The Christmas Cat

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Author:  Melody Carlson

Title:  The Christmas Cat

Garrison Brown’s grandmother has died, and he returns to her home to dispose of her estate – and her beloved pets as well. In the course of doing this, he meets a cute-as-a-button girl and a courtship ensues. Christmas magic pervades everything and there’s a happy ending – although it seemed sad that cats who had been loved and cared for were now regarded as burdens to be gotten rid of.


From adele gresser

Title:  crossroads

Author:  belva plain

an infant is adopted into a rich and important family.  her new mother is the CEO of a thriving business but she has little knowledge on how to accept and help this little girl.  The girl seems to be an odd ball.  The life and trials of this now young lady makes her meet and befriend problem people.  This not one of the author’s better books

Karma Bites

From Alexandra, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Kramer, Stacy
Karma Bites
Karma Bites was an awesome book. I couldn’t put it down. It was really interesting and it kept pulling me into the book. All girls would love this book. Franny’s best friends aren’t talking to her, her parents divorced and her grandmother has moved in. Franny then finds a magic box filled with recipes to fix all problems. But Franny learns that you can’t play with magic or karma and when messed with, it came come back unexpectedly to bite. Most girls have drama and can relate to this book in some way. I was able to relate to this book and many will. I
really enjoyed this book and I hope you will to.


From Charlene Muhr
author: Theroux, Jessica
American chef, Jessica Theroux, takes readers on a journey through Italy, from Tuscany to Sicily.  Theroux’s journey was inspired by Slow Food, an organization founded in Italy, in 1989.  Slow Food’s mission is “to promote values in traditional food and preparation and to counteract the trend toward fast food and a faster life.”  On her journey, Theroux visits Irene, a grandmother in the Piedmontese town of Bra, the international headquarters of the Slow Food Movement.  COOKING WITH ITALIAN GRANDMOTHERS is not only a wonderful collection of recipes but each grandmother shares her history, her stories, and her secrets as she cooks alongside Theroux.  The recipes are clear and simple and each recipe is indexed.  Theroux presents an interesting selection of recipes from walnut black pepper cookies, calabrian bread salad, and lasagne with a béchamel sauce, homemade ricotta, and blood orange gelato.  There was an interesting quote in the beginning of the book from  the writer, Laurie Colwin.  “No one who cooks, cooks alone.  Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”