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THE JEMIMA CODE : Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks

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THE JEMIMA CODETONI TIPTON-MARTIN

Women of African descent have contributed to America’s food culture for centuries, but their rich and varied involvement is still overshadowed by the demeaning stereotype of an illiterate “Aunt Jemima” who cooked mostly by natural instinct. To discover the true role of black women in the creation of American, and especially southern, cuisine, Toni Tipton-Martin has spent years amassing one of the world’s largest private collections of cookbooks published by African American authors, looking for evidence of their impact on American food, families, and communities and for ways we might use that knowledge to inspire community wellness of every kind.

The Jemima Code presents more than 150 black cookbooks that range from a rare 1827 house servant’s manual, the first book published by an African American in the trade, to modern classics by authors such as Edna Lewis and Vertamae Grosvenor. The books are arranged chronologically and illustrated with photos of …

THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISE (Dream Jumper #1)

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THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISEKIM HORNSBY

Tina Greene can't accept the presumed surfing death of her new husband, without a recovered body. Months after signing the death certificate, the Maui dive shop owner trades mourning for saving her business from bankruptcy. When Jamey Dunn walks back into Tina's Lahaina life things take a strange turn. Dreams of her husband, Hank, have her questioning her sanity and leaning heavily on Hank's best friend, Noble. Jamey is desperate to help Tina but then so is Noble--in a stifling protective way. When Jamey suspects Tina's eerie dreams hold clues to Hank's disappearance, he reveals his unbelievable ability to enter dreams. But for Tina, the decision to let Jamey into her subconscious has a price.
As Tina, Noble and Jamey decipher the mystery of Hank's disappearance, grave danger sets in to reveal one of the three is an imposter, one is flirting with insanity, and one is a liar.


HUBBY'S REVIEW:

A fantastic story about lost …

CLAPTON: EDGE OF DARKNESS

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CLAPTON: EDGE OF DARKNESSCHRISTOPHER SANDFORD

“Clapton has stirred powerful emotions with his music; powerful and often overwhelming.”

From the Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to a later career in film and television, for over fifty years Eric Clapton has been carving out a unique place in music history. 

Brought up by his grandparents, as a child Clapton was a loner, moody and morose. 

Music became his refuge, an outlet for expression, and it was the blues that truly spoke to him. 

Given his first guitar at thirteen, the instrument became an extension of him; even in his groups there would be a constant feeling of being one man with his guitar versus the world. 

Something of a chameleon in his youth, Clapton’s instinct for survival has seen him through a troubled childhood, drug addictions, alcoholism and glamorous affairs. 

Drawing on insights, ideas, opinions and memories from those who know him, in Clapton: Edge of Darkness Christopher Sandford dispels the mythological aura and…

THE HEAT IS ON (The Boys of Summer #4)

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THE HEAT IS ONKATIE ROSE

When veteran catcher Connor Jackson gets traded to the New Jersey Sonics, he welcomes the opportunity to possibly cap his career with a World Series ring in his home state. But there’s another reason Connor is glad things have come full circle. In pursuit of hardball glory, he left behind his college sweetheart, the one girl he could never forget. Seeing her again stirs up long-lost desires . . . and this time, he’s determined not to strike out.

A divorced mother of four, Tracy Coleman no longer aspires to gossip-mag glam—but she’ll make an exception for a date with Connor. Their chemistry is hotter than ever, and being alone with him is more seductive than she anticipated. Who could blame her for leaving out a little detail like the kids? Now all she has to do is come clean and convince the man of her dreams that they—Connor, Tracy, and her children—have a future together.

HUBBY'S REVIEW:
A second chance romance for a baseball catcher getting traded to a team…

LAST DAYS OF NIGHT

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LAST DAYS OF NIGHTGRAHAM MOORE
New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history—and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society—the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal—private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do…