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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Cynthia Cotten
Format: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Holiday House (2013, Jan 7th).
Jesse has waited for months for the arrival of the book boat. There he finds a used copy of The Swiss Family Robinson that he desperately wants, but at twenty cents the book costs too much. After working hard, Jesse is deeply disappointed: he has only seventeen and a half cents. But his luck changes when he learns that there's another copy, which the owner will sell for just fourteen cents. This nostalgic picture book is based on the 1800s book boat that traveled along the Erie Canal. Colorful folk art-style paintings complement this book about the love of reading and the merits of hard work. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Edward McClelland
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition (2013, May 21st).
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the "arsenal of democracy"-the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II, thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming culture. Decades of unprecedented prosperity followed, memorably punctuated by riots, strikes, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. A vibrant, quintessentially American character bloomed in the region's cities, suburbs, and backwaters. But the innovation and industry that defined the Rust Belt also helped to hasten its demise. An air conditioner invented in Upstate New York transformed the South from a sweaty backwoods to a non-unionized industrial competitor. Japan and Germany recovered from their defeat to build fuel-efficient cars in the stagnant 1970s. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Adrianna Adarme
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (2013, May 28th).
Simple, delicious, sweet and savory pancakes for any time of day.Who doesn't love a pancake? Celebrated in all cultures and made with variety of ingredients, they are the ultimate comfort food. When food-blogger-turned-cookbook author Adrianna Adarme first moved to L.A., she yearned for breakfasts that tasted like home, and so her pancake quest began. After mastering how to make the perfect fluffy buttermilk pancake recipe she was moved to experiment with different flavor combinations and unexpected toppings. The results are an outstanding collection of sophisticated and unusual pairings like ginger pear, chai tea, and chocolate pistachio pancakes, and on the savory side: cheddar bacon pancakes, smoked gouda potato pancakes, duck-fat pancakes, and kimchi fritters. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jona Giammalva
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books (2013, Apr 1st).
In this how-to book, The Essential A-line, accomplished seamstress Jona Giammalva shows you how to whip a chic A-line skirt in no time! It features a single pattern with easy variations to make 17 stylish skirts in a range of sizes from 0 – 2x. Detailed step-by-step instructions and informative color photographs will guide and inspire sewers of any skill level—especially beginners. In addition to a new wardrobe of skirts, you'll also learn a variety of essential dressmaking techniques from inserting a zipper to mastering the perfect pleat. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kim McCosker
Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (2013, Feb 12th).
From a creator of the internationally bestselling 4 Ingredients series comes a new, must-have cookbook designed to bring joy and flavor back into the kitchen. 4 Ingredients One Pot, One Bowl is an ingenious collection of sweet and savory dishes full of fresh, easy-to-find ingredients that require only one pot and one bowl. That means less cleanup and more time enjoying life and delicious food with the friends and family you love. In this book, you’ll find more than eighty recipes for tasty and deceptively simple casseroles, roasts, soups and stews, pizzas, pasta, pies, and desserts. Imagine Creamy Bacon & Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken, French Lamb Casserole, Apple Crumble, and Baked Rice Pudding—all using four or fewer ingredients. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jennifer Gilmore
Publisher: Scribner (2013, Apr 9th).
Poignant, raw, and insightful, Jennifer Gilmore’s third novel is an unforgettable story of love, family, and motherhood. With a “voice [that is] at turns wise and barbed with sharp humor” (Vanity Fair), Gilmore lays bare the story of one couple’s ardent desire for a child and their emotional journey through adoption. Jesse and Ramon are a loving couple, but after years spent unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, they turn to adoption, relieved to think that once they navigate the bureaucratic path to parent-hood they will have a happy ending. But nothing has prepared them for the labyrinthine process—for the many training sessions and approvals; for the constant advice from friends, strangers, and “experts”; for the birthmothers who contact them but don’t ultimately choose them; or even, most shockingly, for the women who call claiming they’ve chosen Jesse and Ramon but who turn out never to have been pregnant in the first place. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Philip BallMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (2013, Apr 5th).
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Anton Nocito
Publisher: Clarkson Potter (2013, May 7th).
Sweet-tart lime. Bright cherry. Creamy vanilla. Natural sodas are vibrantly flavored with the zing of just-squeezed citrus juice, the sweetness of ripe berries, or the subtle perfume of fresh herbs. And with the popularity of countertop appliances that turn tap water into sparkling water, it’s easier than ever to make the real thing in your own kitchen: simply mix a fresh soda syrup with bubbly water for a drink that’s as sweet (or not) as you like—minus any artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. In Make Your Own Soda, you’ll find 70 recipes for all-natural syrups with unique, artisanal flavors like pineapple, lemongrass, and hibiscus, as well as old-time favorites like ginger, sarsaparilla, and grape. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of MasterChef Season 3 on FOXAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Christine Ha
Publisher: Rodale Books (2013, May 14th).
In her kitchen, Christine Ha possesses a rare ingredient that most professionally-trained chefs never learn to use: the ability to cook by sense. After tragically losing her sight in her twenties, this remarkable home cook, who specializes in the mouthwatering, wildly popular Vietnamese comfort foods of her childhood, as well as beloved American standards that she came to love growing up in Texas, re-learned how to cook. Using her heightened senses, she turns out dishes that are remarkably delicious, accessible, luscious, and crave-worthy. Millions of viewers tuned in to watch Christine sweep the thrilling Season 3 finale, and here they can find more of her deftly crafted recipes. They’ll discover food that speaks to the best of both the Vietnamese diaspora and American classics, personable tips on how to re-create delicious professional recipes in a home kitchen, and an inspirational personal narrative bolstered by Ha’s background as a gifted writer. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability