Hornby would make a good bookseller. For the past ten years,
he's been writing reviews for The Believer, wherein he recounts
the books he's bought, the books he's read, and his thoughts on
everything from writing to peregrine falcons. Warning: you will
want to read all of the books he talks about. It may be wise to
invest in a bookcase before diving into this smart, fabulous book.
Janet Mock is an emerging voice for modern feminist politics. She,
along with a handful of other notable advocates, has brought trans
inclusion and womanist ideology to the forefront of the American
consciousness. Her new memoir is a waterfall of emotion. It's told
as if you were having coffee together, and invites you to consider
and incorporate many different definitions of violence.
One of our country's foremost intellectuals examines the axis of
race, class, and gender in her most recent body of work. Sister
Citizen discusses how internalized misogyny, anti-blackness, and
respectability politics police how black American women engage
in public discourse. An absolutely necessary read for anyone
interested in womanist studies and modern American politics.
Mattilda tells the reader all, never shielding us from the ugliness of
her past, which will render you absolutely speechless. But rather
than waxing poetic about what it all means, Sycamore unleashes a
tidal wave of frustration, happiness, and sometimes drug-induced
euphoria in this heartache of a book. It will severely enrich your
life--you'll never think of SF in the same way again.
Every once in a great while, there is a book that breaks your heart
because it is so purely true. bell hooks has a knack for hitting
the nail right on the head, and this meditation of a book is no
exception. Although themes explored here don't necessarily have
that new idea smell, it’s a wonderful book that should be read
aloud with someone you love. –Louise
I thought this memoir did an outstanding job of combining the beautiful self-reflection of Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls with the savory zealousness for life I felt while reading Julia Child's My Life in France. It was a joy to read about someone finding their passion, and tracing steps backward to thank everyone for their influences, positive as well as constructive.
I love that this cookbook puts on display some of the great farms
in our area. There are some interesting profiles inside of people
who have devoted their lives to their trade: farming, cooking and
of course eating! Great locally-based recipes that take into account
the seasonality of vegetables that grow best in Santa Cruz.
This book talks about the emergence of a new cooking order that
is entirely Californian: farm-to-table. It also discusses how this has
changed the landscape of modern restaurants, with more women
chefs and a more artisanal approach. A really engrossing read for
anyone interested in food and food politics.
Much is being written right now about the dangers and potential of
media and technology, but this timeless collage of trippy images
and quotes from famous media theorist Marshall McLuhan is
really the definitive book on the subject. On top of that, it manages
to do what so many professors fail at--making theory fun.
Full of hilarious personal tales about bosses from hell, an
embarrassing drawer full of toy ponies, and killing off middle
school math teachers one by one on computer game The Oregon
Trail, these essays are perfect reading material for fans of David
Sedaris, Tina Fey, and Nora Ephron.