Harold Frye receives a letter from Miss Queenie, who he has not heard from since they worked together more than twenty years ago. She is in a hospice on the northern tip of England. Harold is convinced that walking the length of England will keep her alive.
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (Random House $25.00)
Waiting for Harold, Miss Queenie "writes" her story, revealing the secrets and the shame that have created the distances between her and her life.
Small Space Container Gardens by Fern Richardson (Timber Press, $19.95)
Even a tiny house with a postage size yard can be made into an alluring site of colors, smells, and edibles.
Before After by Anne-Margot Ramstein (Candlewick Press, $19.99)
This is a children's book so beautifully and simply illustrated that it belongs out on the coffee table. An egg becomes a chicken. A caterpillar becomes a butterfly. A calf becomes a cow, and what else?
Poems to Learn by Heart, compiled by Caroline Kennedy with paintings by Jon J. Muth (Hyperion Books, $19.99)
A collection of classic poetry for children, beautifully illustrated with Jon Muth's watercolor paintings.