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Reader’s Lounge: May 2018

To Die but Once
by Jacqueline Winspear

In the latest title from the Maisie Dobbs mystery series our hero has come a long way from her early days as a private detective just after WWI. She’s now investigating the disappearance of a young man working on a hush-hush government contract. With Britain confronting the beginning of WWII, Maisie has to take special precautions while working on this case.

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
by Priya Parker

Regardless of place and culture, people everywhere love to get together. It could be a family birthday party or drinks with friends or even an exquisite masquerade ball. Then there are the many work-related meetings that bring us together with fellows and strangers. Here is a book to help you put together a plan for any occasion, even funerals. This offering has tips on how to make each occasion flow better, while helping people to feel more comfortable so they can have fun and connect. Because isn’t that the real reason we like to gather?

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress
by Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker, author of “The Stuff of Thought”, offers up a new book about our future that tells a positive story. This Harvard Professor of Psychology presents to us a vision of people living longer, healthier, freer and happier lives. With graphs, studies and examples to support the fact that we are making progress to become better at preserving the human condition, “Enlightenment Now” serves as an encouraging progress report on life on planet Earth.

Southern From Scratch: Pantry Essentials and DownHome Recipes
by Ashley English

Ashley English presents healthy and practical recipes prepared with whole, natural foods. Inspired by the cuisine of Southern Appalachians, each section shows readers how to combine fresh, seasonal ingredients with a set pantry of essentials to create over 150 different delicacies. Recipes for different pickles and relishes set the stage for creating delicious meals throughout the book.

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