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On the Shelf: Diabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook

Healthcare has been a hot-button topic lately. No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s likely you’ve been thinking about it a lot, and, if you’re like me, I imagine you’ve also become more aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise.

On the Shelf: Penguin Lives

Biographies are not my first (second, third or fourth!) choice of reading material. It’s not that I have no interest in the lives interesting (often infamous) people have led throughout history. I simply don’t enjoy wading through the depth and breadth of information provided by most biographers.

On the shelf: Wire in the Blood

A couple of weeks ago, I admitted that I’m a knit-aholic. I have to admit that I’m also an anglophile. I’ve been a fan of British writers since I discovered Evelyn Anthony and Nora Lofts as a teenager mumble-something years ago.

On the Shelf: Perfection

I’ve never been especially fond of biographies – too long, too detailed and dense. To me, the same is true of autobiographies. However, I’m fascinated by slice-of-life memoirs, especially those written by working writers.

On the Shelf: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting & Crocheting

Hi! I’m Barbara, and I’m a knit-aholic.

On the Shelf: A Life in Comedy

Listening to books on CD is something I’ve tended to avoid…until recently. To me, a book has always been something I’ve held in my hands while curled up in my most comfortable chair. In fact, a book has always been something I’ve read, since I first learned to read on my own. 

On the Shelf: Shelter Me

In her beautifully written first novel, Shelter Me, Juliette Fay invites us to accompany Janie LaMarche, undone by grief and anger following her young husband’s death, on a journey to hopefully-ever-after.

Her mourning disrupted by a builder contracted to add a porch to her house - her husband’s last gift to her – Janie begins to see a future filled with new and unexpected possibilities, if only she can find a way to let go of her sorrow.

Shelter Me is one of the best books I

On the Shelf: The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives

I wasn't sure I'd like The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis, but the reviews I’d read had been good. I was also intrigued by the premise - thirteen wealthy-ish women pool their resources to purchase a very expensive diamond necklace.
 
My first thought, as I opened the book was dismissive – divas with too much time on their hands and money to burn. By the end of the first chapter, I began to realize how wrong I was.
 
I loved the camaraderie of these women, their kindness to each other and to others in their Ventura, CA community, and the fun they had (and continue to have) with the necklace they named Jewelia (too cute!). I'd love to have these women for friends. They are wealthy (not to mention generous and supportive) in ways that can’t be measured in dollars and cents.
 
I highly recommend their heartwarming, life-affirming story.

On the shelf: Blue Plate Special

One of the things I enjoy most about working at the Kingwood Branch Library is finding a new-to-me book and author. One recent discovery was Blue Plate Special: A Novel of Love, Loss and Food by Frances Norris. I was drawn to the book by the cover art and the back-cover copy by Elinor Lipman, one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed.

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