"The Gown" by Jennifer Robson

Jennifer Robson’s latest novel, "The Gown," cleverly crafts a fictional tale heavily based on research revolving around two of the embroiderers of then-Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

A debut novel by Catie Disabato, The Ghost Network (Melville House Publishing, 278 pages, $16.95), follows a self-appointed detective as she attempts to uncover the whereabouts of Molly Metropolis, a famous pop star, who has mysteriously disappeared.

In this fantastic little book, How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People, published by up-and-coming press Think Piece Publishing, Saint Paul author Andy Steiner explores the idea of resiliency and the notion that every individual has the capacity to be resilient.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan is the much-deserved winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize and a beautiful tapestry of the human condition.

Summer is in full swing, and our hearts are as light as our appetites. We are overwhelmed with lush produce and a collective sense of goodwill toward Mother Earth and her farmers. Salad is the go-to meal of the moment.

Birch's salmon, served with quinoa, tastes as fresh as if it had been caught seaside and flipped right onto the grill.

We've all heard of the seafood diet - "I see food and eat it." But seriously, if we had to subsist on seafood for the rest of our lives, we'd happily do so.

Once upon a time, burgers were made of grilled or fried ground beef and served on a fluffy white flour bun. There was never any impetus—or will—to make them differently, and for good reason: Why gild the lily?

Many ancient civilizations were onto the pleasures of super-cold food. The Chinese served frozen milk and rice around 200 BC. The Roman emperor Nero (37–68 BC) topped mountain ice with fruit.