Topics in biblionovels tend to revolve around books – bookstores, booksellers, libraries, and book clubs. They also occasionally have murder or mystery. If you’re a book lover and want to read about some of the same, try one of these titles.

accidentalThe Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott – After losing her husband, Jean Vison surprises herself by starting a book club for comfort and support.

The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler – Esme is young student, recently broken up with, and newly pregnant. To cope with her new circumstances and escape the pressure of her Ivy League college, she takes a part time job at a used bookstore.

A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay – Librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person’s case in the latest library lover’s mystery.

Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams – While organizing Valentine’s Day activities for book-themed resort Storyton Hall tragedy strikes when one of the most celebrated authors is killed.

Ripped from the Pages by Kate Carlisle – Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright discovers a treasure trove while exploring a cave on vacation that includes a mummified body in this bibliophile mystery.

Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Patillo – A new member and new reading list will help the women of the Sweetgum Christian Church knitting and book club discover that they can still be the heroines of their own stories.

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“The entire narrative of this country argues against the truth of who you are.”

betweenThe turn-out for August’s Books on Tap at Champion Brewery for Ta-Nehisi Coate’s Between the World and Me was extremely light, so this month’s follow-up post will be short.  Coates, inspired by James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, structures the book as a letter to his teenaged son. Using examples from his own adolescence in 1980s Baltimore, his time at Howard University in the late 1990s, and later as a father, Coates explained how racism in America has attempted to constrict both his mind and his physical body. While Coates is pleased that his son enjoys more physical safety in his day-to-day life than Coates did as a child, he warns against falling in love with the American Dream, which was built on the backs of his forebears and the continuation of which necessitates the construct of race to validate racism. Both intimate and encompassing,  Between the World and Me has been lauded as required reading for all Americans.

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BBQ Apps

TTT BBQIn these last few weeks of summer wind down the grilling season by improving your technique using these free apps. Learn how to pick your meat, make your sauce, and time it just right to have a delicious meal at the end.

pitpalPit Pal Barbecue (on iOS and Android) – Crowd-sourced information lets you find out how to cook your meat properly. You can also create a log of past times and temperatures to help you improve.

steakgrillSteak Grilling Timer from Kansas City Steak Company (on iOS and Android) – Recipes, grilling tips, and multiple timers make this app your new grilling companion.

talkchefTalkToChef (on iOS and Android) – Never mess up dinner again! Or at least, have the option to find some help before you do with this app that lets you video chat with actual chefs.

tenderTender (on iOS and Android) – Like the similarly named dating app, this is a swipe-focused app. In this case, swipe to save a recipe from the many delicious looking photos.