Monday, January 25, 2016


In February, our book club will be reading Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar.  This novel looks into the lives of Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.  Vanessa and Her Sister was very well reviewed upon its release, receiving starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus.

There are many books available that use a famous figure as the focal point of their stories.  Here are some of the books you can find at the Library that use authors as the main and/or secondary characters.

Adeline by Norah Vincent (Virginia Woolf)
Vanessa and Virginia by Susan Sellers (Vanessa Bell & Virginia Woolf)
Dark Aemilia by Sally O'Reilly (Aemilia Bassano & William Shakespeare)
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (Ernest Hemingway)
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler (Zelda & F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Virginia Woolf)
Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James (Jane Austen)
Daphne by Justine Picardie (Daphne Du Maurier)
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (Robert Louis Stevenson)

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Monday, January 18, 2016


I am currently reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.  This book has been on my to read list for a long time, and I am excited to finally get to it!  Rebecca was originally published in the late 1930s and has been reprinted multiple times over the years.  This novel follows the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter as she begins her life as the young bride to a man she barely knows.  She soon finds herself ill at ease in her new home, and she begins to dig into the past to find out what really happened to her husband's first wife, Rebecca.

Daphne Du Maurier is the author of numerous works including the novels listed below.

The Loving Spirit
I'll Never Be Young Again
Jamaica Inn
Frenchman's Creek
Hungry Hill
The King's General
The Parasites
My Cousin Rachel
The Scapegoat
Castle Dor
The Flight of the Falcon
The House on the Strand
Rule Britannia

If you have already finished Rebecca, you may enjoy some of these works as well.

The Little House by Philippa Gregory - This is the story of Ruth Cleary.  Ruth and her husband, Patrick, live in Bristol where she works for a radio station, and he is a TV reporter.  Every weekend they visit Patrick's parents at their old farmhouse.  When the house at the end of her in-laws' lane comes up for sale, Ruth and Patrick make the move from the city to the country.
 Haunted Ground by Erin Hart - In Ireland, two farmers discover the severed head of a young woman and immediately contact the local police.  However, the police department is already busy investigating the disappearance of the wife and son of the local land baron, Hugh Osborne, and since peat bogs prevent decay it is hard to tell how long ago the woman died.  So, they call in archaeologist Cormac Maguire and Nora Gavin.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton - During a summer party at the family farm, Laurel Nicolson escapes to her childhood tree house when she sees a stranger coming up the road to the farm, and before the day is over, Laural will witness a shocking crime.  Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful actress living in London and her family is gathering for her mother's 90th birthday.  Laural realizes that this may be her last chance for answers, and she dives into her mother's past to find them.

Dragonwyck by Anya Seton - Dragonwyck was published a few years after Rebecca and is a classic gothic romance.  The reader follows Miranda Wells as she falls under the spell of a mysterious old mansion and its master.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte -This classic of British literature follows Jane Eyre, an orphan, who is engaged as the governess at Thornfield Hall by Mr. Rochester.  Her character is tested as her love for Mr. Rochester grows and the secrets of his past come to light.

Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman - This novel continues the story created by Daphne Du Maurier.  It is twenty years after since the death of Rebecca and the inquest which passed a verdict of suicide.  Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel in the mail containing a notebook and two pictures pertaining to Rebecca.  Meanwhile, Terence Gray has also come to town looking for clues about Rebecca's life and death.  Was Rebecca the manipulative woman her husband claimed?  Was her death really a suicide? 

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Monday, January 11, 2016


What can you do when you are stuck inside all winter long?  You can cook!  Whether you are an experienced cook looking for new ideas or a new cook looking for help, cookbooks are a great place to start.  You can try new foods, create your own dishes based off of inspiration, or have your own cooking competition with friends and family.

Here a some of our newer cookbooks that are sure to keep you cooking all winter!

The 52 New Foods Challenge by Jennifer Tyler Lee
Back Home With the Neelys by Patrick Neely
The Can't Cook Book by Jessica Seinfeld
Carla's Comfort Foods by Carla Hall
Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli
Cook's Country Eats Local by the Editors of America's Test Kitchen
Easy Gourmet by Stephanie Lee
Egg by Michael Ruhlman
The Food of Taiwan by Cathy Erway
Food Truck Road Trip by Kim Pham
Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore
Gluten-Free Classic Snacks by Nicole Hunn
The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book by Carolyn Wyman
Healthy Pasta by Joseph Bastianich
How to Cook Everything Fast by Mark Bittman
International Night by Mark Kurlansky
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
One Bowl Baking by Yvonne Ruperti

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