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John Legend: Live from Philadelphia

This live album by the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning recording artist and University of Pennsylvania grad features originals and covers, offering some memorable tracks. Highlights include “Ordinary People,” “Save Room” and “Where Is the Love?” (performed with Grammy-nominated soul singer Corrine Bailey), along with respectable covers of the Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” and Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” Legend performs at the Sunoco Welcome America! fireworks celebration July 4. Visit americasbirthday.com.

Merion Square Meals
(Gladwyne Library League, 219 pages)

First printed in 1978, this old-school community cookbook is packed with the sort of blue-blood fare—spinach vichyssoise, beef stroganoff, Swiss chicken divan, gazpacho aspic, Hoosier pie, triple chocolate sin—certain to have guests reminiscing at your next dinner party. A short history of Merion Square and a dedication page to its original author, Patricia Van Arsdale Murray, offer a connection to the past and bring a little Main Line tradition back to our modern kitchens. Proceeds from its sale go to the Gladwyne Free Library.

Margaret DePiano and Stephen DiAddenzio
(ANRO, 142 pages)

History buffs will appreciate this pictorial reflection on the early developments of the town of Devon—when folks traveled by horse and buggy, fox hunting was all the rage, and the Devon Derby was the new competition in town. More than 475 images comprise this well-researched collection, making it a fun read to share with your kids, grandkids or any fan of the Main Line. Available at Easttown and Paoli libraries, plus The Pear Tree and Katydid Gifts in Wayne.

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