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April 18, 2013 Edition

The Speedy Vegetable Garden

Written by Mark Diacono
Illustrated by Lia Leendertz

Micro-gardeners, rejoice! This book offers a variety of options for growing vegetables, greens, and herbs with quick and tasty results. The emphasis is on taste rather than bulk, so don’t look here to feed your family all winter: instead, look for bright punctuation marks for your meals. You’ll find instructions for growing and using micro-greens (including cilantro, red amaranth, and mustards), early-picked and short-season vegetables (such as cherry tomatoes, carrots, radishes, and beans), and many ideas for sprouting seeds and nuts (including almonds, chickpeas, and pumpkin seeds as well as the more familiar mung bean seeds). Directions are given for planting in-ground as well as in pots. Beginning gardeners: this is an easy way to dip a toe into the delicious world of home-grown food.

The Heart of Money

Written by Deborah Price

Generous to a fault? Pennypincher? Willing to break the bank for a good cause? Whether we grew up with plenty of money, never enough, or something in between, we learn an internal story about money that sets what Price, a money coach, calls our “money types.” Price has observed that some money types are more compatible than others and helps readers define their type and learn to work together with a partner. She discusses issues that cause strife in relationships, including recovering from financial setbacks and handling windfalls. Lots of real-world examples make this easy to follow and apply to your life to create a more harmonious relationship (at least where money is concerned).

The Big Ten of Grammar

Written by William B. Bradshaw

This concise little book addresses what the author considers the top ten most frequent grammatical mistakes. Some of these only apply to written grammar (punctuation, for instance), but Bradshaw also writes about problems that affect spoken English (the eternal “me versus I” problem and the “less versus fewer” conundrum, for example). Much will be familiar to readers with an average grasp of grammar, but there are tidbits that warrant reviewing if you’re trying to impress an audience. Bradshaw gives plenty of examples not only to clarify the grammar point in question, but to allow the reader’s ear and eye to become accustomed to it and offers hints on how to decide which usage is correct.

Access All Areas

Written by Sara Wheeler

Inveterate traveler and writer Wheeler has authored several books on her travels to the Arctic, Antarctic, and Chile, as well as a biography of Antarctic explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Here she weaves together short essays on her travels, her role models, and her fascination with people in other lands, as well as several skits, a short piece of fiction, and even her obituary, which she wrote herself (and which, happily, has not yet been needed). While she writes about her geographical wanderings, she’s well-aware of her internal, emotional changes as well. Her essays are witty and inquisitive and well-worth spending time with.

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