The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

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Fans of the Smitten Kitchen blog can rejoice in this cookbook by home cook Perelman. She cooks in a tiny New York City kitchen – although a friend told her upon move in that “ovens are for sweater storage.” Perelman’s love of cooking is apparent, with many photographs of both the process and finished product, with some innovative and some more classic recipes to try in your own kitchen, large or small.

The Deepest Night by Kara Braden

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When security contractor Ray Powell returns to the British Isle of Scilly after a hard mission, he expects to find comfort in staying at his grandmother's home. Instead, he discovers Michelle Cole: gorgeous, kind, funny–and helping out a friend who bought Ray's grandmother's house and turned it into a B&B. Though she's initially wary of the strange man on her doorstep, Michelle soon warms to the determined and sexy ex-Royal Marine. As Ray falls deeper in love, he must convince Michelle that's he's more than just a vacation fling, and Michelle must decide whether to set aside old betrayals–and learn to trust her heart.

Ice Pops!: 50 delicious, fresh and fabulous icy treats

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Don’t be fooled by this book’s run-of-the-mill title. These are no ordinary ice pops. Nope, these are “gourmet artisan ice pops,” and just reading through their tasty names is enough to make your mouth water.

Put together by an aunt and nephew who have sold their pops on the streets of New York and London, the book is bursting with flavorful creativity. The recipes include all kinds of pops from the easy-to-make and delicious-to-eat Milk & Honey, to the classic Sweet Pear & Ginger, to the unique Pistachio & Rose, inspired by an Egyptian milk dessert.

So, if you’re looking for something cool and delicious to get you through the last few hot weeks of summer, or need a fancy dessert to serve for your Labor Day party, Ice Pops is the book for you!

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

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In the sub-Saharan country of Mali, Abdel Kader Haidara was 17 years old when his father died and he became the custodian of the family’s library—a collection of five thousand manuscripts in Timbuktu and about eight times that many in their ancestral home in Bamba. Not long after, the director of the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in Timbuktu hired him to collect and preserve manuscripts.

Over the years, Haidara located thousands of manuscripts from as early as the 11th century on diverse topics including Islamic jurisprudence, Korans, theological treatises, conflict resolution, contemporary politics, geography, poetry, and astrology. He struggled to save these priceless manuscripts from the devastating effects of mold, termites, and dust because they had been hidden in holes in the ground, caves, secret closets, and storage rooms. Then Al Qaeda’s presence in the area changed everything. It became painfully clear they would need to save as many of the 377,000 manuscripts under his purview from Al Qaeda’s destruction of everything it considered to be sinful.

Readers will be swept into this gripping recounting of a frantic race by ordinary people against time and jihadists.

Sci-Fi for Teens: The Inventor's Secret

In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain's industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees' struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memoryof his escape, but bearing secrets about a terrible future that awaits all the refugees exiled from the empire.  

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson

Ivo the orphan, together with the Hag of Dribble, Ulf the Troll, and Brian the Wizard, sets out to save Princess Mirella from the dreaded Ogre of Oglefort. When the rescuers arrive at the castle they are shocked to find that the princess doesn't want to be saved!  In fact, the princess wants the ogre to turn her into a bird so she can escape an arranged marriage. To further complicate matters the Ogre isn't nearly the fearsome creature everyone believed.  He's actually rather depressed. Now the rescuers are going to help save Princess Mirella from her tyrannical royal family and help restore the Ogre and his castle to the fearsome paradise it used to be.  If you're looking for a fun fantasy story with a good sense of humor you will want to pick this book up! (Grades 4-7)


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