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Baked Occasions: Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays, and Informal Celebrations

The delectable photographs and beautifully decorated cakes and desserts, by the owners of Brooklyn bakery Baked (https://www.bakednyc.com/about/), make this cookbook stand out. By cleverly arranging recipes by month, you can easily find recipes for many occasions from Easter Coconut Sheet Cake to St. Patrick’s Drunk Bundt Cake. Many of these recipes are standbys in their bakery and others bring a fun approach to those quirkier holidays. The Baked Ultimate Birthday Cake is first on my list to try!

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Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman

“You are indestructible.” These are the last words that Jake’s foster father whispers to him in the midst of a violent car crash. Jake survives the crash, his foster father does not, and soon Jake realizes that these were more than just words - he is now invincible. Jake and his friends begin testing and transferring the power, trying to unravel the mysterious life of Mr. Fielding and the origins of his indestructibility.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Death is not a topic that most people want to think about, but in this fascinating book, bestselling author and respected surgeon Atul Gawande discusses how we can face the end of our lives with dignity and grace. In the United States, we are all too familiar with nursing homes for the elderly, intensive care units for the very ill and astronomical medical bills when faced with a terminal illness. Gawande believes there is a better way and provides eye-opening examples.

Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers

Avery Van Demere has never known her parents.  Being told her mother is dead, and her alcoholic father hasn’t had the courage to stand up to his own mother, Avery has been raised by her grandmother, isolated in a mansion, not being allowed to have friends outside of school.  Naturally she rebels and when she gets caught sneaking out, her grandmother sends her to a boarding school.  The night she is escaping from there, she is picked up by her family lawyers to participate in a heritage challenge to determine who will win and control the vast fortune.

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

Katrina is a self-described ordinary teenage girl (yeah, she's a bit hard on herself), but when she leaves some leftover pastries and coffee for the handsome homeless guy she finds sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's struggling coffee shop, her hitherto boring life becomes a series of unexpected wacky events and emotions. It turns out that “homeless” guy is actually a teenage guardian angel on a break, and he’s determined to repay Katrina’s kindness by granting her heart’s deepest wish. Now, if she could only figure out what that is.

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson

“Dr. Scott the Paleontologist” from PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train has written a great guide for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers to help kids get outdoors! Kids today spend up to ninety percent less time outdoors than their parents did. With all of the emotional and social benefits kids receive from getting out into nature, Dr. Scott emphasizes the importance of our role as adults in getting kids the outdoor time they need. 

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

A fascinating look at the life of Robert Peace, a young black man born to a poor single mother in Newark who worked hard and graduated from Yale with a degree in microbiology. Yet he ends up dead in a drug-related shooting. How could this have happened? The author, Rob’s Yale roommate, offers us a look at the lure of drugs and money even to the smartest in the class. Book discussion groups will find lots to talk about.

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Descent by Timothy Johnston

A distressing phone call from local law enforcement propels Grant and Angela Courtland bedside to fifteen-year old son, Sean, injured during an accident during a family vacation to the Rocky Mountains. At the hospital, the Courtland’s learn Sean’s injuries are the result of an early morning hit-and-run; though, even worse, is the news that eighteen-year old daughter, Caitlin, is missing. Sean, meanwhile, groggy from surgery, remembers almost nothing about the accident besides biking behind Caitlin jogging the trail.

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