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Love and Fame Create a Page-turner

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

Fans of stories that have a “behind the scenes” of Hollywood feel, especially fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid novels (Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or Malibu Rising) will find it hard to put down The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta.

This page-turning novel follows the on again-off again relationship of Hollywood starlet Win and charming man-about-town Leo, alternating between their present day reunion in southern France and events over the course of the preceding decade.  Read more about Love and Fame Create a Page-turner

It’s Lunch

Natalie Webster

Were you hot or cold? Did you have coveted snacks to share, or did you spend time at the table longingly looking at other kids’ goodies? Did you sport the latest lunch box, or were you a brown bagger? Sit alone or with your crew? Face it; school lunch could serve up a whole lot more than rectangle-shaped pizza slices, late-in-the-week hotdishes made from early-in-the-week entrée leftovers or trade-worthy goodies from home. Read more about It’s Lunch

Relish a “quick, delightful read.”

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

After spending the holidays eating delicious food and, possibly, considering a fresh start in the new year, Lucy Knisley’s graphic food memoir is the perfect book to kick off 2022.

Knisley has an art degree and an MFA in cartoon studies and has had comics published in a wide array of outlets, including Marvel. However, she’s most beloved for her autobiographical comics, and Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is the New York Times bestselling book that brought her wide acclaim. Read more about Relish a “quick, delightful read.”

The Kitchen Front is a Recipe for a Good Read

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

Based on the historical BBC radio program The Kitchen Front, this novel by Jennifer Ryan follows four women on the World War II home front in Britain when food rationing was in full swing.

Ryan factionalizes a cooking competition between four women, attempting to win a co-host spot for The Kitchen Front radio program, which helps give British women recipes, tips and tricks to cook healthy, tasty meals with very limited ingredients. While the four women competing have different qualifications and backgrounds, they all desperately need to win. Read more about The Kitchen Front is a Recipe for a Good Read

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The Rose Code

Fans of WWII historical fiction, take note—The Rose Code by Kate Quinn is set on the British home front during WWII and follows three young women, who work at the highly-classified Bletchley Park. Read more about Read

Do you have a Float Plan?

Float Plan

Anyone who’s missed traveling will enjoy vicariously exploring the Caribbean through the pages of this novel. Float Plan’s heroine, Anna, struggled with grief since the death of her fiancé and desperately needs a change.

She sets out alone on the sailing trip through the Caribbean, which the two of them had planned to do together. After swiftly realizing she’s ill-equipped to do the entire trip on her own, she takes on a crew member, who’s journeyed through his own loss. Read more about Do you have a Float Plan?

Speaking of words …

reading Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson

Do you have a favorite quote from a book? Are there words that you can read over and over and still find fresh layers of meaning? Recently, I found myself drawn back to words written by E. B. White (Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little). Don’t discount children’s literature! There is a lot of wisdom in White’s books. My favorite authors tend to change with whatever season of life I am experiencing.  Read more about Speaking of words …

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