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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Use Food and Drinks as Supporting Characters

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There’s nothing like food and drinks to bring a group of people together, whether it’s a special occasion, a holiday or good ol’ fashion picnic, at the heart of it all is the food we eat and the cocktails we drink. So it makes sense that the incorporation of food and drinks in the thing we love most, books, would be a must. Not only do the characters in these stories rely on food to get them through their day, but the delicious cocktails and fine cuisine take on a life all its own within the pages of these five hot new books and ultimately become the supporting characters in each novel. Sweetbitter: A Novel, Stephanie Danler (Knopf, May 24, 2016) “Gorgeous,…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books That Deliver Magic

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Can you remember a time when the world of magic left you both scared and excited? In this week’s The Heat Index, we’re tapping into our 10-year-old selves and taking you on an exciting ride through the magical realm. These top five new reads are definitely raising our temperatures and we just couldn’t keep them hidden in our (magic)hat any longer. Sleepwalker: The Mysterious Makings and Recovery of a Somnambulist, Kathleen Frazier (Skyhorse, September 8) “Sleepwalker is a terrifying and compelling tale that takes us deep into the horrors of sleepwalking and then reveals to us how the author managed to end a 20-year nightmare.” —Ellen Burstyn, award-winning actress, writer, teacher Heat Index: This memoir took us on a journey of both fear and…

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