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French Pastry Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery
A chef's stabbing threatens to derail amateur sleuth Lucy Stone's Paris vacation in Meier's lively latest (after Christmas Carol Murder, 2013). In recognition for their charitable work, Lucy, three of her friends and their husbands have been awarded a dream vacation in Paris, complete with classes at Le Cooking School with renowned pastry chef Larry Bruneau. But their bon voyage is cut short when Lucy discovers the chef in a pool of blood on the second day of class. With Lucy and her friends detained for questioning, she knows she must quickly put her sleuthing skills to good work and clear their names. A fun cozy read.
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
The author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (2010) examines the neurological and psychological impact of spending so much time at work and at play with computers and technology. Sure, they both make our lives easier, but at what price to our skills—and our happiness? Carr studies our use of factory robots, self-driving cars, personalized apps, design software, GPS, airplane autopilot, and computerized medicine to show the hidden costs and dangers of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives.
In Verona, a city ravaged by plague and political rivalries, a mother mourning the death of her day-old infant enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to become wet-nurse to their newborn baby. As she serves her beloved Juliet over the next fourteen years, the nurse, Angelica, learns the family's darkest secrets. Those secrets--and Angelica's deep personal grief--erupt across five momentous days of love and loss that destroy a daughter, and a family. An enthralling new telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet from the author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser (2012).
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family--ex-wife Caroline and children Minna and Trenton--have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide--with cataclysmic results. An enticing and imaginative adult debut by bestselling teen author Oliver (Panic, 2014).
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Linguist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Pinker (The Blank Slate, 2002) has written an entertaining book about the modern art of writing well. He wonders: Is the English language doomed by texting and social media? Do kids of today even care about good writing? If so much of our writing is so bad, how can we make it better? Armed with examples of great (and terrible) writing, Pinker tosses rule books like Strunk & White’s Elements of Style out the window, claiming that the science of language and the mind can help craft more coherent prose.
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