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“The Kitchen Front” by Jennifer Ryan Recently, there have been numerous books involving spies, and thrillers set in World War Two but Jennifer Ryan takes a different look at what was happening on Britain’s home front. Today, we are all familiar with the cooking show “Chopped.” But imagine a cooking competition during war-time and the U-Boats have drastically reduced food supply shipments. Ration books are required for most shop purchases. An adult’s wartime rations for one week were minimal including 2 ounces of cheese, one fresh egg, and 2 ounces of tea. Canned foods could be bought using your...

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Unwind with these suggested reads

“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt “‘The Secret History’ succeeds magnificently … a remarkably powerful novel (and) a ferociously well-paced entertainment. . . Forceful, cerebral, and impeccably controlled.” — The New York Times Do you like Greek history? Do you like murder mysteries that aren’t really mysteries? Do you like a Bildungsroman concentrated on a group of socially inept and snooty private school kids? Then do I have the book for you! “The Secret History” begins with a murder perpetrated by the killers, and rather than a narrative asking, “who done it?” It instead asks you, “why they done it.” After...

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Relax with these suggested books

“Dancing at the Yurt: An Interfaith Spiritual Journey” by Charles Pearl Frankfort Interfaith Council member Charles Pearl, a retired journalist, has written his first book at the age of 72. “Dancing at the Yurt: An Interfaith Spiritual Journey” was released in November 2020. Pearl retired from The State Journal newspaper in Frankfort in 2011, and started writing a book in 2012 while on retreat at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana. He and his beloved Black Labrador, Lily, stayed in one of the small, circular wooden cottages — resembling a yurt — for a little more...

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Books for bird watchers, cooks

“What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing —What Birds are Doing and Why”By David Allen Sibley David Sibley began watching birds early in childhood under the guidance of his father, a Yale University ornithologist. He noticed that the standard bird guides of the time only presented one illustration and did not image juvenile birds or the seasonal plumages of some birds. So, he began to teach himself illustration, studying the works of other wildlife artists. He is the author of the “Sibley Guide to Birds,” which has become one of the more popular field guides today. In this large format coffee-table book there are over 300 illustrations designed to be life-sized, so that the larger birds are often shown in a close-up of the head. The details of the eyes, beak and feathers are quite accurate, and the pose of the bird is correct and precise. But not only are these birds beautifully illustrated, there is an accompanying page of facts unique to each bird. What makes one species different from the other? It’s not just their coloring or the song, but also its habitat and how it finds food and then consumes it. An example of the obscure facts explains how a pelican catches a fish, but also describes how the bird keeps from drowning after it swallowed all the water...

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