Man with a Pan by Jon Donohue

This collection of men writing about their experiences feeding their families defies genre. Part cookbook, part memoir, part comic book while being none of these things, Man with a Pan features work from various writers and chefs, including Stephen King, Mario Batali, and Mark Bittman. It is edited by New Yorker cartoonist Donohue, who also illustrates. ~May 2011

Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden by George McKay

To McKay, gardening is more than the act of growing food. In his new book, he explores three different aspects of gardening: the land, the history, and the politics of cultivation. He traces the roots of political movements, idealism, war, and social criticism and their relation to the home garden. ~ May 2011

A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion: A Novel by Ron Hansen

Not a murder mystery, but a dangerous, dark and sexy ride set in the wild days of the 1920s. Ruth Snyder survives her husband’s murder, left bound and gagged at the crime scene, but relatively unharmed. When suspicions arise that she and her lingerie salesman lover might have had something to do with the murder, flashbacks chronicle the torrid circumstances that led to that fateful night. ~June 2011

The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown: A Novel by Paul Malmont

In this wild tribute to classic science fiction, Robert Heinlein is the leader of the “Kamikaze Group,” composed of Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, and L. Ron Hubbard among others. Together they are on the case to locate a fabled Death Ray made by Nikola Tesla before it falls into 1943 German hands! Reputed to be packed with excitement and twists, it’s a great book for sci-fi fans and lovers of the surreal. ~July 2011

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Family reunions are often the scene of drama, with long-burning grudges, secrets and memories bubbling just below the pleasant surface. As the Kelleher family returns to their Maine beach house, as they have for 60 years, three generations of women must deal with each other’s abrasive personalities, pain and love in this dysfunctional family’s drama. ~ June 2011