Family

Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times

By Suzan Colón

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"What is the secret to finding hope in hard times? When Suzan Colón was laid off from her dream job at a magazine during the economic downturn of 2008, she needed to cut her budget way, way back, and that meant home cooking. Her mother suggested, 'Why don't you look in Nana's recipe folder?' In the basement, Suzan found the tattered treasure, full of handwritten and meticulously typed recipes, peppered with her grandmother Matilda's commentary in the margins. Reading it, Suzan realized she had found something more than a collection of recipes--she had found the key to her family's survival through hard times.

"Suzan began re-creating Matilda's 'sturdy food' recipes for baked pork chops and beef stew, and Aunt Nettie's clam chowder made with clams dug up by Suzan's grandfather Charlie in Long Island Sound. And she began uncovering the stories of her resilient family's past. Taking inspiration from stylish, indomitable Matilda, who was the sole support of her family as a teenager during the Great Depression (and who always answered 'How are you?' with 'Fabulous, never better!'), and from dashing, twice-widowed Charlie, Suzan starts to approach her own crisis with a sense of wonder and gratitude. It turns out that the gift to survive and thrive through hard times had been bred in her bones all along."

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Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family

By Patricia Volk

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"In a restaurant family, you're never just hungry--you're starving to death. And you're never full--you're stuffed. Patricia Volk's family is as American (background: Austrian-Jewish) as 'Rhapsody in Blue.' They came to these shores determined to make their mark; each of them is a piquant morsel of history... .

" With a cosmic disdain for the status quo, all of them--the tyrants, do-gooders, lovers, martyrs, and fakes--lived at full tilt. Stuffed is a wildly funny yet unsparing look at how families work."

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The Art of Mending

By Elizabeth Berg

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Laura Bartone anticipates her annual family reunion in Minnesota with a mixture of excitement and wariness. Yet this year’s gathering will prove to be much more trying than either she or her siblings imagined. As soon as she arrives, Laura realizes that something is not right with her sister. Forever wrapped up in events of long ago, Caroline is the family’s restless black sheep. When Caroline confronts Laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness. (From the catalog summary)
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The Huckabuck Family & how they raised popcorn in Nebraska & quit & came back

By Carl Sandburg, David Small

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After the popcorn the Huckabucks had raised explodes in a fire, the family decides it's time for a change. Suggested for kindergarten to grade 4.
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Hero by Mike Lupica

Hero by Mike Lupica

Fourteen-year-old Zach Harriman lives in New York City with his mother and father.  He has been living the life of a typical teen until his father is killed under mysterious circumstances. In Mike Lupica's book Hero, Zach decides that following the devastating loss of his father, he wants to get to the bottom of the story.  He knows that his father was powerful and had the ear of the President of the United States.  He knows that his father was very skilled in his job of "getting things done."  Zach suspects that his father's death was no accident but a premeditated murder by an organization known as the "bads."

Zach's mother decides to throw herself into the presidential campaign for the candidate that Zach's father supported.  Though Zach supports his mother's political efforts, he decides to turn his energies towards the investigation of his father's death.  He starts asking questions.  He also begins to notice that he is being followed.  While walking though Central Park he is approached by a mysterious stranger who has information for him.  When Zach tells his beloved Uncle John about this man, he warns him to stay away from the stranger.  Who should Zach believe?

Strudel Stories

By Joanne Rocklin

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Seven generations of a Jewish family hear stories of their family history, all told while making apple strudel. Suggested for ages 10-13.
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Do people grow on Family Trees? Genealogy for Kids & Other Beginners

By Ira Wolfman

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A guide to finding out one's own family history and how to formally record it. Suggested for ages 10 and up.
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Rosy Cole Discovers America

By Sheila Greenwald

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Disappointed in the poor European immigrant family she discovered while doing a class project to research family roots, Rosy cooks up a clan of royal relatives. Suggested for grades 3-5.
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Who Do you Think You Are? Digging for your Family roots

By Suzanne Hilton

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Step-by-step instructions on how to trace one's ancestors and construct a family tree. Suggested for ages 10 & up.
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Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors

By Maureen Alice Taylor

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Discusses genealogy, the study of one's family, examining how such an interest develops, how to get started, how to use family stories and keepsakes, where to get help, and the positive effects of such study. Suggested for ages 9-13.
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