Notable Reads: November 29, 2011

Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy’s Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets by Buddy Valastro
The holidays are all about sharing, and TLC’s very own Cake Boss Buddy Valastro himself wants to share something that is very special: 100 of his greatest recipes for holiday-themed pastries. This kitchen-savvy chef will start you off easy with simple cookies, but don’t be surprised if you end up with, say, a cake that has its own chocolate waterfall (yes, that’s actually in there). Buddy provides useful tips on baking techniques that will make you seem pro in no time and inspires with a hint of nostalgia by sharing his own past experiences and stories. He’ll be your best ‘Buddy’ this holiday season!

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Ever had those moments where you wanted to just disappear? Have something happen to you where you can’t possibly think anyone has it worse? Internet blogging sensation Jenny Lawson wants to offer you comfort in knowing that you’re not alone by laughing at some very unfortunate moments in her life presented in her novel Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. From an absurd upbringing to those awkward moments and her current married life, we’re pretty sure Jenny has it worse. There’s comfort in that alone, but she just wants to point out that it’s those uncomfortable situations that have shaped her and made her into the person she is today. It’s a comfort in itself knowing that Jenny is able to laugh at herself, much less have the world laugh at her too.

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz’s chilling murder mystery novel 77 Shadow Street will have you gripped throughout. Once infamous for being a murder house, the Pendleton at the top of Shadow Hill is now considered a luxury apartment building. The building was re-done to hide its past and, now in the 1970s, is home to a famous songwriter, a former senator, a widowed lawyer, and a successful money manager. But all is not well in this new paradise. Things are creeping back from the past, and the residents are encountering strange events. History repeats itself, as they say, and whatever happened in the past is starting to occur once again.

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History by Chris Kyle and Scott Mcewen
A book like no other, this autobiography takes you on a journey no one could even imagine undergoing. Step into the shoes of one of the most lethal American snipers in history, SEAL Chief Chris Kyle. To this day, Chris remains a record-holding sniper in military history and has over 150 confirmed kills. Not officially recorded by the Pentagon, Kyle finally breaks his silence to the public in this riveting first-person account of how he went from Texas cowboy to one of the most fatal assassins known to man. The autobiography offers an incredible insight on one of the most ill-fated professions. 

Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphsis by David Wills 
Of all the biographies and documentaries offered to you about the most famous American icon, Marilyn Monroe, none are more personal than Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis. This book describes more of the starlet’s life in pictures than any biography or movie could in words. David Wills’ incredible collection of original Marilyn Monroe photos is very rare and depicts a personal side of the actress’ life that no one has seen before. With photos from Marilyn’s own key photographers, stunning museum-worthy images paint her life in a whole new way.