Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking: 125 Easy, Delicious, Real Food Recipes

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By Roberto Martin Da Capo Lifelong Books, $32.50 Having grown up in a Mexican-American family, many of Roberto Martin’s recipes in Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking are based on Mexican cuisine. This is a nice vegan cookbook with a large variety …

Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years

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By John McHugo The New Press, $26.95 John McHugo’s Syria is essentially a timeline of the last 100 years of Syrian history with curious breakpoints here or there. Despite the numerous evocations to Assad’s involvement in murder after murder, the …

The Rape of Europa: The Intriguing History of Titian’s Masterpiece

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By Charles FitzRoy Bloomsbury USA, $30.00 Art historians try to follow the life of a famous old master painting, examining how it went from collector to collector, what that says about the value that these paintings have, while at the …

Twisted History: 32 True Stories of Torture, Traitors, Sadists, and Psychos … Plus the Most Celebrated Saints in History

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By Howard Watson Firefly Books, $19.95 The pages of history always has been soaked in blood, torture and murder (and still are). This book brings some of the most gruesome together. The three sections are “Treachery and Torture,” “Saints and …

A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens

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By Melissa Caughey Storey Publishing, LLC, $16.95, pages Chickens are not normally thought of as great family pets, but A Kid’s Guide to Raising Chickens shows how they are, or at least can be. This book guides the prospective chicken …

James Herriot’s Cat Stories

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By James Herriot, Lesley Holmes (illustrator) St. Martin’s Press, $18.99, pages James Herriot was a veterinarian by trade and worked with primarily farm animals for more than 50 years. But he is also well-known and loved for his many books …

Literary Rivals: Feuds and Antagonisms in the World of Books

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By Richard Bradford The Robson Press, $24.95, pages Who doesn’t love a good rivalry? From the Hatfields and McCoys to Springfield and Shelbyville, rivalries can drive terrific, multigenerational stories loaded with wit and vitriol. This is especially true of literary …

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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By Yuval Noah Harari Harper, $29.99, pages Writers who use timelines put all the facts into perspective. Yuval Noah Harari goes a few steps beyond chronology in his new book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. He focuses this history …

Stella by Starlight

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By Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 320 pages The trouble with capital-H “History” is that it can feel removed, a pillar of dates-and-facts marble behind a fence half a mile away. The best writers bring history …

The Precious One

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By Marisa de los Santos HarperCollins Publishers, $, 359 pages Thirty-something Taisy Cleary and her twin brother, Marcus, have been estranged from their heartless, pompous, brilliant father, Wilson, for most of their adult lives. Having abandoned them and their mother …

Grandma in Blue With Red Hat

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By Scott Menchin, Harry Bliss (illustrator) Abrams Books for Young Readers, $16.95, 32 pages Grandma in Blue With Red Hat is about a little boy who goes to an art class at the museum every Saturday. He learns that art …

How Things Work: Facts and Fun, Questions and Answers, Things to Make and Do

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By Sophie Dauvois W. W. Norton & Co. Inc., $18.95 Encouraging inquisition throughout How Things Work, questions like “How was this book made?” or “How [do you] build a house?” strengthens natural preadolescent curiosity in the world. The book emphasizes …

Mom School

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By Rebecca Van Slyke, Priscilla Burris (illustrator) Doubleday Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 32 pages Where do mothers learn how to be mothers? Written by Rebecca Van Slyke, Mom School’s daughter narrator asks: Where does Mom learn how to build …

There’s No Such Thing as Little

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By LeUyen Pham Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 48 pages This book says there is a little thing, then here’s a big thing. So, it may look like a little candle, but it is really a big lighthouse that …

Home Tweet Home

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By Courtney Dicmas Doubleday Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 40 pages The family of birds, swallows, need a bigger nest, because it was too smelly. One said they needed enough room for stinky feet. So, they went to look for …