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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

Journalist Katy Butler was living on the other side of the country when she got the call that her 79-year-old father had suffered a crippling stroke due to his failing heart. She quickly flew across the country and joined her elderly mother to be at her father’s bedside. She watched as doctors fitted her father with a pacemaker that saved his heart but did nothing to prevent her father from falling into a “slow decline” toward death. Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging death? With her scientific background, her gift for storytelling, and her ability to look at a systemic problem in our medical system, Butler set out to explore this challenge. But her quest had barely begun when her mother was suddenly faced with a harsh diagnosis of her own. Having just watched her husband get trapped in a medical labyrinth, Butler’s mother refused treatment and decided to look at death straight on, without medical intervention other than palliative care. Butler’s experience of watching her parents go through aging and dying in these two very different ways led her to Slow Medicine, a movement toward reclaiming “good deaths.” Part memoir, part medical history, and part spiritual quest, Knocking on Heaven’s Door is riveting and beautifully written, and it also bravely poses questions that can help all of us relook at the scared path of death and dying. Don’t miss our event with Katy Butler on July 10th.

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S.M.C.
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$18.00
ISBN: 9781451641981
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Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2014

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage

I am a huge fan of Molly Wizenberg’s writing—I read her blog, Orangette, religiously and her first book, A Homemade Life, is one of my all-time favorites—so I was especially excited to get my hands on her new book, Delancey. In it, Wizenberg recounts the challenges of opening a restaurant, Delancey, in Seattle, and the challenges it presented to her marriage. Molly’s voice is warm, wholehearted, and funny. Her writing is not only about building a restaurant, but building a relationship, a community, and a fulfilled life. I loved it. Don't miss our event with Molly Wizenberg on Thursday, May 15th!

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S.B.
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781451655094
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 6th, 2014

Taming the Feast: Ben Ford's Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking

Ben Ford thinks big. In his new guide to cooking with fire and feeding a crowd, he gives step-by-step instructions with photos and illustrations so that you can grill, smoke, or roast a whole beast outdoors—or prepare a “tamed” version of the feast in your kitchen. Taming the Feast has earned acclaim from top chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Hugh Acheson, Alice Waters, Roy Choi, and April Bloomfield, who says, “This is an epic book that delves into large format feasts, so if you’ve always wanted to throw the party of the century, go buy this book! Ben’s instruction and recipes will make you the master of any outdoor cook-off.” 

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$34.99
ISBN: 9781476706399
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Published: Atria Books - May 6th, 2014

The Thing about Luck

Twelve-year-old Summer and her Japanese-American family work every harvest season to earn money to pay their mortgage. But this last year, Summer has had malaria (she is now obsessed with learning everything to be known about mosquitoes and is both amazed and repelled); her parents have to travel to Japan to care for elderly relatives; her grandmother, now in charge of cooking for the combine crews, has intense spinal pain; and her grandfather is driving the giant harvesting machine all day and night and is getting very tired. Her brother, Jaz, amusing and puzzling, earnest and autistic, is, like Summer, attempting to maneuver within friendship and family ties. The Thing About Luck is heartfelt, perfect in structure and narrative, accessible, and very funny. Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Grades 5–8.

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By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442474659
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

“A tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality, and a passionate reminder that love—whether romantic or familial—should be open, free, and without shame.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review. A Printz Honor Book, Pura Belpré Award Winner for excellence in Latino literature, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

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ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

The Language of Silence by Anna Michaels

This is not just a story about a woman who sleeps with one foot outside the blanket, in case she needs to run. This is also a look into circus family life that made me fall in love with the characters and want to run off with them. Terrifying and beautiful, this is one of those "go away, go away, I'm reading" books. I couldn't bear to put it down.

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Clytia
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781451684810
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Published: Gallery Books - September 9th, 2014

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

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.
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Louise
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781476709123
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Published: Atria Books - February 4th, 2014

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Armstrong

If you like witty female-driven TV comedies like Girls and 30 Rock, then you have The Mary Tyler Moore Show to thank. You can read all about the behind-the-scenes decisions and drama, as well as the stories of many woman writers who based Mary Richards off of their own lives, in this charming book.
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Blair
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$18.00
ISBN: 9781451659221
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 29th, 2013

The Picayune's Creole Cook Book

Originally published in New Orleans in 1901, this book is a treasure. Historical but conversational in tone, it is filled to the brim with rich, soulful, delicious recipes for gumbo, jambalaya, Louisiana rice, etoufee, pralines, and more. What’s not to love?
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S.B.
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$40.00
ISBN: 9781449431716
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - July 16th, 2013

Canal House Cooks Every Day

The authors love the everyday practice of simple cooking and the enjoyment of eating, which are celebrated in their gorgeous book. Delicious and inspiring.
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$45.00
ISBN: 9781449421472
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 30th, 2012

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