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  • Jeff Somers 8:00 pm on 2018/11/30 Permalink
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    10 New Books for the Thriller Reader on Your List 

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    There really is no gift like a book. Whether your intended recipient is a voracious reader who can never get enough, or the sort who only reads when the mood strikes them, one genre works for everyone: thrillers. Twisty plots, two-fisted action, moral complexity, and a delightful blend of heroism and antiheroism? Sign us all up, please.

    Here are ten thrillers that’ll make awesome gifts for anyone on your list.

    Button Man, by Andrew Gross
    Gross spins an absorbing tale fueled by well-shaded characters, set in New York’s Lower East Side in the rough early days of the 20th century. Morris Rabishevsky lives with his family and learns early on that you have to be tough in order to survive—a lesson his brothers Sol and Harold never could grasp. By sheer force of will, Morris inherits a garment business, renaming it Raab Brothers and bringing Sol in to keep the books. But one of brother Harold’s criminal cohort, a childhood enemy of Morris, makes his living muscling in on garment unions, using violence and terror as needed—and he’s set his sights on Raab Brothers. Luckily Morris has never backed down from a fight in his life.

    Lies, by T.M. Logan
    Logan’s debut begins with a chance sighting: Joe Lynch and his son William are driving in North London when William sees his mother’s car and insists they surprise her. Joe follows her to a hotel, where he watches her argue with her best friend’s husband, the wealthy Ben Delaney. Before he can confront her, she drives off, so Joe confronts Ben instead. The resulting fight ends with his phone missing and Ben unconscious; when Joe returns for his phone, everything is gone. His wife denies an affair, but a murder reveals a different story, and Joe finds himself framed for a crimes he knows never happened—because he’s sure Ben is still alive. Behind that mystery lies the real question: how long has his wife been lying to him—and why?

    The Fox, by Frederick Forsyth
    Forsyth is a master of the spy thriller, and The Fox is a wonderfully old-school, classic story of chess espionage featuring Sir Adrian Weston, retired Deputy Chief of the SIS—but still on the Prime Minister’s speed dial. When a teenaged UK hacker penetrates the NSA, Weston is called in to advise, and sees an opportunity for a daring, dangerous plan. Convincing the not-so-bright U.S. President to cooperate, he hides the hacker away in safe houses and launches a series of audacious cyber attacks against enemies like North Korea and Russia. These attacks result in some of the most famous recent headlines around the world, giving the book a fantastic sense of realism even as the stakes rise after each operation, putting not just Weston but his hacker in danger’s crosshairs.

    When the Lights Go Out, by Mary Kubica
    Jessie Sloane is seventeen when her mother, Eden, passes away. While attempting to restart her life, Jessie discovers that 17 years earlier, someone filed a death certificate in her name, leaving her with no official identity. As her sleepless nights melt into nightmare, Eden’s heartbreaking story comes to the fore: before Jessie’s birth, she and Aaron were in love and desperately wanted children, but couldn’t conceive. Eden’s obsession with having a child slowly transformed into a frightening compulsion, driving Aaron away. Separated by decades, a mother and a daughter both go down dark paths, as two tense storylines hurtle toward a shocking convergence.

    Cross Her Heart, by Sarah Pinborough
    Pinborough’s tense new book stars Lisa, a tightly wound overprotective mother whose daughter Ava is a champion athlete, sneaking around with her boyfriend and chatting up a mysterious man online. Marilyn, Lisa’s bestie, is pushing her to “get back out there,” but Lisa has secrets that have taught her to be careful. When she drops her guard and lets her photo be taken, those secrets come for her, threatening her safety and her relationship with her daughter. Lisa and Marilyn have to push through their problems and join forces in order to save Ava from the past that has come with a vengeance.

    Foe, by Iain Reid
    In the near future, quiet couple Junior and Henrietta live on an isolated farm, until the arrival of a man named Terrance. He congratulates Junior on being accepted to a space colonization program called The Installation—but Junior never applied. Terrance assures him a synthetic version of himself will be created to keep Henrietta company, but as Terrance moves in to gather data, Junior and Henrietta sense he’s keeping something from them—and that they’ll have to do something to save themselves before it’s too late.

    Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast, by Cote Smith, Zack Akers, and Skip Bronkie
    For the forward-thinking thriller fan, Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast, might just be what the future of the genre looks like. This prequel to hugely popular podcast fiction Limetown drips with ominous atmosphere. Student journalist Lia Haddock lives in Limetown, Tennessee, a small town with a big problem—more than a hundred people, including Lia’s Uncle Emile, have disappeared. Lia digs into the mystery, and is amazed when her own parents refuse to help in any way—and what she discovers on her own forces her to do a lot of growing up really, really quickly.

    The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton
    Turton takes one part classic manor house mystery and adds a layer of supernatural sci-fi, as Aiden Bishop relives the same day over and over, inhabiting a different body each time—each a guest at a masquerade ball thrown by the Hardcastle family at the downtrodden manor house known as Blackheath. He must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, the young daughter in whose honor the party has been organized, within eight days—and eight identities—or have his memory erased and be forced to start over from scratch. Turton doesn’t skimp on the red herrings, plausible suspects, and twists that every great mystery needs, while the ticking clock on Bishop’s efforts ratchets up the tension in this near-perfect postmodern mystery.

    Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty
    If someone on your shopping list is a big fan of Big Little Lies, they’ll love Moriarty’s latest, Nine Perfect Strangers. Tranquillum House is the upscale spa of your dreams, and the perfect place for bestselling novelist Frances Welty to nurse her aching back and broken heart. She can’t help but take an interest in the eight other people enjoying the spa, as well as its mysterious owner—but soon Frances is torn between thinking spa will give her the answers she’s always sought, and thinking she should run away as fast as she can. It isn’t long before the other guests are thinking the same thing, and some truly astonishing revelations follow.

    The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware
    It’s cons all the way down in Ware’s newest twisty thriller. Harriet “Hal” Westaway just scrapes by working as a psychic at Brighton Beach, using her skills of observation to con easy marks. She owes very bad people very serious money, so when she receives a letter informing her that her grandmother has passed away and left her something in the will, she’s determined to claim the inheritance—despite the fact that she the woman who passed is not, in fact, her grandmother. Intending to use her cold-reading skills to parlay this case of mistaken identity into some cold, hard cash, she travels to an estate in Cornwell—and learns the truth of why she’s there is far more twisted, and potentially more deadly, than she knew.

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  • Diana Biller 5:00 pm on 2018/11/26 Permalink
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    10 of the Best New Cookbooks for the Home Chefs on Your List 

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    It’s my favorite time of year: holiday gift guide time! This special time of year is dedicated to the cultivation of increasingly specific search terms (“runner” + “tech” + “gifts” + “2018,” just as a totally made up example having nothing to do with my husband at all), the waiting for YouTube’s Vlogmas to start, the sending of prying text messages to ask just for example if so-and-so likes such-and-such band….

    Oh, this is just me? You just want to order the thing and be done with it?

    Well, lucky for you, I also write gift guides. So, you have a cook on your holiday gifting list? Look no further than the eight most delicious releases of 2018.

    Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks, by Ina Garten
    I spend…a lot of time gushing about Ina Garten. The woman used to write the country’s nuclear energy budget, for crying out loud. If she wants to tell me how to cook, I’m automatically going to listen. But what it really comes down to is this: Garten’s recipes are delicious, simple, and impressive, and you just can’t say that about too many cookbook authors. In Cook Like a Pro she shares the tips and tricks she has picked up over several decades of working with some of the world’s top chefs. Perfect for a home cook who’s ready to up their game.

    Cravings: Hungry for More, by Chrissy Teigen
    When I received the original Cravings in a subscription box a couple years ago, I didn’t really know who Teigen was (which seems unthinkable in 2018), and while I definitely have heart space for a celebrity cookbook, my standards there are high. Well. Fast forward a few weeks later, when I began idly flipping through the pages and gave the eggplant pasta bake a shot…and rapidly became a very serious fan. Hungry for More is her second, post-baby cookbook, and it focuses on ease, health, and comfort. It’s just as stylish and beautiful as the first, while delivering a slightly more laid-back vibe. Buy for the new parent, or the busy millennial who knows how to cook and wants to embrace some adventure.

    Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me about Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits, by Reese Witherspoon
    Speaking of celebrity cookbooks, this one is absolutely charming. Drawn largely from Witherspoon’s love of her grandmother and of the South, it goes beyond cooking into entertaining and lifestyle (there’s a hot roller section, and all I have to say about that is where on earth did hot rollers wander off to for twenty years?). With recipes like pecan-encrusted chicken, vegetable plate-in-a-jar, and tea punch, which sounds like the most deliciously alcoholic way to lose an afternoon, there’s a lot in there for the home cook. But where the book really won my heart was in the playlist for a full moon midnight BBQ barn party, which starts with some classic Patsy Cline. Ideal for the host or hostess in your life, whether they’re a cook or not.

    Milk Street: Tuesday Nights: More than 200 Simple Weeknight Suppers that Deliver Bold Flavor, Fast, by Christopher Kimball
    I really like the way this cookbook is organized: from fast to fastest, with additional chapters on more ways to save time. That’s my kind of cooking, and when it comes in recipes like Miso-Ginger Chicken Salad, Rigatoni Carbonara with Ricotta, and Chocolate-Tahini Pudding, I’m sold. Kimball was named one of Epicurious’ Greatest Home Cooks of All Time, and let’s be real: all most home cooks want is to be that, but in under thirty minutes, and with someone else doing the dishes. A great gift for someone learning how to cook, a busy parent, newlyweds, or a recent college grad.

    Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More, by Gina Homolka
    As 2018 seems to be the year of the Instant Pot, I assume there are a lot of people out there who could really benefit from this cookbook. (And if you know a young person without one, how cute would an instant pot + this cookbook be?) Skinnytaste One and Done is all about healthy one-pot meals, and that’s awfully welcome if you’ve ever spent hours trawling the internet for “healthy” recipes that won’t take fifteen dishes and two hours to make. Great for families and the health-conscious.

    Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: Revised, Updated & Expanded Edition, by Kevin Zraly
    This is the kind of book you’ll want to order two of, one for your holiday list and one for yourself. It’s the beginner’s wine book you’ve always wanted, if, like me, you like wine and also know absolutely nothing about it. Recently updated and expanded, Windows on the World takes the reader on a trip around the world. Ever been curious about the difference between Californian and South African reds? What about the white wines of Washington versus those of New Zealand? And is Prosecco basically the same thing as Champagne? Zraly has all the answers, and you’ll leave the book with a whole new world of wine in front of you.

    Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious, by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
    By the authors of Zahav, this beautiful cookbook is a collection of recipes from the best markets and tiny family restaurants in Israel, from Tel Aviv to small Israeli towns. Solomonov and Cook adapt these recipes for the home cook, making it possible to bring some of this love and deliciousness into your own kitchen. From mouthwatering traditional sandwiches to an incredibly adaptable hummus, Israeli Soul is perfect for any cook with a love of travel, adventure, or satisfying home cooking.

    Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi
    Well, hello there, Middle Eastern recipes with a cook time of thirty minutes or less. In a single pot. With fewer than ten ingredients. Many of which are pantry staples. Where have you been all my life? (You and hot rollers, because seriously.) Written by the revered Yotam Ottolenghi, this cookbook is a home chef’s dream. With 130 recipes, Ottolenghi Simple brings freshness and interest to every meal, from brunch to dessert. Standout recipes include Iranian Herb Fritters, Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za’atar, and, for dessert, Fig and Thyme Clafoutis.

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  • Joel Cunningham 4:00 pm on 2018/11/21 Permalink
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    Give the Gift of Reading with Our Biggest NOOK Ever 

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    This holiday season, Barnes & Noble is welcoming a new member into the NOOK family of e-readers, and we definitely had to make some room at the table for this one: the new 10.1-inch NOOK tablet is our biggest Nook ever.

    The NOOK Tablet 10.1″ features everything you love about the NOOK Tablet 7″. There’s just more of it to love: more memory and a larger display that allows you to read all your favorite ebooks and use all your favorite apps from the Google Play Store in crystal clear 1920 x 1200 resolution.

    The new device can also do more than any NOOK that came before. One side of the device features our unique pogo pin connectors that allow you to hook the tablet up to a charging dock or—we love this—a specially designed Smart Folio cover that includes a full keyboard.

    Maybe after you’re done reading your favorite book on the NOOK Tablet 10.1″, you can snap on the keyboard and write your own. Why not dream big?

    Our newest NOOK includes all the other features you’d expect from our biggest device ever: front and rear cameras, 32 GB of onboard storage for all of your books and apps, expandable up to 256 GB, WiFi and BlueTooth capabilities, and more. And at $129.99, it’s a big buy with a small price tag.

    The NOOK Tablet 10.1 the perfect gift for the reader who wants just a little extra room to stretch out. Feels good, doesn’t it?

    The NOOK Tablet 10.1″ is available now.

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  • Heidi Fiedler 3:40 pm on 2017/04/10 Permalink
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    33 Books to Read with Your Mother 

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    Whether your mom is just upstairs or thousands of miles away, reading a book together is a wonderful way to connect. You can introduce her to your favorite characters, learn something new, or just escape into a dreamy world of happy endings. The books on this list are sure to make you feel closer and more connected. Pick up two copies, one for you and one for her, and enjoy!

    My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
    Reading this phenomenal series is a highbrow but thoroughly enjoyable way to celebrate friendship between women, whether those women are neighbors, sisters, or mothers. (You can also trade notes on what pen name you would use if you were to become an international bestselling author.)

    Bad Girls Throughout History, by Ann Shen
    What if mothers and daughters traded biographical tidbits about accomplished women the way sports fans trade stats? This collection of 100 profiles of revolutionary women includes pirates, scientists, spies, and other ladies who ditch ideas of “ladylike” and are sure to inspire you and your mother to live boldly and have some fabulously naughty conversations.

    Just Between Us, by Meredith and Sofie Jacobs
    Girl’s Life Magazine says this is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, and we agree. The prompts in this shared journal will help you get to know everything from your mom’s guilty pleasure to her favorite thing about you. And if you don’t tear up writing about your favorite memory of your mom, you’re probably doing it wrong.

    Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist
    When Brené Brown says read a book, you read the book. This collection of essays is all about slowing down, simplifying, stepping away from worry, and doing what matters—like spending time with your mom. If you’re craving a deeper relationship with your mother or simply looking to feel more present, this book will stay with you for years to come.

    The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
    If you want to start your own private book club à deux, this World War II novel about two sisters is a lovely place to start. With strong themes of loyalty, courage, and family, this tearjerker will leave you wanting nothing more than to give your mom a big hug, open a bottle of wine, and talk about this story.

    Other Minds, by Peter Godfrey-Smith
    If your relationship with your mom is less a meeting of the minds and more a battle against misunderstanding, contemplating the vast differences between humans and animals may help put it all in perspective. Written by a philosopher, this book examines how cephalopods think. Discussing animals that are highly intelligent but as alien as can be here on Earth, this book shines a light on the consciousness we share with other creatures—including our own mothers.

    The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
    See life through the eyes of a young girl who’s figuring out what it means to be a Latina woman in America, and join the many readers who have fallen in love with this book, including Maxine Hong Kingston and Julia Alvarez. For maximum enjoyment, we recommend reading this classic coming of age story with your mama over some mango with a little chili powder, lemon, and salt.

    White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
    If you can’t travel around the world with your mom, people watching together and listening to her commentary, this novel is the next best thing. Set in London, it follows a Muslim family and a Jamaican family as their stories intersect with vibrantly detailed characters and the full force of history.

    Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born, by Tina Cassidy
    This book looks at the natural birth process from a cultural perspective and encourages readers to move away from false assumptions about how “it’s always been this way,” to how and why women give birth in so many different ways around the world and throughout history. This fascinating read is sure to inspire questions about your own birth, and moving answers.

    The Magnolia Story, by Chip and Joanna Gaines
    For those who love nothing more than to binge Fixer Upper with their moms, reading this memoir from the stars of the dreamy TV show is a total pleasure. Daydream about being friends with Joanna, learn how the Gaines’ couple got engaged, and laugh at Chip’s many schemes (that are actually pretty brilliant). Then debrief with your mom when you’re in between seasons of your favorite home reno show.

    Women in Science, by Rachel Ignotofsky
    Geek out over 50 women who have made the world a better place through science, technology, engineering, and math. Illustrated biographies and infographics are filled with fun facts you’ll want to swap with each other. Both you and mom are sure to finish this book feeling inspired. And bonus, you can send each other book reports via the matching postcards—or just say I love you from afar.

    Notorious RBG, by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
    Take a deep dive on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with this biography that’s one part history book, one part annotated legal brief, and one part irreverent visual ode to this feminist pioneer. With interviews from friends, family, colleagues, and the Justice herself, this book will prompt your mom to tell stories about the way things used to be, and you’ll be in awe of all that has changed. The perfect book to read when you’re both worried about how much further we have to go.

    The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
    This classic novel is told from the perspective of Chinese mothers and daughters. Readers experience the way their stories echo, overlap, and diverge through the generations. Filled with complex characters and poetic language, this is a book you’ll be talking about together for many years to come.

    Hidden Figures, by Margo Lee Shetterly
    Whether you watched the movie or not, you’ll want to share this book with your mom. It tells the true story of the African American women who worked at NASA in the ’50s and ’60s and played an integral role in making the space program successful. It’s a painful history to read, but sure to leave you feeling proud to be a woman.

    The Whole 30, by Melissa Hartwig
    Whether you’re trying to lose weight, investigating allergies, or just trying to have more energy, if you’re doing your first Whole 30, you’ll want to grab a buddy. Read the book with your mom, and soon you’ll be bonding over almond flour and grass-fed buffalo jerky. There’s nothing sweeter than finishing a Whole 30, having a cocktail, and toasting your accomplishment with your favorite person in the whole world.

    Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler
    Grab this book to prepare yourself, so you can swoop in if Tina Fey ever stops being Amy Poehler’s BFF—or just look for ways you can make your relationship with your mom funnier, sassier, and more positive. This collection of essays, poems, mantras, photographs, and lists tackles everything from plastic surgery to viewing your career as a nasty boyfriend. Smart advice from Amy Poehler? Yes, please!

    Caraval, by Stephanie Garber
    If you just want a flat-out juicy read, this novel about a fantastical performance that only happens once a year delivers. Love, betrayal, and magic all play a role in weaving a spell that leaves readers eager to share the experience with besties, book clubs, and moms who are ready to debate the meaning of the tagline “Remember, it’s only a game.”

    Rad American Women A-Z, by Kate Schatz
    Get inspired with this children’s book that includes short biographies and bright graphic illustrations. Patti Smith, Rachel Carson, first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation Willa Mankiller, and more are all introduced in A to Z fashion. Compare notes with your mom when you reach X “is for the women whose names we don’t know.” There’s sure to be a woman you want to add to this list.

    I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
    Travel around the world, experience life under the Taliban, and learn what it means to live in a culture that believes girls shouldn’t go to school. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai encourages readers to stand up in big and small ways for women everywhere, and her memoir is sure to leave you and your mother inspired to work together to help women around the world.

    Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    This classic historical novel is as much about the powerful bond between mothers and daughters as it is about slavery. An unforgettable read, this moving story will have you and your mom crying, hugging, and asking deep questions about what it means to truly be free.

    Talking as Fast as I Can, by Lauren Graham
    Until there’s a new Gilmore Girls season (maybe…hopefully…there’s gotta be!), you can share your love of all things Gilmore with Lauren Graham’s collection of essays. Written in the same smart, funny voice we love to watch on TV, Graham tells stories about living on a houseboat, dating in Hollywood, and developing the craft that has made so many mothers and daughters fall in love with her character.

    Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple
    An idiosyncratic relationship between a precocious teenager and a childlike mother lies at the center of this hilarious and wise novel. Told through emails, letters, bills, FBI reports, and more, it will have readers examining their own relationships with tenderness and affection.

    Bringing Up Bébé, by Pamela Druckerman
    Debate whether the French have it all figured out, or if they know more about croissants than childcare, as you read this modern guide to parenting. Ask your mom when you started sleeping through the night, share a laugh over the curse words French children are allowed to say, and reassure your maman that you love her despite her provincial American parenting ways.

    Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
    Cheryl Strayed’s deep grief following her mother’s death is one of the tragedies that leads her to hike the grueling Pacific Crest Trail. But her mother’s love and wisdom also gives Strayed strength as she journeys away from addiction and a broken marriage, toward self-awareness and hope. This memoir is sure to leave you treasuring your own mother.

    Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Keep your mother-daughter book club going strong with this Oprah-endorsed bestseller. Elizabeth Gilbert is a joy to read, and this memoir about her time recovering from heartache and depression in Italy, India, and Indonesia transformed the lives of readers around the world. If you’re hoping to book a trip with your mom anytime soon, this is the perfect book to get you both inspired.

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child
    Start your own Julia and Julia project by working your way through over 500 recipes with your (hopefully patient) mom. Gasp as your soufflé falls, admire Julia’s clear instructions, and toast your own success whenever your results are edible. By the end of Volume II, you’ll surely have sharpened your knife skills, expanded your tastes, and enjoyed some good meals together.

    Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff
    Travel back in time with your mom to explore the life of one of history’s most famous women. Thoroughly researched and laced with sensuous details, this biography captures the queen’s mystique and celebrates her power. Just remember who the real royalty in your relationship is—mom!

    The Beauty and The Beast, by Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villenueve
    Indulge your bedtime fairytale fantasies with this 3D interactive book. With over 200 pages, there’s a foldout map of the Beast’s castle, a punch-out rose, and, of course, the beloved story. Relive tuck-ins with this magical tale that’s old as time.

    Becoming Wise, by Krista Tippett
    My mom wants to be friends with Krista Tippet, and I’m sure she’s not the only one. After interviewing so many deep thinkers, Tippet has put down her own wise words in a book that offers insights on how to live a meaningful life. Read it together, then talk about the big and small ways you can make the world, or simply the hours you spend together, a better place.

    The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
    You can’t go wrong reading Joan Didion, and this title is one of her masterpieces. Written after her husband and daughter died in quick succession, in it Didion describes the brutal, crazy nature of grief in a way that will make you grateful to be alive and able to share this “one wild and precious life” with your mother.

    The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
    Discover the love, pain, and spirits that weave through the lives of three generations. A phenomenal example of magical realism, this literary classic will remind you of your own family, while at the same time transporting you to a world only a master storyteller like Allende could invent. The perfect book to read when you’ve been itching to ask your mom about your great-great-grandparents.

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
    Head off an extensive clean-out session when your parents downsize with Marie Kondo’s approach to sorting, discarding, and organizing everything from books to clothes. Reading this together is a gift for your future self. And when your parents open the garage and find there’s plenty of room for their car, they’ll thank you, too.

    Hallelujah, Anyway, by Anne Lamott
    Whatever your relationship with your mother, forgiveness will go a long way in keeping it healthy. Wise writer Anne Lamott helps readers understand how to invite mercy into their relationships with family, friends and not friends, and even themselves. Read this with your mom, and you’ll soon experience more kindness and gentle grace during your time together. Hallelujah!

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  • Dell Villa 8:00 pm on 2016/12/14 Permalink
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    8 Great Cookbooks for Holiday Cooking with Kids 

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    Throughout the holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities for solitude. Think about the pre-dawn hours you spent circling the mall parking lot on Black Friday, or trying to wrap gifts in your freezing garage with mittens on, or cramming AA batteries into a clearly marked AAA compartment for that last toy that belongs beneath the tree. If you’ve had enough of forced “me time” in the wee hours, I’ll tell you where you shouldn’t be alone: the kitchen! Preparing nourishing entrees and baking your family’s favorite treats is a highlight of the holidays, so invite your little elves in to help. (Just think of the conversations you can have while whisking, whipping, and stirring your way to your next great meal!)

    To get you started on your multigenerational cooking adventure, we’ve handpicked a few of our favorite cookbooks for kids; they’re not only kitchen-tested and kid-approved, but all of them are available on our newest, lightest, smallest NOOK ever. The NOOK Tablet 7″ is just $49.99 this Christmas, and perfect for little hands to hold—so long as they’ve already been licked clean. Happy cooking!

    Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!), by Deanna F. Cook
    If you’ve ever imagined mashed potato clouds and fruit flowers in your dreams, then you need to wake up and check out this cookbook, because they’re real! Every page features a recipe that’s simple, healthy, and adorable—and the whole thing is written in kid-ese, so there won’t be any muddling, braising, or butterflying lost in translation.

    The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids, by Ruby Roth
    If, like so many parents, you have a hard time getting your kids to consume more than a cracker at mealtime, you might want to try this unorthodox method: empower them to prepare their own fresh meals! Roth has created an ultra-engaging, informative book that provides fun facts and mouthwatering recipes every step of the way. It might just inspire your kids (and you, too!) to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day!

    The Everything Kids’ Cookbook, by Sandra K. Nissenberg
    As the title suggests, this cookbook is stuffed with easy-to-follow recipes for delicious weeknight meals, holiday treats, and puzzles and games to keep even the most recalcitrant mini-chef entertained. Try the World’s Best Brownies for dessert tonight!

    The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult, by Mike Berenstain
    When you have holiday cooking on the brain, chances are your cubs do too—so bring them into the kitchen to help! The Berenstain Bears have brought so many delicious recipes to the table in this brand-new cookbook, it’s difficult to keep track. But one thing’s for sure: Mama Bear’s Pumpkin Pie and Papa Bear’s Paw-Lickin’ Good Chicken Wings will be instant favorites at your next gathering.

    The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes that are Simple to Make, by Erin Gleeson
    This kid-friendly follow-up to The Forest Feast is as much a meal for the eyes as the plant-based recipes will be for your tummies. Let’s be honest here—the cover alone will have you drooling! Kids will be encouraged to set off on a vegetarian adventure, and they’ll soon be scooping pomegranate seeds and rinsing quinoa like professionals. Step side and prepare to be wowed!

    Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story, by P.L. Travers
    There’s much more than a spoonful of sugar in this fantastic little volume. Mary the Wonder Nanny and the kids have taken over the kitchen for a week, and they’re reviewing all the essential cooking terms, from A to Z. All of your favorite Poppins characters are here, too, sharing their favorite recipes.

    Science Experiments You Can Eat, by Vicki Cobb
    We’ve always known it, but this book makes it plain—cooking is science. So lead your crazy hungry chemists into the kitchen and turn the place into your laboratory for the weekend; trade your aprons for lab coats and start hypothesizing! You can learn how coagulated protein constitutes custard, among many more strange and wonderful kitchen facts—and at the end of each experiment, you’ll have a delightful dish to consume with your favorite scientists.

    Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook, by Robin Davis and Frank Frankeny
    A Jedi warrior must be calm, and a Jedi warrior must not watch a pot while it boils. In addition to being full of delectable dishes intended for dining on earth as well as on space stations, this quirky cookbook is also a primer on Jedi culinary skills. If you have any Star Wars mega-fans in your house, get them to the kitchen to start cooking dinner with Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos tonight!

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