Books for Book Lovers

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If reading was your first love, then consider scheduling a date with one of these books for Valentine’s Day:

I’d Rather be Reading by Anne Bogel – Blogger and host of the “What Should I Read Next?” podcast offers a charming, relatable essay collection for book lovers everywhere, examining the magical and maddening aspects of the reading life.

What to Read & Why by Francine Prose – Celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers the author admires above all others, from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan.

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells – An author and book-trade historian describes his travels around the world to different types of libraries and discusses how he began to notice amazing and interesting patterns that replicated themselves in these collections over the centuries.

The Lost Chapters by Leslie Schwartz – A powerful, skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading, as told through the list of books the author read as she served a 90-day jail sentence.

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence – Presents a collection of love letters and break-up notes addressed to the books the author has encountered throughout her career as a librarian.

Wild Things by Bruce Handy – A nostalgic ramble through classic children’s literature explores the stories of forefront authors and illustrators while revealing the wisdom that can be found in masterpieces ranging from “The Cat in the Hat” and “Charlotte’s Web” to “Goodnight Moon” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson – Explores the reading life as a gift and an adventure for women, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight.

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller – Chronicles the author’s adventure reading 50 great tomes, reminding readers why they should make time for books.

Books for Dog People

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If you consider yourself a dog person, then these books will be perfect for you. Celebrate and investigate the unbreakable bond between humans and their canine companions by picking up one of these titles from your local library:

The Dog Decoder by David Alderton – Helps you interpret the different messages your dog sends out, and in no time, you and your pooch will be speaking the same language.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, atypical canine Enzo considers the sacrifices his master, Denny Swift, has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver, and the dog’s own efforts to preserve the Swift family.

Cesar Millan’s Lessons From the Pack by Cesar Millan, with Melissa Jo Peltier – Looks at the positive effects that having and training dogs has on their owners, and shares personal stories of how different dogs have given the “Dog Whisperer” important lessons in respect, confidence, resilience, and authenticity.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron – Searching for his purpose over the course of multiple canine lives, Bailey is reborn as a golden-haired puppy after a tragic death as a stray and shares a loving bond with young Ethan before he again dies and starts over.

Being a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz – Explains how dogs perceive the world through their acute sense of smell and how humans can reconnect with their own underused senses to further human-canine bonds and gain insights into dog cognition.

The Education of Will by Patricia B. McConnell – An animal behaviorist describes how a young border collie with frequent outbreaks of fear and fury forced her to confront her own long-buried emotional pain.

Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis – A moody Labrador and his insecure human share a whimsical, cross-country RV trip into the heart of America’s relationship with dogs, relating the stories of Appalachian wolf-dogs, a dedicated stray rescuer, a K9 cop and more.

My Dog: The Paradox by Michael Inman – A comic book by “The Oatmeal” that explores the canine penchant for rolling in horse droppings, chasing large animals four times their size, and acting recklessly enthusiastic through the entirety of their impulsive, lovable lives.

Discover Recipes From Around the World

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JMRL has a wide variety of cookbooks available to give you some international inspiration for your next home-cooked meal. Try out one of these:

Koreatown: A Cookbook by Deuki Hong – More than 100 Korean recipes reflect emerging trends in America’s hotspot cities and augment instructions on a range of barbecue, stew, soup, noodle and kimchi options with engaging stories and interviews.

Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die by Diane Kochilas – Part cookbook and part cultural history, examines the culinary traditions of the small Greek island where its inhabitants are living well and with few diseases or age-related ailments, and shares classic Ikarian recipes.

Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan by Naomi Duguid – A collection of recipes from the heart of the Persian Empire introduces the food traditions from this cuisine, and includes such options as potato and pumpkin soup, fried eggplant roll-ups, marinated pork kebabs, and pomegranate-walnut chicken stew.

Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi – A tribute to the vibrant cuisine of Jerusalem explores its cross-cultural influences and includes such options as charred baby okra with tomato and preserved lemon, clementine and almond cake, and braised lamb meatballs with sour cherries.

A Table in Venice: Recipes From My Home by Skye McAlpine – A lifelong resident of Venice and well-known cooking blogger presents a collection of classic Italian recipes, including zucchini pizette, sliced veal in creamy tuna and caper sauce, bigoli with walnut sauce, and mascarpone tart with figs.

Feast: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou – An award-winning chef shares her extraordinary range of beloved, time-tested recipes and stories from cuisines throughout the Muslim world.

The Cuban Table by Ana Sofía Peláez – A Cuban-American food writer and blogger offers an illustrated, comprehensive overview of Cuban cuisine, providing historical context for dishes that include Spanish and African ingredients as well as 110 delicious, authentic recipes.