Romance authors love to pen novels and stories set in and around Christmas and we love to read them. This year there is a bumper crop of these seasonal tales, so grab your hot cocoa and enjoy.
Sleigh bells in the snow by Sarah Morgan
The Christmas he loved her by Juliana Stone
The cowboy's Christmas baby by Carolyn Brown
Lady Jenny's Christmas portrait by Grace Burrowes
Take me home for Christmas by Brenda Novak
New and delightful cookbooks and memoirs highlighting cuisines from many cultures.
Mastering the art of Soviet cooking: a memoir of love and longing by Anya von Bremzen — This witty memoir captures the feasts and famines of three generations of Russian women.
Japanese soul cooking: ramen, tonkatsu, tempura, and more from the streets and kitchens of Tokyo and beyond by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat ; photography by Todd Coleman — Comfort food Japanese-style.
Mastering the art of French eating: lessons in food and love from a year in Paris by Ann Mah — When her diplomat husband is assigned to Paris, Ann plots gastronomic adventures à deux. But when he is called to Iraq on a year-long post, Ann must stay alone in the City of Light.
Notes from the larder: a kitchen diary with recipes by Nigel Slater ; photographs by Jonathan Lovekin — British food writer Slater muses on a year in the kitchen--including a personal selection of simple and seasonal recipes.
The books in the New Adult Genre are designed to interest twenty-somethings. The main character will often be leaving home for the first time, going to college, or starting on their first steady job. While mostly written by twenty-somethings for twenty-somethings, these books do have crossover appeal for romance readers--even those who have left their twenties behind them.
Finding it by Cora Carmack
If you stay by Cole, Courtney
Rule: a Marked Men novel by Jay Crownover
Foreplay by The Ivy Chronicles Book 1 Sophie Jordan
Beautiful disaster: a novel by Jamie McGuire
One Week Girlfriend: a novel by Monica Murphy
September, October and November titles coming soon!
Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — January 9th
Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay — February 13th
Before you know kindness: a novel by Chris Bohjalian — March 13th
The dog stars by Peter Heller — April 10th
The round house by Louise Erdrich — May 8th
The housekeeper and the professor by Yoko Ogawa ; translated by Stephen Snyder — June 12th
Bring in several copies of your favorite recipe (printed out on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper and paper clipped together) to put in the Holiday Recipe Exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk from early November through late December. Look at the recipes others have left, and take home a new recipe or two.
If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.
On Thursday November 14 at noon, we will be discussing:
The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain — Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness-until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in the fabled Lost Generation. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging.
The Michigan Library Association will present Laura Kasischke with the 2013 Michigan Author Award during their Annual Conference in Lansing on October 18, 2013. Kasischke has published eight novels, authored eight books of poetry and received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 2012. Her most recent book is a compilation of short stories entitled If a stranger approaches you.
Kasischke grew up in Grand Rapids, currently resides in Chelsea and is an Allan Seager Collegiate Professor of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan. Throughout her diverse body of work, Kasischke ties her characters to the state of Michigan.
The secrets of happy families: improve your mornings, rethink family dinner, fight smarter, go out and play, and much more by Bruce Feiler — Squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds--from Silicon Valley to the Green Berets--and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. A timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?