Nowhere but Home

From Elaine Pasquali
Title:  Nowhere but Home
Author:  Liza Palmer
Queenie Wake returns to her home town with a resume studded with  firings as a chef.  Queenie arrives on her sister, Merry Carole’s, doorstep with no plan for her future but many expectations of being shunned by the town people.  Merry Carole has made a life for herself and tries to help Queenie do the same.  Queenie’s way of coping has always been running: from the town, from her memories, from her anger.  Out of desperation, Queenie takes a job at a near-by prison preparing inmates’ last meals.  Thus, Queenie begins her journey of self-exploration.  A well-written and compelling read.

To Selena, With Love

From Jackie Cantwell
Author:  Chris Perez
To Selena, With Love
Chris wants you to know that he is more than “the widower of the Queen of Tejano music ,Selena Quintanilla Perez.” Chris was the guitarist for Selena’s band. This is a loving tribute to the Latin music superstar who was gunned down by her fan club president in 1995. Selena won Grammy awards and was poised to be a crossover artist in the same way as Gloria Estefan when she died. But her fans loved her not just because of her music. She gave so much of herself in each concert. She spent lots of time signing autographs after her concerts and made a special effort to reach out to her young fans and those who were sick or disadvantaged. She also adopted animals, including several dogs. Chris tells of her adventurous and daredevil side, where she learned how to ride a motorcycle, went bungee jumping, and loved to drive her cars fast.  She also loved celebrating Christmas and the simpler things like cooking and cleaning the house.  As a child of divorce, Chris never thought much of marriage. But Selena broke down his defenses and taught him how to love.  She had the most exuberant spirit and loved to try new things. He says her laughter was contagious. Chris’s first love was rock and roll and heavy metal music, which he has returned to since Selena’s death. This book is a rare glimpse into the life of a multi-faceted performer.

Sex on the Moon

From  Rita Gross
Author:  Ben Mezrich
Sex on the Moon
This is the story of the theft of moon rocks from the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center laboratories, by an intern in the NASA Coop program.  Thad Roberts served 100 months in prison for the crime.  His capture and arrest was the result of a FBI sting operation.  The government was on to him from the beginning and we watch as he and his accomplices walk into the trap.  Mezrich is also the author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House.

Cowgirl cuisine

From Jackie Cantwell
author: Disbrowe, Paula
Cowgirl cuisine : rustic recipes and cowgirl adventures from a Texas ranch
Successful NY food writer moves with baker/husband to Texas Hill Country. Think: scorpions, campfires, cowboys, ranch life, chuck wagons, horse riding. Excellent recipes for salsas, desserts, meats, appetizers, potato salad, cocktails. Most recipes have many ingredients (15 or more) which is daunting. One sandwich has 21 ingredients!  Warning about handling chile peppers (use rubber gloves, don’t touch face) should be on p. 1, not p. 78.  Great dulce de leche method.  Cooking terms not explained, nor sources for ingredients. Not for beginner cooks.