November ushers in the wind-down of the year as Nature retreats into restorative somnolence. We too take time out to celebrate the harvest by gathering with friends and families in gratitude and cozy conviviality. Grab a title from our November Reading List, curl up in your favorite chair and savor the quiet of the season before the family descends.
Cooking for family and friends is a universal way of expressing love, offering a "welcome", celebrating our heritage, and sampling other cultures. Here are some recipes and stories to entertain and guide your culinary explorations.
A Dozen Ways to Celebrate by Nandita Godbole (Traditional Indian recipes adapted for the home cook, with luscious photos, tips, and cheat sheets by the creator of Curry Cravings™ supper clubs.)
Dr. Food Approved Cookbook by Lorraine Huntley, M.ED, RD, LD, CPT (For vegans, vegetarians, those curious about, or who cook for, vegan friends and family, and anyone looking to add more veggie meals to their lifestyle)
With Gratitude by Tino Rozzo (A New Jersey native shares his love of Asian and Asian-American cuisine with step-by-step recipes of his favorites, that are both fun and easy to execute.)
101: Everything You Need to Know About Whiskey by Bob Lipinski (To add to the festivities, this comprehensive survey of the amber liquor written by a master sommelier, includes history, lore and cocktail recipes...cheers!)
Home & Hearth
Love Where You Live by Heather McManus (A high-end interior designer opens her project notebook of home designs, replete with lavish photos and behind-the-scenes insights.)
Sweet Beams by Renee Garrison and Tom Szumlic (Inspiration and practical lifestyle tips abound in this celebration of the joys of moving into a new home and making it your own.)
Home Sweet Home Design by Len King (Veteran residential architect/builder educates readers who are interested in designing their own home, or who want to understand the process when collaborating with their professional team.)
How would our November Reading List be complete without family? For better or worse, they define us. Whether our family of blood, the family we choose, our community or the larger family of man, we all need family. These authors share their family stories, both contemporary and historical, with humor and love.
Growing Up Alaska by Niki Breeser Tschirgi (An affectionate look back at a unique coming-of-age in a tiny outpost in the vast Alaskan bush, peppered with family photos.)
The Man His Father Was by Pat Leonard (Spanning 139 years, this historical novel traces four generations of the author's male ancestors' adventures from the original New England colonies through the American Revolution.)
Eat Now, Talk Later by James Vescovi (You don't have to be Italian to relish this collection of stories about a rural immigrant couple's hilarious and bittersweet attempts to navigate life in modern America.)
Living With Grownups: Raising Parents by Nadege Nicoll (The first in a series of humorous "how-to" manuals for kids dealing with the perplexities and foibles of parental "on-the-job" training.)
Daughters by Florence Osmund (Marie's life is about to change as she spends her first Thanksgiving with her newly discovered real father and his family, in this novel about racial identity and self-discovery.)
Enjoy the November Reading List with Our Thanks
We hope you'll sample some of these tasty indie titles.
BookWorks founder, Betty Kelly Sargent and the entire BookWorks Team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our talented authors for sharing their literary aspirations, accomplishments, and wisdom with the BW community. We look forward to your continued support and participation as we grow. Do send us your suggestions for BW BookShop titles that you'd like to see included in upcoming Reading Lists. You can submit them in the comments below or via the Read Any Good Books Lately? topic in the Community News forum of our Discussion Groups.