Entree: The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman. This is a collection of short stories, all taking place in Blackwell, MA, from its founding in 1750 to the end of the 20th century. The stories are about people from the same founding families who sometimes experience mysterious happenings involving the plot of land behind one of the houses.
Side: Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. A young adult fantasy novel that was on a list of recommended titles for teens, but meh.
Side: A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power by Jimmy Carter. Carter writes of what he has learned about the precarious condition of women throughout the world. His experiences as a farmer, as president, and as founder of The Carter Center have influenced his views on the strength, resiliency, and courage of women as they work for full human rights.
Sidet: The Famous Heroine and The Plumed Bonnet by Mary Balogh. Two classic Regency romance novels in one book.
Dessert: Jacques Pepin More Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pepin. Another cookbook with pretty pictures!