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Display Name: MplsGirl
About me: Reader. Mom. Wife. Career Girl. Loves tulips, a glass of wine, gardening and cooking. And, of course, books. Loves to read.
Reading Interests: Cultural histories (not the boring stuff). Happy endings. Thrillers. History. Fiction. Cookbooks. Garden books (to dream and scheme for my own yard).

MplsGirl's Book Lists
paranormal romance fiction (12 titles)
Tired of vampires? Yeah, me, too. Try these for some great paranormal romance that isn't all about the bite.
Books for the lazy, but enthusiastic, gardener (6 titles)
I love planning a beautiful flower garden, almost as much as watching it grow in the warm enough months. Mulch is my friend. Thank goodness, because I might forget to water every so often. And I've been know to buy a plant because it's pretty, not because it will actually thrive in my yard. (Poor plants.) And, alas, I may be the only gardener in MInnesota who can't grow astilbe. *sigh*
So you want to bake? (4 titles)
I love baking, and I prefer a straight-forward recipe that's delicious. Thankfully my family and neighbors are happy to be my taste-testers. Try these cookbooks for some delicious recipes.
Favorite Fiction (7 titles)
The list leans towards historical fiction, but not completely. This is my all time favorites list (as of today, anyway). Looking for an absorbing read? Try these.
Let's Eat! (3 titles)
Cooking is soothing, satisfying, challenging, and fun. As a busy mom I can't often spend hours in the kitchen (and I'm not sure if I'd want to even if I had the time!). Here are some of the cookbooks that I like best.
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MplsGirl's Comments    
Cover ArtHistorian : a novel.
by Elizabeth Kostova
A thoughtful and suspenseful page-turner, The Historian is a wonderfully crafted story about the search for a book and a vampire that readers of Perez-Reverte’s "The Club Dumas" and Pearl’s "The Dante Club" will enjoy. For readers who like a good vampire story, this isn’t a blood-sucking book, but it is a brilliant addition to Dracula lore.   posted Jun 18, 2008 at 1:03PM

Cover ArtPlaying with fire : a novel of the silver dragons
by MacAlister, Katie
I loved the Aisling Grey books because Katie MacAlister is FUNNY. But Aisling is borderline TSTL. Now, in this spinoff featuring the silver dragons we have a heroine who's smart and knows it, and the humor is still there. This isn't MacAlister's best book, but it's good, and I can't wait to read book two in the Silver Dragons' story.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 5:09PM

Cover ArtThe darkest night
by Showalter, Gena
The Lords of the Underworld are the ultimate bad boys needing redemption. I'm not sure I've ever read a book where the Titans had overthrown the Greek pantheon--a nice twist to the servants of the gods theme. I can't wait to read book two.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 5:07PM

Cover ArtSlave to sensation
by Singh, Nalini, 1977-
Oh my! *fans self* Sexy, original, poignant. The title bothered me a first (took two visits before I checked it out), but I am hooked on the psy-changling books. These guys are hot, these women are smart, and Ms. Singh has penned a story that is absorbing and sweet.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 5:05PM

Cover ArtHerb gardens
by Rosenfeld, Richard, 1952-
This lovely, short, illustrated book is great for planning an herb garden.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 4:56PM

Cover ArtMinnesota gardener's guide
by Myers, Melinda
My copy of this book is water damaged, a little bit muddy, scribbled in (I note plants that do and don't work in my yard), and when we bought our house three years ago, this book was essential in identifying plants and bushes. I love Ms. Myers candid notes about plants that won't thrive (some of the vines), it's helped me make smarter choices for my garden. Though I still can't get astilbe to grow to save my life.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 4:55PM

Cover ArtThe cottage garden
by Lloyd, Christopher, 1921-2006
This is my fantasize about the perfect garden book. The plans and pictures help me get through the last two months of winter, imagining the potential of my yard.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 4:53PM

Cover ArtShade gardening
by Kellum, Jo
This was the first garden book I ever purchased. At the time my yard was 100% shaded. It helped me make some good choices for plants, and the pictures were perfect for my novice self. That year I planted Ajuga, Spiderwort, deadnettle, and astilbe. Everything thrived, except the astilbe.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 4:51PM

Cover ArtBaking
The Williams Sonoma Baking book is great--it has breads, desserts, fancy stuff, basic stuff, and everything I've made (about a dozen of the recipes included) has tasted delicious. The chocolate mint cheesecake is still talked about by my co-workers more than a month after I served it, and the Cardamom Cinnamon bread is outstanding. Next up are the blueberry muffins (since blueberries were two for one at Cub last week). Yum!   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 4:38PM

Cover ArtThe great Scandinavian baking book
by Ojakangas, Beatrice A.
What's better than a James Beard award-winning Minnesota cook? I love Ms. Ojakangas' recipes and love knowing I'm making something by a "local" (Duluth) cook.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 4:34PM

Cover ArtChildren's quick & easy cookbook
by Wilkes, Angela
My four-year-old son and I made the peanut butter cookies together. The pictures of the ingredients and required utensils make this a great learning cookbook. And it's a fun parent-kiddo activiity, though an older child could use this all by themselves.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 4:33PM

Cover ArtBiscuits, pancakes & quick breads : 120 recipes to make in no time flat
by Cox, Beverly, 1945-
The pumpkin bread is my absolute favorite recipe in this entire cookbook. I also enjoyed the lemon bread and am planning to try the double ginger bread.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 4:31PM

Cover ArtBiscuits, pancakes & quick breads : 120 recipes to make in no time flat
by Cox, Beverly
I have tried six of the bread and biscuit recipes and they were all wonderful, though my family prefers the flaky to the fluffy biscuits. I’m a busy mom who prefers homemade foods, bread included, if it’s quick and straight-forward. The recipes are all easy, the ingredients are readily available at Lunds, Byerlys, and Cub. I tried the biscuits with Gold Medal flour cut with cake flour (versus the recommend brand flour, which Lund’s does carry) and loved them. If you like breads and biscuits and are tired of Bisquick (I was), I highly recommend that you try the recipes in this cookbook.   posted Mar 24, 2008 at 10:18AM


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