Whether you have children, want children, or can’t stand children, this graphic memoir is fun for all readers. For Lucy, getting pregnant was the easy part; staying pregnant, however, was far more difficult. After several miscarriages, she finally has the chance to experience the joys of growing a human but the journey isn’t without its hiccups. Knisley’s illustration style is friendly and comforting and her dialogue humorous and entertaining. Facts about pregnancy and babies woven into her story create surprisingly informative asides and a well-rounded volume for those looking for a quick read. As an expectant mother, I couldn’t recommend this book more.
The term “soul food” evokes certain ideas and fuzzy feelings. It’s southern food, it’s comfort food—it’s unhealthy food. But Carla Hall’s Soul Food (Harper Wave, $29.99) focuses on the healthier side of this favorite culinary genre, proving that it can be veggie heavy and nutrient rich while still reminding you of Mama. With 145 recipes, TV chef Carla Hall's newest kitchen collection takes users back to her Nashville roots and throws in a dash of Africa and a pinch of the Caribbean. The American south sings in this fresh and modern take on traditional soul food and hosts an array of side dishes, spice mixtures, drinks, desserts, and finger-lickin' carbs and proteins. How does Brown Sugar Baked Chicken sound? Good? OK—what about Nutmeg Eggnog Buttermilk Pie? Too much? Of course not. With contributions by recipe-developer Genevieve Ko, this is one cook book that won't end up in your donate-to-Goodwill pile.
The names Pavlova, Tchaikovsky, Giselle, and Copeland are part of a special and magical world to which very few belong. Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story (DK, $40) brings these names, and more, together and chronicles more than 450 years of the poetic and dreamy art form. From its extravagant beginnings in the courts of Italy and France, to the lavishly decorated Russian stages of the classical era and the sparse experimental scenes of modern American dance, ballet spans decades and cultures and deserves to be memorialized. Using a pleasant and eye-catching mix of storytelling, quotations, and stunning photographs, Ballet is packed with facts and historical anecdotes and showcases a spectacular timeline of dancers, dances, and companies. This DK collection is an exceptional and timeless gift for art lovers and history buffs alike and is sure to be a cherished addition to any library.