Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jersey Shore Vacation, Innkeeper's Bookshelf

There are so many things to see and do during your Jersey Shore vacation at the Scarborough Inn B&B, but sometimes you just want to relax with a good book. We have a varied selection of books and magazines (as well as daily newspapers) here at the inn and we invite you to browse the collection in our second floor Library - just one of the comfortable Common Areas.

Here are some recent titles I've enjoyed from the Innkeeper's Bookshelf:

A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France by Georgeanne Brennan
This charming memoir is arranged in chapters around a theme like: goat cheese, mushrooms, garlic, and pigs. It includes the author's experiences living in Provence, plus recipes related to each edible topic. In rural France, she experienced a much closer relationship to food than most of us and says "...the gathering, hunting, and growing of food is part of a life still marked by the seasons, a life that keeps people connected to the land and to each other."
A delicious journey through a region...and a life!

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch
Victorian England is the setting for this intriguing mystery featuring a wonderful cast of characters including amateur detective, Charles Lenox, gentleman and armchair explorer, and his lifelong friend, Lady Jane. Enjoy a cup of tea from the inn's Butler's Pantry as you pore over this " sort of historical mystery - clever, charming, full of period detail, and a delight to read." (David Liss)

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
This novel is also set in England - in Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the countryside - to be exact. Here Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) lives quietly valuing the proper things Englishmen have lived by for generations - honor, duty, decorum. Then he meets Mrs. Jasmina Ali (widow) and they find common interests and a growing attraction. But can their relationship survive when village society considers him "...the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner?"

So...enjoy a little "armchair travel" next time you visit the Scarborough Inn B&B!

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