Eleven-year-old Elinor Malcolm just wants to be normal. Lonely, she goes in search of her best self and a best friend.
In Elinormal, her bossy mom threatens to sue if Elinor is not granted a spot in a prestigious ballet academy. The problem is, Elinor has no interest in ballet. While sitting out the first class in an area park she meets Indira who helps her realize that she is a capable and kind individual. Elinor opens up and makes a friend at school who enjoys all the same things she does. The people in her life finally converge—secret identities are revealed, and Elinor has an epiphany about the nature of relationships and the power of love.
In the sequel, New Girl: The Further Adventures of Elinormal, Elinor is ready for the first day of seventh grade when a last-minute phone call turns her world upside down. She misses the first week of school and when she gets back she’s called “the new girl” even though she’s not. Elinor quickly learns that people are complicated and relationships take work. Lots of work. As she discovers who she is, who she wants to be, and what she wants most in life, she struggles to balance friendships, both old and new, while also unraveling her mother’s mysterious past.
Both of these delightful books explore the complexity of friendships, the reality of disappointments, and the trouble with secrets.
Nickel City Chef is unique to Buffalo. No other city hosts a culinary challenge featuring local chefs and local ingredients before a live audience. Chef profiles, local ingredient resources and stunning photographs showcase the best of Western New York. Best of all, the book includes 32 recipes, two from each of the 16 challenges featured, using locally sourced ingredients from shiitake mushrooms to pasture-raised heritage pork. This book is so beautiful you’ll want two copies – one for the kitchen table and another for your coffee table.
The only cookbook dedicated to Saint Joseph’s Day – the table, the recipes, the symbols, the traditions. Celebrated for many generations, this lovely feast is in danger of extinction. Chef Mary Ann Giordano has gathered nearly 100 of the best Saint Joseph day table recipes, many from her own family’s treasure trove, and added fascinating Saint Joseph’s day lore and traditions. The result is a beautifully illustrated, unique book that celebrates a tradition that deserves to be preserved and cherished. Easy-to-follow recipes for favorites like sfinge, pasta con sarde, and carduni fritti, as well as a menu and a planning guide. Add your family favorites to the Giordano traditions, and keep this celebration alive for generations to come. Or simply enjoy preparing these luscious Sicilian dishes year-round!
Spain: Rock, Roll, Rumbles, Rebels & Revolution features the work of legendary underground cartoonist Spain. This exhibition catalog is published for the career retrospective of Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez, at The Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY.
“Adorable” is what the reviewers are saying about this brand new picture book, but “interactive” is just as accurate. It comes fully equipped with a song to sing along to, and on this Second Day of Christmas, add to the interactivity with the—yes, adorable!— Monster Match Game. Your favorite toddler monster will delight in pairing up the cards with matching monsters.
You know that ridiculously difficult to buy for guy on your list? THIS is the gift for him. Himself: A Civil War Soldier’s Battles with Rebels, Brits and Devils is a historical novel that takes place during the Civil War era and takes readers from the intensely Irish Old First Ward in Buffalo all the way to the Battle of Appomatox and back. It is a very compelling read. And the Kelly green blown glass buffalo ornament emblazoned with a four-leaf clover will look great on the tree for years to come. It’s a Giftmas Bundle that brings with it the luck of the Irish!