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Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship
When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping Edward’s daughter--who lives far away and has asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York--Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot soufflé will end up changing her life.As Edward and Isabel meet weekly for the glorious dinners that Edward prepares, he shares so much more than his recipes for apple galette or the perfect martini, or even his tips for deboning poultry. Edward is teaching Isabel the luxury of slowing down and taking the time to think through everything she does, to deconstruct her own life, cutting it back to the bone and examining the guts, no matter how messy that proves to be.
Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience
Waltz, Samantha (Edt)
Blended explores stepfamilies from the inside out through the perspectives of thirty writers who know what it’s like first hand. Sometimes funny, often poignant, and always deeply personal, the stories in Blended capture the essence of stepfamilies in all of their weird and wonderful varieties. The journeys range from the first encounters between new step-relatives, to marriages, honeymoons, daily experiences, and divorces. The diverse voices in Blended reflect the realities of today’s world, in which yesterday’s ideas of family structures and types just don’t cut it anymore. Parents, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins: all of these relationships change when families are melded into one, and the writers of Blended help explore the truth of what these new relationships look like, and, especially, feel like. Blended offers something for everyone: laughter, wisdom, empathy, and guidance, and, above all, the knowledge that you are not alone.
The Wisdom of Moms: Love and Lessons From the Animal Kingdom
Hamilton, Bridget E.
There is so much we can learn about motherhood from the animal kingdom. We can learn how to be the strong role model your child needs, like the snow leopard that teaches her children to survive and thrive on dangerous mountain slopes; to be as resilient as the hardworking sea otter mom; and to serve your community like the pika. This is a beautiful tribute to Mom, full of adorable animal photographs and touching anecdotes that show your appreciation for all the wisdom and care Mom provides.
Listen to Your Mother
Imig, Ann (Edt)
Fiercely irreverent, thought-provoking, hilarious, and edgy - a spirited wake-up call about modern-day mothering In 2010, Ann Imig decided Mother's Day was lacking: instead of being solely a retail-driven holiday, the focus should be family. By bringing our community together to share personal stories about our mothers, we could get back to the core of why mothering is important. That year, she organized a live reading, and so 'Listen to Your Mother' was born. Now it's a rapidly growing movement that's sweeping the nation. Like the live readings, the anthology Listen to Your Mother is a brutally honest look at modern motherhood. It showcases the experiences of ordinary people of different races, genders, and ages, and takes readers on a journey through motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. Acutely stimulating, and filled with pathos and candor, the contributors' stories share their experiences with adoption, assimilation, and emptying nests; first-time motherhood, foster parenting, and infertility; LGBTQ parenting, special-needs parenting, and surrogacy; step-mothering, never mothering, and mothering through illness. Their essays are devastatingly funny, refreshingly edgy, and deeply thought-provoking; they are the collective voice of mothers among us. Whether you are one, have one, or know one, Listen to Your Mother is an emotional whirlwind that is guaranteed to entertain, amuse, and enlighten.
Pen & Palate: Mastering the Art of Adulthood, with Recipes
From the writers of acclaimed blog Pen & Palate, a humorous coming-of-age (and mastering-the-art-of-home-cooking) memoir of friendship, told through stories, recipes, and beautiful illustrations. Getting through life in your twenties isn't easy--especially if you're broke, awkward, and prone to starting small grease fires in your studio apartment. For best friends Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen, cooking was an escape from the daily humiliation that is being a twenty-something woman in a big city. PEN & PALATE traces the course of Lucy and Tram's devoted friendship through miserable jobs and tiny apartments, first loves and ill-advised flings, successes and setbacks--always with a shared love of food at the center of the narrative. A modern take on Laurie Colwin's classic Home Cooking, this coming-of-age memoir for the Girls set weaves together comical (mis)adventures and recipes meant to be shared with a best friend and a bottle of wine.
How to Eat a Small Country
A professionally trained cook turned stay-at-home mom, Amy Finley decided on a whim to send in an audition tape for season three of The Next Food Network Star, and the impossible happened: she won. So why did she walk away from it all? A triumphant and endearing tale of family, food, and France, Amy's story is an inspiring read for women everywhere.
If I Knew It Was Going to Be This Much Fun, I Would Have Become a Grandparent First
America's beloved "Today" show personality Willard Scott--along with celebrities and ordinary people--shares the unique and special joys of being a grandparent.
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