Good Reads
Good Reads

Picks of the Week as published in The Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald

MARCH 5, 2020 – MARDI GRAS / FAT TUESDAY

Adult Fiction
“Christmas Masquerade” by Debbie Macomber
In the chaos of a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, Jo Marie finds herself in a sticky situation.  In her attempt to escape, she runs into a gallant stranger.  Before the encounter is over, her hero claims a kiss for her rescue and disappears amidst the crowds.  Jo Marie thinks of the “one that got away” often.  Then, at Christmas, when they meet again, Jo Marie discovers that her knight in shining armor may be a little tarnished.

Adult Non-Fiction
“Fodor’s Travel:  New Orleans” by Susan Granger, Alexis Korman, Karen Taylor Gist and Cameron Todd
The library has a number of updated resources available for those who wish to travel.  Highlighted here is Fodor’s guide to the city of New Orleans.  Whether your interests lie in this city’s attractions, restaurants or festivals, you will find this book helpful and informative.  It also includes tips on when to visit and ways to economize.

Young Adult
“Even If the Sky Falls” by Mia Garcia
Julie’s home life is tense.  Nothing has been the same since her brother returned from the war.  Julie is certain that he is experiencing PTSD, but she is discouraged that she cannot seem to help him.  When her youth group announces a trip to New Orleans to help rebuild houses, Julie accepts the chance to escape; and, escape she does—into the heart of Mid-Summer Mardi Gras and the arms of a handsome stranger.  However, the fairy tale will end sooner rather than later, because there is a storm brewing.

Children
“Mardi Gras:  A Cajun Country Celebration” by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Do you know what Mardi Gras is?  Have you ever heard of a po’ boy sandwich?  Do you know where the name “Cajun” came from?  Learn all this and more in this amazing book all about the Cajun celebration of Mardi Gras.

 

MARCH 12, 2020 – GIRL SCOUTS DAY

Adult Fiction
“The Scout” by Harry Combs
Cat Brules, after years of living recklessly as one of the fastest guns alive, retires to a hideaway cabin the mountains of Colorado.  Up there he is unknown and unsung, and that is just fine with him.  When an eleven-year-old boy befriends Brules, Cat decides to share his story with the boy—not the romanticized western version, but the nitty gritty truth of a country expanding faster in miles than in morals and one man’s attempt to do justice to both.

Adult Non-Fiction
“Worlds to Explore” by Girl Scouts of the USA
In honor of Girl Scouts Day today, pick up this resource and travel back in time to the earlier days in Girl Scout history.  If you were a Girl Scout yourself, take a trip down memory lane with this handbook for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts.

Young Adult
“I Am Scout” by Charles Shields
The reclusive author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” came into the public eye once more when she published its sequel “Go Set a Watchman” in 2015.  Using interviews of Harper Lee’s classmates, friends, and neighbors, and digging through forgotten archives, Charles Shields writes the compelling biography of the incredibly unique and high-spirited author of a true American classic.

Children
“Here Come the Girl Scouts!” by Shana Corey
Did you know that the founder of the Girl Scouts was nicknamed Daisy?  Did you know that the Girl Scouts was originally called the Girl Guides?  Did you know that the original Girl Scout handbook included instructions on how to secure a burglar with eight inches of cord?  Check out this amazing biography of Juliette Gordon Low to discover even more interesting facts about the Girl Scouts and its intrepid founder.

 

MARCH 19, 2020 – POULTRY

Adult Fiction
“My Fine Feathered Friend” by William Grimes
Restaurant critic William Grimes looked out of his window in Queens one cold winter day.  There in his backyard was a chicken.  He didn’t know where it came from.  It seemed content to remain in his yard—so content that it eventually began laying five or six eggs per week!  Thus began Mr. Grimes’ adventure with his fine feathered friend.

Adult Non-Fiction
“Fresh Ways With Chicken” by Elaine Johnson
In honor of Poultry Day today, perhaps you’d like to have chicken for dinner.  Do you need a new recipe for your old favorite?  How about Roast Chicken with Prune Plums?  Or Coconut Curried Chicken Winglets?  Perhaps some Pomegranate Chicken would be more to your liking.  Find these recipes and more fresh ways to serve chicken in this resource.

Young Adult
“Powerless” by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
Kenna is an “ordinary” living in a world of superheroes and villains.  However, just because she doesn’t have a super “power” doesn’t mean she can’t be a hero.  When the lab where she interns is raided by villains, Kenna gets her chance; but, before long, Kenna realizes that the line between superhero and villain is not as clear as she once believed.

Children
“Magic Ramen” by Andrea Wang
After World War II, many people in Japan were cold and hungry.  Momofuku Ando wanted to help.  He dreamed of creating a food that was nourishing, inexpensive and easy to prepare.  Can you guess what he invented?

 

MARCH 26, 2020 – NATIONAL SPINACH DAY

Adult Fiction
“A New Leaf” by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer
Single mom Molly Willoughby endured a very bitter divorce.  Picking up the pieces of her shattered dreams hasn’t been easy, and some dreams she has given up on altogether.  However, Cape Light newcomer Dr. Matthew Harding has given Molly a reason to consider giving those dreams a second chance.

Adult Non-Fiction
“The Salads Cookbook” by Southern Living
Everyone knows that salads are good for your health, but perhaps you’re getting tired of the same old rabbit food.  How about a Spinach Salad Mold?  Or perhaps an Autumn’s Gold Salad?  Maybe you’d like to try a Rosy Pink Salad for dessert.  Check out this cookbook for more creative salad ideas.

Young Adult
“The Great Greene Heist” by Varian Johnson
Jackson Greene was a schemer, but no more.  He’s decided to reform—at least he HAD decided to, until he discovered who was running for school president.  Keith Sinclair is running more than a campaign, and Jackson is convinced that Keith has more than a little dirt on his hands.  Jackson knows his friend Gaby will make a much better student president.  Will Gaby forgive him if he “helps” her get elected?

Children
“Little Pea” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Pea likes alot of things, but there is one thing he does not like:  candy.  Peas eat candy for dinner.  If Little Pea wants dessert, he has to eat his dinner.  Can you guess what dessert will be?