Be It Ever So Humble…must include bookshelves!

November 3, 2008 by  
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There’s no place like… Books to click your red heels by : )

Young Widows Book of Home Improvement – Virginia Lloyd

A young professional woman finally meets the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, only to discover that he is terminally ill. After her beloved John’s death from cancer, Virginia was faced with addressing the chronic rising damp problem in the house they had shared and, over her first year as a young widow, her house had to dry from the inside out – and so did Virginia.

The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement is a wry and touching love story that plays with the parallels between our homes and ourselves.

The Journey Home : The Story of Michael Thomas and the Seven Angels – Lee Carroll, Theresa Corley

In this book adapted for children ages 9 to 13, Michael Thomas is a schoolboy who’s stuck in what seems to be a pretty sorry life. His big brother’s busy soccer schedule rules the house, and his best buddy has moved to another town.

Mike feels that he has no life. No one would notice if he just disappeared! Then his real journey begins. Based on the parable inspired by Kryon and written by Lee Carroll, this is a book your entire family will enjoy.

Homecooked – Radio ABC

Favourite recipes and stories from the kitchens of ABC Radio listeners, selected by Ian (Macca) McNamara of ABC Local Radio, renowned chef and foodie, Maggie Beer, and Valli Little of delicious magazine. This compendium of the best of Australian home cooking, contributed by ABC Radio listeners all around Australia, offers 150 breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that feature some of the most-loved classics from Australian kitchens and offers a few surprises as well.

Grandma’s baked apple dumplings, Uncle Emilio’s fettuccine, Mum’s beef stew and best friend Janie’s to-die-for chocolate cake – those recipes that you’ve asked your family and friends for again and again; they’re all in here. Our contributors have also provided a story about each recipe, explaining why the dish is so loved.

These stories are always interesting, sometimes funny and occasionally moving, such as that of the brother, killed in battle, whose mother would always cook his favourite pudding when he came home on leave, so that whenever the dish is cooked now, his brother remembers him …

Home to Big Stone Gap – Adriana Trigiani

Seismic changes are about to take place in Ave Maria’s life. Her daughter, Etta, barely eighteen, is married and living in Italy; the health of her husband, the gorgeous and ever-dependable Jack Mac, is failing and she has scarcely noticed; friendships she has enjoyed forever are under threat.

And then to town comes a mysterious stranger, revealing a long-buried secret. Her world shaken, Ave Maria must face up to the past in order to build a new life for herself and for Jack. Written with humor, emotion and power in Trigiani’s trademark style, Home To Big Stone Gap is a true homecoming event.

Homestyle Stir-Fry – Murdoch Test Kitchen

Homestyle Stir-Fry and Homestyle Vegetarian are the first two titles in this practical and appealing brand new series from Murdoch Books. Each title in the Homestyle series is an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in cooking.

Designed for easy use, each recipe is beautifully styled and accompanied by detailed step-by-step photographs showing the techniques involved. The Murdoch Books Test Kitchen has triple-tested all the recipes to ensure you get the best results at home.

St Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves – Karen Russell

A blazingly original voice, a dazzling debut, a breathtaking discovery. Charting loss, love, and the difficult art of growing up, these stories unfurl with wicked humour and insight.

Two young boys make midnight trips to a boat graveyard in search of their dead sister, who set sail in the exoskeleton of a giant crab; a boy whose dreams foretell implacable tragedies is sent to ‘Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers’ (Cabin 1, Narcoleptics; Cabin 2, Insomniacs; Cabin 3, Somnambulists. . . ); a Minotaur leads his family on the trail out West, and finally, in the collection’s poignant and hilarious title story, fifteen girls raised by wolves are painstakingly re-civilised by nuns.

These ten extraordinary stories introduce an audacious new talent, and a world in which weird and wonderful predicaments magically reveal the truth of our own lives. A blazingly original voice, a dazzling debut, a breathtaking discovery. (Dylan Thomas Prize 2007/Longlist)

The Road Home – Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s hugely enjoyable new novel is the up-to-the-minute story of Lev, newly arrived in London from Eastern Europe. A wise and witty look at the contemporary migrant experience.

‘On the coach, Lev chose a seat near the back and he sat huddled against the window, staring out at the land he was leaving…’ Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he can send money back to Eastern Europe to support his mother and little daughter.

Readers will become totally involved with his story, as he struggles with the mysterious rituals of ‘Englishness’, and the fashions and fads of the London scene. We see the road Lev travels through Lev’s eyes, and we share his dilemmas: the intimacy of his friendships, old and new; his joys and sufferings; his aspirations and his hopes of finding his way home, wherever home may be. (Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008/WINNER!)

Home: A Memoir – Julie Andrews

In HOME, Julie vividly recreates the years before she burst on to the movie screen in her iconic roles as Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp.

An idyllic early childhood in Surrey was cut short when her parents divorced and her mother remarried. The family moved to London, where Julie grew up during the Blitz. Her mother went into musical theatre with her stepfather, who encouraged Julie to have singing lessons – which led to the discovery that her voice had phenomenal range and strength for someone her age.

Before long, Julie was appearing on stage with her parents, revelling in life in the footlights and, by the time she was a teenager, she was supporting her whole family with her stage performances. A London Palladium pantomime led to a starring role in The Boyfriend on Broadway at the age of only 19. Parts in My Fair Lady opposite Rex Harrison and Camelot with Richard Burton soon followed before she got the call from Disney which led to her starring role in Mary Poppins and to worldwide fame.

All titles available at your homely premium library on the internet!

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