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"In 1790, Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant with the kitchen house slaves. Though she becomes deeply bonded to her new family, Lavinia is also slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. As time passes she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds and when loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are at risk."--Publisher's description.

Glory Over Everything

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Continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of a slave and the master of Tall Oaks plantation, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

La Colline aux esclaves

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« OUBLIEZ AUTANT EN EMPORTE LE VENT... VOICI UNE HISTOIRE QUI CAPTIVE LE LECTEUR ET EXIGE D'ÊTRE DÉVORÉE. » - Minneapolis star Tribune États-Unis, 1791. Après avoir perdu ses parents lors de la traversée de l’Atlantique, Lavinia, une jeune Irlandaise âgée de 7 ans, se retrouve domestique dans une plantation de tabac pour rembourser son passage. Placée avec les esclaves de la cuisine, sous la protection de Belle, fille naturelle du maître, Lavinia apprend à faire le ménage et le service, guidée par l’amour et la force tranquille de sa nouvelle famille. Cependant, malgré tous ses efforts, elle ne peut faire abstraction de sa peau blanche et pénètre peu à peu dans l’univers de la grande maison. Lavinia parviendra-t-elle à chevaucher deux mondes que tout oppose ? UNE HISTOIRE DE CLASSE, DE RACE, DE DIGNITÉ, UNE HISTOIRE DÉCHIRANTE MAIS PLEINE D’ESPOIR. DÉJÀ PLUS DE 100 000 EXEMPLAIRES VENDUS EN FRANCE !

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The Kitchen House by Carole Marsh Summary

Looks at the history of African American cooking and includes recipes for a variety of dishes.

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When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail. Amazon.com Review When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail. Explore the reading group guide for The Kitchen House. A Conversation with Author Kathleen Grissom Q: What information surprised you while doing research on white indentured servants? A: When I first began my research I was astonished to discover the great numbers of Irish that were brought over as indentured servants. Then, when I saw advertisements for runaway Irish indentured servants, I realized that some of them, too, must have suffered under intolerable conditions. Q: Why did you chose not to go into detail about some of the most dramatic plot points in the novel, for example, the death of Waters or the abuse of young Marshall? A: For the most part, Lavinia and Belle dictated the story to me. From the beginning, it became quite clear that if I tried to embellish or change their story, their narration would stop. When I withdrew, the story would continue. Their voices were quite distinct. Belle, who always felt grounded to me, certainly did not hold back with description, particularly of the rape. Lavinia, on the other hand, felt less stable, less able to cope; and at times it felt as though she was scarcely able to relate her horror. Q: It is interesting that your novel has two narrators--Lavinia and Belle. Do you have any plans to continue the story into the next generation--perhaps from the perspectives of Jaime and Elly? A: In 1830, Jamie is a well-respected ornithologist in Philadelphia and Sukey is enslaved by the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Theirs are the two voices I hear. In time I will know if I am meant to tell their story. Presently I am writing Crow Mary, another work of historical fiction. A few years ago I was visiting Fort Walsh in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. As I listened to an interpreter tell of Mary, who, in 1872, at the age of sixteen, was traded in marriage to a well-known fur trader, a familiar deep chill went thorough me. I knew then that I would return to write about this Crow woman. Some of her complex life is documented, and what fascinates me are her acts of bravery, equal, in my estimation, to those of Mama Mae. Q: This is your first novel after diverse careers in retail, agriculture, and the arts. How have each of these experiences contributed to your writing style? A: I don't know that any endeavor specifically contributed to my writing style, but I do know that every phase of my life helped prepare me to write this book. Q: The dialogue of the slaves in this novel is very believable. It must have been a difficult thing to achieve. How did you go about creating authentic voices from two hundred years ago? A: At the very beginning of my research I read two books of slave narratives: Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember and Weevils in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves. Soon after, the voices from The Kitchen House began to come to me. My original draft included such heavy dialect that it made the story very difficult to read. In time I modified the style so the story could be more easily read. Q: You said you wrote the prologue in one sitting after being inspired by a map you found while renovating an old plantation tavern. Since this is your first novel, do you think you were "guided" by residents of the past? A: Not only do I feel I was guided but also that I was gifted with their trust. However, I am not alone in this. In Alice Walker's book The Color Purple, she writes: "I thank everybody in this book for coming. A.W., author and medium." Unless I misread that, I'd say, in this experience, I'm in good company. Q: Your book has been described as "Gone with the Wind turned upside down." Are you a fan of Margaret Mitchell's novel? Which writers have inspired you through the years? A: I have only recently read Gone with the Wind. Although I did enjoy it, a few of the writers that have truly inspired me are Robert Morgan, Alice Randall, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Edward P. Jones, Nuala O'Faolain, Alexandra Fuller, Susan Howatch, Rick Bragg, Breena Clarke, Beryl Markham, Alice Walker, Joan Didion . . . this list could go on forever. I love to read. Q: There are many characters in this novel. How did you go about choosing their names? A: They were all taken from different lists of slaves that I found in my research. Q: What advice do you have for writers working on their first novels? A: If you feel called to write a book, consider it a gift. Look around you. What assistance is the universe offering you as support? I was given an amazing mentor, a poet, Eleanor Drewry Dolan, who taught me the importance of every word. To my utter amazement, there were times she found it necessary to consult three dictionaries to evaluate one word! Take the time you need to learn the craft. Then sit down and write. When you hand over your completed manuscript to a trusted reader, keep an open mind. Edit, edit, and edit again. And, of course, never give up! Q: At times in the novel, you can almost smell the hearty foods being prepared by Mama and others. In your research, did you find any specific notes or recipes from kitchen houses that you can share with your readers? A: In 1737, William Byrd, founder of Richmond, wrote of the many types of fruits and vegetables available in Virginia. Watermelons, pumpkins, squashes, cucumbers, artichokes, asparagus, green beans, and cauliflower were all being cultivated. I discovered that many of these were preserved by pickling. For those interested in how this was done and for recipes from that time, an excellent resource is Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery and Booke of Sweetmeats, transcribed by Karen Hess. While in Williamsburg, I watched re enactors roast beef over a spit in a kitchen fireplace. Small potatoes in a pan beneath the meat were browning in the drippings, and I cannot tell you how I longed for a taste. That was my inspiration for the Christmas meal. For basics, such as the chicken soup, I built a recipe around what I knew would have been available for use in the kitchen house at that time. Whenever Belle baked a molasses cake, I craved a taste. I did try several old recipes that I found, but I was unsatisfied with the results. So, using the old recipes as a baseline, my daughter, Erin, and I created our own version of a simple yet moist and tasty molasses cake. I am happy to share it with the readers: Simple Molasses Cake ½ cup butter 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg ½ cup milk 1 cup molasses 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 dashes ground cloves ¼ teaspoon salt Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inchsquare baking pan. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg. In a separate bowl, combine the milk and the molasses. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Add each of these alternately to the butter mixture, beating well between additions. Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. From Publishers Weekly Grissom's unsentimental debut twists the conventions of the antebellum novel just enough to give readers an involving new perspective on what would otherwise be fairly stock material. Lavinia, an orphaned seven-year-old white indentured servant, arrives in 1791 to work in the kitchen house at Tall Oaks, a Tidewater, Va., tobacco plantation owned by Capt. James Pyke. Belle, the captain's illegitimate half-white daughter who runs the kitchen house, shares narration duties, and the two distinctly different voices chronicle a troublesome 20 years: Lavinia becomes close to the slaves working the kitchen house, but she can't fully fit in because of her race. At 17, she marries Marshall, the captain's brutish son turned inept plantation master, and as Lavinia ingratiates herself into the family and the big house, racial tensions boil over into lynching, rape, arson, and murder. The plantation's social order's emphasis on violence, love, power, and corruption provides a trove of tension and grit, while the many nefarious doings will keep readers hooked to the twisted, yet hopeful, conclusion. (Feb.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom | Summary & Analysis Preview: The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom’s debut novel, is a coming-of-age story about Lavinia, an Irish immigrant who grows up at Tall Oaks, a tobacco plantation in antebellum Virginia. When Lavinia’s parents, who owe passage to Captain James Pyke, die en route to America, Lavinia is taken in by the captain and his family. She is put to work as an indentured servant and sent to live in the kitchen house with Belle, the captain’s illegitimate daughter. Lavinia suffers from amnesia and remembers nothing of her journey. The year is 1791, and she is only seven years old. Belle, who is 18 when Lavinia arrives, is the daughter of a slave woman with whom the captain had been involved. When Belle’s mother dies after she’s born, the captain’s mother cares for her and raises her in the big house… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of The Kitchen House: Summary of the Book Important People Character Analysis Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

A Kitchen in the Corner of the House

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A Kitchen in the Corner of the House collects twenty-five gem-like stories on motherhood, sexuality, and the body from the innovative and perceptive Tamil writer Ambai. In A Kitchen in the Corner of the House, Ambai's narrators are daring and courageous, stretching and reinventing their homes, marriages, and worlds. With each story, her expansive voice confronts the construction of gender in Tamil literature. Piecing together letters, journal entries, and notes, Ambai weaves themes of both self-liberation and confinement into her writing. Her transfixing stories often meditate on motherhood, sexuality, and the liberating, and at times inhibiting, contours of the body.

Les couleurs de l'espoir

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Une histoire d'amour impossible dans l'Amérique des années 1930, une rencontre inattendue sur les routes texanes des années 2000, un voyage bouleversant à la découverte d'un secret vieux de 70 ans... S'inspirant du destin de sa grand-mère, Julie Kibler livre un roman déchirant, à la croisée de La Couleur de sentiments et de Miss Daisy et son chauffeur. Portée par un souffle romanesque exceptionnel, une magnifique histoire d'amitié, d'amour et de sacrifices ; des années 1930 à nos jours, le portrait en creux d'une Amérique forgée dans les larmes, la violence et la ségrégation. Dorrie Curtis, jeune coiffeuse de Dallas, se demande encore ce qui l'a poussée à accepter la requête d'Isabelle McAllistair. Certes, Mlle McAllistair est une excellente cliente, mais de là à entreprendre un si long périple, du Texas à l'Ohio, pour la conduire à de mystérieuses funérailles... Et pourtant, sur la route, va se lier entre l'énergique mère célibataire afro-américaine et la digne vieille dame de quatre-vingt-neuf ans une amitié d'autant plus belle qu'elle était encore improbable il y a peu. À mesure que défilent les États du Vieux Sud, Isabelle se confie : l'histoire d'une jeune fille éprise de liberté ; d'une famille bourgeoise engoncée dans ses certitudes ; d'une passion aussi forte qu'interdite sur ces terres rongées par le racisme, et dont l'écho résonne encore douloureusement... Quelle est la véritable raison de ce voyage ? Que cachent les silences d'Isabelle ? Et si, malgré leurs différences, les deux femmes avaient plus en commun qu'elles ne le croyaient ?

Les larmes de la liberté

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« L'écriture lyrique de Kathleen Grissom est riche en détails historiques, et ce roman peut être lu soit comme une histoire indépendante inoubliable, soit comme la suite captivante de La Colline aux esclaves . » Publishers Weekly En 1810, James Pyke, 13 ans, fils d'un planteur et d'une esclave, fuit sa Virginie natale. Vingt ans plus tard, le jeune homme, qui a toujours caché le secret de ses origines, a intégré la haute société de Philadelphie et vit une passion avec une ravissante aristocrate, Caroline. Mais celle-ci tombe enceinte et, rapidement, son père menace James. C’est alors que Pan, serviteur et petit protégé du jeune homme, est enlevé et vendu comme esclave en Caroline. James décide de partir à sa recherche. Pourtant, dans cette Amérique sudiste impitoyable, il sait que sa tête est toujours mise à prix. Parviendra-t-il à sauver Pan au péril de sa vie ? Retrouvera-t-il Caroline, son grand amour et la mère de son enfant ? « Une histoire bouleversante, des personnages forts et attachants et une plume sublime, le cocktail parfait pour une excellente lecture. » Julia Godard, Librairie Birmann Majuscule « Incroyablement prenant, avec des personnages qu'on adopte dès les premières pages et un décor historique passionnant ! » Marianne Kmiecik, Librairie Les Lisières

Entre II Mondes - Livre 2 : Le Passage

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Alastar, entre la vie et la mort, est retrouvé par Gabriel, Ahawk et Moumbator, ses fidèles compagnons et frères de l’Ordre Sacré. Transportés en sécurité loin du temple, les uns et les autres guetteront un hypothétique réveil dans l’espoir de découvrir la vérité. De son côté, Moïra continue de mener un semblant de vie normale aux côtés de ses proches et de Tristan à Hidden Hills où seule Nel, sa meilleure amie, manque à l’appel. Heureuse avec le jeune homme, elle se laisse emporter par des sentiments nouveaux et intenses qui les rapprochent encore un peu plus l’un de l’autre, jusqu’à les lier profondément. Seulement, Moïra sait en son for intérieur que sa situation dans le monde des Hommes est précaire. Le besoin de renouer avec ses véritables racines et de rencontrer ses parents biologiques se fait plus fort à chaque instant. Inconsciente du véritable danger qui la menace, la jeune femme envisage de passer de l’autre côté pour obtenir des réponses. Tandis que les sirènes de l’autre monde se font de plus en plus pressantes, les Ténèbres grondent en secret. Mais Samain approche à grands pas, ouvrant le passage… « Le Passage » est le second volume de la trilogie « Entre II Mondes », dont le livre 3 est à paraître à l’automne 2014.

Tics et tocs des grands génies

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Chaque jour à 14 h 30 pétantes, David Lynch s’installe au comptoir du Bob’s Big Boy à Los Angeles pour avaler 7 cafés très sucrés et une énorme glace au chocolat. Un shoot de sucre qui provoque une avalanche d’idées, griffonnées à la hâte sur des serviettes en papier.À chaque panne d’inspiration, Woody Allen se rue dans la première salle de bain venue, pour une bonne douche bouillante de quarante-cinq minutes.Deux heures avant chaque concert, Louis Armstrong s’administre la même potion magique. Dans l’ordre : miel et glycérine, Maalox et baume pour les lèvres. Un cocktail imparable.L’antichambre de la création est un lieu magique, où chaque objet, chaque geste comptent. De Francis Bacon à René Descartes, de Sigmund Freud à Pablo Picasso, de Karl Marx Agatha Christie, 100 créateurs nous racontent leurs secrets.

Les Combattants du petit bonheur

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Le chef d'oeuvre de Boudard, couronné par le Prix Renaudot. Rois de la débrouille, ces combattants du petit bonheur, Phonphonse, Musique, Neunoeil, Milo, nouveaux Pieds-Nickelés, traversent les noires années de guerre armés de cet esprit de drôlerie qui en fera des héros malgré eux. Voici le vol de la bicyclette d'un feldgendarme, larcin bien encombrant. Voici de méchantes explications nocturnes dans la rue, avec des copains passés de l'autre côté. Voici aussi le coup de projecteur inattendu sur l'enfance abandonnée du petit garçon, confié pendant trois ans à des fermiers du Loiret; plus tard la silhouette merveilleuse de la grand-mère à qui il voue une fière gratitude. Voici les roueries du marché noir, les grandes vacances au maquis et la libération de Paris vécue rue Saint-André-des-Arts et place Saint-Michel, et racontées en évitant d'enfler le ton. «Ça faisait maintenant six mois que j'étais branché avec la Résistance. Le grand moment de ma vie, je me figurais. Jusque-là, ça s'était poursuivi cahin nos salades de terrain vague, nos conciliabules, nos propos en l'air. On parlait de rejoindre les Anglais, ça nous semblait le remède de tous nos maux... la vie trop monotone, les restrictions, la dépendance des adultes, la chtourbe ! Tout nous paraissait beau une fois pris le large. J'essaie aujourd'hui de me revoir exact... maigre, boutonneux, va de la gueule... me comprendre. Si je vire le schéma de l'esbroufe, la légende qu'on entretient... j'aperçois, je perçois un zèbre difficile à saisir. Il m'emmerde plutôt de mon point de vue actuel. Il dit n'importe quoi... il se fait piéger... il risque de mourir pour rien du tout. La vie c'est pourtant sa seule richesse... les plaisirs à prendre, le bon air qu'on respire le jour où l'on sort d'une prison, d'un hôpital... le coup qu'on va boire quand il fait soif... la femme qui se déloque, qui s'offre... les courts instants de bonheur qui vous réconcilient avec l'existence toujours ! C'eût été vraiment trop bête, trop abominable de se faire étendre pour le droit d'être sur le monument aux morts, pour la gloire du Général, pour des lendemains qui doivent chanter et qui finissent par pleurer des larmes de sang.» Alphonse Boudard.

The Owner-built Adobe House

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First published in 1980, this book remains a useful guide that will help you build your own adobe house almost anywhere in the country, even in areas not usually considered "adobe country." Duane Newcomb takes you through every step of the process, from selecting a site, obtaining building permits, drawing plans, excavating, and making bricks to adding kitchen cabinets and finishing the interior. The Owner-Built Adobe House details every aspect of various types of adobe houses and includes information on plumbing, electricity, heating and cooling, fireplaces, flooring, and the framing of windows, doors, and roofs. With sixty-six detailed drawings and photographs accompanying the instructions, this book is the basic manual in the field and is invaluable to both the novice and expert homebuilder.

Feng Shui Your Kitchen

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Explains how to use the design principles of feng shui to create a healthy environment for cooking and meeting.