Beth Kendrick’s Once Upon A Wine (KEN) offers a story where it’s easy to love all the characters in the novel. Cammie and Ian’s chemistry can be felt, while Kat’s mid-life crisis (in her early 30s) hits the reader and Kat and Scott’s concerns do enable the reader to enjoy real life drama. And in the end, the cheerful, upbeat novel is layered, complex and worth waiting for.
Although Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter is the third book in the A Summer Harbor Series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. Hunter has a way of drawing the reader into the story when she focuses on Riley who, upon returning a tour in Afghanistan, needs to deal with life as an amputee and with PTSD. Another engaging story with warm, witty characters to lift one’s spirit is Hearth Song by Lois Greiman (GRE).
What could appropriately be called A James Herriot for Modern Times, The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks (BIO Rebanks) offers much to delight in. Rebanks is the first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, coming from a family that has lived and worked in Northern England for generations, further back than recorded history. Rebanks takes the reader through a shepherd’s year, offering a unique account of rural life and a connection with the land that most of us have lost.
Cooks and those looking for an extra special eating touch might consider The Power of Pulses: saving the world with peas, beans, chickpeas, favas and lentils by Dan Jason, Hilary Malone and Alison Malone Eathorne (Cookbooks, Vegetarian, Jason). Easy to grow and prepare, dry peas and beans, chickpeas, favas and lentils can be cooked in a seemingly infinite variety of simple and delicious ways and offer much culinary delight because of their diverse tastes and textures. The cookbook highlights many benefits of pulses, e.g. pulses require between 20 to 40 times less fossil fuel to produce than meat, yet provide incredible nourishment.
In response to requests for adding a low-carb slow cooker book, 300 Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes by Dana Carpender (Cookbooks, Healthy, Low-Carb, Carpender) should fit the wish. Pages 10 and 11’s two sections, “Some Things I’ve Learned about Slow Cooking” and “Things that Other Slow Cooker Books Seem to Think are Terribly Important, but don’t seem like a Big Deal to Me” are by themselves worth picking up the cookbook. Also on pages 331-344 are recipes that one can use to make other recipes.
The Brain Warrior’s Way by Daniel and Tana Amen (Health, Amen) is a way of living, a path that has been developed over three decades of helping patients at Amen Clinics. This war is not just about modern-day adulterated food but news outlets that seem to highlight the sensational, evil and most awful stories. There’s a section after the narrative called “The 14-Day Brain Warrior’s Way Journal” that enables one to monitor and keep on the way.
No head coach-quarterback pair has been more successful in NFL history than Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. After four Super Bowls, six AFC championships and thirteen division titles, Michael Holley in Belichick and Brady takes us inside their relationship, highlighting this pair and their team.
Audio books listeners looking forward to Robert B. Parker’s titles may want to try Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack by Robert Knott (KNO). With the death of Parker, many were happy that Knott would continue the characters many came to look forward to.
Acclaimed as an instant classic fantasy literature, Gregory Maguire has written an imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz, told from the Wicked Witch’s point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked (MAG) is a meditation on the nature of good and evil. Narrator John McDonough draws you into Maguire’s magical world of witches and talking animals. Delight in this land somewhere over the rainbow. The delight goes for 20 hours with 16 CDs.
Children who have listened to the Toys chapter books such as Toys go Out, Toys Dance Party (both in J. JEN) will be thrilled to see Lumphy, StingRay and Plastic in their first full-color picture book, Toys Meet Snow (JE JEN). Author Emily Jenkins and Caldecott Medal winning illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky have created a work likely to become a classic.
Dr. Leroy Hommerding
Beach Library Director