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Staff Reviews by Paula Langenhahn

Cover: 'The Deal of a Lifetime'

"The Deal of a Lifetime" by Fredrik Backman

★★★★ When I saw this new book on the adult fiction shelf in the library, I judged it by physical size and the fact that it had less than 75 pages. I wondered, what could possibly be on the pages that makes it so popular? A man who loved work ahead of everything else in life, including his wife and even his own son, makes a decision with the lady in the gray...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, contemporary fiction

Cover: 'Sad Animal Facts'

"Sad Animal Facts" by Brooke Barker

★★★★ For those of you who like animal trivia facts, this book is for you. There are over 150 hand-drawn illustrations with little known facts about your favorite animal. For example, did you know that a koi fish can live 200 years? Or that gorillas can catch human colds or that camels can drink 30 gallons of water in 15 minutes? This book is a quick read...

Audience: adults, children, teens | Genre: nonfiction

Cover: 'My Two Elaines'

"My Two Elaines" by Martin J. Schreiber

★★★★★ “My Two Elaines” is the perfect title for this book. Former Wisconsin Governor, Martin J. Schreiber fell in love with his wife, Elaine, when in high school. They married during college and pledged a lifelong commitment to each other. Together they raised a family and had successful careers. That is, until the “other Elaine” came into the story....

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, memoir, mental health

Cover: '101 Sandwiches'

"101 Sandwiches" by Helen Graves

★★★★ This is definitely not your boring BLT sandwich recipe or your old standby peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  This amazing sandwich book has ways to make even the dullest sandwich fit for a king.  Recipe’s for: The Elvis sandwich, made with bacon, peanut butter and banana’s; The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich, made with garlic, thyme and lemon juice;...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'Recipes Across America'

"Recipes Across America" by Taste of Home

★★★★★ This remarkable cookbook features recipes from the Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest and West regions of the United States. Many people recognize the Taste of Home title from their many cookbooks and their magazines. This book features real recipes from real people just like you.   Colored pictures and very easy to read instructions are on every...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: '3-Step Express Meals'

"3-Step Express Meals" by Cooking Light Magazine

★★★★ A busy lifestyle does not mean you can’t eat healthy.  You will be amazed that all of the recipes can be completed in just 3 easy steps. This cookbook lists kitchen staples as well as a grocery store guide. Included also are 10 tips for preparing the express meals and a chapter on 1-step side dishes. Three-Bean Chili, Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'Hungry Girl 300 under 300'

"Hungry Girl 300 under 300" by Lisa Lillien

★★★★ Hungry Girl, was created by Lisa Lillien because, as she states in her book, “I’m just hungry”.    This calorie counting cookbook certainly doesn’t fall into the category of having dull and boring diet recipes. Every one of the plain and simple recipes featured in this book are “guilt free”.  Breakfast Scramble Pizza, Chicken Pot Pockets,...

Audience: adults | Genre: cookbook

Cover: 'Donuts'

"Donuts" by Elinore Klivans

★★★★★ This unbelievable book has recipes for 40 different kinds of donuts. From maple-bacon donuts to jelly-filled donuts tolemon-filled beignets and apple fritters, you will find the easy to follow recipes in this book. The hardest part will be deciding which ones to make first. The last chapter includes recipes for fillings, glazes and toppings to complete your...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook