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Hungry is a different twist on the chef’s memoir. Author Darlene Barnes recounts her experiences as a fraternity house cook in Washington. Who knew fraternities employed cooks? Her story about the frustrations and joys on the job and her efforts to bring local, organic food to the house is a fun read.
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I love New Year’s resolutions. A fresh start toward a “new me” is invigorating. For an ambitious take on the practice, check out Gretchen Rubin’s books, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She describes tasks she undertook each month to improve her home, marriage, relationships and herself. Good ideas for next year…
If you, too, love coming-of-age tales, consider Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen trilogy. The stories highlight the pressures faced by a teen girl who is a gifted athlete. An appealing innocence runs throughout. The first in Murdock’s series is a finalist on NPR’s thought-provoking list of top teen novels. http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/157795366/your-favorites-100-best-ever-teen-novels
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