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      And Only to Deceive introduces us to Emily, Lady Ashton a very
young, newly widowed resident of London in 1890.  Given the usual
education suitable for future society matrons, Emily married a man she
barely knew to escape her overbearing mother.  Six months after the
wedding, Lord Ashton dies in Africa on safari leaving Emily to the
ritualized two year Victorian mourning.  This is made endurable because
she is now independent, wealthy and able to do what she wants, which is
read, protected by a household staff whose loyalty and competence most
of her real contemporaries could only envy. Shocked when she learns from
her husband’s best friend, Colin Hargreaves, that he was very much in
love with her, even to having a private pet name for her, that he was an
avid and knowledgeable collector of Greek antiquities, and that she is
now the owner of a villa on the Greek island of Santorini, Emily finds
herself falling in love with her now departed husband. Studying both
Homer and the Greek antiquities Lord Ashton had donated to the British
Museum, she soon realizes that there is something very wrong with the
Museum’s collections.
      Fleeing to Paris to escape her mother’s interference, Emily begins
to make new friends, like a wealthy French widow, and an American
graduate of Bryn Mawr, also a classical scholar who helps her to
evaluate translations and Greek grammar, while encouraging independent
thought.  As she attempts to discern just which of Lord Ashton’s old
friends she can trust with her suspicions, Emily experiences everything
from being followed in the street and having her hotel room ransacked to
being told that her husband has been found alive in the wilds of Africa.
     As has become de rigueur in historical fiction, there are several
real people ranging from August Renoir and Gordon Bennett in Paris, to
A. S. Murray the actual keeper of Classical Antiquities at the British
Museum who are threaded through the story. Emily’s fondness for the
popular fiction of the era like “Lady Audley’s Secret”, which she reads
on her honeymoon, much to her husband’s amusement, also anchor the book
in the society of late Victorian England.  The book has an interesting
format with entries from Lord Ashton’s diaries at the beginning of every
chapter, so that we eventually do know what he thinks of many of the
other principle characters.
    This is a very entertaining debut novel for Tasha Alexander, and there
will be a second and third book in the series.

Molly Spore-Alhadef 

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En las sopas se une el sabor profundo de las especias con la esencia de las hierbas de olor y las verduras tiernas. Al calor de la lumbre se combinan los tonos verdes, rojos, amarillos de chiles, chayotes, jitomates, zanahorias y papas. Todo se fusiona en calido encuentro que adquiere formas ligeras o espesas. Patricia Quintana reune en este volumen algunas de las mas exquisitas sopas que se guisan en muchas regiones de Mexico, segun la tradicion de las abuelas, en los fogones de lena, borboteando en ollas y cazuelas de barro. – barnsandnoble.com

 

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Buenos niños, malas costumbres : la guía RealAge para criar niños saludables por Jennifer Trachtenberg ; traducido del inglés por Rosana Elizalde.

Cuando los chicos empiezan a volverse adictos a la televisión o a devorar puñados de galletitas, es fácil decir “ya se les va a pasar cuando crezcan.” Lo más probable es que estén adquiriendo malas costumbres que pueden conducir a la obesidad en la infancia y a enfermedades crónicas en la adultez, desde diabetes y depresión hasta problemas cardíacos y osteoporosis.

Pero haciendo cambios simples ahora, puede ayudar a que tus hijos eviten estos problemas más adelante. Buenos Niños Malas Costumbres provee las herramientas que necesitarás, comenzando con el único Test RealAge® Para Chicos Saludables. Basado en el exitoso Test RealAge, que mide la edad biológica y no la de calendario, el Test de Chicos Saludables revela en qué aspectos los chicos están bien y en cuáles están encaminándose a tener problemas de salud.

Sin importar de qué problema se trate -desde falta de sueño a adicción a los video juegos— la Dra. Jen ha visto y resuelto todo, trabajando con los padres y los chicos juntos. Sus consejos perspicaces, pasos preventivos y su agudeza de niña, aprendidos a través del trabajo con miles de niños, hacen de éste un libro de incalculable valor. Ayudará a que tus hijos se conviertan en los adultos más sanos posibles, permitiéndoles al mismo tiempo ser niños. – Publisher description

Salud e hygiene, Niños

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The Jellybeans and the Big Dance

by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans; Laura Numeroff, illustrator.

Starting on the cover with the adorable little creatures in their sparkly costumes then following their adventures and misadventures in dance school, readers will fall in love with Emily and her dance partners as they prepare to perform “Oh Little Bug.” Illustrations by Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) dance on the pages and are sure to charm readers.

Blackie, The Horse Who Stood Still

By Christopher Cerf and Paige Peterson, illustrations by Paige Peterson

This is the true story of Blackie, who had the unique capability of simply standing still. His story, told in rhyme, tells of Blackie’s unique talent being put to good use by a rodeo bull roper, posing for photographs in front of the spectacular scenery in Yosemite Valley, and finally standing in a field above Richardson Bay so an oysterman could find his way home. There he stood for 28 years. After his peaceful demise, a life-sized statue was erected to honor Blackie. You can see in in Tiburon, California. Beautiful illustrations.

– C. Webster

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The Rake is William F. Buckley’s last novel, and the tale of a charming rogue who goes from calculating undergraduate to all-but-announced candidate for President of the United States. Set from the 1960s through 1991, the story of the charismatic but unscrupulous Ruben Castle is a political cautionary tale of what happens when driving ambition collides with a reality that includes an abandoned wife and unacknowledged child. The book can be read as a well-veiled roman a clef about a prominent political figure still very much in the public eye. Buckley’s amusing insights into academic life as well as political maneuvering, and his sympathetic portrayals of the characters and their moral compromises make this an entertaining book, as does his stylish and witty writing. One could say that this book proves the theory that reformed rakes make the best husbands, since the unreformed Reuben Castle makes a very bad husband, but a repulsively fascinating principal character.

– M. Spore-Alhadef

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A great choice for National Poetry Month. “Poet laureate Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project was a stroke of genius. Americans were invited to share by letter a poem they treasured; then many were recorded reading their chosen poems for inclusion in a national video and audio archive. The response was tremendous, and as Pinsky notes, many of the matches between reader and poem defy stereotypes, and all attest to the vital role that poetry plays in more lives than seems possible in a country that appears to pay scant attention to this quiet art form. Here each poem is introduced in extraordinarily moving personal disclosures by the reader who chose it. Teenagers and octogenarians, a social worker, a farmer, a nurse, a truck driver, a commodities trader, a librarian, a judge, and an alcoholic who memorizes poetry to test her sobriety selected poems by Lucille Clifton, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Haki R. Madhubuti, W. S. Merwin, Sylvia Plath, and Dylan Thomas. No one person, however well read, could have created this resounding collection, which may well become a favorite in its own right.” – Booklist

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Originally published in 1938, Miss Pettigrew has been rediscovered and reprinted in a beautiful paperback edition by Persephone, including gorgeous line drawings.  A fantasy screwball comedy a little like a Thin Man movie crossed with with an episode of Upstairs Downstairs gone mad, Miss Pettigrew has now been adapted as a major motion picture starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams. “Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met before at the movies. Over the course of a single day, both women are changed forever.  [The author] Winifred Watson (1907 – 2002) grew up in Newcastle, and was a secretary until, in 1935, she married Leslie Pickering, the manager of a timber firm. She wrote six novels in all, but after the birth of her son in 1941 she stopped writing and lived quietly in Newcastle for the rest of her life.  The Times interviewed her at age 94 when Persephone Books reissued the book in 2000. The headline was ‘Bodice-Ripping Fame at 94.'” – Publisher’s Description

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