Book of the Week: Beating the Lunch Box Blues
Nov06

Book of the Week: Beating the Lunch Box Blues

Beating the Lunch Box Blues By J.M. Hirsch (198 pages, nonfiction, 2013)   Tired of taking the same food to work all the time? This book has lots of yummy pictures to show you how to spice up your meals. It gives you ideas for new things to try with your old beloved foods. It also gives you ideas for new foods to try. You don’t have to be bored with the same old same old. And it shows you quick recipes to make that are great for...

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Book of the Week: Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe
Nov06

Book of the Week: Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe

Midnight at the Blackbird Café By Heather Webber (333 pages, fiction, 2019)   Anna Kate travels to the small town of Wicklow, Alabama, to settle her beloved Grandmother Zee’s estate and close up Zee’s thriving Blackbird Café. There’s a mystery about the Blackbird Café. It is said that if you eat the blackbird pie (fruit and a secret ingredient) then you may get a message from a departed loved one in your dreams. Some people in...

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Book of the Week: Observations on womanhood
Oct20

Book of the Week: Observations on womanhood

Life of the Party: PoemsBy Olivia Gatwood(153 pages, poetry, 2019)This collection of poems will make you want to step back every now and then to catch your breath. Gatwood’s impossible-to-ignore observations about women’s bodies – and men’s experiences of women’s bodies – are relayed in achingly unambiguous language. At times winsome, but often chilling, the poems in this collection get under your skin. The subject matter blends...

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Book of the Week: Grand fantasy on Emerald Isle
Oct14

Book of the Week: Grand fantasy on Emerald Isle

An Irish Country Girl By Patrick Taylor (319 pages, fiction, 2010)   Mrs. Maureen Kincaid (affectionately nicknamed “Kinky”) is a friendly and efficient housekeeper and cook for doctor Fingal Flahertie in the small town of Balleybucklebo in Ireland. She cooks wonderful meals and runs the doctor’s house with a sure hand and lots of common sense. But we don’t hear about her background much. This story is about Kinky when she was a...

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Book of the Week: An important collection on racism
Oct06

Book of the Week: An important collection on racism

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race Edited by Jesmyn Ward (288 pages, essay/poetry, 2016)   If you choose only one text to read in The Fire This Time…, let it be “The Tradition” by Jericho Brown. The poem rightfully opens this collection of essays and poems, the anthology itself a nod to James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time. Ownership, slavery, police brutality, death — the speaker of this poem connects these as...

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