Carla Hall’s Soul Food by Carla Hall

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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.

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ISBN: 9780062669834
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Wave - October 23rd, 2018

Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story by DK

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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. 

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By DK, Viviana Durante (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781465474780
Availability: Backordered
Published: DK - September 4th, 2018

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

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Primarily known for her hilarious roles in The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Bridesmaids, Ellie Kemper has come a long way since her days as a starry-eyed adolescent staging plays in her living room and attempting to communicate with the squirrels that hung out in her tree house. Her journey is an entertaining one, the ups and downs chronicled for readers in her relatable and chuckle-worthy memoir, My Squirrel Days (Scribner, $26). Focusing primarily on life transitions, Kemper shares the hardships and glories of Midwestern life, breaking into showbiz, and being a redhead. What does it take to make it in improvisational comedy? How does one persuade rodents to chat? What are Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, and Melissa McCarthy really like? Expertly written, these stories of joke-telling, growing up, and figuring things out are perfect for fans of Kemper’s work or those just looking for a female role model and a laugh.

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ISBN: 9781501163340
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018