The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
Noa P. Singleton speaks not a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ends with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, she sits on Pennsylvania's death row, just six months away from her execution date. Out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a Philadelphia attorney who is the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. She tells Noa that she has changed her mind about the death penalty and will do everything she can to convince the governor to commute Noa's sentence--if Noa will finally reveal what led her to commit her crime. A searing and utterly original debut.
A History of Food in 100 Recipes
Although recipes are included, this is more a book for foodies than a cookbook. Zeroing in on 100 trends or "aha moments" in culinary history, Sitwell not only talks about iconic dishes, but the effects that the invention of the fork, refrigeration, and the Victorian housewife manual, Beeton's Book of Household Management, have had on simple food preparation. Salad dressing from 1699 is celebrated along with a bread recipe illustrated on an ancient Egyptian wall. While gourmet dishes may sound wonderful, the simple Rice Kripsies Treat has a lot to say about the times and culture in which it was created.
The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught Me About Service, Hope, and Healing
In 2010, Charleston wrote about search-and-rescue dogs in her book, Scent of the Missing. In her newest book, she promotes service dogs, in particular those used for psychiatric service. Charleston has a keen sense of what sort of dog can be trained to help people with PTSD, OCD behaviors, and panic attacks. She makes these canines affordable by searching the animal shelters and rescuing dogs with potential. It's a win-win situation, with a new and more productive life for both people and animals.
A recently separated woman contemplates whether to attend her high school reunion in Cook's (Wallflower in Bloom, 2012) lighthearted new novel. Atlanta metal sculptor Melanie is trying to figure out how to put her life back together after her husband leaves her for another woman. Her best friend, B.J., thinks a trip to their school reunion in Massachusetts is what she needs. But first Melanie needs to overcome her crippling fear of driving on the highway. A couple of flirtatious e-mails from an old flame just might help her change her mind...Pure fun.
The Why of Things
A Cape Cod family struggles to deal with the death of their daughter and sister in Winthrop's (December, 2008) poignant latest. The Jacobs family has returned to their Cape Ann summer home for the first time since 17-year-old Sophie took her own life. Sophie's parents, Anders and Joan, struggle to keep their tight-knit family from falling apart. Meanwhile, Sophie's younger sisters, Eve and Eloise, each deal with the tragedy in their own way. A wise, empathetic, and exquisitely heartfelt story about the strength of family bonds.
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