Book buyers’ picks
The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton. My goal
is to let as many people as possible know what
a powerful writer Morton is. If you haven’t
read her yet, this book is a great place to start.
During a party, 16-year-old Laurel Nicolson
escapes to her childhood treehouse when she
spies a stranger approaching the family’s
farm. She sees her mother, Dorothy, talk to
the man, and before the day is over, Laurel
witnesses a shocking crime. Now, 50 years
later, the family is gathering for Dorothy’s
90th birthday. Realizing that this may be her
last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the
questions that still haunt her.
—Beth Alley, inventory control specialist, books
The Bartender’s Tale, by Ivan Doig. In the
poem “Sea Fever,” John Masefield writes, “All I
ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” Were
I to pen a similar bit of poetry, I imagine all I’d
ask would be a book by Ivan Doig and a light
to read it by. His new novel is set in a small
Montana town in 1960. Tom Harry, the bar-
tender at the town’s main watering hole, and
his 12-year-old son, Rusty, have been getting by
just fine. Enter Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom used
to know. In tow is Proxy’s daughter Francine,
and Proxy is pinning the paternity on Tom.
Rusty watches it all unfold as he stands at the
threshold of leaving his childhood behind.
Brick City: Global Icons to Make from
LEGO®, by Warren Elsmore. I cannot imag-
ine a time when LEGO bricks won’t hold a
special place in my heart. I loved them as a
child, and to this day I ooh and ah over the
fabulous things people can and do make with
them. This book is a perfect example, as it is
filled with instructions to build everything
from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Hotel to
Shanghai’s Pearl Tower. To build on the fun,
the book includes construction tips and two
pull-out posters of different global landmarks.
Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal
Cookbook, from Reader’s Digest. This year
I’ve made it a priority to get away from my
desk during lunch hour and go for a run or hit
the gym. That change has led to a more active
interest in what I eat. This cookbook takes the
information from Foods That Harm, Foods
That Heal and puts it into an easy-to-use
guide and cookbook. The first part lists nearly
150 healing foods, the second part consists of
more than 250 recipes and the third part lists
ailments and the foods to either eat or avoid
for that particular condition.
inventory control specialist, books
Mad for magazines
this month. (Although it’s only August, most
of these will be the September issues.)
Cuisine for Two is a 200-page advertise-ment-free flipbook packed with ideas for
meals for two. The Cuisine for Two side offers
complete, restaurant-quality menus, while the
other side, Cuisine Tonight for Two, features
quick and easy recipe ideas.
Mastering a new recipe is a great feeling.
The September issue of Food Network
Magazine includes features on making
everything from breakfast-cereal brittle to
popcorn cupcakes and perfect pesto to
Who needs baking school when Fall
Baking from Better Homes and Gardens
shows cooks how to make cobblers in an iron
skillet and New York–style soft pretzels? Not to
be missed is the section on pizza cookies and
another with pie recipes for holiday gatherings.
Available in late August, Taste of Home
Ultimate Halloween has party menus for kids
and adults, along with costume and craft ideas.
Put together with DIYers of all skill levels
in mind, volume 8 of Somerset Home has features on how to upcycle old furniture and how
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A CLASSROOM IS a great place to learn, but
other opportunities to pick up new ideas for
everything from cooking and baking to crafts
and cameras are all around. One favorite
source for inspiration is the glossy pages of
Here’s a look at some of the magazines
you’ll find in your local Costco warehouse
to embroider your own place mats and tea tow-
els. Additional articles show how to turn cro-
quet mallets into a coat rack and how to add a
touch of creativity when arranging your space.
The Costco Connection
Magazines are available—at a minimum 30
percent discount—in most warehouses.