RED HOT READS of 2016: Summer books to help you beat the heat

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?
by Stephen Dobyns

Written by Stephen Dobyns – an author described by Stephen King as “the best of the best”- Is Fat Bob Dead Yet? is a novel already hailed as the best of 2016’s mysteries. This comic suspense novel is written with a sharp wit and a taste for the entertainingly absurd; with all the whimsical, neurotic, puzzling yet familiar characters you could ask for in a summer read. Enjoy lots of laughs in this tale of a small-time con operation, a pair of combative detectives, and the pride, revenge and deception that guide us all.


The Giver

REREAD: The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Commonly considered a children’s novel, Lois Lowry’s The Giver is legendary at any age. Set in what appears to be a utopian society, its true form – a dystopia under authoritarian regime – is soon revealed. Read as an adult is to realize its hero Jonas’ challenge of his community’s systematic repression is ultimately, his courage to think for himself. Having intimately learned the value of liberty and freedom over time, adult readers may see Jonas’ innocence and idealism in a whole new light; brave or naive, depending on our own experiences. Which is really what makes rereading The Giver so special. Often, reading Young Adult books requires us to dial back our emotional maturity and disregard the insights we’ve gained as adults, but a second reading of this classic is that much deeper from a more mature place. After all, when rereading a book many years later, the words on the page may not have changed, but you have – rendering the book, in turn, something different altogether.




ENJOY! Recipes for Fresh Produce
by Teri Pizza

Beat the heat this summer, by cooking up the coolest produce recipes in the kitchen as you learn the ins and outs of preparing nearly every fruit and vegetable, from A-Z with ENJOY! Recipes for Fresh Produce, by Teri Pizza.

Lifestyles After 50’s very own produce columnist, and a self-described “fresh-food foodie,” Teri Pizza recently released ENJOY! as the second installment in her “Fresh Produce” series, a refreshing set devoted to the joys of fruits and vegetables.

While her first book, Simplicity of Fresh Produce, offered a stunningly comprehensive guide to the nutritional value, selection secrets and crazy trivia about nearly every fruit and vegetable from apple to zucchini, her second book offers delicious recipes for each item of produce outlined in her debut.

With ENJOY!, you’ll learn to prepare 70 items of fresh produce thanks to the 200 recipes featured in the book. Vegetarian and paleo-friendly alike, the book accommodates special dietary lifestyles, as well as dishes for every season.

Thanks to its alphabetized produce, ENJOY! really functions as a complete reference guide for healthy cooking full of produce – helping any home-chef take their taste for wellness to the next level!


A Personal Celebration of the National Parks

Wild America cover

by David Muench, photographer and Roly Smith, Outdoor author

Travel the country through the pages of Wild America this summer, as you indulge in the experiences of eminent wilderness photographer David Muench and outdoor writer Roly Smith’s journey through our nation’s National Parks. If you’re anything like us, you’ve had Park fever all year long, thanks to our monthly column honoring individual Parks in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

The newly-published Wild America offers you a chance to be captivated by not one, but 18 of them, made all the more magical by Smith’s engaging travel narration. The Parks come alive as Smith weaves his personal experiences with the unique history of each natural wonder’s conservation, and David Muench’s glorious photography elevate the book from “travel guide” to a coffee table book – and a true work of art. Wild America is available for purchase at Photography Credit: © David Muench: see


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