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Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Aprilynne Pike’sdebut novel is an eye-catching beauty.  The eye is drawn to it like a butterfly to nectar.  A book this lovely needs very little in the way of blurb to get me to bring it home, and although I’ve been … Continue reading

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Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Do you know what unicorns, teenager girls and Alexander the Great have in common?  No?  Clearly you need to delve in Diana Peterfreund’s marvelous new novel Rampant.   Astrid Llewelyn always thought her mother was more than a little nuts.  Besieged … Continue reading

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The Lost Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Lost Quilter is the 14th entry in the Elm Creek Quilt series writtern by Jennifer Chiaverini.  These novels have also inspired three books of quilting patterns and short stories while the 13th entry in the series (really more of a … Continue reading

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Amuse Bouche

French: to amuse the mouth; a small bite before the meal begins, served to excite the taste buds.

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Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

This debut novel from Cindy Pon has received a lot of buzz from a surprisingly diverse set of authors. I first heard about the book from Sherwood Smith, author of the Inda high fantasy series and then again from Meg … Continue reading

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The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is a classic name of children’s literature. Perhaps such gems as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or James and the Giant Peach are the better known titles today, thanks to the movie adaptations. My favorite as a child … Continue reading

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Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews

Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews was one of the best books I read last year. I just loved it and have been passing it around to all of my friends and family. While I enjoy sharing such a great … Continue reading

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Luscious Lemon Desserts by Lori Longbotham

Cookbooks aren’t always good reading material, but Lori Longbotham’s delightful Luscious Lemon Desserts treads the fine line between function and art to deliver the perfect combination of practicality and entertainment. The photographs by Alison Minsch are elegant in their simplicity … Continue reading

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Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

Very Valentine, by Adriana Trigiani is the coming of middle-age tale of Valentine Roncalli. Valentine is a late bloomer. Although she graduated from college with half-hearted aspirations of teaching it wasn’t until she was almost thirty that she found her … Continue reading

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The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

Julie Berry’s The Amaranth Enchantment is a lovely novel that I happened upon quite by accident. It is a debut book in the vein of writers such as Gail Carson Levine, Donna Jo Napoli, or Shanno Hale. I’m always excited … Continue reading

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