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Book Review: *The Coffins of Little Hope* by Timothy Schaffert

The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Unbridled Books; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1609530402

Back-of-the-book blurb: Timothy Schaffert has created his most memorable character yet in Essie, an octogenarian obituary writer for her family’s small town newspaper. When a young country girl is reported to be missing, perhaps whisked away by an [...]

Book Review: *Table of Contents* by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Table of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson – a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings, and Insights from Today’s Bestselling Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Adams Media (November 30, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1440504037

Back-of-the-book blurb: Have you ever wished you could enjoy an Italian dinner with Frances Mayes? [...]

Book Review: *The Kitchen Daughter* by Jael McHenry

The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Gallery; Original edition (April 12, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1439191699

Back-of-the-book blurb: After the unexpected death of her parents, painfully shy and sheltered 26-year-old Ginny Selvaggio seeks comfort in cooking from family recipes. But the rich, peppery scent of her Nonna’s soup draws an unexpected visitor into the kitchen: the ghost [...]

Brief Book Review: *Pictures of You* by Caroline Leavitt

Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books (January 25, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1565126312

Back-of-the-book blurb: Two women running away from their marriages collide on a foggy highway, killing one of them. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life, but of the lives of the devastated [...]

Brief Book Review: *A Cold-Blooded Business* by Marek Fuchs

A Cold-Blooded Business: Adultery, Murder, and a Killer’s Path from the Bible Belt to the Boardroom by Marek Fuchs
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (March 10, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1602392540

Back-of-the-book blurb: In 1959, Olathe, Kansas was made famous by the murder of the Clutter family and Truman Capote’s ground-breaking book on the crime, In Cold Blood. But fewer [...]

Book Review: *The Poets Laureate Anthology* edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt

The Poets Laureate Anthology edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt
Hardcover: 762 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 4, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0393061819

Back-of-the-book blurb: This is the first anthology to gather poems by the forty-three poets laureate of the United States. As a record of poetry, The Poets Laureate Anthology is groundbreaking, charting the course of American poetry [...]

Thoughts on *Private Life* by Jane Smiley (audiobook)

Private Life: A Novel written by Jane Smiley; read by Kate Reading
Audio CD unabridged, 13.5 hours on 11 CDs
Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (May 4, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0307715319

Back-of-the-box blurb: In the 1880s, Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven in post–Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. He’s the [...]

Book Review: *Every Last One* by Anna Quindlen

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 22, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0812976885

Back-of-the-book blurb: Mary Beth Latham has built her life around her family, around caring for her three teenage children and preserving the rituals of their daily life. When one of her sons becomes depressed, Mary Beth focuses [...]

Book Review: *The Paris Wife* (guest review)

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 22, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0345521309

Note from Dawn: My neighbor, Sue, read The Paris Wife and wrote this review while in Paris (go ahead, admit it, you’re thinking “how cool is that?!”); I’ll have to ask her if she visited any of the (still-standing?) cafés [...]

Book Review: *Slow Cooker Revolution* from America's Test Kitchen

Slow Cooker Revolution from the editors of America’s Test Kitchen
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Boston Common Press (February 15, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1933615691

Back-of-the-book blurb: Who doesn’t like the idea of throwing ingredients into a slow cooker and coming back hours later to a finished meal? Too bad most slow cooker recipes deliver mediocre results you’d rather forget than fix [...]