New November Cookbooks

With the approach of Thanksgiving, it’s time to break out the cookbooks for recipes old and new. Give these fall releases a try for something different this turkey day.


My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life My kitchen year

By Ruth Reichl

In the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company. No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future. As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable, Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary. “I did what I always do when I’m confused, lonely, or frightened,” she writes. “I disappeared into the kitchen.” My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasons–and Reichl’s emotions–as she slowly heals through the simple pleasures of cooking.


Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen Heart & Soul in the Kitchen

By Jacques Pépin

In the companion book to his final PBS series, the world-renowned chef shows his close relationship to the land and sea as he cooks for close friends and family. Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen is an intimate look at the celebrity chef and the food he cooks at home with family and friends–200 recipes in all.


Near and FarNear & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel

By Heidi Swanson

Known for combining natural foods recipes with evocative, artful photography, New York Times bestselling author Heidi Swanson circled the globe to create this mouthwatering assortment of 120 vegetarian dishes. In this deeply personal collection drawn from her well-worn recipe journals, Heidi describes the fragrance of flatbreads hot off a Marrakech griddle, soba noodles and feather-light tempura in Tokyo, and the taste of wild-picked greens from the Puglian coast.


The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking through science The Food Lab

By J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new–but simple–techniques.

5 Books That Will Give You Chills

Halloween is around the corner and ghosts and goblins are everything. For those of you looking for a good scare, look no further. Here’s a list of books sure to chill you to the bone.


Doctor SleepThe Shining by Stephen King

In The Shining, Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Bonus Book : Doctor Sleep

In Doctor Sleep, Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. 


Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire, opens with the seductive purr of F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) stating, “I was a 25-year-old man when I became a vampire, and the year was 1791.” And so our ultimate antihero, Louis, begins the elaborate retelling of his long, tortured life as a vampire. Winding through the ages, from New Orleans to Paris, we follow Louis and his undying mentor, Lestat, as they feed on humans, whet their carnal appetites, and uncover an underworld of vampire brethren.

Scary Stories to tell in the dark


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death—they’re all here in this chilling collection of ghost stories.


Dracula by Bram Stoker

The defining novel of the classic horror genre, Bram Stoker’s defining achievement holds as much weight today as it did more than a century ago. Told through a series of letters and newspaper clippings, Stoker laid out the framework for realistic horror which would pave the way for Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft with his now-world-renowned titular character, roughly drawn from Romania’s Ivan the Terrible. A dark classic for the ages and a brilliant piece of literature.


The Woman in BlackThe Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, travels to a remote village to put the affairs of a recently deceased client, Alice Drablow in order. As he works alone in her isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover disturbing secrets – and his unease grows when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed in black. The locals are strangely unwilling to talk about the unsettling occurrence, and Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent…

Fall Into Reading

As the weather starts to cool and the leaves begin to change, you might be looking to curl up with a good book. So grab your pumpkin spice latte and take one of these books home today.

Let Me Tell YouLet Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson

Let Me Tell You brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for, along with frank, inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays about her large, boisterous family; and whimsical drawings.

She wields humor, terror, and the uncanny to explore the real challenges of marriage, parenting, and community–the pressure of social norms, the veins of distrust in love, the constant lack of time and space.


Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Our endless numbered days

Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly begins to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost.


The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.
Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…


The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age by Joyce Carol OatesThe Lost Landscape

The Lost Landscape is Joyce Carol Oates’ vivid chronicle of her hardscrabble childhood in rural western New York State. From memories of her relatives, to those of a charming bond with a special red hen on her family farm; from her first friendships to her earliest experiences with death, The Lost Landscape is a powerful evocation of the romance of childhood, and its indelible influence on the woman and the writer she would become.

October Staff Pick : Boys in the Boat

Our October staff pick comes from Pat Drogowski. This is what she had to say about it.

The Boys in the Boat “My summer favorite, maybe all-time favorite:

 The Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin  Olympics by Daniel Brown

The popularity and challenges of crew are intricately and interestingly described through the  Seattle college team that makes it to 1936 Berlin Olympics team! This was the number-one sport of that era.  But more than that is the struggle of the main character faced with extreme poverty, family abandonment and the stamina and courage to win and lose. History and the extremes of life during the Depression and Dust Bowl are woven so well into this story. He is an unsung American hero to say the least.”

September Staff Pick : The Royal We

This month we have a great selection from one of our librarians, Lynne H.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica MorganThe Royal We

“The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan has been my favorite book of the summer. It’s totally basically fanfiction of Kate Middleton and Prince William… but don’t laugh, I swear it’s really good! For those who love easy to read chick lit that you don’t have to think about.”

If you enjoyed this book, check out the other YA books written by these two : Spoiled and Messy.


New Fiction Books – September 2015

Check out some of these new fiction books to hit the Sewickley shelves this month!


Among the Ten Thousand Things Among the Ten Thousand Things
 Julia Pierpont
Jack Shanley is a New York artist who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into  crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a career as a dancer to raise their two  children. In the ensuing years, she ignored the weaknesses of the man she  married. But then a package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing  sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life.

Bennington Girls Are Easy
Charlotte Silver
Bennington College, founded in 1932 as a suitable refuge for the wayward daughters of good families, maintains its reputation for attracting free spirits.  Here’s the story of two graduates as they move to New York and try to figure out what they are actually doing with their lives.

Constant Fear
Daniel Palmer
When Jake Dent’s dreams of baseball glory fell apart in a drunk-driving incident, his marriage did too.  In those dark days a popular survivalist blog helped him restore his sense of control.  A suspenseful thriller.

Crooked Heart
Lissa Evans
When Noel Bostock—aged ten, no family—is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge—a thirty-six-year old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she’s unscrupulous about how she gets it.   Excellent reviews!

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
Vendela Vida
In this literary thriller, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business.  While checking into her hotel, she is robbed of all of her money and identification.  She soon finds that she feels strangely liberated by her sudden  freedom to be anyone she chooses.

The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog
Bruce Cameron
During the Ice Ages, one tribe struggles for survival and one extraordinary man bonds with a wolf—a friendship that changes mankind forever.

How to Be a Grown-up
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The authors of The Nanny Diaries are back with a humorous look at a fortysomething wife and mother thrust back into the workforce, where she finds herself at the mercy of a #bosshalfherage.

In a Dark, Dark Wood
Ruth Ware
What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in this twisted debut psychological thriller. 

Kitchens of the Great Midwest Kitchens of the Great Midwest
 Ryan Stradal
After a childhood shaken by tragedy, Eva finds solace and salvation in the  flavors of her native Minnesota.  Blessed with a sensitive palate, she  ultimately becomes the mysterious chef behind the most sought-after dinner  reservation in the country.


Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
Shirley Jackson
From the renowned author of “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House, comes a new volume of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, and other writings.

The Library at Mount Char
Scott Hawkins
A debut fantasy author with great reviews!  “A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge…Hawkins has created a fascinating, unusual world in which ordinary people can learn to wield breathtaking power—and he’s also written a compelling story about love and revenge that never loses sight of the human emotions at its heart.” – Kirkus

Make Your Home Among Strangers
Jennine Capó Crucet
When Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami.

The Marriage of Opposites Marriage of Opposites
Alice Hoffman
From the author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism.

The Night Sister
Jennifer McMahon
In the 1950s, the Tower Motel was the shining attraction of tiny London, Vermont.  Now it stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of three women —and the memory of something dark and sinister that ruined their friendship.

The Third Wife
Lisa Jewell
In the early hours of a summer morning, Maya Wolfe stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.  Was it a tragic accident? Or suicide?

Villa America
Liza Klaussmann
An intriguing novel set in the French Riviera during the twenties and based on the real-life inspirations for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. 

Woman with a Secret
Sophie Hannah
Described as “like watching a nightmare come to life,” could this thriller be the next Gone Girl?

Rave Reviews from Summer Reading 2015

Summer is winding down, but are you still looking for something to read? Here are some of the books patrons rated highly in the summer reading program and what they had to say.


God Help the ChildGod Help the Child
Toni Morrison
“This is Toni Morrison’s latest book and it is, like all of her novels, amazing. The story is set in modern day and is riveting. I could not put it down.”

The Chaperone
Laura Moriarty
“I have a new favorite author!”

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Sarah Addison Allen
“I love the novels that this author writes! This is one of my favorites because it combines magic with small town living. Where two women and a town are healing from a tragic event from the past. It also combines a bit of romance in with the mystery of that tragic event.”

Light Between the Oceans  The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman
“This book grabs your attention and holds it until the very last page. It took me two days to read, and I loved every minute of it. The    way  it’s  written makes it seem like a fairytale, but the actual storyline is touching and sad. Highly recommend.”





I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban I am Malala
Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
“Incredibly inspirational and poignant read. Highly recommend to everyone. Gives a detailed description of history in Pakistan, of       her life, and of her movement to have widespread education.”



The Boys in the BoatBoys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown
“Super! Excellent education about crew, (history, boats, important persons involved in development), fine and in depth development of individuals, highs & lows…highly recommend!”


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New Nonfiction Books – August 2015

300 Sandwiches: A Multilayered Love Story…with Recipes
Stephanie Smith
641.84 SMI 2015
The story of the author and her boyfriend who, after she had made a turkey and Swiss on wheat bread sandwich for him, told her “Honey, you are 300 sandwiches away from an engagement  ring.”

The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties
Carol Berkin
342.73 BER 2015
The author explains that the Bill of Rights was actually a brilliant political act executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution, the federal government, and the latter’s authority over the states.  Here are the dramatic details.

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget
Sarah Hepola
362.292 HEP 2015
For the author, alcohol was “the gasoline of all adventure.” But then it all became too much — a poignant and humorous memoir.

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868
Cokie Roberts
973.7082 ROB 2015
An exploration of the way in which the Civil War transformed the lives of women in Washington, D.C., and the city itself.

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?
Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
818 SCO 2015
The mother and daughter team present a new collection of stories and true confessions that every woman can relate to.  Fun! 

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor
Mark Schatzker
641.3 SCH 2015
Does it sometimes seem that food doesn’t taste quite like it used to?  According to the author, this is not an illusion. The flavor of food is changing, and has been for more than half a century.

The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe
Michael Pye
940.1 PYE 2015
Adventures that ranged from the terror of the Vikings to the golden age of cities, the intriguing story of how the modern world emerged on the shores of the North Sea.

First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America’s Frist Battle of World War I
Matthew J. Davenport
940.434 DAV 2015
The true story of America’s first modern military battle, its first military victory during World War I, and its first steps onto the world stage.

The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes
Zach Dundas
823.8 DUN 2015
More than a century after Sherlock Holmes first entered our world, what is it about Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation that continues to fascinate us?  The author sets out to find some answers.  Fun!

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers
Nick Offerman
973.002 OFF 2015
The humorist, woodworker, and actor reminds us of our obligation to nurture the American qualities that we cherish.

The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah
Kenneth C. Davis
355.020973 DAV 2015
A new, revealing look inside six landmark battles that offer crucial insights into our nation’s history.

How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent
Naveed Jamali
327.12092 JAM 2015
A fascinating story of a young American who taught himself to be a secret double agent and helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in early 2000s New York.

The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators Who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions of the Vietnam War
Dan Hampton
959.7043 HAM 2015
At the height of the Cold War, America’s most elite aviators bravely volunteered for a covert program aimed at eliminating an impossible new threat.  Half never returned.  An untold story of aviation history.

Keepers: The Greatest Films—and Personal Favorites— of a Moviegoing Lifetime
Richard Schickel
791.43 SCH 2015
The author has seen, by his own estimate, more than twenty thousand films.  Here is a history of film as he’s seen it, a tour of his favorites, a master class in what makes a film soar or flop.

Marrakech Express
Peter Millar
964 MIL 2014
An entertaining and informative look at the north African country of Morocco, a country that is struggling to maintain its unique blend of tradition and tolerance.

Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari
306.7 ANS 2015
A thoughtful, and amusing, exploration of the rewards and perils of modern romance.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
Rinker Buck
978 BUC 2015
An epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon with a team of mules, a journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century.

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Robert Kurson
910.452 KUR 2015
The author of Shadow Divers, returns with a new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense.

Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright
Sara Solovitch
792.028 SOL 2015
Stage fright is one of the human psyche’s deepest fears.  Surveys in the United States rank public speaking as one of the top fears, affecting up to 74 percent of people.  Fascinating.

Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
Thich Nhat Hanh
294.34 NHA 2015
The noted Zen master shares a practical guide to understanding and developing a powerful inner resource — silence — to help us find happiness and peace.

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics
Barton Swaim
320.973 SWA 2015
An intimate and hilarious look inside the spin room of the modern politician.

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice
Adam Benforado
364.3 BEN 2015
A legal scholar exposes the powerful psychological forces that undermine our criminal justice system and affect us all.

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
Leonard Mlodinow
509 MLO 2015
An inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science.


New Fiction Books – August 2015

Absolutely True Lies
Rachel Stuhler
Struggling writer Holly Gracin is on the verge of moving back home when she gets hired to write the memoir of eighteen-year-old Daisy Mae Dixson, a former child star who has moved into both blockbuster movies and pop music.

Architect's ApprenticeThe Architect’s Apprentice
Elif Shafak
One of Turkey’s preeminent writers spins an epic tale set at the height of the Ottoman Empire and that is teeming with secrets, intrigue, and romance.

Kim Stanley Robinson
From a preeminent science fiction author, the compelling story of our first voyage beyond the solar system, to find a new home.

A Better Man
Leah McLaren
What if the only way you could get out of your marriage was to become the perfect husband?

The Bones of You
Debbie Howells
A psychological thriller that revolves around a young woman’s murder and another woman’s obsession with uncovering the secrets in an idyllic English village.

Charlie Martz and Other Stories: The Unpublished Stories
Elmore Leonard
A collection of never-before-seen stories from the inimitable master of crime fiction.

China Rich Girlfriend
Kevin Kwan
The author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with another entertaining novel of social climbing, secret emails, and fashion world scandal.  A comedy of manners that takes readers on a tour through Asia’s most exclusive club of the extremely rich.

Circling the SunCircling the Sun
Paula McLain
The  author of The Paris Wife now looks at a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record setting aviator in colonial Kenya and who, as Isak Dinesen, wrote the memoir, Out of Africa.

Death and Mr. Pickwick
Stephen Jarvis
A Dickensian novel about the rough-and-tumble world that produced an author that defined an age.  For fans of Charles Dickens!

The Flicker Men
Ted Kosmatka
“If Stephen Hawking and Stephen King wrote a novel together, you’d get The Flicker Men.” — Hugh Howey

French Concession
Xiao Bai
An atmospheric tale of espionage and international intrigue set in Shanghai in 1931 — a decadent world of violence, and betrayal filled with femmes fatales, criminals, revolutionaries and spies.

House Rivals
Mike Lawson
Joe DeMarco is a fixer for an influential congressman, but this time out he is traveling to North Dakota to protect a passionate but naïve twenty-two-year-old blogger who has been crusading against a billionaire oil tycoon.

Love Lies Beneath
Ellen Hopkins
Once a widow, twice divorced, Tara is a woman with a past she prefers to keep to herself.  She is gorgeous, affluent and content living alone in her mansion in San Francisco, until she meets Calvin Lattimore.  But then…

The New Neighbor
Leah Stewart
How much can you really know about the woman next door?  Nice reviews!

The Other Daughter
Lauren Willig
Finding out the circumstances of her birth, after her mother’s death, upends Rachel Woodley’s life and reveals that everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie.

A Paris Affair
Tatiana de Rosnay
The author of Sarah’s Key presents a collection of short stories that explores forbidden loves in the City of Light.

A Place for Us
Harriet Evans
As Martha Winter writes out the invitations to her eightieth birthday celebration, she knows that what she is planning to reveal at the party may ruin the idyllic life she and her husband have spent more than fifty years building.

Pretty Is
Maggie Mitchell
A fiction debut in which two young women face what happened the summer they were twelve, when a handsome stranger abducted them.

Royal Wedding
Meg Cabot
The author of the Princess Diaries series presents the very first adult installment which follows Princess Mia and her prince charming as they plan their fairy-tale wedding.  Will this fairy-tale have a happy ending?

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Natasha Pulley
Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. Atmospheric!

White Crocodile
K.T. Medina
Tess Hardy thought she had put Luke firmly in her past.  Then he calls from Cambodia, where he’s working as a mine clearer, and there is fear in his voice. Two weeks later, he’s dead.  Against her better judgment, Tess is drawn to Cambodia and the killing fields.

The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
Beautician Stella Sweeney is living an ordinary life when she falls very ill, falls in love, then falls into a glamorous new life in New York City. When her dream life is threatened, will she rally to reclaim love and happiness?

New DVDs – July 2015

New Feature-Length Films, Foreign Films, and Classics

5 flights up
American sniperas
Cut Bank
The last metro
Druid peak
Ex machina
Get hard
Jupiter ascending
Jurassic Park ultimate trilogy
Kill me three times
King of hearts
Last knights
Longest ride
Mr. Turner
Paul Blart, mall cop 2
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Seeds of yesterday
Shoot the piano player
Stand up guys
The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie
While we’re young
Woman in gold
Yesterday, today and tomorrow

New Television Series

House of cards. The complete third season
Incredible journey of Mary Bryant
Mystery science theater 3000 XXXIII.
The office. Season four
Witches of East End. Season 2.

New Non-Fiction DVDs

History of Christian theology
Masters of photography: learn photography from 12 National Geographi masters.
Maya to Aztec: ancient Mesoamerica revealed.
Moms Mabley