This feature has a two-fold purpose: 1. To allow those recently added to our followers list to discover books they might have missed and 2. To make sure previously featured authors and their work aren’t forgotten. If you’d like to learn more about any of the books revisited here, simply click on the “Author” page, then on that author’s name.
“THE COLOR OF HOME,” BY RICH MARCELLO
Can two people stay connected for a lifetime and each know the complete truth about the other? When New Yorker Nick Satterborn falls in love with Sassa Vikander, he’s convinced the answer is yes.
Nick Satterborn. Songwriter. Dabbler on the spiritual path. Survivor.
Sassa Vikander. Stunning chef. Seeker on the path of most resistance. Survivor.
Contentment percolates for a time, until the two are hurtled into a life of uncertainty, self-evaluation, and growth. Each dreams heroic dreams of overcoming his/her past, rising out of sadness, rediscovering home, finding peace. Their worlds dissolve and reform. People and events threaten to tear them apart.
The Color of Home is a story of love, of loss, of digging deep down to the bottom of things until maybe, just maybe, Nick and Sassa find the strength to become whole. Their journey offers a unique, honest glimpse into the life and love of a palpably rare relationship of our time.
“COMPLICATED BLUE,” BY P.J. WHITTLESEA
“I decided to write a different witch book and flip the whole genre on its head. I purposely steered away from the medieval viewpoint of witches. So, there are no broomsticks, magic wands or pointy hats. I also wanted to write about a good witch instead of the traditional ‘evil’ one.
“In ancient cultures witches, shamans and others weren’t considered bad, they were the only ones who could communicate with the dead. The story follows, not only a witch as she comes of age, but her primary task which involves saving the souls of the dead.”
“BALLET, BOTANY AND A DINNER FROM SCRATCH,” BY LEDA MEREDITH.
This is a memoir about the life of a professional dancer turned botanist and food writer. It has a strong focus on the sustainable food movement and how our food choices impact not only our health and the environment, but also our emotional and cultural well being. This new edition has more recipes than the original did, and also offers insights into how the local organic food movement has grown since the book first came out — and how far it still has to go. Plus, there are some personal updates: When I wrote the book I devoted a chapter of it to a man I’d had an affair with twenty years earlier. I had no idea at that time that I would ever see him again. He read the book, tracked me down, and now we’re married.
“METAMORPHOSIS,” BY ISABELLA MacLEOD
“I decided to write this story to bring awareness to the very real and absolutely horrifying as well as extremely debilitating illness of “Morgellons”. At present the CDC is labeling this illness as a psychiatric condition called “Delusional Parasitosis,” where people believe that they are infested with bugs, worms and parasites. These patients are also experiencing sores which do not heal up very easily and when they do,they typically leave permanent scars. This is very traumatizing, particularly when there is facial involvement.”
“MURDER IN THE GENERATIVE KITCHEN,” BY MEG PONTECORVO.
Murder in the Generative Kitchen intertwines parallel plots: the Chicago murder trial of McConnery Ellis, a wealthy middle aged woman accused of poisoning her husband with a gourmet meal prepared with the help of her AI “smart kitchen”; and the efforts of juror Julio Gonzalez to hook up with Iris, a beautiful fellow juror, at the Acapulco resort where they have been sent to watch trial footage.
The futuristic trial system, “Vacation Jury Duty,” enables the lucky jurors to stream daily testimony through sleek headsets as they enjoy the amenities at the court-owned resort. But there’s a catch: as in jury trials today, they are forbidden to communicate with other jurors. Under constant surveillance by the resort’s security guards, Julio struggles to devise ways to catch Iris’s attention. He also becomes fascinated by the trial, in which attorney manipulated sims interrogate a lively parade of human witnesses. The plots converge when Julio returns to Chicago for deliberation and valiantly attempts to seduce Iris with his command of the facts, as the jurors clash over whether the murderer is Mrs. Ellis, or a high tech kitchen capable of intuiting — and fulfilling — its owner’s innermost desires.
“THE MARS RUN,” BY CHRIS GERRIB
A young woman on her first real job decides to become an astronaut, which in the late 21st century is equivalent to a truck driver or a merchant sailor, i.e., a tough working-person’s job. After she’s involved in a fatal accident in training, she gets a posting on a small ship going to Mars. Halfway there, the ship gets hijacked by pirates, damaged, and she is the sole survivor of the original crew. She offers to help repair the ship in exchange for her life. The story then becomes one of her trying to escape the pirates.