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Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

A delightful chapter book that brings smiles to readers of all ages. There’s a lot to like in this book: charming characters and illustrations, silly happenings, playful language, and (especially for adults), all too familiar relationships regarding domestic expectations. I’ve been giving this book to people I think could use a laugh (which means, uh, everyone).
 


I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

This beautifully illustrated poem of a picture book celebrates Black boyhood, leaning into the joy and pride of a loved child. I love this line from the narrator: “I am good to the core, like the center of a cinnamon roll. Yeah, that good." We have signed copies.


Hamnet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657606
Availability: Backordered. There will likely be a delay in getting this book
Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

An exquisitely written book that imagines Anne Hathaway, aka Agnes, and the domestic life of William Shakespeare during the bubonic plague. Though loss and sorrow are part of the story (it does take place during the plague), what remains is the life breathed into the characters and place, Stratford, England. Upon finishing this book I set out to find and read all of Maggie O’Farrell’s books.


The Searcher: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735224650
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2020

As a devoted fan of Tana French, it always feels like too long between each published book. I’m hoping to receive this book; hardbacks make nice gifts!
 


Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148049
Availability: Backordered. There will likely be a delay in getting this book
Published: Grove Press - February 11th, 2020

I circled around this book several times before deciding to read it. I was intrigued by the attention it’s been getting but, honestly, reluctant to read a sad story about addiction. Once I started Shuggie Bain I couldn’t put it down. Like Angela's Ashes, the writing takes readers to places they may be reluctant to go, revealing complex characters rendered base by addiction, as well as a depth of humanity and love. It is an amazing first novel; I suspect author Douglas Stuart lived the first draft and wrote the second.


East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing [American Measurements] Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250750730
Availability: Backordered. There will likely be a delay in getting this book
Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020


I have loved cooking and eating Indian food since I first met Madhur Jaffrey on the page in the early nineties. Since then I’ve acquired so many cookbooks that I have to ask myself Seriously, do I really need another, and what goes out if one comes in? Hello East, I’ve got room on my shelf for you! Straight-forward recipes, vivid pictures, broad scope—“from Bangalore to Beijing”—and Meera Sodha’s friend-in-the-kitchen voice make this vegetarian/vegan cookbook appealing to both vegetarians and omnivores alike.


Dishoom: The first ever cookbook from the much-loved Indian restaurant Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781408890677
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 31st, 2019

The premise of this book is a journey down the streets of Bombay to eat in the Irani cafes of the authors’ youth, starting with breakfast at 8 o’clock and wrapping up with tipples at midnight. At a time of curtailed travel, it’s fun to imagine walking in the steps of the Dishoom itinerary (map included). It's a beautiful book—the photographs, illustrations, weight of the paper, cover—replete with stories and appetizing recipes.
 


Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings: A Baking Book Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593139660
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 27th, 2020

As a shameless devotee of dessert for breakfast, this cookbook offers opportunities beyond “snacking.” Though I am no slouch in the kitchen, I'm always looking for good value recipes where minimal effort and maximum satisfaction converge. I like Yossy Arefi's  recipes, not only the range but also her tips and variations regarding pans, flavors and ingredients, and dressing up a simple cakes.