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Elle Jauffret

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Treats for TOBY (picture book)

The book: a young boy and his father decide to adopt a dog from the local rescue shelter.

Written and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell, and published by Candlewick press, TOBY will be released on Sept.13, but is available for pre-order everywhere. For more info, check http://www.hazelmitch…

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A meal from MYCROFT HOLMES by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse (mystery)

I have always admired people’s ability to reinvent themselves and follow their dreams outside their fields of known expertise—hence my decision to attend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s book signing.

40+ years after receiving a set of Sherlock Holmes books (to read during his basketball team roa…

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San Diego ComicCon International 2016 : Highlights

 

I usually don't need to be saved, but I made an exception for Comic Con... then I put my tiara and cuffs back on : ) 

 

I met one of my favorite Game of Thrones characters: righteous Ser Davos Seaworth—Liam Cunningham. (He's such a kind and courteous man.)

  

Prince Zuko (…

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National Selfie Day

Celebrating National Selfie Day with 8 literary genres: noir/crime fiction, SciFi, contemporary romance, drama, humor, horror, speculative fiction, historical fiction (1940s)  

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Paris, 7 June 1867 - The Three Emperors Dinner

On June 7th 1867, in Paris, after visiting the Exposition Universelle (world’s fair), four Russian Tsars and dignitaries met at the Café Anglais for an unforgettable 8 wine/17 course-dinner served over eight hours at a cost of 400 francs per person ($9,000 today).

The dinner is known …

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A meal from FEED by M.T. Anderson (YA Sci-Fi)

The book: a Young Adult dystopian novel with the apropos themes of data mining, consumerism, environmental deterioration, and the overall decline of civilization. The story is narrated by Titus, an American teenage boy.

"We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely…

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Captain Nemo’s Daughter Grilled Octopus Salad

Aboard a submarine thought to be a narwhal,

A toothed whale with a protruding tusk;

In ragged clothes to blend among sailors

Captain Nemo’s daughter hid in the kitchen.

 

She gave her father life with hint of happiness,

With dishes inspired by their travels;

Along their 2…

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Absinthe Tainted Reminiscence

 

(Painting: La Muse Verte by Albert Maignan)

Year 2115. Saturday, May 4th

A bottle of emerald liquid stood in front of his penthouse front door in place of his daily delivery of hookers and cocaine. He picked up the unexpected gift, wondering what psychoactive drug his personal concierge…

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The Stomacher and Getting Dressed in the 18th Century

I present you the stomacher, a beautiful accessory from the 18th century.

 

Stomacher (left): Cooperhewitt.org    Stomacher (right): made by Isabel Northwode Costumes 

An essential part of women’s gowns, it was fastened to the women’s bodices to decorate the front of their gowns (from…

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Spring Haiku

Rain drops in Socal

Brown snail mother and daughter

Up the hill of life

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The 25th Easter of Éléonore

Nobles and dignitaries from all over Europe had courted her since she appeared at her first debutante ball, but none had succeeded in stealing her heart. Éléonore had turned down every single gift, gesture, or advance—from Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs to egg-shaped earrings made from the rarest …

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International Women's Day: 10 Notable French Women Who Led the Way

10 Notable French Women Who Led the Way 

 

Christine de Pizan (1364-1430): French royal court writer (one of the most notable woman writers of medieval times) who brought up the importance of women in her writing.

Joan of Arc (1412-1431): fearless teenager, feminist, who led the French a…

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Old as Beer

Did you know it took more than 231 millions gallons of beer to build the Pyramid of Giza? Yes, beer. Beer was money (in Ancient Egypt as in various cultures) and a vital source of nutrition. Egyptians laborers were paid a gallon of beer a day.

Egyptian beer contained the antibiotic tetracycli…

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The Beautiful Books of Ancient Maya: Codices

 

The Maya developed a hieroglyphic script (around 300 BCE), which contained signs representing words or sounds that could be combined and/or merged in different ways. This written language survived until about 1700 CE. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They recorded their knowled…

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A Meal from LOOT by Jude Watson (Middle Grade Fiction)

 

“March thought of the many things his father loved and would never eat again. Pommes frites and herring sandwiches and American potato chips and licorice.”  LOOT by Jude Watson. (Scholastic Inc. - Paperback p.12)

The story: the son of a master jewel thief follows the clues left by his dec…

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The Singer's Wife and Manager

She pushed through the crowd of groupies, making her way to her husband, the leader of the band. They were all under the age of 30, mainly females, all sweaty and hysterical, exuding adoration for the man to whom she was secretly married. A wedding band could cost a singer thousands of adoring f…

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Happy New Year 2016!

Dear Readers,
 

My family joins me to wish you all a happy new year. May you find the support and confidence to overcome life's challenges, the resolve to pursue/achieve your goals, the love to fill your life, and the health and success to make 2016 a blissful year.
 

Love,
 

Elle

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Salad from Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe (Fiction, grade 2-5)

“I got a good look at the tomato. There were suspicious marks on the skin. […] I believe they’re teeth marks. […] “The Mark of the Vampire!” / “There must be something wrong with our refrigerator. That’s it. It’s turning all the vegetables white.” / “It was a big bowl of salad! […]…

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Stoverij from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren

A snippet of a scene from INCONCEIVABLE! 

John hovered a table covered in pieces of lace. “[…] Don’t you think you need to take home some Brussels lace?[…]” […] “What’s stoverij?” I asked. “It’s a meat stew, a classic Flemish dish. They add a nice bit of strong beer from one of t…

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Rutabaga soup from BLACK RADISHES by Susan Lynn Meyer (Fiction - MiddleGrade)

“There’s just no food here,” she said. “How am I supposed to make a meal with yesterday’s bread and rutabagas? […]” (p.96) Gustave bit into his stale bread, imagining how much better it would taste with creamy butter and the spicy tingle of black radish. He and Maman both love…

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