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The Side Dish Handbook by Tori Ritchie

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

In search of good recipes for root vegetables and other seasonally available vegetables, I ran across this slim volume in the sale rack of my local independent bookseller.

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Lola Dutch by Kenneth Wright

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Lola Dutch doesn’t do anything without doing it big!

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Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A trio of characters are caught in a slow eddy, only to be sucked into the downward spiral of events where they finally realize their connection.

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The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I read The Last Black Unicorn in one sitting.

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Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The premise is irresistible: Imagine you’re watching a movie you rented from your local video store.

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

As Roy and Celestial’s lives are thrown into an unexpected and unearned crisis, their young marriage faces a daunting hurdle.

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Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

High-spirited, high-sea adventure awaits you in this thrilling non-fiction book.

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This novel about family ties unfolds over three generations. The story begins in Calcutta, India where we meet two brothers, Subhash and Udayan Mitra.

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Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Published Feb. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Remember that in 1812 the British didn’t accept our independence and continued their fight by burning Washington, then fighting relentlessly to capture New Orleans, in order to control the Mississippi and land to the West?

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The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer

Published Feb. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This is a coming-of-age memoir of a fatherless boy who grows up in a sheltering bar full of men who step up to do the job his father couldn’t.

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Published Feb. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Elena Richardson’s carefully engineered perfect life in Shaker Heights, Ohio, is literally and figuratively in flames on the first page of Celeste Ng’s new novel.

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Published Feb. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This book is so good. Dark and disturbing fairy tales abound in this story of a girl and her mother, constantly on the run from bad luck that follows them.

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Published Feb. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Dear Gastropod, how have I underestimated your grace and elegance so long?

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The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Published Feb. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

At age 20, Christopher Knight disappears. Oddly, his family never reports him missing; they figure he’s somewhere doing his own thing.

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Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Published Feb. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

In a future where Roe vs. Wade has been reversed, depriving women of the right to choose, Congress is now pushing legislation to require that every child have two parents.

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The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Published Feb. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

An absolutely entrancing tale filled with eccentrics, mystery, doubt, and faith, then set to music (on vinyl of course).

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Winter by Ali Smith

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I loved Winter, the second book in Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet, completely, but what really delighted me was how much this brilliant novel made me laugh.

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Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This is a charming, sweet, yet deeply moving story of friendship and food.

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

When she turned 17, Franny Owens, according to family custom, was summoned from her Manhattan home to the Owens homestead in Massachusetts.

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Sara Lindqvist travels from Sweden to Broken Wheel, Iowa, to meet and stay with her pen pal, Amy Harris.

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Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The winter cold is not such a bad thing. We can stay inside and plan our spring garden or make plans to travel.

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Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferris

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

At the end of each year, we assess its joys and complications.

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Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Emmaline is a lonely child in a large manor, able to manipulate shadows into all sorts of things, even manipulating them to hide and play tricks on other people.

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Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Even as a child, the gifted, imaginative, and inventive Leonardo was a man before his time.

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Wild Horse Country by David Philipps

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A wild ride through the history of one of the most iconic, truest symbols of our American selves, the triumphant/tragic saga of the wild mustang is exhilarating and eye-opening.

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Night Stories by Linden Frederick

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Night Stories is a beautiful idea executed to perfection.

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Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates

Published Jan. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The setting of this intense, literary psychological thriller is a wild upstate New York forest filled with natural beauty and a sense of menace that builds as the story develops.

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Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

Published Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This book is inspirational, uplifting, and filled with lessons about being true to yourself!

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The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

Published Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

What a thoroughly enjoyable read!

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A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

Published Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Set in present day, the third book in the George Smiley series centers on Peter Guillam, Smiley’s once right-hand man, as he’s called to account for his role in a Cold War mission gone bad.

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