The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Find in catalogArthur, an aging widower, meets Maddy, a lonely teenager in the cemetery, where he goes every day to visit his deceased wife for lunch.

Arthur & Maddy become friends. Along with Arthur’s neighbor Lucille who is also an elder, the three then go on to form an eccentric chosen family, living together.
Arthur trusts everybody, Maddy learns to be loved, and Lucille does the baking.

It is a sweet story of remembrance of how sharing life in a group, ups and downs, can work wonderfully for the individuals.

Toss Your Own Salad by Eddie McNamara

The library does not yet own this book, though I have suggested it for purchase,

This is a mostly, but not entirely, vegan/vegetarian cookbook. The author includes a handful of his favorite recipes outside those boundaries as well.
This author dishes out a lot of humorous attitude and potty mouth along with his recipes. It was a fun read.

I made the “Hangover Prevention Smoothie: Don’t Say I Never Did Anything For You” smoothie recipe, not for a hangover, but for hydration after over exerting with exercise. I don’t usually use recipes for smoothies, jut throw together what looks good. But this was a winner.

I look forward to trying:
Grilled Peach Panzanella
Devils on Horseback
& Peanut Butter Tacos

among many others…

Pretend Soup by Mollie Katzen and Anne Henderson

Find in catalogThis is a cookbook for adult cooks to use with preschool & other child cooks.

The recipes are laid out in written form for the adults and illustrated for the children. Lovely illustrations.

Each recipe has notes for the grown-ups that speak of the particular recipe.
There are also cooking and safety tips pertaining to the recipe and sometimes for steps in the recipe that are useful elsewhere, example: a simple way for children to crack eggs… that then it goes on to explain the method.

Each recipe has a bit about the tools needed to complete the recipe.

Here are some of the recipe titles:

Quesadillas, page: 18
Bagel faces, page: 22
Green Spaghetti, page: 30
Blueberry Pancakes, page: 42
Lemon-Lime Soda Pop, page: 50
Number Salad, page: 54

And so on…

A delightful cookbook, empowering adult and child cooperation and accomplishment in the kitchen.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Find in catalogDo you like elephants? I do, & this book is peppered with details of the plights & lives of elephants in Africa, Asia (less so), and in sanctuaries in America. All this elephant lore is woven into the story line of a thirteen year old girl searching for her mother (an elephant researcher) who has gone missing for ten years. There is an unlikely cast of characters & some barely believable scenes, but its fiction, so why not?

The Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfeld

Find in catalogThe Voluptuous Vegan is not your simple cookbook. It is great for special occasions. Even if you don’t have the time or inclination to work with recipes that are a little more involved than what you might want to tackle after a working day, this cookbook is worth a good look for the inspiration alone. As well as inspirational and mouthwatering recipes, Myra Kornfield has included wonderful menu ideas, and notes on what can be easily made ahead. There is a chapter on soups, a chapter on desserts, and the “main course menu” chapter laid out with the menu, a little menu commentary, followed by each of the suggested menu recipes and menu notes. It is a really fun browse or even a read if you enjoy reading cookbooks the way I do.

“cream of the harvest soup” page 26 “lime-marinated cucumber spears” page 60 “mexicali tamales” page 86 “mushroom fill triangles with delicate-porcini sauce” page 110 “lemon pudding cake with blueberry glaze” page 262 And so on…

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Find in catalogThis book is about racism in America. It takes both a terrible and a somewhat informative look at racism from many sides and points of view, as well as from inside out, so to speak. White privilege is scrutinized to a degree and is an intricate part of this exploration. Some are going to love this book; some will hate it. I hope it begins honest conversations.

Orphan # 8, by Kin van Alkemade

Find in catalogThis historical novel begins when Rachel, the protagonist is about four years old in the early 1900s. The story follows Rachel through the many dramatic events in her life that lead to her growing up in a Jewish orphanage where she is separated from her brother and becomes the subject of medical research.
The story continues on through Rachel’s childhood, the side effects of the medical research, and the many other difficulties and successes she has in life and community.
In adulthood Rachel ends up nursing the doctor who preformed the medical research on her when she was a child.
The novel weaves in a lot of historical background of the times as well as bringing up many thought provoking philosophical and practical questions about the choices we each make, and about how we might respond to the possible choices we have.
Is revenge useful? Can we expect someone to acknowledge their misdeeds? In the end, we must rely on our own ability to accept our fate, heal our own emotional reactions to that fate.
Orphan # 8 was apparently inspired by a true story.

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World: Fantastic, Allergy-Free Ethnic Recipes by Allison Kramer

Find in catalogGreat photos, great recipes. This book has recipes for all sorts of things that I thought I would no longer have the pleasure of eating like crepes and empanadas. The fact that the recipes are both vegan and gluten free opens a whole new culinary world for some folks, because so often gluten free recipes are not vegan, full of eggs and dairy. Words really do the book no justice. Pick up the book and flip through the photos for inspiration. You will find favorites from around the world.


The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

OFind in catalogur local author (Portland), Molly Gloss tells the tale of a young woman who breaks horses in Oregon, in the early parts of the of the twentieth century. The woman, Martha Lessen, is bringing forth a new gentler way of breaking horses while many of the male broncobusters are off at war. She seems to be quite successful at it. The story tells of the hard lives lived on the land in those times. It reveals connections made between folks thrown together in the community and a deep sense of horse love. Highly recommended.

The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

Find in catalogThis is a fantastic read. It follows the lives of two woman, both doctors, in New York in the 1880s who work primarily with women and the poor. There is a bit of romance woven in, but mainly focuses on familial, social, racial, ethnic, religious, and feminist issues of the day, many relevant today, though expressed somewhat differently in present times. Some of the issues touched upon are abortion, contraception, women in the medical field, immigrants, mixed race within a family, poverty, as well as several more. I was enthralled. The characterization is rich. The family life enviable in the ways each person is embraced for who they are. The story lines are not all wrapped up in the end, which leaves room for a sequel.