In The Drunken Botanist author Amy Stewart points out our alcoholic cocktails over ice with a dash of, splash of, and a sprig of, are time honored drinks. Supplying a little history, horticulture, and agricultural advice, Stewart guides us through various plants and how we create alcohol. Every great drink starts with a plant so sit down, read a chapter or two, and have fun experimenting with the elixir of life, the aqua vitae!
The Drunken Botanist
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
What would you be willing to do to walk away from your current life—just disappear? Casey Duncan, a homicide detective, killed a man when she was in college and was never caught. Her best friend, Diana, is entangled in an abusive relationship with her ex-husband. Both need to disappear. Fortunately, there’s a secret town just for people like them but they have to apply and be accepted to live there first; and, there are strings attached. Residents of Rockton must give up their cell phones, internet, and computers, and can’t send or receive mail. Plus, there’s no way to get in or out without the town council’s approval. Casey’s application normally would be rejected but the town needs a homicide detective—badly—to solve its first homicide. Casey and Diana are accepted and brought to Rockton, where they discover things are not always as they seem. Strap yourself in for a crime novel thrill ride!
Dollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal
In the summer of 1964 Ibby Bell’s father dies. Her mother dumps Ibby and her father’s urn at grandmother Fannie’s New Orleans house. Fannie, Fannie’s cook, Queenie, and her daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South. Soon hidden secrets, closed rooms, and southern family quirks begin to unlock their mysteries to Ibby.
For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans.