The Kitchen Daughter

The Kitchen Daughter Book Cover

Ginny Selvaggio, a twenty-something young woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome, finds great solace in cooking. After her parents meet an untimely end in an accident, Ginny discovers her ability to reach the dearly departed by preparing one of their handwritten recipes. The tale is engaging and helps the reader to understand the perspective of a person with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Book Cover

This book is the autobiography of Gabrielle Hamilton, and her path to becoming a chef and owner of her restaurant in New York City at a relatively young age. Her unconventional path begins after her family begins to dissolve and she takes restaurant and catering jobs to survive. With an even more unconventional marriage, she has to learn as she goes about the restaurant business, family, and the balance between all of it that will define her life. This is a great book for anyone that appreciates food and the hard work that goes into the restaurant business.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers

The Solitude of Prime Numbers Book Cover

A beautifully written and thought provoking story of loneliness, love, and the weight of childhood experience – one reviewer said it is a book you will love in an instant. It is about 2 “primes” - misfits who seem destined to be alone, but recognize in each other a kindred spirit. Giordano is a 27yr old physicist from Italy who has received a prestigious award for this novel.

Until Tuesday : a wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him

Until Tuesday : a wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him Book Cover

A Captain in the US Army assigned to curtail arms smuggling at the border of Syria and Iraq, Montalvan returns home haunted by the war, in constant pain from a traumatic brain injury, physical wounds, and extreme PTSD, he got to the point where he couldn’t even climb a flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank, he argued, and cut himself off from people he loved. He was sent an email from the VA about service dogs and them met Tuesday, a golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. This turned his life around. Told in his voice, Montalvan speaks about his feelings about the war, officials in the military and our government, and how he felt betrayed by them. Very compelling story in all of its aspects.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010 Book Cover

Very interesting pieces that are well-written and informative. I had planned on reading just the stories that were interesting to me but actually read them all. If you have any interest in science and nature you won’t be disappointed.

The Butterfly’s Daughter

The Butterfly’s Daughter Book Cover

Following the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico, four different women find transformation. The main character is Luz Avila, who has always lived with her grandmother, the butterfly lady. Her grandmother buys an orange VW bug for the long trip from Wisconsin to Mexico. Along the way, Luz attracts a collection of lost women and a dog, seeking change in their lives. This is a very entertaining read about women's friendships and the information on the migrating monarchs is fascinating

The One that I Want

The One that I Want Book Cover

Thirty-two year old Tilly Farmer thinks her life is perfect. She is married to her high school sweetheart, working as a guidance counselor in her hometown, trying for a baby. Tilly has had a hard life -her mother died when she was young and she took a lot of responsibility for everyone else. But, Tilly is a cheerleader -always plastering a smile on her face. After visiting the local fair one summer, everything changes. Tilly wanders into the fortune teller’s tent and is greeted by an old friend, who gives her the "gift of clarity."

Summer Rental

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If you are looking for a nice quick and predictable read for your summer vacation be sure to check this book out from the library. It is a story about 3 best friends who rent a run-down beach house on the Outer Banks for one month. They come with their own baggage with hopes of finding answers to their life’s questions. Add to this mix a handsome landlord with an ex-wife who is a very beautiful but greedy woman, escaping her abusive husband that just embezzled millions from his friend .There is plenty of adventure in this book. It is a predictable read but in a lovely summer read way as you will want to see what happens next in the characters’ lives.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana Book Cover

When the Taliban invaded Kabul, the Sidiqi family was forced to rearrange family roles. The men and of the family were forced to leave the city, and the women and girls were unable to continue careers or education, which was very devastating to them. Unable to work and provide for the family as they were shut in their home, the women joined together to start sewing in their home for tailors throughout the city. Not only were they able to form a successful business during those hard times, they also educated and helped many women in similar situations to start their own business ventures, which brought back the empowerment of women in a terrifying time.

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale Book Cover

In Maus, Spiegelman narrates the story of his father’s survival of WWII and transforms it into a graphic novel. Through comic-book form, Spiegelman depicts the struggles and heartache of his family trying to survive in Nazi-occupied Poland. Because of the nature of the book, the reader is transported into the story with images and imagination, both of which make the story that much more moving.