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Spring Library Staff Reading Recommendations



Books read and recommended by Martins Ferry Public Library Staff.

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat - by Edward Kelsey Moore
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/12/2013
ISBN-13: 9780307959928
ISBN-10: 0307959929
Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean have been friends since their childhood in the same Southern Indiana town in the 1960s. They've kept their friendship going through regular meals at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, the town's first black-owned business. Nicknamed the Supremes, the three African-American women have been through a lot over the past 40 years, from racial tensions in the town to more direct problems like loss and betrayal in their personal lives, but through it all they've kept their sanity (mostly) and sense of humor. Emphasizing the bonds of friendship between three imperfect but unforgettable women over the decades, this witty, lively debut will appeal to fans of novels as different as Larry McMurtry's Terms of Endearment and Kathryn Stockett's The Help.
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us - by Michael Moss
Publisher: Books on Tape
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/26/2013
ISBN-13: 9780449808719
ISBN-10: 0449808718
Nonfiction. In this eye-opening account, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss examines the inner workings of the processed food industry -- particularly its practice of disguising cheap, low-quality ingredients with massive amounts of salt, sugar, and fat. These stimulate the brain in ways similar to narcotics, although unlike many illegal drugs, overdosing on the Big Three will kill you very slowly, through cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions, which affects not only individuals but society as a whole. Incorporating interviews with executives from conglomerates such as Kraft, Coca-Cola, and Nabisco as well as research on how our food addictions affect our brains and bodies, Salt Sugar Fat will be of interest to fans of The Omnivore's Dilemma or Fast Food Nation.
The river of no return - Bee Ridgway
Publisher: Dutton
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2013
ISBN-13: 9780525953869
ISBN-10: 0525953868
Waking up in a modern London hospital two hundred years after meeting his death on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott is indoctrinated into a time-traveling society and returned to the side of a woman he loves to reclaim a vital talisman.
The Blossom sisters - Fern Michaels
Publisher: Kensington Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/30/2013
ISBN-13: 9780758286710
ISBN-10: 0758286716
Swindled out of his home by his gold-digging wife, successful accountant Gus Hollister returns to his grandmother Rose's Virginia farmhouse where he helps the residents of Blossom Farm expand their business and finds the courage to love again.
Calling Me Home - Julie Kibler
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/12/2013
ISBN-13: 9781250014528
ISBN-10: 1250014522
A debut novel inspired by the author's grandmother's forbidden love with a black man follows the experiences of hairdresser and African-American single mom Dorrie, who while struggling with difficult family dynamics reluctantly agrees to drive an octogenarian client to a funeral several states away. 100,000 first printing.
Beautiful Ruins - by Jess Walter
Publisher: Harper
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/12/2012
ISBN-13: 9780061928123
ISBN-10: 0061928127
Though not strictly historical fiction, for half the book takes place in present-day L.A., this romantic, enjoyable novel will delight those yearning for the good old days of Hollywood glamor. It follows a young Italian who, in 1962, hosts a beautiful, "ill" American starlet in his mediocre, obscure hotel. Pasquale is immediately smitten by Dee Moray, who's in hiding from the set of the movie Cleopatra; her costar Richard Burton also appears, while an oily publicist takes pains to keep Dee hidden from view. Zipping between past and present, author Jess Walter offers both a twisty narrative and writing that is "funny, brash, [and] witty" (Kirkus Reviews).
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