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Staff Picks: Bobby Long at World Cafe Live and Hope Cohen's “Fast Fresh + Simple”

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Bobby Long

April 17 at World Cafe Live

Hollywood hunk Robert Pattinson’s close chum has been making a name for himself in the music business the right way—by touring worldwide and winning over fans one venue at a time. A booming, bluesy baritone may be Long’s most prominent feature, but his songwriting has also taken a major leap on his stunningly accomplished new release, Wishbone. A largely acoustic anomaly no more (his first album was recorded in his London bedroom), the affable Long brings the electric guitars on his latest CD, while upping the production values. The result is an album that rocks gut-punch hard, yet doesn’t lack for sweetness and grace. Visit worldcafelive.com. —Hobart Rowland
 

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Photo by Jared CastaldiTAXJAMS: Simple Solutions – A Self-Help Guide to IRS Issues

By Gregory M. McCauley, Esq.
TAXJAMS Inc., 336 pages

It’s never a bad time to climb out of tax debt—and this how-to guide can get you there. A Chadds Ford tax attorney and IRS defense lawyer, McCauley offers no-nonsense direction to anyone who owes less than $50,000 to the IRS, including mortgage debtors and innocent spouses. Knowing your rights is the first step; helping you settle your case and shield yourself from IRS seizures, levies and wage garnishments is the goal. What forms aren’t already in the book, you’ll find at taxjams.com. The reward: sweet relief. —Shannon Hallamyer
 

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Fast Fresh + Simple

By Hope Cohen
Strawberryblonde Press, 199 pages

Cohen’s recently released Fast Fresh + Simple is the first cookbook that’s inspired me to make something new in quite awhile. The Bryn Mawr chef, restaurant consultant, media personality and self-described “lover of all things food and wine” knows her way around a kitchen. From refreshing cocktails to perfect-ending desserts, she can do it all, and her recipes benefit from entertaining backstories, useful tips and mouthwatering images. —Tara Behan

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