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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Book Lover's Day



August 9th is National Book Lover's Day. It may be an unofficial holiday, but it's one for the bibliophiles. It's a day, to set aside social media and just involve yourself in a book. A day to worm yourself inside a story and settle in for an adventure.


“Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it. If people give you a hard time and tell you to get your nose out of a book, tell them you're working. Tell them it's research. Tell them to pipe down and leave you alone.”
― Jennifer Weiner


To celebrate the staff at Dixon Public Library would like to share with you some of the books that we love. 

Brigette





At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister Maeve are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another.


Quinn





Signing up to train military pilots in Hawaii when World War II breaks out in Europe, Audrey Coltrain joins the Women Airforce Service Pilots program after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and bonds with her fellow pilots to find hope and strength in the face of war.


Kathleen





A #1 New York Times Bestseller, A Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Booklist Best of Children's Books 2012 -- August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid-- but his classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon many perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.


Emily





A very picky eater, Gregory the goat refuses the usual goat diet staples of shoes and tin cans in favor of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and orange juice.


Antony





In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings WWI to life as never before, focusing on the long-ignored moral drama of its critics, alongside its generals and heroes. A brilliant new history of the Great War that raises the eternal question of why such a terrible war was ever fought.


Hannah





"26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it's time to leave her hometown--and her past--behind for good. Rachel isn't on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that's not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina--also known as the town of "Lost and Found." In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch's neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life. As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she's begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she's starting to love--and her chance at happiness--all over again."--Amazon.com.


Shelly






Heather Webber's Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Cafe.

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the caf and settle her grandmother's estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father's side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can't stop talking about.

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly
Jenni 






"A novel set in 1953 Tehran, against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup, about a young couple in love who are separated on the eve of their marriage, and who are reunited sixty years later, after having moved on to live independent lives in America, to discover the truth about what happened on that fateful day in the town square"-- Provided by publisher.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Wellness Month




August is Wellness Month. Wellness month focuses on the health of our Bodies, Minds, and Spirits, which is something we all need especially in the current climate. It's an excellent time to reflect and reconsider our routines and how to create healthy and happy habits.





The 4 season solution: the groundbreaking new plan for feeling better, living well, and powering down our always-on lives by Hartwig, Dallas

New York Times bestselling coauthor of the runaway bestsellers The Whole30 and It Starts With Food presents a paradigm-shifting plan that shows you how to boost energy, improve health, and feel happier by living more in tune with the seasons.




Alchemy of herbs: transform everyday ingredients into foods & remedies that heal by Foret, Rosalee de la

"Just as alchemists transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, with this book you can transform everyday herbs and spices into effective healing herbal remedies. Rosalee de la Foret, a clinical herbalist and education director at LearningHerbs.com, examines the history and modern-day use of 29 herbs, offering clinical studies to support their healing properties. She also dives into the energetics of herbalism, teaching readers how to match the properties of each plant to their unique needs, for a truly personalized approach to health. The recipes in this book take a variety of forms--from teas, salves, and pastilles to beauty products and delicious foods--to show how easy it is to incorporate the healing power of herbs into your everyday life. You could start your day with Spiced Cold Brew Coffee, pamper your skin with Green Tea and Rose Facial Cream, make a meal of Astragalus Bone Broth and Sage Chicken, then treat yourself to Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Cake and a Holy Basil-Ginger Julep. Beautiful photos taken by the author of the herbs and recipes complement each chapter. This book will appeal to those interested in natural health and herbalism, and the recipes offer easy entry for beginners. Readers will never look at cinnamon, coffee, parsley, lavender, or even chocolate the same way as they realize the kitchen can be their medicine cabinet"-- Provided by publisher.



The self-care solution: a year of becoming happier, healthier, and fitter--one month at a time by Ashton, Jennifer

Dr. Jennifer Ashton is at the top of her field as an ob-gyn and news correspondent. But even at the top, there's still room to improve, and with "The Self-Care Solution", she upends her life one month at a time, using her own experiences to help you improve your health and enhance your life. Dr. Ashton becomes both researcher and subject as she focuses on twelve separate challenges. Beginning with a new area of focus each month, she guides you through the struggles she faces, the benefits she experiences, and the science behind why each month's challenge--giving up alcohol, doing more push-ups, adopting an earlier bedtime, limiting technology--can lead to better health. Month by month, Dr. Ashton tackles a different area of wellness with the hope that the lessons she learns and the improved health she experiences will motivate her (and you) to make each change permanent. Throughout, she offers easy-to-comprehend health information about the particular challenge to help you understand its benefits and to stick with it. Whether it's adding cardio or learning how to meditate, Dr. Ashton makes these daily lifestyle choices and changes feel possible--and shows how beneficial a mindful lifestyle can be.



The little book of hygge: Danish secrets to happy living by Wiking, Meik

"The Danes are famously the happiest people in the world, and hygge is a cornerstone of their way of life. Hygge (pronounce Hoo-ga) loosely translates as a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on the sofa with a loved one or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. It is about gratitude and savoring the simple pleasures in life. In short, it is the pursuit of everyday happiness." -- Page 4 of cover.



When less becomes more: making space for slow, simple & good by Ley, Emily

Emily Ley, author of bestselling Grace, Not Perfection, and A Simplified Life, is here to tell you that there's more-so much more. In this book, Emily Ley takes readers on a journey out of that empty place and shows them how to fill their wells with the nourishment that only true connection can provide. She also presents some radical concepts that push against the tethers of modern life, with the promise that more of the good stuff comes when we say yes to less of what keeps us empty: -Less rush, more rhythm -Less great, more good -Less fake, more real -Less noise, more singing -Less outside world, more inside the family -Less correction, more conversation -Less talking at, more dreaming with -Less stuff, more treasures -Less chasing, more cherishing -Less activities, more traditions Getting to more might require some outside-the-box changes, some unraveling of the patterns readers have adopted, some reworking of the day-to-day so that they can build a life based on their core values instead of slipping into a life dictated by society or what's "normal." Because we weren't made for normal. We were made for more-for a life of fullness, dreaming, and lasting joy.



Healthy habits suck: how to get off the couch & live a healthy life... even if you don't want to by Lee-Baggley, Dayna

Salad instead of steak? Exercise? Skipping that second beer or glass of wine? Healthy habits are the worst. Blending humor and irreverence with the science of behavior change, a health psychologist and runner who's never experienced a "runner's high" offers practical, counterintuitive strategies and a playful approach to help readers live a healthier life--even if they really want to just sit on the couch and eat ice cream.



50 more ways to soothe yourself without food by Albers, Susan

People turn to food to cope with stress and sadness, enhance joy, and bring a sense of comfort. But over time, this kind of emotional overeating can cause weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other health problems. In this much-anticipated follow up to 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, renowned psychologist, eating expert, and best-selling author Susan Albers presents fifty more mindful and healthy activities that really work to help readers replace their need to overeat.



How to eat: all your food and diet questions answered by Bittman, Mark

"What is the "best" diet? Do calories matter? And when it comes to protein, fat, and carbs, which ones are good and which are bad? Food writer and cook Mark Bittman and health expert David Katz, MD, answer all these questions and more in a lively and easy-to-read Q&A format. Inspired by their viral hit article in Grub Street--one of New York magazine's most popular and most-shared articles--here Bittman and Katz share their clear, no-nonsense perspective on food and diet, answering real questions covering everything from basic nutrients to superfoods to fad diets. Topics include dietary patterns (Just what should humans eat?); grains (Aren't these just "carbs"? Do I need to avoid gluten?); meat and dairy (How much meat should I eat? Does grass-fed matter?); alcohol (Are there benefits to drinking?); and more. Throughout, Bittman and Katz filter the science of diet and nutrition through a lens of common sense, delivering straightforward advice with a healthy dose of wit"-- Provided by publisher.



Your brain needs a hug: life, love, mental health, and sandwiches by Earl, Rae

Imbued with a sense of humor, understanding, and hope, Your Brain Needs a Hug is a judgment-free guide for living well with your mind.
My Mad Fat Diary author Rae Earl offers her personalized advice on the A to Zs of mental health, social media, family, and friendship. When she was a teenager, Rae dealt with OCD, anxiety, and an eating disorder, but she survived, and she thrived.
Your Brain Needs a Hug is filled with her friendly advice, coping strategies, and laugh-out-loud moments to get you through the difficult days. Witty, honest, and enlightening, this is the perfect read for feeling happier and healthier and learning to navigate life without feeling overwhelmed or isolated.



See how we move! : a first book of health and well-being by Ritchie, Scot.

Everybody in the pool! It's time to get moving! Pedro, Yulee, Nick, Sally, and Martin are excited! Tomorrow their swim team, the Flying Sharks, will be competing in the school meet. Readers follow along as the team has one last practice with their coach at the community pool. Then it's off to the races on the big day! While the friends work hard to get ready for the meet, they learn about the benefits of physical fitness and what it takes to stay active and healthy. With so much to learn about keeping their bodies and minds in tune, kids will be jumping (and splashing) for joy!





Community Resources:

KSB Lovett Center

KSB Community Wellness leads health improvement and educational programs throughout the communities we serve. Partnering with local health agencies, schools, employers, and community organizations, it’s our goal to promote healthy lifestyles across the Sauk Valley Area.

The Brain Health Series began with a taped interview that was released on Facebook and has now moved to Facebook Live streaming with an option for in-person attendance with masks and social distancing required.

Coming soon! A series on the 5 senses. Even though the focus is currently on COVID, other health issues still occur. KSB Community Wellness strives to educate the public to be proactive with their health. The 5 senses series will begin with our Eye & Vision doctors talking about eye health and then will move on to Dr. Ritz, an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist who will take about allergies. The hearing part of the series with an audiologist, Dr. Lydia Sitter who will talk about hearing, balance, and vertigo.

Hopefully, In October the neurology department will speak about losing strength as we age. Lastly, the dietary department will delight in-person attendees with some tasty treats in November.

Learning to Live Well Lunch and Learn with Skyla Strum on August 17th at noon

Education is currently being held at Town Square Centre on the 3rd floor in the back area of the Atrium.

Our support groups continue each month now. There is a Dementia Caregivers and a Parkinson Support Group. Also in August, Home Health Care plans to start a presentation on treating infections for wound care.

A partnership with U of I's extension office each month will have Karla Belzer giving a WITS program. This keeps the brain active and nimble. Her classes will begin again in September.

Traditional Wellness Center

Check out our variety of classes and counseling services!

Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Fitness Training, Martial Arts
General Wellness Counseling and Herbal and Medication Counseling

Rockin Nutrition and Wellness

Delicious Shakes to fuel your body, Boosted Teas for Energy & so much more! Customized weight loss programs! Free Fitness Classes!!

YMCA

The Y is committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. This commitment ensures that every individual has access to essentials needed to learn, grow, and thrive.

Online Resources:



Via: https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars


https://wellnessmonth.com/

https://globalwellnessinstitute.org/what-is-wellness/

https://www.healthywomen.org/content/blog-entry/15-ways-celebrate-national-wellness-month

https://projecthelping.org/mood-journaling/










































































































Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Musical Biopics and Memoirs





In the past couple of years, some of our musical greats have been the focus of biographical movies. Specifically, Judy Garland, Elton John, and Queen. Not only does the library offer these movies but, you can also find them in our selection of memoirs.




RenĂ©e Zellweger stars as Judy Garland in Judy, the iconic star’s newest biopic. The film, set in late 1968 and early 1969, shows Garland hustling in Swinging London after she successfully secured a five-week engagement in Talk of the Town. Behind the scenes, she battles her own management and prepares to fight her ex-husband and ex-manager, Sidney Luft (Rufus Sewell), in court for custody of their children. Despite this period of her life being tumultuous, Garland can find love once again -- this time in the arms of Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock). Directed by Rupert Goold. ~ Jinko Labitag, Rovi



A portrait of the Hollywood superstar covers Garland's childhood, her struggles to establish herself in one of the industry's great studios, and her often traumatic love affairs.



A provocative look at the private life of the legendary performer reveals intimate details about Garland's bisexuality, her drug and alcohol addiction, and her many abortions.




Director Dexter Fletcher’s biopic focuses on Elton John’s early years and his meteoric rise to fame in the 1970s. It dwells on his relationships with his parents, his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music, his enduring partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, his first marriage, and his romantic relationship with his manager John Reid. The film's cast includes Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. ~ Augustine Chay, Rovi



The colorful and kaleidoscopic life of one of the world's most original and talented musical artists.



"Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three, he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again. His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with Aida, The Lion King, and Billy Elliot the Musical. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade. In Me, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions, and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend"--Amazon.




A chronicle of the rock band Queen, who rose to fame thanks to their revolutionary sound and the theatrics of their frontman, the iconic Freddie Mercury, culminating in their reunion for the historic set they played at Live Aid in July 1985. ~ Phil Griffin, Rovi



Imagine being alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the world and being there as they perform at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Peter Hince didn't have to imagine: for more than a decade, he lived a life that other people can only dream of as he worked with Queen as head of their road crew. In 1973, Queen was the support act for Mott the Hoople, for whom Peter was a roadie. Back then, Queen had to content themselves with being second on the bill and the world had not yet woken up to the flamboyant talent of Freddie Mercury. Peter started working full time for Queen just as they were making A Night at the Opera, the album which catapulted them to international stardom. In this intimate and affectionate book, Peter recalls the highlights of his years with the band. He was with Freddie when he composed 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'; he was responsible for making sure that Freddie's stage performances went without a hitch - and was often there to witness his famed tantrums! He was also party to the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll which are invariably part of life on the road with a rock band.











Friday, July 24, 2020

Learning from Home


As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc around the world, worries about the school year are becoming more and more prevalent. Because of this, distance learning and homeschooling have become something a lot of people are considering. With the schools working on options for in-school and distance learning, we also start to consider how to supplement our child's education, should we opt for distance learning. Here are some resources to explore if you are looking into learning from home.



Find out why homeschooling may be the best choice and discover how to do it in the way that best fits you and your family. I wrote Homeschooling: Why and How because overwhelmed parents kept calling and emailing me with the same questions even though they had read other books and done on-line research. There is so much information everywhere that it can be daunting, and difficult to know where to start. The basics get lost in the chaos of too much information. Homeschooling: Why and How is unique in addressing homeschooling hows and whys in a simple, easy to understand manner...Even if you decide not to homeschool your child you can use these to enrich your children's educational experiences outside of the classroom. *Share enough facts about the successes of homeschooled children to convince even the most doubting friend or family member.http://www.homeschoolingwhyandhow.com/https://www.facebook.com/HomeschoolingWhyandHow



The Homeschooling Book of Lists is a comprehensive, authoritative, and user-friendly resource for homeschoolers or anyone considering teaching their child at home.




In this book, Julie Bogart distills decades of experience--homeschooling her five now-grown children, developing curricula, and training homeschooling families around the world--to show parents how to make education an exciting, even enchanting, experience for their kids, whether they're in elementary or high school.




Correcting misconceptions through profiles of diverse families, Rivero uncovers the changing and complex needs of children today. This book addresses the major questions parents are bound to have as they consider the homeschooling option: socialization, curriculum, special needs arrangements, resources, and more.



Are you considering homeschooling for your family? Today, many parents recognize that their child's school options are limited, inadequate, or even dangerous, and an increasing number are turning to homeschool. But where do you start and how do you ensure the highest-quality educational experience, especially in that pivotal first year?
This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child's specific learning style, including:
-When, why, and how to get started
-The best ways to develop an effective curriculum, assess your child's progress, and navigate local regulations
-Kid-tested and parent-approved learning activities for all age levels
-Simple strategies for developing an independent child and strengthening family and social relationships
-And much, much more



Now with updated lists of available resource materials and the latest information on homeschooling technology, this manual is your access guide to homeschooling-maximizing family life while providing a quality education for children. With wit and wisdom gleaned from years of experience, Debra Bell sets forth a compelling vision for the joys of home-based learning and the essential tools for success. The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling is a great tool for those who are merely thinking about homeschooling, as well as for veteran homeschoolers.



As a homeschooling parent, you're always looking for new and creative ways to teach your child the basics. Look no longer Inside this innovative helper, you'll find kid-tested and parent-approved techniques for learning math, science, writing, history, manners, and more that you can easily adapt to your family's homeschooling needs. And even if you don't homeschool, you'll find this book a great teaching tool outside the classroom. You'll discover fun and educational activities for kids ages 3 to 12, including how to:
-Create maps based on favorite stories, such as Treasure Island or The Wizard of Oz
-Make letters out of French fries as an alphabet learning aid
-Explore architecture by building igloos, castles, and bridges with sugar cubes and icing
-Review spelling words by writing them on the sidewalk with chalk
-And many more
This comprehensive collection of tried-and-true--and generally inexpensive--ideas provides the best-of-the-best homeschooling activities that can be done anywhere, anytime, and by anyone.



A blogger and former child actor recounts her misadventures in first-time homeschooling, an endeavor marked by her own math aversion, experiments with current trends, and a chaperone venture at a home-school prom.




Mango is the award-winning language-learning resource for individuals and organizations around the world. The only single solution that combines quality content, intelligent technology, and an adaptive algorithm that delivers practical phrases from real situations. This is language learning centered around you. 


When your friend gets last-minute Cubs tickets or finds “the best deep-dish pizza in all of Chicago,” you’ll be ready to grab your keys and go – if you have your driver’s license or motorcycle classification. The first step is to pass a written knowledge test. (If you’re interested in driving cars, you’ll have to obtain an instruction permit if you’re under 18; otherwise, it’ll be optional. If your goal is to ride motorcycles, you may take a knowledge test either at a Driver Services Facility or as part of an approved motorcycle rider education course.) Whichever type of motor vehicle you wish to operate, whichever knowledge tests you need to pass, we’ve pulled some things together to help you out! Below, you can find the official handbooks to study and a variety of practice tests to take. The questions on our practice tests resemble those on the official knowledge tests, so you’ll learn what to expect on the official tests.


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Monday, July 20, 2020

Cozy Confections



July 21st is National Junk Food Day! As much as I would love to indulge in a vast array of brownies, cookies, cakes, and ice cream, I think I'm better off catering to my literary sweet-tooth. What better way to do this than to indulge in Culinary Cozies.



When Susie Katz, the crazy cat lady of Longely, New York, is stabbed in the back during an extravagant wedding ceremony for her two Russian blues, caterers and sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons must paw through the clues to catch a killer.



Charlotte Bessette finds the grand opening of her new cheese shop, Fromagerie Bessette, marred by a crime of passion that causes her to become the prime suspect in the murder investigation.



"Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She's not there a minute before she's charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte's wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile's body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast-iron skillet on the floor close by. With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it's not Emile's. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile's peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?"--Amazon.com.



"When Bailey King hears her grandfather's heart condition has worsened, she rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swiss men Sweets, the Amish candy shop. She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared, she also finds a local Englisch developer dead in the candy shop kitchen--with her grandfather's chocolate knife buried in his chest"-- Provided by publisher.



Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, but when the Cozy Cow Dairy's beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind her bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. Includes a bonus short story and brand-new recipes. Reissue.



"Eastport's kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine are getting married. When Sharon's bitter ex-boyfriend Toby is poisoned with an arsenic-laced milkshake, Andy is jailed as the prime suspect. Then Sharon makes a shocking confession in an attempt to clear Andy. Jake and Ellie put their chocolate treats aside to make sure justice is served"-- Provided by publisher.



"In the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has a mostly idyllic life, tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father, and occasionally stepping to solve a murder or two ... Candy is just as shocked as the rest of the locals when two murders occur back-to-back. First, an aging playboy takes a midnight nosedive off a seaside cliff. Then, gossip columnist--and recently crowned town Blueberry Queen--Sapphire Vine stops the business end of a hammer with her head, right in her own home. When her friend, a local handyman, is accused of the murder, Candy investigates to clear his name. Was the gossip columnist moonlighting as a blackmailer? Was the playboy playing around with the wrong person? But as Candy sorts through the town's juicy secrets, things start to get very sticky indeed ..."--Page 4 of cover.



Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Their first big order is a sweet deal, too -- five hundred cupcakes for a fashion designer's wedding. The only sour note is the demanding bridezilla who insists on original recipes for the cupcakes. When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead by cupcake, she immediately becomes the prime suspect. To clear her and their business, the ladies must find the real murderer.



The Allegheny Brew House is a dream come true for Maxine "Max" O'Hara, who went all the way to Germany for her brewmaster certification and is now preparing to open her own craft brewpub in a newly revitalized section of Pittsburgh. But before she can start pouring stouts and lagers to thirsty throngs, there's trouble on tap. Suspicious acts of sabotage culminate in Max finding her assistant brewmaster and chef Kurt Schmidt strangled in one of the vats.



"When paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski stops by the artisan chocolate shop and finds the owner dead, she vows to catch the killer and silence the rattling of the haunted Mexican whisk in her Magic of Chocolate exhibit" -- Provided by publisher.


If the confectionery cravings get to be too much, there's always The Cozy Cookbook.



Book Lover's Day

August 9th is National Book Lover's Day. It may be an unofficial holiday, but it's one for the bibliophiles. It's a day, to set...