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Lucky Boy Punch

In Shanthi Sekaran’s Lucky Boy, two women love the same little boy.  While his birth mother – illegally in the US – is being detained, his foster mother discovers her own love for the child is boundless.  You’ll want to drown your sorrows after reading their heartbreaking story, and this punch will help you do just that. 


Lucky Boy Punch
1 bottle red wine
½ cup mezcal
½ cup orange juice
1 cup raspberries
½ cup pomegranate seeds
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 mango, sliced

Combine all ingredients, except the Prosecco, in a large pitcher or bowl and refrigerate overnight.  When serving, top with the Prosecco. 

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2017 Recommendation: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

In just two weeks it will be 2017!  I'm sure some of you are already planning your TBR pile for the new year or getting geared up for a reading challenge. Well, let me recommend a book to add to your list. 

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. 

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Nina LaCour is a local author and we hosted her earlier this year with David Levithan for their book, You Know Me Well. We Are Okay is a stand alone, contemporary about grief, depression, family, and friendship.  It can easily be read in one sitting. From the very beginning I knew it was a heart breaker. I also had a few, what I like to call, "Gasp Moments": *Gasp* MY name is Hannah!" *Gasp* I live with my grandpa too!" But that's about where the connections between fiction and reality ended for me. Thankfully. 

I was able to dive into the story right away. LaCour sets up the story so you know, instantly (no spoilers here) that Marin's grandfather, whom she lived with, has died and it turned her world upside down in more ways than obvious, and now she has runaway to college in New York City and getting ready to spend a drepressing month alone in her dormroom. Excpet, her old best friend Mabel is coming for three days to catch up. 

What follows next is three days of revelations and healing between the two girls and, most importantly, within Marin's heart. 

As I said in an NYMBC Instagram post about this book: "Nina LaCour ripped my heart out and put it back together again in less than 250 pages. We Are Okay is a beautiful story of healing, friendship, and family. Just have a few tissues near by." 

I would recommend this book to the 14+/ mature teens due to difficult topics and slight sexual content. Oh! And Marin happens to be LGBT. It's a big part of the story, because that's who she is, but it's not the plot. 

I definitenly enjoyed We Are Okay and I hope if you pick it up, you do too. It'll be available in stores February 14th. 

-Hannah, NYMBC Coordinator


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Michael Chabon’s Moonglow may be my favorite of his novels – which should say quite a lot since the author is a Pulitzer prize winner. Moonglow is breathtaking in its scope, from prewar America through Europe and back again. There isn’t a novelist today who’s such a gifted teller of stories.  Hearing about the homemade hooch that soldiers distilled themselves during the war inspired this month’s Moonglow cocktail.  

2 oz. White Dog Mash whiskey 
1 oz. white vermouth (Chambéry blanc)
Cocktail onion for garnish
Combine whiskey and vermouth. 
Stir well with ice. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with the onion.

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