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The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds

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Long Shadow is broad but rich in historical perspective, specifically in reference to the First World War shaping the 20th century.  Informative, insightful, and certainly well worth looking through since August 2014 will mark the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

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Unlike typical cookbooks, Madison organizes her recipes using, “the 12 different families of the animal kingdom”.  In doing so the reader’s eyes are open to the similarities of these vegetables and how to best bring out the flavors of these unique families.  In addition to recipes, this book also contains a wealth of information about each individual vegetable.  Accompanied by stunning photographs, this cookbook is a great way to get fresh ideas for using the vegetables from your summer garden. 

 

All Souls: A Family Story From Southie by Michael Patrick McDonald

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In this devastatingly honest memoir Michael MacDonald, one in a family of ten, recounts his experience growing up in Southie which is one of South Boston’s public housing projects.  Described by all the residents as “the best place in the world”, McDonald has the courage to pull back this veil and tell the emotional and powerful true story.  MacDonald explores the busing riots of the 1970s, Southie’s “no snitch” culture, the loss of four of his own siblings, and the exploits of Whitey Bulgar (the town’s top gangster and father figure).  Through all of this pain and loss McDonald is still able to point out areas of hope and the strong sense of community that is still alive in Southie today.  

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