Recess Reads – March

Published On March 10, 2014 | By Christa Schueler | Books

March is the month of transition. We go from Winter to Spring, cold to warm (warm to even warmer in Las Vegas’ case) and starkness to bloom. But even though the weather is nice outside, reading still appeals to the avid reader in me. Whether I take my book (or Nook) outside or stay indoors, I always find time to get lost in a good read. Here are Recess’ top picks for Recess Reads this month:

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks – Amy Stewart

The Drunken Botanist

Since March has two holidays well-known for drinking and it’s the month that makes me think of planting gardens, Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist seemed like a good book to grab from the shelf. Delving into botanical history, The Drunken Botanist offers readers the origins of certain alcoholic drinks that started from a plant. Also included are recipes and gardening tips.

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Angelas Ashes

If you’re in the mood for a gripping and heartbreaking tale, Angela’s Ashes written by Frank McCourt may be the book you’re looking for (if you haven’t already read it). Set in Ireland during the Depression and both World Wars, McCourt tells the story of his childhood marred by poverty and alcoholism.

Spring Fever – Mary Kay Andrews

spring fever

Spring Fever, written by Mary Kay Andrews, is definitely a feel-good novel about second chances. Believing she has moved on from her divorce, Annajane figures it’s no problem attending her ex-husband’s wedding until fate intervenes. Can she have the future she thought she’d always have?

Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden

For those you just can’t quite let go of Winter and want a great story to read, Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden is a perfect book. Alternating between present-day America and war-torn Leningrad, two sisters reconnect as their father lay on his deathbed and learn why their mother was always distant and cold towards them.

The Irish Pub Cookbook – Margaret M. Johnson and Leigh Beisch

Irish Pub Cookbook

I couldn’t do this list without including an Irish cookbook! It is the month of St. Patrick’s Day after all. For those of you interested in making your own authentic pub-style Irish dishes, this cookbook has all the traditional recipes. Make your own Whiskey Bread or Braised Lambshanks and amaze your family with these Irish delights just in time for St. Patty’s Day.


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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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