Susannah

The Secret Rooms

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The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143124733
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Downton Abbey this is not, yet neither is the mystery concealed in the gothic castle quite the horror story one expects.  Bailey does a magnificent research job in her quest to go through the copious amounts of never seen letters and material belonging locked away at Belvoir Castle in the early twentieth century and discover exactly what the then Duke of Rutland was trying to conceal.  The lengths this branch of the aristocracy were willing to go to in order to preserve their lineage is a tale of 'class obsession, hypocrisy and constipated emotion' and the narrative is peopled with fascinating characters capable of more depth and deception than Masterpiece Theatre often provides.

 

Susannah


Ottolenghi

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Ottolenghi: The Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607744184
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 3rd, 2013

From the authors of Plenty and Jerusalem just in time for the cook on your gift list. What i love about Ottolenghi's recipes is that they always turn out as hoped and usually look just as good as the photos.  Page 126 is really good and p122 was excellent.  The soups are delicious and p46 would be great for a holiday accompaniment. And there is a baking chapter too - p224 I'm coming for you!   Enjoy.

Susannah V.


I Could Chew on This

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I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781452119038
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Published: Chronicle Books - July 30th, 2013

This is the book I wrote for you

Instead of sniffing trees and posts and butts or eating litter

Too busy to chase the cat and chew

The leg of your new coffee table - so good

I wrote this book to show my love for you When you were out the house

I put my time to use and hope

My poetry and book sales will earn me Lots of bacon.

 

Momo the Disco Corgi


The 13-story Treehouse

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The 13-Story Treehouse (Treehouse Books #1) Cover Image
By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250026903
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 16th, 2013

The Treehouse books (13-, 26- and coming soon, 35-story installments) are Australia's answer to the Wimpy Kid.  Funny, a bit rude, full of lots of cool stuff and drawings, they are likely to appeal to elementary school age readers and maybe encourage a reluctant reader to engage.  After all, who wouldn't like to live in a treehouse?  And this one has a bowling alley, a shark tank, a library full of comics and swinging vines!  

Susannah V.


Among the Janeites

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Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780547757735
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Published: Mariner Books - August 6th, 2013

Colin Firth has a lot to answer for.  Since emerging from that lake in his dripping white shirt,  Jane Austen has become a pop culture phenomenon.  Deborah Yaffe explores the hoopla and dedication surrounding the cult of all things Jane today;- from fan fiction to regency costume balls and hidden subtext in Austen's novels, a pilgrimage around historic sights in Britain and a literature professor/roller derby queen named Stone Cold Jane Austen, and a peek inside NASNA (North American Society of Jane Austen).  A peon to fandom and quite a touching memoir of a long time passion, Life Among the Janites is totally entertaining and definitely sent me back to read Persuasion again.

Susannah


I Am Small

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780545353700
Availability: Hard to Find--Contact us for More Info
Published: Cartwheel Books - October 1st, 2011

The world is very big for a very small, very cute penguin.  But in the eyes of its mother, it is the biggest, most important thing in the world!  Adorable   - a great bedtime read with lovely  illustrations.

 

Susannah


Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory

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By Peter Smith, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781742376806
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Published: Allen & Unwin Australia - June 1st, 2013

With his usual brilliantly detailed but gentle illustrations Bob Graham shows readers the unusual hero of this children's book - 60 year old Monsieur Albert.  Told by Peter Smith in rollicking rhyme and with mind-stretching vocabulary, this book just begs to be read out loud as it details our plucky bike rider's race from Paris to Nice and manages to be highly evocative of Paris and France too.  Absolutement charmante!

Susannah


The Sweet Life in Paris

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The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious--And Perplexing--City Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780767928892
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Published: Broadway Books - March 1st, 2011

Food writer and ex-Chez Panisse dessert chef, Lebovitz,  shares the secrets of French cooking and Parisian living.  The quirks and idiosyncrasies of Parisians that often leave visitors outraged (queue jumping, unhelpful sales staff) are explained with humor and Lebovitz also provides a goldmine of food tips such as where to find the best croissants, chocolates and cheese,  when not to use a knife and fork and how to order coffee.  There is a list of his favorite foodie haunts and recipes so you can recreate the flavors of Paris chez-vous. A bonus of useful information for anyone planning a trip but also a delicious read for anyone with a sweet tooth and the ache for French cuisine.

Susannah


Slow Horses

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781569476437
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Published: Soho Constable - June 1st, 2010

This is the first in a series of clever, darkly humorous, and cynical modern spy novels featuring the inmates of Slough House, all MI5 agents who have failed spectacularly in some way and are relegated to the most mind numbing tasks in the hope they will resign from the service.  However, ambition, denial and events conspire to put them back in the game again and the result is highly addictive.  Herron is a modern Le Carre from the world of office cubicles, downsizing and wry, obscure British TV.  The second book in the series, Dead Lions, is even better.

Susannah


The Bromeliad Trilogy

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The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780060094935
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Published: HarperCollins - September 30th, 2003

Originally published individually as three books, this middle reader gem is a brilliant introduction for the young reader into Pratchett's subversive, clever and humorous fantasy.   Set in a department store and featuring a clan of nomes, it is part adventure, part satire and part parable and a whole lot of fun.   My tip of the hat to Terry Pratchett who is bravely facing the end of his writing career and will be sorely missed by fans of all ages.

 

Susannah


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