Let these Books Take you on a Journey to the “Fifth Dimension” for National Twilight Zone Day

Investigator Oscar Basaran travels to Kidney Island off the coast of Maine to document the negative effects of shadow flicker from wind turbines on residents living near the windmills, but is unprepared for what he encounters from the islanders. As Oscar’s investigation deepens, he discovers the turbines create an unexpected phenomena kept secret by a select group of people on Kidney Island.

When Mira fled her segregated southern hometown more than an decade ago, she left behind her best friend, a plantation rumored to be haunted, and horrible memories from her youth. Returning only for her best friend’s wedding on the eerie plantation, dark elements from the town’s past and Mira’s own history begin to unravel as the weekend begins. She must acknowledge her history to save herself from what is to come.

Gina was completely normal—an average housewife with a husband and two kids. When a car accident revealed her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she moved her children to a home on a lake, far away from her husband’s secrets. But when a body appears in the lake and threatening letters start to arrive, Gina must protect herself and her kids from a killer who is now tormenting her family.

Victoria, a young girl with a talent for finding things, stumbles upon a bridge that can take her anywhere. She runs into Charlie Manx, who lures kids into a car that transports them to a horrifying playground called Christmasland. Victoria is the only child to ever escape Christmasland. Years later, Charlie hasn’t forgotten about her — and is ready to take his revenge.

As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now. The journals, of resident Kate Holland, capture a tale too harrowing to be forgotten. Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us.

Reverend Jack Brooks arrives at Chapel Croft looking for a fresh start, yet is welcomed with an exorcism kit and a warning. Horrible things have happened at the church — protestant martyrs were burned centuries back, two teenage girls disappeared 30 years ago, and just a week prior, the vicar hung himself. And uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village where no one trusts an outsider.

A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the living and the living dead. After the worst of the plague is over, armed forces stationed in Chinatown’s Fort Wonton have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the three-person civilian sweeper units tasked with clearing lower Manhattan of the remaining feral zombies. And then things start to go terribly wrong…

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies, but this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this.

“May the Fourth” be with you: Sci-Fi Novels that will Transport you to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his daughter, Amity. It’s a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the device and discovering an extraordinary truth.

When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.

Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of a hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works to secretly repair the world’s every-growing ailments. Neither Laurence nor Patricia can keep pace with the speed at which things fall apart. But something bigger than either of them is determined to bring them together. And will.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move. While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope. 

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place but then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power: they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

Octavia Zarola would do anything to keep her tiny, close-knit bounty hunting crew together—even if it means accepting a job from Torran Fletcher, her sworn enemy. But when they uncover a deeper plot that threatens the delicate peace between humans and Valoffs, Octavia suspects that Torran has been using her as the impetus for a new war. With the fate of her crew balanced on a knife’s edge, Tavi must decide where her loyalties lie.

Misanthropic psychologist Dr. Grace Park is placed on the Deucalion, a survey ship headed to an icy planet in an unexplored galaxy. Her purpose is to observe the thirteen human crew members aboard the ship. Shortly after landing, the crew finds themselves trapped on the ship by a radiation storm, with no means of communication or escape until it passes–and that’s when things begin to fall apart.

Val and Julie just want what’s best for their kids, David and Sophie. So when teenage son David comes home one day asking for a Pilot, a new brain implant to help with school, they reluctantly agree. This is the future, after all. Before long, the implications are clear, for the family and society: get a Pilot or get left behind. With government subsidies and no downside, why would anyone refuse? And how do you stop a technology once it’s everywhere?

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

Nine Must-Read Poetry Books for National Poetry Month

Gwendolyn Brooks was the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize and the first black woman to serve as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress–the forerunner of the U.S. Poet Laureate. Here, in an exclusive Library of America E-Book Classic edition, is her groundbreaking first book of poems, a searing portrait of Chicago’s South Side. “I wrote about what I saw and heard in the street,” she later said. “There was my material.”

This second volume of the Library of America anthology of twentieth-century poetry, takes the reader from E.E. Cummings to May Swenson. In the wake of the modernist renaissance, American poets continued to experiment with new techniques and themes, while the impact of the Depression and World War II and the continuing political struggle of African Americans became part of the fabric of a literature in transition.

Don’t Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved here on earth. Smith turns then to desire, mortality—the dangers experienced in skin and body and blood.

This highly-anticipated debut boldly confronts addiction and courses the strenuous path of recovery, beginning in the wilds of the mind. Poems confront craving, control, the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety, and the questioning of the self and its instincts within the context of this never-ending fight.

Author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwreck moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, this beautifully designed volume features poems in many inventive styles and structures and shines a light on a moment of reckoning.

This is a collection of poems and prose generated by author Gary Leever after working the Nebraska prairies and farmland for over fifty years. Leever creates heartfelt reflections of the land, the harvests, and the people near his home in Western Nebraska.

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight. Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude.

Ted Kooser, who served as United States Poet Laureate (2004–2006), is a poet who works toward clarity and accessibility, so that each distinctive poem appears to be as fresh and bright and spontaneous as a good watercolor painting. He is a haiku-like imagist who imbues his poems with “tender wisdom,” and draws inspiration from the overlooked details of daily life.

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America.

Celebrate Our Beautiful Planet with these Fiction Reads

When Monkey proclaims that it is his birthday, all the other jungle animals protest, claiming instead that it is Earth Day and telling Monkey what he should do to honor this special day.

P.K. Hallinan shows children cooperating to help rescue Earth from mankind’s mistakes of the past so that youngsters can see that their own efforts can make a difference in the world.

Outer space, a moon base, and . . . bananas? A spaceman, a robot, and a cheeky monkey use a most unusual method to protect Earth from hungry, googly-eyed moon aliens. 

Twelve-year-old Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger. Nova and her big sister, Bridget, share a love of astronomy and the space program. They planned to watch the launch together. But Bridget has disappeared, and Nova is in a new foster home. But every day, she’s counting down to the launch, and to the moment when she’ll see Bridget again. Because Bridget said, “No matter what, I’ll be there. I promise.”

The Blythes are a warm, rambunctious family who live on a farm and foster children. Prez has come to live with them. But one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, and goes by the name of Sputnik. It seems his family all think Sputnik is a dog. It’s only Prez who thinks otherwise. But Prez soon finds himself defending the family from the chaos unleashed by Sputnik.

Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan–named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home–until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

When the members of the elite Baltimore Gun Club find themselves lacking any urgent assignments at the close of the Civil War, their president, Impey Barbicane, proposes that they build a gun big enough to launch a rocket to the moon. But when Barbicane’s adversary places a huge wager that the project will fail and a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a “manned” flight, one man’s dream turns into an international space race.

It’s an ordinary Thursday morning for Arthur Dent . . . until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly after to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur’s best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. After that, things get much, much worse. With just a towel, a small yellow fish, and a book, Arthur has to navigate through a very hostile universe in the company of a gang of unreliable aliens. Luckily, he’s got The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Celebrate Our “Pale Blue Dot” with these Captivating Books and Movies

From the frozen tundra in the north to the dry forests of the equator, Sir David Attenborough narrates a compelling view of the planet. In addition to exploring the wilderness with improved technology that has made it possible to capture further details, the series examines urban dwellings, focusing on animals that have adapted to city life.

A global study of Earth’s imperiled environment explores a wide range of ecological disasters and examines the role of scientists and the public in reversing environmental degradation, restoring despoiled areas, and protecting endangered species, habitats, and biodiversity.

Ben Rawlence’s The Treeline takes us along this critical frontier of our warming planet from Canada to Sweden to meet the scientists confronting huge geological changes. It is a journey of wonder at the mysterious workings of the forest upon which we rely for the air we breathe. The Treeline is a story of what might soon be the last forest left on earth.

Natterson-Horowitz employs fascinating case studies to present a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind. “Zoobiquity” is the term the authors have coined to refer to a new, species-spanning approach to health. Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary science, and zoology, they break down the walls between disciplines, redefining the boundaries of medicine.

Thalassa was a paradise, home to one of the small colonies founded centuries before by robot Mother Ships when the Sun had gone nova and mankind had fled Earth. Its beauty and vast resources seduce its inhabitants into a feeling of perfection. But then the Magellan arrives, carrying with it one million refugees from the last mad days of earth. Paradise looks indeed lost. 

Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Does human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview? In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level–and then how each connects to the other.

Presently in Yellowstone there are almost 200 active research permits involving over 500 investigators, but only a small fraction of this scientific work is reported in the popular press. Knowing Yellowstone explains the general issues associated with the region and how science is done to understand those issues, and how the nature of the scientist’s work enables or limits future plans for managing the park.

Wilczek’s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry–harmony, balance, proportion–and economy. There are other meanings of “beauty,” but this is the deep logic of the universe–and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.

In Underland, Macfarland takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through “deep time,” he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk “hiding place” where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come.

New Nonfiction Reads from the Libby App

Focusing on the years 1971 to the present, Questlove finds the hidden connections in the American tapes- try, whether investigating how the blaxploitation era reshaped Black identity or considering the way disco took an assembly-line approach to Black genius. And these critical inquiries are complemented by his own memories as a music fan, and the way his appetite for pop culture taught him about America.

During one week in January 2021, a motley crew of retail traders on Reddit’s r/wallstreetbets forum had seemingly done the impossible—they had brought some of the richest players on Wall Street to their knees. Their weapon was GameStop, a failing retailer whose shares briefly became the most-traded security on the planet. This is the riveting story of how the meme stock squeeze unfolded, and of the real winners of the GameStop rally.

Behind every triumph, every expression of his gifts, Acho has had to ignore what everyone around him called “logic”: the astronomical odds against making it, the risks of continuing to dream bigger or differently. Instead of playing it safe, at every turn Acho has thrown conventional wisdom—logic—out the window. Now, in this revelatory book, he’s empowering us all to do the same and become change-makers ourselves. 

Public awareness of mental illness has been transformed in recent years, but our understanding of how to define it has yet to catch up. A narrative has taken hold that a mental health crisis has been building among young people. Psychologist Lucy Foulkes argues that the crisis is one of ignorance as much as illness. Have we raised a ‘snowflake’ generation? The real question in need of answering is: how should we distinguish between ‘normal’ suffering and actual illness?

Lewis R. Gordon, one of the leading scholars of Black existentialism and anti-Blackness, takes the reader on a journey through the historical development of racialized Blackness, the problems this kind of consciousness produces, and the many creative responses from Black and non-Black communities in contemporary struggles for dignity and freedom.  

We are in the midst of a global reckoning on race, and corporations are on high alert. But conventional approaches have fallen short, leaving nagging questions about next steps. Why do diversity trainings fail? What’s so wrong with a company’s “colorblind” workplace culture? In Inclusion Revolution, Daisy Auger-Domínguez provides frank answers to why popular efforts fail and presents the definitive roadmap for revolution.

Nicolas Cage is many things, but love him, or laugh at him, there’s no denying two things: you’ve seen one of his many films, and you certainly know his name. But who is he, really, and why has his career endured for over forty years, with more than a hundred films, and birthed a million memes?
Age of Cage is a smart, beguiling book about the films of Nicolas Cage, as well as a sharp-eyed examination of the changes that have taken place in Hollywood over the course of his career.

What is the role of literature in an era when one political party wages continual war on writers and the press? Drawing on her experiences as a woman and voracious reader living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, her life as an immigrant in the United States, and her role as literature professor in both countries, Nafisi crafts an argument for why, in a genuine democracy, we must engage with the enemy, and how literature can be a vehicle for doing so.

Selected for Navy flight training in 1972, Mariner and her five fellow graduates from the inaugural group of female Naval Aviators racked up an impressive roster of achievements, and firsts. Leading by example, they challenged deep skepticism within the fleet and blazed a trail for female aviators wanting to serve their country equally with their male counterparts. This is the story of their struggles and triumphs as they earned their Wings of Gold.

Elementary, My Dear Watson: Mysteries Hidden in the Stacks

Bonnie Wheeler reluctantly agrees to meet with her husband’s ex-wife after the woman cautions her against an unknown danger, but when Bonnie arrives, she finds Joan has been murdered and learns to her horror that she is not only the main suspect, but that the dead woman’s warning was true.

A minor road accident lands county prosecutor Katie DeMaio in Westlake Hospital, and, that night, from her window, she thinks she saw a man load a woman’s body into the trunk of a car…or was it just a sleeping pill-induced nightmare?

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule begin to fear for their own lives and sanity when their investigation on Shutter Island into how a patient escaped the Ashcliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane yields more questions than answers.

When a skeleton is unearthed in the Martellos’ garden, Jane Martello is shocked to learn it’s that of her childhood friend, Natalie, who went missing twenty-five years ago. Encouraged by a therapist to recover lost memories, Jane hopes to find out what really took place when she was a child – and what happened to Natalie. But in learning the truth about hers and Natalie’s past, is Jane putting her own future at terrible risk?

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant, but then Lo witnesses a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for–and so, the ship sails on despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he finds himself investigating a case chillingly similar to his unsolved mystery.

Matthew Tierney unexpectedly discovers his wife’s strangled body on the living room floor, and after long minutes of numbing shock, he phones the police — and quickly learns that his less-than-perfect marriage has made him the perfect suspect. To get away from it all, he travels to the lovely seaside resort where his wife often vacationed. But Matthew did not travel alone. His companion was murder number two — and all the evidence again points toward Matthew Tierney.

The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

Detective Reuben ‘Diego’ Montoya returns to New Orleans to find a serial killer that’s turning the Big Easy into his personal playground. The victums are killed in pairs and have no connection, no apparent motive and no real clues. Thanks to years working with the dark side of society, his youthful swagger is gone, replaced by a determined, take-no prisoners stride. He’ll need every bit of it as somebody is playing a sick game, and Montoya intends to beat him at it.

You have Bewitched Me, Body and Soul: Love Stories Lost in the Stacks

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell. Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?

When Juniper’s husband, John, vanishes, surviving in a ghost town requires trusting the kindness of a few remaining souls. Juniper pens letters to her husband but fears she is waiting on a ghost. Present day, Johnny Sutherland throws himself into restoring an abandoned farmhouse and he uncovers Juniper’s letters. He is moved by the handwritten accounts that bear his name, as a love story from the past touches his own world.

Interior designer, Dani Porter, buys the vacant lot next to her ex-fiancé’s house…the house they were supposed to live in before he cheated on her with their Realtor. Dani plans to a) mess with his view and b) prove that she is not someone to be stepped on. That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm. The closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter.

Yinka’s Nigerian aunties frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, and her girlfriends think she needs to get over her ex already.  But Yinka believes that true love will find her when the time is right. Still, when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences Operation Find-A-Date for Rachel’s Wedding. Aided by a spreadsheet and her best friend, Yinka is determined to succeed. Will Yinka find herself a huzband?

Owen Callahan, an aspiring writer, moves back to Kentucky to live with his Trump-supporting uncle and grandfather. He takes a job as a groundskeeper at a small local college, in exchange for which he is permitted to take a writing course. Here he meets Alma Hazdic, a writer in residence. They begin a secret relationship, and as they grow closer, Alma—who comes from a liberal family of Bosnian immigrants—struggles to understand Owen’s fraught relationship with family.

Reeling in the aftermath of her husband’s infidelity, Violet Covington uses her usually tame advice column as an outlet for her pain, becoming a viral sensation. Firefighter Dez recognizes her suffering, as he too has been through great loss, and he’s more than happy to become her distraction. Both expect their relationship to be a temporary fling, but Dez’s chivalrous gestures and enduring patience captivate Violet. But she must get a grip on her grief before she loses her career, and her first chance at true happiness.

Nova Huston’s job is to help terminally ill people make peace with their impending death. When as the indie-favorite singer-songwriter, Mason Shaylor, shows up at her door, Nova doesn’t recognize him. Helping him is Nova’s biggest challenge yet. She knows she should keep clients at arm’s length. But she and Mason have more in common than anyone could guess, and meeting him might turn out to be the best, and hardest, thing that’s ever happened to them both.

Bee’s given up on finding love, but that’s fine. There’s always Tinder. Nick’s marriage is on the rocks, but that’s fine. There’s always gin. So when one of Nick’s emails intended for a client, accidentally pings into Bee’s inbox, they decide to keep the conversation going. After all, they never have to meet. But the more they get to know each other, the more Bee and Nick realize they want to. With a universe between them, Bee and Nick will discover how far they’ll go to beat impossible odds.

Take a Whisk with these Egg-cellent Libby App Cookbooks

Delivering recipes straight from his own collection, Snoop’s cookbook features OG staples like Baked Mac & Cheese and Fried Bologna Sandwiches. Snoop’s giving a taste of the high life with remixes on upper echelon fare such as Lobster Thermidor and Filet Mignon. The Doggfather’s got you covered – complete with epic stories and behind-the-scenes photos.

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Many of our favorite movies come with a side of iconic food moments: the elaborate timpano from Big Night, Charlie Chaplin’s dancing dinner rolls in The Gold Rush, or the orgasmic deli fare from When Harry Met Sally. In this cookbook, author Andrew Rea (of the hit YouTube channel “Binging with Babish”) recreates these iconic food scenes and many more.

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This ultimate one-stop shopping guide finally offers starving college students a welcome relief from microwave mash-ups, fast food fiascos, and cardboard crust pizza delivery. Instead they can whip up late-for-class breakfasts, backpack-friendly lunches, and as-hearty-as-mom-made dinners. And since all the ingredients come from Trader Joe’s, they’re both inexpensive and scrumptious.

Rather than focusing specifically on one style of barbecue in his book, Raichlen documented years of travels along what he considered the great “barbecue belts” in the world, which he categorized as North America/Caribbean, South America, Central Asia/Middle East, Mediterranean Europe, the western regions of Africa from Morocco to South Africa, and the eastern Pacific Rim from Korea to Indonesia.

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For fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Max Brooks, and all things zombies, the clever creators of Fifty Shades of Chicken hack a new parody cookbook filled with snacks for every occasion, tips for cooking under duress, and a love story that will send ripples down your spine—all accompanied by food photography that will ignite your palate. The zombies have their snack plan—do you have yours?

Professional chef and founder of OutlanderKitchen.com Theresa Carle-Sanders offers up this extraordinary cuisine for your table. Featuring more than one hundred recipes, “Outlander Kitchen” retells Claire and Jamie’s incredible story through the flavors of the Scottish Highlands, the French Revolution, and beyond.

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Good Enough is a cookbook, but it’s as much about the healing process of cooking as it is about delicious recipes. It’s about acknowledging the fears and anxieties many of us have when we get in the kitchen, then learning to let them go in the sensory experience of working with food. It’s about slowing down, honoring the beautiful act of feeding yourself and your loved ones, and releasing the worries about whether what you’ve made is good enough. It is.

Chef Hugh Amano and comics artist Sarah Becan invite you to explore the big little world of Asian dumplings! Ideal for both newbies and seasoned cooks, this comic book cookbook takes a fun approach to a classic treat that is imbued with history across countless regions. From wontons to potstickers, Amano’s expert guidance paired with Becan’s colorful artwork prove that intricate folding styles and flavorful fillings are achievable at home.

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Pemmican, sauerkraut and salmi of quail, Bohemian kolaches and Danish meat roll, dishes familiar and foods exotic–you’ll find them in this cook’s tour of the state from Lewis and Clark to the Age of Elegance, for in its cuisine as in its weather Nebraska is a land of variety and extremes. Interspersed with the recipes are descriptions of food preparation which tell us much about how our forebears lived–industriously, ingeniously, and sometimes very well.

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Start Your New Adventure with these Libby App Fiction Reads

Every song tells a story. She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. She’s also on the run. Find a future, lose a past. Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny.  It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her. From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller—a thriller about a young singer/songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive. 

A seductive literary mystery and mutigenerational story inspired by true events, this novel imaginatively brings into focus the period of promise and tragedy that marked the writing of Sylvia Plath’s modern classic The Bell Jar. Lee Kravetz uses a prismatic narrative formed from three distinct fictional perspectives to bring Plath to life—that of her psychiatrist, a rival poet, and years later, a curator of antiquities.

In the twelve unforgettable tales, the strange is made familiar and the familiar strange. Each story builds a new world all its own: a group of children steal a haunted doll; a vendor sells toy boxes that seemingly control the passage of time; an insomniac is seduced by the Sandman. These tales wrestle with themes of death and technological consequence, and unmask the contradictions that exist within all of us.

Best friends Cate, Lauren, Olivia and Max are overworked and underpaid assistants to some of the most powerful people in the entertainment industries. The women know they have to pay their dues in order to climb the ladders to their dream jobs. But as the toxic office environments reach a breaking point, the women secretly start an anonymous blog detailing their experiences, which snowballs into hundreds of others coming forward with stories of their own.

Tess Abbott, an American Army nurse, has fled the hardships of the Great Depression at home for the glamour and adventure of Manila. But everything changes when the Japanese Imperial Army invades. Tess and her band of nurses serve on the front lines until they are captured as prisoners of war and held in Manila’s Santo Tomas Internment Camp. Tess faces terror, and deprivation, leading her into a web of danger as she tries to save lives and win her freedom.

Elena Godwin has saved for a dream holiday in Mexico. Life has felt a bit less exciting lately, and she’s hoping the trip will add some sizzle. But on a gorgeous summer evening an earthquake strikes—shattering their vacation. Years later, Elena still can’t forget the face of the man who may have saved her life that night. When they’re unexpectedly thrown back together again, Elena starts to question whether she should have lived her life differently in the years afterwards. What if it’s not too late?

Augusta Podos takes a dream job at Harlowe House, the historic home of a wealthy New England family. When Augusta stumbles across an oblique reference to a daughter of the Harlowes who has nearly been expunged from the historical record, the mystery is too intriguing to ignore. But as she digs deeper, something sinister unfurls from its sleep. If Augusta can’t resist its allure, everything she knows and loves—including her very life—could be lost forever.

Love and marriage. Children and family. Death and grief. Life touches everyone the same. But living under lockdown, it changes us alone. In these ten beautifully moving short stories written mostly over the last year, Roddy Doyle paints a collective portrait of our strange times. Told with Doyle’s signature warmth, and wit, these stories cut to the heart of how we are all navigating loss, loneliness, and the shifting of history underneath our feet.

Alice Vega has made a career of finding the missing, but she’s never had a case like that of Zeb Williams, missing for thirty years. He disappeared into legend, replete with Elvis-like sightings and a cult following. Vega discovers an anxious community living under siege by a local hate group called the Liberty Boys. As she starts digging into the mystery around Zeb’s disappearance, the reach of the Liberty Boys grows more disturbing. Everyone has something to hide, but no one can cut to the truth like Alice Vega.