A Lesson Before Dying
Hot Sauce Nation

By Terri Schlichenmeyer

A Lesson Before Dying
In “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines, it’s 1940, and two men begin to get to know one another. One is slightly literate and has been sentenced to death for a crime in which he was an unwitting participant. The other man is educated and urbane, but struggles with his childhood and the place where he grew up. He wants to leave it, and his new acquaintance, behind, but knows he never can—just as you cannot leave this unexpected book, once you’ve started it. (Note: This classic novel has been chosen for the First Annual La Crosse Reads event.) 

Hot Sauce Nation: America’s Burning Obsession
Everywhere you go these days, it seems, you find food that burns your tongue and makes your hands fan. In “Hot Sauce Nation” by Denver Nicks, learn about spicy food, hot sauce and chilies. Readers who love that will find themselves wishing they’d been along with Nicks on his road trips as he tried the hottest chilies, spiciest sauces, and took the biggest challenges—and his mouthwatering descriptions make us want that, too.

Butter: A Rich History
And since having your hot sauce with fats increases its health benefits, you’ll want to add “Butter: A Rich History” by Elaine Khosrova to your cart. In this book, you’ll learn the history of that which goes on toast and in tarts. You’ll also find out how butter is made around the world and how it’s eaten, along with its importance in many cultures. Bonus: recipes, so you can enjoy a little extra butter in your meal.