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Donna S.’s Pick: Already Home

Donna S staff pick photoSusan Mallery’s Already Home follows a couple who searches for the daughter they gave up for adoption thirty-two years previous. The only problem is that their daughter has a life of her own and plenty of problems without having to deal with her birth parents…especially when one has cancer.

By Readers' Advisor on February 28, 2012 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: The Best Advice I Ever Got


Donna S staff pick photoThe Best Advice I Ever Got:  Lessons from Extraordinary Lives
, by Katie Couric, is an inspirational, non-stuffy self help book. Couric is an upbeat journalist, author and special correspondent for ABC News. Lessons from politics, entertainment, sports, the arts, business and philanthropy are covered in this great book.

By MPPL on December 13, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Blood, Bones and Butter


Donna S staff pick photoBlood, Bones and Butter:  The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
, by Gabrielle Hamilton, is a gripping memoir with an eye-catching cover. It’s the sometimes sordid, sometimes spiritual telling of a life in the food industry. If you like Anthony Bourdain, you’ll probably like Blood, Bones and Butter.

 

By MPPL on September 20, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna S.

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families…

97 Orchard Street book coverDonna S. of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends 97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman:

97 Orchard was a tenement on the lower east side of Manhattan where German, Irish, Southern Italian and Eastern European immigrant families lived. This is the story of five of the families who lived there from 1863 to 1935. Each family introduced their culture and food to their neighbors. It is through early nineteenth century sharing such as this that we now enjoy foods such as pasta, sauerkraut, challah (egg twist bread), knishes (potato pastry), dandelion and other wild salad greens, olives, beer, sausages, gnocchi (potato pasta), corned beef, pizzarelli and delicatessen. 97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman is a compelling culinary history about the ethnic origins of many “American” foods.

 

By MPPL on September 5, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Decision Points

Donna S staff pick photoIt doesn’t make any difference if you’re a Democrat, Republican or Independent, George W. Bush’s memoir, Decision Points, is a NY Times bestseller that makes a compelling read. Bush presents his reasoning for decisions made during his life and presidency while reviewing modern, American history.

By MPPL on June 28, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: In Her Shoes

Donna S staff pick photoBestselling author Jennifer Weiner had one of her novels made into a movie, In Her Shoes. It is the love/hate story of two sisters, wild Maggie and dependable Rose, who are brought together by a long lost relative for a happy ending.

By MPPL on April 12, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Rosemary and Thyme


Donna S staff pick photoRosemary and Thyme
is a British television series. The title and soft soundtrack allude to the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Scarborough Fair,” which was inspired by a traditional English ballad. Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme are professional gardeners and amateur detectives solving crimes in the beautiful, English countryside. Enjoy!

By MPPL on February 8, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Politically Correct Holiday Stories


Donna S staff pick photoPolitically Correct Holiday Stories
by James Finn Garner puts a new spin on the holidays. Rudolph, the nasal, empowered reindeer, negotiates better working conditions from Santa. Then there is “’Twas the night before Solstice and all through the co-op not a creature was messing the calm status quo up.” Happy holidays!

By MPPL on December 7, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Humor, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Chris Botti

Donna S staff pick photoTry the music of jazz instrumentalist Chris Botti. Listen to the soft, seductive sounds of his trumpet on When I Fall in Love or feel like you are at one of Botti’s concerts with the guest-star-studded CD In Boston.

By MPPL on October 4, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Donna S.

Donna S.’s Pick: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Donna S staff pick photoThe love of jazz is woven through Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The story of a Japanese girl and a Chinese boy’s secret friendship during Seattle’s WWII Japanese relocation process is told from a modern, older man’s perspective as well as through his memories.

By MPPL on July 26, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Donna S.