Check out these new books at your library

April 30, 2014

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“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” –Anne Herbert, American writer

“Living Modern”

Thinking of building or redecorating? This ambitious book is all about creating a contemporary interior from architecture to materials to furniture and decorative objects.

Being a traditionalist, I am amazed at the thousands of possibilities in elegant color combinations, maximizing indoor-outdoor relationships, collecting and displaying objects.

The hundreds of photos will give you plenty to salivate over as you plan your next “home improvement” project.

“Bread and Butter”

Our favorite restaurants practically run themselves, don’t they? Maybe not. Three brothers find themselves owners/managers of successful eateries.

Leo, the eldest, has owned and operated a popular restaurant outside Philadelphia for 15 years. Younger brother Britt is the impeccable host who makes everything “right.”

Harry, the youngest, has been away for several years working in everything from a salmon cannery to an organic farm, and a restaurant on a tourist island, returns home with plans to open and chef his own restaurant, creating a family standoff.

He has lots of great ideas, but does he have business savvy? All this causes the brothers to step back and take a long look at their own establishment.

Family politics and food politics…

“This Is What Happy Looks Like”

If fate sent you an email, would you answer? For the sake of this novel, let’s say “Yes.” Perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet – albeit virtually – when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig Wilbur. In the vein of “Sleepless in Seattle,” the two teens strike up an email friendship.

Graham has no idea of the major secret hidden in Ellie’s family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles. And wouldn’t you know, the production of Graham’s next movie is scheduled to begin near Ellie’s home town in Maine.

What does fate have in store for these teens?

“All Joy and No Fun”

We hear and read plenty about the effects of parents on their children. What are the effects of children on their parents?

The author analyzes the many ways in which children reshape their parents’ lives, whether it’s their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their concept of self.

Senior argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today’s mothers and fathers, making their roles much more complex and far less clear. Makes us reconsider some of our culture’s most basic beliefs about parenthood.

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