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February 2024: new releases, staff picks, and more!: Library Book Club Selections

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

NATIONAL BESTSELLER * From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner--a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with characteristic subtly and grace.   In Morrison's acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove--an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.   Here, Morrison's writing is "so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry" (The New York Times).

Rebel

Rebel

The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins's compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War . . . Valinda Lacy's mission in the steamy heart of New Orleans is to help the newly emancipated community survive and flourish. But soon she discovers that here, freedom can also mean danger. When thugs destroy the school she has set up and then target her, Valinda runs for her life--and straight into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq. As an architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake has a deeply personal interest in rebuilding the city. Raised by strong women, he recognizes Valinda's determination. And he can't stop admiring--or wanting--her. But when Valinda's father demands she return home to marry a man she doesn't love, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue.

Lidia's from Our Family Table to Yours

Lidia's from Our Family Table to Yours

A personal collection of more than a hundred favorite family recipes-from Crespelle with Herb Pesto and Penne with Sausage, Mushrooms and Ricotta Vegetable Polpette, to Lidia's Simple Roast Chicken and Mimosa Cake-from the best-selling, award-winning "doyenne of Italian cooking" (The New York Times) Nothing brings a family together like food. And no one knows food like Lidia Bastianich. In this inviting, deeply personal new cookbook, she shares the dishes she cooks for those she loves the most. This is the first book Lidia has written since the death of her mother, Nonna, who was beloved not just by Lidia's family but by millions of cookbook and TV fans. With all the family stories and passed-down recipes, in many ways, this book can be seen as a tribute to Nonna. Here are the traditional recipes that graced Lidia's table as a young girl (Prosciutto and Onion Frittata, Rigatoni with Sausage and Cabbage, and Four-Cheese Baked Macaroni) alongside the new creations (Sweet Potato Chickpea Gnocchi with Gorgonzola, Cheesy Baked Chicken Wings) that she makes for her children and grandchildren today. Bringing together more than a hundred delicious, flavorful, and easy-to-make Italian recipes, From Our Family's Table to Yours is a celebration of the dishes Lidia's family turns to over and over-and yours will, too. Lidia's From Our Family Table to Yours is the next best thing to a seat at Lidia's kitchen table, with more than a hundred recipes, including- Leek and Ricotta TartSpicy Crispy Roasted CauliflowerAvocado and Tomato Salad with Balsamic and MozzarellaShrimp and Tomato RisottoFuzi with Chicken RaguSpaghetti in Lemon Cream SauceFettuccine with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and OlivesPork Chops with Mushrooms and Pickled PeperonciniStrawberry and Cream Parfaits