All around Marnie, things are disappearing. Her father, a schizophrenic writer, has gone missing.The cats in the neighbourhood, her own Mr. Knuckles included, have vanished. Have they been kidnapped? Or has something scared them away? Marnie could really do with some help from those she loves, but her best friend has her own problems and her sister Jess, seems to be unravelling. What's more worrying is that she's starting to feel a presence - a hot breath on her cheek, a wisp of mane - and it is getting more noticeable daily. Is she imagining things, or has someone - or some thing - come to help her? An utterly original and hugely imaginative debut, Advice for Strays is a novel about love, loss, family and a very unusual friendship.
Bestselling author Gail Tsukiyama is known for her poignant, subtle insights into the most complicated of relationships. "Dreaming Water" is an exploration of two of the richest and most layered human connections that exist: mother and daughter and lifelong friends. Hana is suffering from Werner's syndrome, a disease that makes a person age at twice the rate of a healthy individual: at thirty-eight Hana has the appearance of an eighty-year-old. Cate, her mother, is caring for her while struggling with her grief at losing her husband, Max, and with the knowledge that Hana's disease is getting worse by the day. Hana and Cate's days are quiet and ordered. Cate escapes to her beloved garden and Hana reads and writes letters. Each find themselves drawn into their pasts, remembering the joyous and challenging events that have shaped them: spending the day at Max's favorite beach, overcoming their neighbors' prejudices that Max is Japanese-American and Cate is Italian-American, and coping with the heartbreak of discovering Hana's disease. One of the great joys of Hana's life has been her relationship with her beautiful, successful best friend Laura. Laura has moved to New York from their hometown in California and has two daughters, Josephine and Camille. She has not been home in years and begs Hana to let her bring her daughters to meet her, feeling that Josephine, in particular, needs to have Hana in her life. Despite Hana's latest refusal, Laura decides to come anyway. When Laura's loud, energetic, and troubled world collides with Hana and Cate's daily routine, the story really begins. "Dreaming Water "is about a mother's courage, a daughter's strength, and a friend's love.It is about the importance of human dignity and the importance of all the small moments that create a life worth living.
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Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, the City Where Food Is Almost Everything
Tom Fitzmorris covers the New Orleans food scene like powdered sugar covers a beignet. For more than thirty-five years he's written a weekly restaurant review, but he's best known for a long-running, daily radio talk show devoted to New Orleans restaurants and cooking. In "Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town," Fitzmorris movingly describes the disappearance of New Orleans's food culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its triumphant comeback--an essential element in the city's recovery. He leads up to it with a recent history of New Orleans dining before the hurricane, from the Creole craze of the 1980s to the opening of restaurants by big-name chefs like Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Fitzmorris's coverage of the heroic return of the city's chefs after Katrina highlights the importance of local cooking traditions to a community. The book includes recipes for some of the dishes mentioned in the story, and numerous sidebars informed by Fitzmorris's long career writing about this delicious city. "New Orleanians are passionate about a lot of things, especially food Nobody understands this better than Tom Fitzmorris. In "Hungry Town," Tom gives readers insight into this amazing and one-of-a-kind city, and shows how food and the restaurant industry helped the city to survive and thrive after Katrina." -- EMERIL LAGASSE, chef, restaurateur, and TV host "No city restaurant critic in U.S. history has written more, eaten more, or knows more of their cuisine than Tom Fitzmorris." -- JAMES CARVILLE, political commentator, New Orleanian, and food enthusiast "A delicious read, part autobiographical, with wonderful recipes and a comprehensive restaurant history. This is a great tribute to the indomitable spirit of the New Orleans restaurant community, which brought our city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. "Hungry Town" is a must for both New Orleanians and lovers of New Orleans food." -- ANNE GOOCH, Galatoire's Restaurant and New Orleans Wine and Food Experience co-founder "This book is a must-have for any New Orleanian or anyone traveling to New Orleans. It's full of the juicy tidbits that you can't find anywhere else. His prose will leave you salivating after every chapter. What a delicious read " -- JOHN BESH, Besh Restaurant Group chef/owner "From his cat-bird seat, Tom Fitzmorris shares with us the family feuds, delicious tidbits, and vicious bites that comprise the New Orleans food scene of the late twentieth century. Hungry Town is the Tom-tell-all we've all been waiting for " -- POPPY TOOKER, Slow Food New Orleans founder and food activist