On the Shelf

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

By Louise Miller

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller begins with a traumatic life-altering event. Olivia Rawlings serves her famous Baked Alaska at the renowned Emerson Club in Boston when her flambé lights the room and building on fire. Livvy’s first instinct is to escape to her best friend in Vermont. What starts as a temporary respite job turns into a delightful sequence of events that make her rethink every career and personal decision. Livvy’s road to happiness is full of local drama and flavor as we meet a slew of rural characters who add heart and heartache to this delicious story of starting over.

The Little Paris Bookshop

By Nina George

Monsieur Perdu has an uncanny ability. He knows exactly the book to recommend to readers to mend a broken heart or a wounded soul. He is proprietor of a literary apothecary (on a boat!) in The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. But sadly, is unable to help heal his own heart. A lost letter emerges that propels Perdu on a search for a second chance along with some answers. He is joined by a stunted writer and a lovelorn Italian chef. This gorgeously written love letter to books will charm, excite, and remind readers why they love reading in the first place.

Sweetbitter

By Stephanie Danler

In Sweetbitter, we meet Tess, a naïve Midwesterner searching for work in a high-class New York City restaurant. As she lands her dream job, she is immediately introduced to the high-pressure life full of champagne and cocaine. This book is a gritty look at the harsh realities of restaurant life, and a must-read for anyone who has ever worked in it (or wanted to). Each scene paints a vivid picture of how life can be cruel and unforgiving but also full of promise and opportunity. Based upon Danler’s own experiences, it’s fun to imagine what and who she is exposing to the reader.