Jen Recommends: The Gown – Jennifer Robson

London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes…

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Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon – Jeffrey Kluger “In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the…

Jen Recommends: Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

“In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. In Letterman, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic…

Jen Recommends: Victoria: The Queen

About Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire: “When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe’s monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public’s expense, and republican sentiment…

Jen Recommends: The Time In Between

The Time In Between was adapted into a Spanish-language series for Netflix (see trailer below). Jen’s notes: The series is a close adaptation of the novel, and filled with beautiful scenery and fashion. “The inspiring international bestseller of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious…

Jen Reviews: How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century and the Patient Zero of Piracy by Stephen Witt

Jen’s comments: Just read this and loved it.  Fascinating read for anyone who’s ever scoffed at the price of music CDs.  Like the reviewer suggests, I’m really hoping for a movie. BookPage review by Edward Morris “The story of how the Internet brought the imperious music business to its knees has never been told more…

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Talking to Girls About Duran Duran – Rob Sheffield Author Rob Sheffield riffs on the songs that saw him through the rapture, misery and bewilderment wanting to understand girls and pays tribute to tunes that captured some of his best moments. If you’re going to revisit your youth, let Rob Sheffield be your guide. Nothing…

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Garden Spells – Sarah Addison Allen “A pinch of marigold for affection, a dash of snapdragon to repel evil, finish with rose petals to encourage love, then let nature take its course. It may be the recipe for Claire Waverley’s successful catering business, but when it comes to working its magic on her own love…

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Gone With a Handsomer Man – Michael Lee West Betrayed, arrested for assault with a dangerous Georgia peach, and framed for her fiance’s murder, Teeny Templeton’s battle to clear her name features a host of oddballs, Southern charm and poisonous recipes! [One of our patrons also enjoyed this title; read her review here.] The Easy…

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The Perfume Collector – Kathleen Tessaro After receiving an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, newlywed socialite Grace Monroe must uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor. Weaving through the decades from 1920s New York to 1950s Monte Carlo, Paris and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary woman who inspired one…