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There’s No Need to Travel, Make This Dish At Home

Food

Le Pain Quotidien (The Daily Bread), with hundreds of outlets around the world, is another French-named bakery-plus chain that’s great for avoiding the hotel breakfast when you are away from home or just rummaging about for a treat throughout the day. 

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Crafting Stories About Their Lives

Writing

Everyone has a story. At least one, Betty Krasne says, that they want to tell. So she helps people write them. Eleven of her students told their story out loud at the Kent Memorial Library on Dec. 11 — acts of courage, sometimes, of wit, and of gratitude.
Writing Your Life, the class is called. And the idea drew 10 women and one man to Krasne’s latest class on memoir writing. For eight weeks she assigned exercises and prompted members to help each other be clear, honest and engaging.

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A Book That Cooks Would Love

Food

I love books about food. Some, like Thomas Keller’s “French Laundry Cookbook,” I read for amusement, because I am never going to make a Verjus sorbet or a lamb stock requiring 10 pounds of lamb bones and a calf’s foot, split. Still, it’s a fascinating read. 

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A Fantasy Collection for $100K

Books

Still looking for a special gift for a grandchild or godchild? Look no further than the fabulous fantasy gift section of the 2016 Christmas Book catalogue from Texas’ own Neiman Marcus. Sandwiched between a walk-on role in the Broadway musical “Waitress” for $30,000 and a week of “luxe living” on three English estates for $750,000 are 36 children’s picture books — each a winner of the annual Caldecott Medal for the book’s artist, each a first or near-first edition. All for only $100,000. And all selected here in the Northwest Corner.

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A YA Bestseller Enters The Adult World

Books

Gayle Forman may be a new name to adult readers, but she will be well known to their daughters, with her New York Times bestselling young adult novels playing a pivotal role in the literary mythology of the contemporary teenage girl. 

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Farming: Conservation, Adaptation and Beauty

Books: ‘The Shepherd’s Life’ and ‘The Shepherd’s View’

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A Hoax, or Blessed?

Books: ‘The Wonder’

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Witches, Alcohol and More

As Peter Vermilyea tells us, his latest book, “Wicked Litchfield County,” reveals the darker side of human nature. These stories are about a number of inglorious, or sometimes just eccentric, characters who once troubled the landscape of this generally amiable corner of Connecticut.
Which, of course, makes for good reading.

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A World Full of Stories

Books: ‘A Murder of Crows’

Wassaic, N.Y., resident Terrence McCauley has an entire fictional universe swimming through his head “in a big soup.” As ideas rise to the top, he grabs the nearest device — his phone, his iPad, his computer — and starts to write. 

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A Modern Take on Austen

Books: ‘Eligible’

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