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Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525573340
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 19th, 2019

I have found this a great foundation cookbook even though I have been an avid, longtime cook for years. This is a great cookbook if you want to understand method, if you want to hone skills and, most importantly, if you want some delicious food.

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The Book of Delights: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616207922
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 12th, 2019

Ross Gay reminds us all that there are delights all around us all we need to do is slow down and pay attention.  His delights are serious, loving, irreverent and heartfelt. 

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Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

Love, love, love this funny, crazy, tender, big hearted story. This is the most unlikely hero journey. This has all the feels with big doses of humor and empathy for a motley crew of characters in South Brooklyn in 1969 that are each, in their own way, trying to make sense of their histories, taking stock of their present and looking towards an uncertain future.

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Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

Beautiful.  Red at the Bone follow three generations of a family in Brooklyn. Their choices, their legacies, their strengths, vulnerabilities and their tenacity. Woodson is a master of spare, yet rich language that paints a vivid picture with heart and soul.

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Lot: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525533689
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 17th, 2020

This debut is fierce.  The stories about Houston and the people feel spot on with a deep sense of place.  If you are fan of Edward P. Jones short stories you'll love "Lot."  Washington brings a city to life, telling stories about people we often don't hear from, with passion.  

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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399573194
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

An OWN voice history of the United States, this is a must read for anyone interested in "American" history and Native Peoples. Treuer shifts between a wide angle view (the history) and a zoom lens (the personal). I found this a much more thorough history lesson than I ever received in school.

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Tin Man: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735218765
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 9th, 2019

Loved this intimate look at friendship and love, grief and picking up the pieces.

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626728691
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Published: First Second - March 6th, 2018

This was such an easy and fun way to learn about women I knew nothing about, new things about women I did know as well as the importance of listening to yourself vs society's expectations. Many serious matters are broached in this graphic novel yet it remains humorous, easy to read with wonderful illustrations.

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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399589065
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

Prompted by conversations with her young son, Jacobs graphic memoir hits on so many issues of the day - identity, racism, equality, parenting/family. Compassionate and at times humorous.

Sadie: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250267139
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 25th, 2020