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Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness

Sasha Martin

Food writer and blogger Sasha Martin recounts how she spent her early years living in poverty with her brother, Michael, and a mother who could turn old bananas, Jell-O, and even moldy bread into something magical. But her mother’s unconventional ways—like keeping them out of kindergarten—brought her to the attention of social services. Soon, Sasha and Michael were shuttled between foster homes before being sent to live with family friends. Sasha discovered her passion for cooking forced her to confront her pain and heal her past. “Poignant, heartwarming, and filled with recipes," writes Kirkus Reviews.

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The Marriage Game: A Novel of Elizabeth I

Alison Weir

The author of A Dangerous Inheritance (2012) brings to life one of England's most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley. The newly crowned Elizabeth vows to rule England as both queen and king, but her counselors continually press her to marry and produce an heir. Elizabeth, however, is only interested in one man: the very married Robert Dudley. But the greatest obstacle to marriage between the Queen and her true love may come not from outside forces, but from within. A splendid portrait of one of history's most provocative relationships.

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My Sunshine Away

M.O. Walsh

My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on summer afternoons and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson--free spirit, track star, and belle of the block--experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too. Narrated by a fourteen-year-old neighborhood boy who worshipped Lindy (and was also one of the suspects in the crime), Walsh's debut novel is a gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love.

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The Secrets of Midwives

Sally Hepworth

Set in present-day Rhode Island, Hepworth's captivating debut explores the relationship among three generations of midwives. Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy--including the identity of the baby's father--hidden for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, who is also a midwife, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. Finally there is Floss, Neva's grandmother and Grace's mother, a retired midwife whose own secret--kept for sixty years--could have life-changing consequences for them all if it is revealed. A delightful intergenerational story.

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What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley

Kim Cross

Expanding on an article first published in Southern Living magazine, Alabama-based journalist Kim Cross’s debut is a gripping chronicle of the events of April 27, 2011, the deadliest day of the largest tornado outbreak in history. 252 Alabama residents lost their lives in one of the 62 tornadoes that terrorized the state that day. Cross recreates the panic and despair that set in when the wind died and the dust settled, revealing wiped-out communities and random acts of kindness among strangers. “You won’t look at a coiling sky the same way after reading this powerhouse debut,” says bestselling author Beth Macy (Factory Man, 2014).

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