This week’s booklist theme is Heat Wave, because it’s been a little warmer than is usual in early June, I’m not sure if you noticed, or if you were too busy buying out Watertown’s supply of ice cream.
Heat Wave by Penelope Lively
It is a long, hot summer at World’s End, a two-family grey stone cottage in the English countryside. Pauline is editing a romance novel in the smaller dwelling, and the larger part is occupied by her daughter, Teresa; Teresa’s baby; and her husband, Maurice, a writer, whose infatuation with his editor’s girlfriend is growing.
Heat Wave by Jill Marie Landis
From the tranquil beaches of the central California coast to the fast and furious streets of L.A., Heat Wave is a passionate and heartfelt story of families divided and brought back together, the magic of hope for new beginnings, and the overwhelming power love has to heal even the most battered hearts. (Look, the publisher wrote that, ok? I don’t want you getting ideas that I am frequently going to be talking up the magic of hope for new beginnings.)
A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali. Finally realizing a long-held desire to learn first-hand the experience of restaurant cooking, Buford soon finds himself drowning in improperly cubed carrots and scalding pasta water on his quest to learn the tricks of the trade. His love of Italian food then propels him on journeys further afield: to Italy, to discover the secrets of pasta-making and, finally, how to properly slaughter a pig.
A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime, edited by Jeffery Deaver
When temperatures rise, tempers flare in this all-new anthology of short stories…
From the Mystery Writers of America, edited by Edgar-nominated author Jeffery Deaver, comes a collection of twenty original stories by mystery’s finest authors, set in hot climates where jealousy, greed, and murderous rage reach the boiling point…
Murder in a Heat Wave by Gretchen Sprague
A wilting summer heat wave — as well as faculty air-conditioning — is bringing out the worst in the tenants of Martha Patterson’s Greenwich Village apartment building. Martha, a retired attorney blessed with common sense and a septuagenarian’s practicality, agrees to join the co-op board to help facilitate some badly needed change. It’s a thankless and difficult job — and a deadly one when the president of the board, Arnold Stern, is murdered.
Heatwave by Jane A. Adams
A long-running heatwave has been dominating the news for weeks, and a state of lethargy is affecting everyone – not least blind ex-policewoman Naomi Blake, who is experiencing a restless dissatisfaction with life in general. One ordinary Monday Naomi and her friends Harry and Patrick are in a high-street bank when an armed gang storm the bank and take it hostage. Naomi – particularly vulnerable because of her lack of sight – is one of the hostages. During the next few days, tensions rise as the situation grows fraught with danger, and the extreme heat intensifies?
Hot & Bothered by Susan Andersen
A New York Times Bestseller! When Victoria Hamilton’s “no strings, no last names” vacation fling resulted in a baby, she knew she had to begin a new life far from her family’s corrupting influence. Now her father has been murdered, her half brother is the prime suspect, and Tori has no choice but to return home. She’ll do anything to prove Jared’s innocence. But confronting her past when her new private investigator turns out to be John “Rocket” Miglionni isn’t what she had in mind.
Hot Hot Hot! : Cooking with Fire and Spice by Paul Gayler
For everyone who likes their food hot and spicy, this trailblazing collection will excite and ignite your palate in a whirlwind tour around the spice world. Drawing inspiration from five continents, Paul Gayler combines the tastes and techniques from different cuisines in over 150 innovative recipes for soups and starters, fish and seafood, meat, vegetables, salad, pasta, rice and even bread. By skilfully layering ingredients such as slow-burn ginger, explosive jalapeno and tempering lemongrass, these recipes use chillies and other fiery spices to add interest, and not just fire, to aromatic, perfectly-balanced dishes.
Hot, Hotter, Hottest : 50 Fiery Recipes From Around the World by Janet Hazen ; photographs by Joyce Oudkerk Pool ; food styling by Sue White.
Fifty recipes based on five fiery ingredients–ginger, horseradish, peppercorns, chilies, and mustard–reveal the diversity and vivid flavors of spicy cuisine from around the world. Each recipe is rated by degree of heat and includes adjustments to increase or reduce spiciness.
Extreme Weather : A Guide & Record Book / Christopher C. Burt ; with cartography by Mark Stroud
There are few thrills as exciting as weather at its worst. We often hear on the news that the day was the hottest, coldest, wettest, or snowiest on record. Is the climate really becoming more extreme as a result of global warming? Also included are historical examples of some of the more bizarre weather events observed: heat bursts, electrified dust storms, snow rollers, pink snowstorms, luminous tornadoes, falls of fish and toads, ball lightning, super bolts, and other strange meteorological events.
Heat by Stuart Woods
Ex-DEA agent Jesse Warden has seen enough of the inside of a solitary confinement cell to last him a lifetime. Or two lifetimes, which is the sentence he’s serving after being convicted of a plan he was planning to commit, but never did. So when an old buddy shows up with a deal that could spring him from his hell behind bars, he’s ready to listen. To gain his freedom, Jesse must infiltrate a dangerous and reclusive religious cult that has been stockpiling weapons and eliminating those sent to investigate. From the moment he arrives in the Idaho mountain town where the cult is centered, Jesse finds every aspect of life dictated by the group’s eerie, imposing leader. Pitted against not only the cult, but also the feds who sent him, Jesse feels control of his own life slipping away, and must make a final, desperate attempt to regain it — or die trying.
Havana Heat by Darryl Brock
Deaf-mute pitcher Luther “Dummy” Taylor won 115 games for the New York Giants between 1900 and 1908. Brock’s novel picks up Taylor’s story in 1911 when Taylor is unsure what to do with his life after his pitching arm gives way to younger talent.