Southern Lady Code : essays

Southern Lady Code : essays Book Cover

This collection of essays is absolutely laugh-out-loud hysterical. Southerners will get a special kick out of this one. I rate this book four pecan pies and one Lilly Pulitzer dress!

Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s Book Cover

Sierra Wilson's review of this book nailed it. Willow Chance is a 12 year old genius who is obsessed with the number 7, plants, and diagnosing medical conditions of those she meets. After her parents are killed in a car accident her comfort level is shattered and she forms bonds with the most unlikely characters. However, like "Willows beloved plants ,these are people putting down new roots and rising towards the sun." An excellent read for all ages.

War of the whales : a true story

War of the whales : a true story Book Cover

This book reads like fiction, but is the true tale of the struggle between the marine ecosystem and the US Navy. Perplexed by continuous mass-strandings of whales, a marine biologist searches for the cause. What he finds turns out to be a much bigger battle than he ever anticipated. This thrilling book tells the story of the fight to protect these gentle giants, and the difficulties faced when the primary foe is the US Armed Forces.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker Book Cover

This is a beautifully illustrated and written story about Prince Sebastian, who likes to wear daring dresses! His parents are looking to find him a bride, while he is busy hiding his secret life from everyone. A great fairy tale with a twist!

Gran Cocina Latina: The Foods of Latin America

Gran Cocina Latina: The Foods of Latin America Book Cover

This cookbook has an amazingly comprehensive set of recipes for Latin American dishes. Beyond the wonderful recipes, it also gives a compelling and rich history behind the foods and specific ingredients. In my own home, I often find myself reaching for it when I'm itching to cook something new. Aji de gallina (pg 671) makes a frequent appearance at my dinner table, and you will always find Chimichurri (pg 132) in my fridge.

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body Book Cover

Jessamyn Stanley is a body positivity advocate and yoga teacher. Her book was great for this beginner – she answered questions about getting started and has great pictures of poses. This is a book I keep checking out from the library to see how Jessamyn would tell me to do a pose. I also really enjoy her Instagram account and often watch her YouTube videos because she is wonderful at accommodating poses to work with your body.

The address

The address Book Cover

This novel focuses on The Dakota Building in NYC. The author certainly researched this building in detail as she explains why each apartment was built the way it was back in the late 1800's. She combines Historical events with a tale of greed, passion, and sacrifice told 100 years apart . Sara is the character in 1885 where as Bailey is the character in 1985 and how they overlap is cleverly written. A great read for those that like historical fiction with a murder entwined in the pages.

American buffalo : in search of a lost icon

American buffalo : in search of a lost icon Book Cover

American Buffalo charts the natural history and near extinction of this magnificent animal. Rinella goes through the history of this animal, and contemplates his place as part of a 14,000 year hunting tradition. It is part history book, part adventure tale, and part hunting story. It is a quick and easy read for anyone interested in natural history.

Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes Book Cover

This sweeping, world-building “space opera” is a faced-paced sci-fi whodunit and first book in The Expanse series. Most of James S. A. Corey’s characters are flawed, but he gets you to like the characters despite them. Corey is a pen name for Daniel Abraham (known for adapting Game of Thrones) and Ty Franck (personal assistant to George R. R. Martin). The Expanse was adapted to television through the Syfy channel.

Quinito’s neighborhood / El vecindario de Quinito

Quinito’s neighborhood / El vecindario de Quinito Book Cover

Not only does this book show the importance of community and highlights the interrelationships between members of the community, it also does a great job at bending gender roles! Great multicultural book. Easy to read, kids love the art.