunit." (NPR Fresh Air)
The layered garden : design lessons for year-round beauty from Brandywine Cottage
Culp, David L.
Apr 3, 2014 - Apr 6, 2014
Brandywine Cottage is David Culp's beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering -- interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.
"Hannah Kent's BURIAL RITES shows how a seemingly simple tale-a murder, a family, a remote landscape-can prove mythic in scale in the right hands. Spell-binding and moving, it's the kind of novel that gets under your skin, moves your blood, your heart. A bravura debut." (Megan Abbott)
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.