Adult Ficton & Non Fiction

Northeast Fruit & Vegetable Gardening by Charlie Nardozzi

From Amazon.com:  This easy-to-follow guide features:
Planting, care, and harvesting information for more than 60 fruits and vegetables
Popular vegetable selections from arugula to winter squash
A variety of common and unusual fruits, nuts, and herbs
Advice on garden design, building the soil, storing and preserving your harvest, and more
Northeasterners pride themselves on the ethics of self-sufficiency and frugality. Perhaps that’s why more are planting their own food gardens than ever before. It helps ensure the produce you’re eating is safe, fresh, and healthy. It’s a win-win!

Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass by Mary Beth Beuke

The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass is the only book on the topic that will be needed and comes from a lifetime collector who shares her twenty-some years of beachcombing to show how to understand, collect, identify and use sea glass. From understanding glass colors and possible origins to the history of sea glass from history and modern collectors and how they are used, this blends a coffee-table presentation with full-page color art with a lovely, artistic discussion that will appeal to artists, nature buffs and collectors alike. The result is a highly recommended guide for any sea glass enthusiast.” —Midwest Book Review

Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee

“Many kitchen decorating books focus on remodeling the space. Here Lee, interiors editor for The Times Magazine in London and author ofHomes from Home, shows how to combine vintage finds with new products to decorate a kitchen. In 300-plus color photographs retro, country, white-on-white, and utilitarian styles are on display. For each there are examples of sleek modern designs, such as a uncluttered country look, with others presenting kitchens that contain a full display of the flea market finds. Lee then focuses on furniture, surfaces, and cabinets that enhance the theme with advice on storage and cooking utensils. VERDICT: The variety of styles makes this book an inspiring choice for those looking for ideas on decorating kitchens.” - Library Journal


Spinning and Dyeing Yarn by Ashley Martineau

“Loving wool and all its needleworking implications, such as crocheting and knitting, doesn’t necessarily add up to a love for its cousin, spinning. ‘It’s costly,’ say the nay-sayers. ‘Requires too much equipment and knowledge,’ insist others. Answering all these negative reactions with an updated, easy-to-use manual is British crafter and author Martineau. Her approach is simple. She streamlines the information and shows critical instructions – dyeing, using different spindles. And finishing the yarn – in colorful step-by-step photographs. Basic troubleshooting tips demystify and solve common issues. Plus, her response to equipment expense is to make your own. A separate section on selling handmade yarn, with tips on photography, shipping, handling, and managing online sales gives even rank amateurs a chance to aspire to turning pro.” – Booklist

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

From Amazon.com:

“In novel after novel, Lisa Scottoline has proven herself a master of stories that combine familial love ― especially that of mothers for their children ― with nail-biting stories of spirited everywomen bent on finding the truth. Her new novel, Most Wanted, demonstrates again her skill with this kind of domestic suspense tale.” – The Washington Post

“This is a potboiler of a book, crammed full of agonizing choices confronting appealing, relatable characters. Scottoline has penned more hardboiled tales, but never one as heartfelt and emotionally raw, raising her craft to the level of Judith Guest and Alice Hoffman. Most Wantedis a great thriller and a gut-wrenching foray into visceral angst that is not to be missed.” – The Providence Journal

Flesh and Blood: a Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell

From Amazon.com:  It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.
“This moving fictionalization brings the whole cast of characters back to vivid life. Gossipy and fun, it’s also a nuanced look at the beauty and cruelty of a rarefied, bygone world.”People

“The era and the sordid details come back to life in this jewel of a novel.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“A catty, juicy read that’s like a three-martini lunch.”USA Today

“[Captures] the mesmerizing sparkle and scandal of New York high society in the 1950s.”Chicago Tribune

From Amazon.com

Killing Maine by Mike Bond

First Prize for Fiction – 2015 New England Book Festival

. . . cold, rugged Maine becomes a hot bed of intrigue, murder, and greed, making it difficult for the residents, who love the land and this beautiful state, to continue to live the lives that they have chosen. Pono Hawkins returns to rescue his Special Forces buddy who is wrongly accused of murdering a prominent environmentalist Ronnie Dalt.

Unknown killers stalk Pono as he tries to unravel Ronnie’s death. Nothing is certain, no one can be trusted, no place is safe. There’s a million square miles of wildlands out there to hide a man’s body. And with a rap sheet that includes two jail sentences, Pono is the number one target of every cop in the state.

“Another stellar ride from Bond.” – Kirkus – from Amazon.com

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

From Amazon.com:

I wish I could give this one more than five stars. The Blind Assassin is a fantastic, fabulous novel and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Margaret Atwoood has written a terrific story told in such a way that the reader will always be kept guessing as to what the true “truth” is. It is a mystery, with a death, but it is not a “mystery novel” as we come to expect. The Blind Assassin is the story of two sisters: Laura and Iris Chase. Laura died in what may or may not have been a suicidal car crash in 1945. Iris tells the story of her family and the events leading up to Laura’s death, reflecting in the present on the events of the past. What is so fascinating about The Blind Assassin is that things are not always what they seem, but there are layers upon layers of story, of truth.

We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. An international hit, this bold seafaring epic spans 100 years in the lives of the men and women from a small town on an island off the Danish coast. Starting with the war between Germany and Denmark in 1848 and continuing through WWII, the men of Marstal sail, fight, trade, and die at sea while the women raise their children and wait for their husbands’ and sons’ uncertain return. The story loosely follows one family, the Madsens, beginning with the legendary Laurids Madsen, “best known for having single-handedly started a war,” and then his son, Albert, and a boy named Knud Erik, whom Albert takes under his wing. From adventures on the storm-ravaged seas and in exotic lands, to battles in town over the shipping industry and family life, dozens of stories coalesce into an odyssey taut with action and drama and suffused with enough heart to satisfy readers who want more than the breakneck thrills of ships battling the elements. By the time readers turn the final page, they will have come to intimately know this town and its sailors who tear out across an unforgiving sea.