All-time favorite sheet cakes & slab pies : easy to make, easy to serve / Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough ; photographs by Eric Medsker (2017 cookbook 641.8653 Weinstein)
Collects recipes for old-fashioned, comforting desserts suitable for every occasion, including such options as vanilla cake with confetti frosting, blueberry buckle, chocolate chip ricotta cheesecake, and lemon meringue pie.
Niki Jabbour’s veggie garden remix : 224 new plants to shake up your garden and add variety, flavor, and fun / Niki Jabbour (2018 non-fiction, 635 Jabbour)
Presents planting and growing advice for 224 varieties of unusual vegetable and herbs from around the world, including the Cape gooseberry, Middle Eastern molokhia, Asian celtuce, Japanese winter squash, and Thai basil.
The best of us : a memoir / Joyce Maynard (2017 biography, 92 Marnell)
In a memoir of learning to understand true love through the experience of loss, the author describes finding the love of her life in her late fifties, only to lose him to pancreatic cancer less than three years into their marriage.
Still mine / Samuel Goldwyn Films and Mongrel Media (2014 DVD, DVD Still Mine)
An exquisitely mounted and deeply affecting story about one man’s determination to create a home for his ailing wife as they enter their twilight years. Based on actual events, that proves love is the ultimate triumph.
Circulation Assistant Karen’s Pick:
Invisible Emmie / Terri Libenson (2017 children’s graphic novel, J Graphic Libenson)
The lives of two middle school girls, one a quiet artist, the other a popular overachiever, intersect on a day shaped by a misdelivered note, crushes, humiliations, boredom and drama.
Sunday Reference Librarian Liz’s Pick:
Spies of revolutionary Connecticut : from Benedict Arnold to Nathan Hale / Mark Allen Baker (2014 non-fiction, 327.12 Baker)
Covert intelligence played a critical role in the American Revolution. Connecticut produced an extraordinary number of spies on both sides of the conflict, from the infamous traitor and Norwich-born Benedict Arnold to Patriot Nathan Hale, executed by the British for espionage. Spying during the Revolution entailed coded messages, early submarines with the first exploding torpedoes and the penalty of death for those caught in the act. Despite the risk, some spies even played both sides as double agents, such as Edward Bancroft, who was never caught.
Reference Librarian Barbara’s Pick:
As close to us as breathing : a novel / Elizabeth Poliner (2016 fiction book call# F Poliner)
In 1948, a small stretch of the Woodmont, Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named “Bagel Beach,” has long been a summer destination for Jewish families. Here sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec assemble at their beloved family cottage, with children in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive each Friday in time for the Sabbath meal.