Things We Like
Sharon Little (self-released)
Sharon Little can sing—that much (and more) is obvious on this self-released CD recorded at Milkboy Studios in Ardmore. But this part-time West Chester bartender can also write—and her command of the folk/pop/soul idiom comes with only the slightest hint of contrivance. Catchy without being derivative, Circles’ subtly expansive songs are the perfect vehicle for Little’s smokey-sweet vocals.
Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River
Beth Kephart (Temple University Press, 116 pages)
In her new book, Devon’s Beth Kephart poeticizes Philadelphia through the keen observations of its eldest resident, the Schuylkill River, which has long served as the city’s source of water, power, industry and beauty. Flow adapts the river’s motion, winding past local events and retelling them with an imaginative and poignant voice.
Tie the Knot on a Shoestring
Leah Ingram (Alpha, 273 pages)
For frugal brides-to-be, this book by MLT contributor Leah Ingram is the Holy Grail. Filled with savvy shopping and planning tips for walking down the aisle “with confidence—and your savings account intact,” it supersedes any cost-cutting advice your mother, mother-in-law or maid-of-honor might offer.