Luck, Love & Lemon Pie

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
Author: Amy E. Reichert
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-07-12
ISBN 10: 1501121553
ISBN 13: 9781501121555
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Luck, Love & Lemon Pie Book Review:

From the author of the “clever, creative, and sweetly delicious” (Kirkus Reviews) The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and the forthcoming Simplicity of Cider comes a novel about an exasperated wife and mother who makes a play to reignite her marriage—and risks everything in a gamble she hopes is a sure bet. When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband Chris seems more interested in the casino than her, she’s more bothered that she isn’t upset than by her husband’s absence. She picks up poker as a way for them to spend more time together—and reignite their marital flame. Although the game doesn’t give her the quality time with Chris that she’d hoped, MJ finds she has a knack for it. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt top of the poker table for comfort. Intoxicated with newfound freedom, MJ begins spending more time at the gambling tables and less with her family, finally carving out for herself a place outside her role of wife and mother. After a string of great wins, MJ finds herself in Vegas, attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she’s forced to choose between her family and her new exciting lifestyle, the stakes may be higher than she thought and MJ will have to play her hand carefully…or risk losing it all. Don’t miss Amy E. Reichert’s sparkling new novel The Simplicity of Cider, available now!

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Author: Amy E. Reichert
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-07-21
ISBN 10: 1501100718
ISBN 13: 9781501100710
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Coincidence of Coconut Cake Book Review:

The story of "a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant, whose chance meeting turns into a ... romance of mistaken identities"--Amazon.com.

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
Author: Amy E. Reichert
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-05-15
ISBN 10: 1501154958
ISBN 13: 9781501154959
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go Book Review:

Three generations. Seven days. One big secret. The author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake unfolds a mother-daughter story told by three women whose time to reckon with a life-altering secret is running out. Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother, Lorraine, cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter, May, snubbing her. Too bad there’s no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys them both, no matter how hard she tries. Instead, Gina finds order and comfort in obsessive list-making and her work at Grilled G’s, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck built by her late husband. But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine's kept hidden for forty years. In the face of her mother’s failing health and her daughter’s rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go...

The Simplicity of Cider

The Simplicity of Cider
Author: Amy E. Reichert
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-05-16
ISBN 10: 1501154931
ISBN 13: 9781501154935
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Simplicity of Cider Book Review:

Fall in love with The Simplicity of Cider, the charming new novel about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie. Don’t miss Amy’s newest work of women’s fiction: The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go! Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land. Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard. Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm. From the warm and funny Amy E. Reichert, The Simplicity of Cider is a charming love story with a touch of magic, perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Gayle Forman.

Take Your Mama to Work Today

Take Your Mama to Work Today
Author: Amy Reichert
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2012-03-20
ISBN 10: 1416982485
ISBN 13: 9781416982487
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Take Your Mama to Work Today Book Review:

Coworkers beware—Violet’s here to “help” at the office in this lively picture book that puts a fun-loving spin on the grown-up work world. When Violet visits her mom’s office on Take Your Child to Work Day (or snow days, or school holidays, or babysitter-is-sick days), she is very helpful. She answers the phone (once she stops accidentally hanging up on people!), makes business cards (after adding a snazzy personal touch!), learns how to use the paper shredder (and discovers how to make her very own confetti!), and gives the boss pointers on his presentation. With a little mayhem—and a lot of joy—Violet makes her mark on the office! Whimsical text and effervescent illustrations highlight the indelible spirit of Violet, an adorable character young readers and parents alike will delight in knowing.

Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook

Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook
Author: Jennifer Segal
Publsiher: Chronicle Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-04-24
ISBN 10: 1452156220
ISBN 13: 9781452156224
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook Book Review:

Washington Post Bestseller! — Jenn Segal’s Family-Friendly Healthy Cookbook If you’re a fan of Chrissy Teigen, Skinnytaste, Pioneer Woman, or Oh She Glows cookbooks, you’ll love Once Upon a Chef Become the favorite family chef: Once upon a time Jenn Segal went to culinary school and worked in fancy restaurants. One marriage and two kids later she created Once Upon a Chef, the popular blog that applies her tried-and-true chef skills with delicious, fresh, and approachable ingredients for family-friendly meals. In Jenn's book she shares 100 recipes that will up your kitchen game while surprising you with their ease. With the authority of a professional chef and the practicality of a busy working mom, Jenn teaches you to improve your cooking one recipe at a time, with helpful tips on topics such as how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers. The healthy cookbook for every meal of the day: Breakfast favorites like Maple, Coconut & Blueberry Granola and Savory Ham & Cheese Waffles Simple soups, salads, and sandwiches for ideal lunches (try the Fiery Roasted Tomato Soup paired with Smoked Gouda & Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches) Entrées the whole family will love like Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders Tasty treats for those casual get-togethers like Buttery Cajun Popcorn and Sweet, Salty & Spicy Pecans Go-to sweets such as Toffee Almond Sandies and a Classic Chocolate Lover's Birthday Cake If you have used recipes from Magnolia Table or Smitten Kitchen, you will want to own Once Upon a Chef: Flip through the pages of this book, and you'll want to make every recipe—whether it's an easy family dinner your kids will love, an indulgent dessert for someone special, or fun cocktails and appetizers for your friends. This is the book you'll turn to again and again, and with Jenn by your side in the kitchen, every meal will taste like the best night out!

The First Kiss Hypothesis

The First Kiss Hypothesis
Author: Christina Mandelski
Publsiher: Entangled: Crush
Total Pages: 277
Release: 2017-11-06
ISBN 10: 1640633561
ISBN 13: 9781640633568
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The First Kiss Hypothesis Book Review:

Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction. But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results. She needs to get rid of him, and fast. Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s...trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing. Game. On. Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams. Each title in the First Kiss Hypothesis series is STANDALONE: * The First Kiss Hypothesis * Love and Other Secrets

The Lemon Bar Queen

The Lemon Bar Queen
Author: Jodi Melsness
Publsiher: Cold Lake Publishing
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2019-06-12
ISBN 10: 9781733175708
ISBN 13: 1733175709
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Lemon Bar Queen Book Review:

In her beautifully crafted memoir, Jodi Melsness finds herself caring for her mother after her father's death from cancer. Warned by her father that her mother is becoming more forgetful, Jodi begins caring for her from afar, first commuting to and from her family home in her beloved hometown, then moving her mother to assisted living and finally to memory care. All the while, she is raising a family and working as a nurse, specifically with home care, hospice, and memory care. Anyone who has cared for a loved one with memory loss will identify with this moving journey of a loving daughter navigating the ups and downs of the Alzheimer's disease that has stricken her beloved mother. And how she carries on even when her mother forgets her name and face. The Lemon Bar Queen is a touching and sometimes humorous take on loving a person who has lost her thoughts and memories but finds comfort in coffee, the Dairy Queen, bingo, and a stuffed animal named Blue Dog. And it illustrates the grief of a daughter whose training in the field makes slowly and painfully losing her mother no easier. Book jacket.

Sweet Reality

Sweet Reality
Author: Laura Heffernan
Publsiher: Lyrical Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN 10: 1516101553
ISBN 13: 9781516101559
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Sweet Reality Book Review:

SUGAR, SEA SALT, AND SHOW BIZ Jen Reid’s life after walking off a reality show has been great—she’s gone from being a broke twenty-four-year-old Seattleite with no love life and no job to the twenty-five-year-old who got the guy, moved to Miami, and is starting a bakery with her best friend. She thinks her showmance boyfriend might be about to propose. And with mouthwatering goodies based on everyone’s favorite shows, her business, Sweet Reality, is destined for success. That is, until a killer competitor opens right across the street. If she’s going to save Sweet Reality, Jen has to come up with a secret ingredient—like the recipe that won the Totally 80s Bake-Off. Jen can get it—if she steps back into the spotlight. Soon she and her boyfriend are out to sea on a cruise ship full of reality stars, including her nemesis, Ariana; her lying, cheating ex; and some wicked producers looking to bring the drama. Separate cabins, “surprises” from her past, and scenarios tailor-made to spark fights are just the beginning. But with her self-respect, her business, and her future on the line, the fallout from this made-for-TV plotline will be all too real . . . Praise for America’s Next Reality Star “Smart, witty, and really freaking good, America’s Next Reality Star is a fun read that has you cheering from the first paragraph through the last page.” —Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author “Reality TV fans, this is your book! Laura Heffernan captures all the drama and over-the-top craziness in this fun and flirty romance.” —Amy E. Reichert, author of Love, Luck, and Lemon Pie “America’s Next Reality Star is one sweet, sexy brain-candy read! You won’t be sorry you indulged.” —Leah Marie Brown

The Ingredients of Us

The Ingredients of Us
Author: Jennifer Gold
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2019-05-28
ISBN 10: 9781542042666
ISBN 13: 1542042666
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Ingredients of Us Book Review:

From debut author Jennifer Gold comes a delicious novel about the sweet and sour ingredients of life and love. Elle, an accomplished baker, has a recipe for every event in her life. But when she discovers her husband's infidelity, she doesn't know what to make of it. Jam, maybe? Definitely jam. Fed up with the stale crumbs of her marriage, Elle revisits past recipes and the events that inspired them. A recipe for scones reminds her of her father's death, cinnamon rolls signify the problematic courtship with her husband, and a batch of chocolate cookies casts Elle in a less-than-flattering light. Looking back, Elle soon realizes that some ingredients were missing all along. After confronting her husband, Elle indulges her sweet tooth in other ways, including a rebound that just leaves her more confused. As secrets from the past collide with the conflicts of the present, Elle struggles to manage her bakery business and maintain the relationships most important to her. In piecing her life back together, will Elle learn to take the bitter with the sweet?

She's Got Game

She's Got Game
Author: Laura Heffernan
Publsiher: Lyrical Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-08-13
ISBN 10: 1516108485
ISBN 13: 9781516108480
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


She's Got Game Book Review:

WINNER TAKES ALL Travel blogger Gwen Williams is about to live the dream—competing in the annual Annual Explorers of Islay competition. She’s up against some stiff competition, namely legendary gamer and four-time champ Cody McKay. The seriously buff hottie and shameless flirt is going all-out to seduce her. That’s when Gwen lays her cards on the table: She never, ever mixes gaming with romance . . . until resisting Cody becomes a losing proposition. As Gwen gives in to temptation, everything’s in play for a major heartache. With the rounds heating up and players eliminated, she knows she’s gambling a lot more than a seat at the final table in Vegas. But Cody’s kisses promise more than a fleeting romance. If she plays her cards right, Gwen just might walk off with the championship and the man of her dreams. Praise for America’s Next Reality Star “Smart, witty, and really freaking good . . . a fun read that has you cheering from the first paragraph through the last page.” —Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author “Reality TV fans, this is your book! Laura Heffernan captures all the drama and over-the-top craziness in this fun and flirty romance.” —Amy E. Reichert, author of Love, Luck, and Lemon Pie “America’s Next Reality Star is one sweet, sexy brain-candy read! You won’t be sorry you indulged.” —Leah Marie Brown

Pie School

Pie School
Author: Kate Lebo
Publsiher: Sasquatch Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2014-09-30
ISBN 10: 1570619115
ISBN 13: 9781570619113
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Pie School Book Review:

Unlock the secret to baking the perfect crust, and everything else is easy as pie. Seattle literary and culinary darling Kate Lebo shares her recipes for fifty perfect pies. Included are apple (of course), five ways with rhubarb, lemon chiffon, several blueberry pie variations, galettes, and more. Learn the tricks to making enviable baked goods and gluten-free crust while enjoying Kate Lebo's wonderfully humorous, thoughtful, and encouraging voice. In addition to recipes, Lebo invites readers to ruminate on the social history, the meaning, and the place of pie in the pantheon of favorite foods. When you have mastered the art, science and magic of creating the perfect pie in Pie School, everyone will want to be your friend. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Simply Citrus

Simply Citrus
Author: Marie Asselin
Publsiher: Gibbs Smith
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2018-03-06
ISBN 10: 1423648145
ISBN 13: 9781423648147
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Simply Citrus Book Review:

Citrus fruits add beauty and bite to food and drink from the depths of winter through the height of summer. This sunny, beautifully photographed book contains 60 recipes using a variety of fresh citrus fruits, including lemons, pomelos, oranges, limes, mandarins, kumquats, grapefruit, and citrus products such as yuzu juice, orange blossom honey, and preserved lemons in a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, desserts, and drinks. Orange and Ginger Pork Sliders with Slaw; Lime, Ginger, and Coconut Ceviche; Grapefruit and Pomegranate Pavlova; and Cayenne Limeade are just a few of the delightful dishes included in this zesty cookbook. Marie Asselin is a freelance food writer, blogger, translator, stylist, recipe developer, and culinary teacher. Her blog, Food Nouveau, won the 2017 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award for best recipe-based blog. She also won the 2017 IACP award for best food styling in a commercial food photograph. She lives in Québec City, Canada.

AGMA Book of Grocery Advertising

AGMA Book of Grocery Advertising
Author: Associated Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 150
Release: 1937
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: COLUMBIA:CU04195906
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


AGMA Book of Grocery Advertising Book Review:

Midwest Made

Midwest Made
Author: Shauna Sever
Publsiher: Running Press Adult
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2019-10-22
ISBN 10: 0762464518
ISBN 13: 9780762464517
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Midwest Made Book Review:

A Love Letter to America's Heartland, the Great Midwest When it comes to defining what we know as all-American baking, everything from Bundt cakes to brownies have roots that can be traced to the great Midwest. German, Scandinavian, Polish, French, and Italian immigrant families baked their way to the American Midwest, instilling in it pies, breads, cookies, and pastries that manage to feel distinctly home-grown. After more than a decade of living in California, author Shauna Sever rediscovered the storied, simple pleasures of home baking in her Midwestern kitchen. This unique collection of more than 125 recipes includes refreshed favorites and new treats: Rhubarb and Raspberry Swedish Flop Danish Kringle Secret-Ingredient Cherry Slab Pie German Lebkuchen Scotch-a-Roos Smoky Cheddar-Crusted Cornish Pasties . . . and more, which will make any kitchen feel like a Midwestern home.

With My Eyes Wide Open

With My Eyes Wide Open
Author: Brian "Head" Welch
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2016-05-17
ISBN 10: 0718030613
ISBN 13: 9780718030612
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


With My Eyes Wide Open Book Review:

He left KoRn to help himself. He went back to help others. And along the way, he nearly lost everything. A life-changing spiritual awakening freed Brian “Head” Welch from a stranglehold of drugs and alcohol and prompted him to leave the highly successful nu-metal band KoRn in 2005. What followed was a decade-long trial by fire, from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depression and self-mutilation to the harsh realities of playing solo and surviving the shattering betrayal of a trusted friend. In this intensely inspiring redemption saga, perhaps most inspiring is Brian’s radical decision to rejoin KoRn and reconcile with the tribe of people he once considered family in the metal music scene. Brian returned to his musical roots with a clear head and a devoted heart. Though his story is wild, hilarious, and deeply poignant, the message is simple: God will love you into the freedom of being yourself, as long as you keep the relationship going and never, ever quit.

Vegan Pie in the Sky

Vegan Pie in the Sky
Author: Isa Chandra Moskowitz,Terry Hope Romero
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-10-25
ISBN 10: 073821535X
ISBN 13: 9780738215358
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Vegan Pie in the Sky Book Review:

Holidays? Check. Birthdays? Check. Tuesdays? Check! Our research says life is 100% better any day pie is involved. There’s nothing like a rich, gooey slice of apple pie straight from the oven, baked in a perfectly flaky crust and topped with cinnamon-sugar. And now it can be yours, along with dozens more mouthwatering varieties, vegan at last and better than ever.Vegan Pie in the Sky is the latest force in Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s baking revolution. You’ll find delicious and adorable pies, tarts, cobblers, cheesecakes and more—all made without dairy, eggs, or animal products. From fruity to chocolaty, nutty to creamy, Vegan Pie in the Sky has the classic flavors you crave. And the recipes are as easy as, well, you know. Serve up some: Maple-Kissed Blueberry Pie She’s My Cherry Pie Chocolate–Peanut Butter Tartlets Salted Pecan Caramel Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake Learn how to rock (and roll) the perfect pastry crust, whether butter, graham cracker, chocolate cookie, or gluten-free almond. Luscious toppings transform your pie into a showstopper. And you’ll even find handheld treats, to make getting your recommended daily allowance of pie more convenient! With gorgeous color photos and Isa and Terry’s irreverent commentary throughout, Vegan Pie in the Sky is the modern baker’s bible for pie that’s out of this world.

Close Enough to Touch

Close Enough to Touch
Author: Colleen Oakley
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-03-07
ISBN 10: 1501139282
ISBN 13: 9781501139284
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Close Enough to Touch Book Review:

A “heart-wrenching and humorous” (Publishers Weekly) love story for anyone who’s ever wanted something—or someone—just out of reach, Colleen Oakley’s Close Enough to Touch will delight fans of Jojo Moyes’s One Plus One and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. Can you miss something you never had? Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With a rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. But after retreating into solitude for nearly ten years, Jubilee’s decided to brave the world again, despite the risks. Armed with a pair of gloves, long sleeves, and her trusty bicycle, she finally ventures out the front door—and into her future. Eric Keegan has troubles of his own. With his daughter from a failed marriage no longer speaking to him, and his brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son attempting telekinesis, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. So when an encounter over the check-out desk at the local library entangles his life with that of a beautiful—albeit eccentric—woman, he finds himself wanting nothing more than to be near her. A “heart-wrenching and humorous” (Publishers Weekly) love story for anyone who’s ever wanted something—or someone—just out of reach, Colleen Oakley’s Close Enough to Touch will delight fans of Jojo Moyes’s One Plus One and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project.

The Key to Happily Ever After

The Key to Happily Ever After
Author: Tif Marcelo
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-05-14
ISBN 10: 1501197592
ISBN 13: 9781501197598
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Key to Happily Ever After Book Review:

One of BuzzFeed’s “Books Coming Out This Summer That You Need to Seriously Read” * One of Bustle’s “New Romance Novels to Make Your Spring Reading Even Dreamier Than You Imagined” A charming romantic comedy about three sisters who are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business afloat—all the while trying to write their own happily-ever-afters in the process. All’s fair in love and business. The de la Rosa family and their wedding planning business have been creating happily ever afters in the Washington, DC area for years, making even the most difficult bride’s day a fairytale. But when their parents announce their retirement, the sisters—Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl—are determined to take over the business themselves. But the sisters quickly discover that the wedding business isn’t all rings and roses. There are brides whose moods can change at the drop of a hat; grooms who want to control every part of the process; and couples who argue until their big day. As emotions run high, the de la Rosa sisters quickly realize one thing: even when disaster strikes—whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction or a snowmageddon in the middle of a spring wedding—they’ll always have each other. Perfect for fans of the witty and engaging novels of Amy E. Reichert and Susan Mallery, The Key to Happily Ever After is a fresh romantic comedy that celebrates the crucial and profound power of sisterhood.

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2006-09-21
ISBN 10: 9781101502730
ISBN 13: 1101502738
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Joy Luck Club Book Review:

“The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.