Baking with the Cake Boss

Baking with the Cake Boss Book Cover

Turn your kitchen into a DIY Carlo’s Bakery! This cookbook ranges from beautiful pictures of cookies alongside recipes to how to pipe frosting. While some of the cookies were a little too tedious to make for my taste, just skip to making the cakes. I used both the Vanilla and Chocolate Cake along with the Vanilla and Chocolate Fudge Frosting recipes to make my own wedding cakes! If you are not a baker, throw together a cake from a box and perfect a frosting from this book – everyone will love it!

La La La

La La La Book Cover

Have your young reader tell YOU the story in this nearly wordless book. Having your child tell you the story based solely on the pictures is a great early literacy skill- try it with this beautiful picture book!

Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos Book Cover

This is a fun book for dragon lovers and taco lovers alike! This is a silly book with wonderful illustrations!

Big Magic

Big Magic Book Cover

If you are looking for some inspiration to get creative, this is the book for you! I couldn’t put it down, and this book has inspired me to let my creative side lead the way, and not let fear drive my life. You will not regret reading this!

What I found in a thousand towns : a traveling musician’s guide to rebuilding America’s communities–one coffee shop, dog run, and open-mike night at a time

What I found in a thousand towns : a traveling musician’s guide to rebuilding America’s communities–one coffee shop, dog run, and open-mike night at a time Book Cover

Pertinent for anyone who is interested in Community Development, good and bad. Unusual point of view from a professional musician on the road. Includes a chapter on Moab, Utah!

Elon Musk : Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future

Elon Musk : Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future Book Cover

Tesla has become a household name, and so has the name of the brilliant mind behind the brand, Elon Musk. This book delves into the history and future of Musk, as well as the many companies and products he’s created. It explores his vision and drive to create a better future for the Earth and the people on it.

Sarah’s Key

Sarah’s Key Book Cover

This is a historical fiction novel that is told partially by a young Jewish girl living in France during the “Vel d’hiv” – which was the roundup of Jewish families by the French police (ordered by the Germans) who held them in horrid conditions and then eventually sent them to their deaths at concentration camps in Germany. The other portion of the story is told by an American journalist living in Paris who was assigned to write an article for her magazine on the event. A well-told, eye-opening story that also gives us a history lesson of the recent past.

Sisters in law : how Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world

Sisters in law : how Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world Book Cover

"The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women." – Washington Post --- I enjoyed the way Hirshman intertwined the lives and careers of these two amazing women during the 70’s race discrimination and discrimination of women. There was quite a bit of legal detail analysis throughout although the author made it readable for the layman. There is humor along with case histories and very real accounting of their lives. I would recommend this book.

The Book of Joy

The  Book of Joy Book Cover

Nobel Peace Prize winners, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. We are privileged to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. This is truly one of those books that can change your life.

The Martian

The Martian Book Cover

My husband and I took this book on CD with us on our honeymoon road-tripping through Alaska and, let me tell you, it was so gripping we didn't want to leave our car. On our honeymoon. In Alaska. This book on CD was (almost) as good as Alaska!