My daughter Ronit recommends:
Five Wives, Joan Thomas

Winner of the Governor General's Award Fiction Literary Award , this is the story of the people left behind when a small group of Christian missionaries and their families travel to the rainforest in Ecuador, making contact with the Waorani, a people who have never had contact with the outside world. This is fiction but based on five women whose lives were changed forever when their husbands were killed after entering the intangible zone. The characters are compelling, forcing us to ask questions about our own beliefs, faith, and colonialism. Thomas' writing skills are wonderful as she unveils this fascinating story and leaves the reader to judge the characters and their actions.


Carey recommends:
The World That We Knew, Alice Hoffman

In this instant New York Times bestseller and longlist recipient for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal, Hoffman touches both our hearts and minds and weaves a powerfully imaginative story of Europe's nightmarish historical horrors of World War Two and the Holocaust, set in Germany and Nazi-occupied France, coloured with fantastical, Jewish folklore and the darkest of grim fairy tales. The story takes place in 1941, during humanity’s darkest hour, and follows three young women who must act with determination and courage. In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazis. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi for help; however, it’s his daughter Ettie who offers the hope of survival when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, an unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. The remarkable Ettie can do what it is said only men can do; she conjures a special golem from clay, Ava, to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she, Lea, and Ettie become forever entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes eternally linked. Magical realism folds into folklore within this poignant story. It is a book of womanly strength, love, and wisdom. This is unforgettable storytelling, with the magical realism elements enhancing the narrative, lending it a greater impact.


David recommends:
Chocolate: Recipes and Techniques from the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts, Ferrandi Paris

This would make a great gift for the chocolate lover or chef in your life. Ferrandi, the world-renowned culinary school, offers 42 fundamental techniques to master cooking with chocolate through step-by-step instructions and more than 250 photographs. There are also 76 recipes for a variety of occasions, whether you are a home chef or experienced professional. Absolutely mouthwatering!

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