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Connect Your Summer

Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

Food Writing

The luscious descriptions of food, cooking and restaurants filling these pages will appeal to anyone who loves to chow down.

Masala Farm: stories and recipes from an uncommon life in the country by Suvir Saran with Raquel Pelzel and Charlie Burd — An Indian chef and consummate city dweller buys a farm in the country.

Beaten, seared, and sauced: on becoming a chef at the Culinary Institute of America by Jonathan Dixon — Discover what it's really like to study at the Culinary Institute of America.

Books About Dogs: Fiction

Bone dogs: a novel by Roger Alan Skipper

Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid

Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid

A dog's life by Gerald Hammond

Emotional Well-Being Audiobooks

Adventurous Travel

Fiction about Films and Filmmaking

The extra by Michael Shea

Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann

Adored by Tilly Bagshawe

Whitby vampyrrhic by Simon Clark

Holl

Sew Awesome

Fiction about Theater and Opera

Time Travel Romances

The dragon hour: a time-travel romance by Connie Flynn

Steamed: a steampunk romance by Katie MacAlister

All for you by Lynn Kurland

Beyond the highland mist by Karen Marie Moning

Sporty Romances

Baseball

Hot property by Carly Phillips

Fireside by Susan Wiggs

Fireside by Susan Wiggs

Football

Here I am by Rochelle Alers

Historical Romances

The gowns, the carriages, the manners of another age — be whisked off to another time with an historical romance.

Trouble at the wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke

The price of temptation by Lecia Cornwall

How the marquess was won by Julie Anne Long

Chilly Summer Cooking

Debut Novelists

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

The family Fang by Kevin Wilson

The tiger's wife: a novel by Téa Obreht

In Zanesville: a novel by Jo Ann Beard

Read a Book While Listening to Music

Read a book while listening to music to earn your Curtains Up badge. Sometimes it takes a lot of work to choose the perfect soundtrack for a book…

[inspire by Kassy.Miller is licensed under CC BY-A 2.0]

Write It

Salad Days

Mediterranean fresh: a compendium of one-plate salad meals and mix-and-match dressings by Joyce Goldstein ; photography by Andre Baranowski ; food styling by Melissa Hamilton ; foreword by Dan Barber ; wine essay by Evan Goldstein

Mollie Katzen's recipes.

Home Improvement

Lunch & a Book July 2012

On Thursday, July 12 at Noon we'll be discussing:

Beloved: a novel by Toni Morrison — According to the publisher, Random House, the book can be described as "Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history in a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Preserving Summer's Bounty

Fiction for Foodies

Lunch & a Book August 2012

On Thursday August 9 at noon we'll be discussing:

Waterland by Graham Swift — Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, England and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving… Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity… A fine and original work."