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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy

Highly readable, hilarious, and at times even philosophical, Tweedy's memoir of discovering his passion for writing music and his rise to super-stardom is an excellent read. Like any good rock 'n roll memoir, sex and drugs make their appearance, but his wholesome stories about growing up in a small town, making a family and band-drama are what really make this book a memorable read. - Ashley

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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. By Jeff Tweedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101985274
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - October 1st, 2019

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Friday Black is the best book of short stories I've read this year. At times I felt like I was reading horror, while other times I was laughing out loud. Adjei-Brenyah's stories are crazy, radical and not recommended for the faint of heart. It's a book that will stick with me for years to come. - Ashley

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Friday Black By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328911247
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

Moosewood Restaurant Table by The Moosewood Collective

Everything I’ve tried from this new Moosewood cookbook has been excellent, from So Simple Banana Pancakes to Mushroom and Barley Salad. I love the diversity of recipes throughout (Nori Kale Rolls on one page, Russian Blinis on the next) and that the ingredients are inexpensive. I highly recommend this new book from the always excellent Moosewood Collective. - Ashley

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The Moosewood Restaurant Table: 250 Brand-New Recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant That Revolutionized Eating in America By The Moosewood Collective Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250074331
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 26th, 2017

New Feast by Greg & Lucy Malouf

This is a beautiful cookbook! With yogurt, saffron, tahini, and a few sweet additions (like sweet spices, orange zest, and pomegranate seeds) you can pretty much make anything in this book with things already found in a typical American kitchen. The Turkish Eggs with Spinach, Chili and Yoghurt Cream is fantastic, and the Potato Salad with Peas and Persian Spices is excellent and so easy to make. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to expand their palate without having to spend too much time or money doing so. - Ashley

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New Feast: Modern Middle Eastern Vegetarian By Lucy Malouf, Greg Malouf Cover Image
ISBN: 9781743793213
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Hardie Grant - September 19th, 2017

The New Wine Rules by Jon Bonne

This is an excellent book, perfect for people who love wine but don’t yet have the vocabulary to talk about it. I had a great time drinking my way through it and found myself making more informed and less stressful purchases. It covers the basics—like how to pour and serve, how to store a bottle at home, and what to do with leftovers—and it also includes tons of technical information and terminology for those who want to be nerdy about it. And most important, it is quick and easy to reference, even when you’re already a few glasses in. Cheers! - Ashley

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The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know By Jon Bonné Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399579806
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - November 14th, 2017

The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

This is not a How to Be Alone (though Jonathan Franzen’s essay collection is worth reading); it’s an exploration into loneliness as represented in the art of lonely artists. Laing beautifully examines well-known artists like Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol and introduces us to lesser known and incredibly interesting people like Henry Darger and David Wojnarowicz. After reading this book I found myself wanting more “alone” time with art. The Lonely City is a meditative read. - Ashley

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone By Olivia Laing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118035
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Picador - June 6th, 2017

House of Names by Colm Toibin

Murder, revenge and unforgivable transgressions scar the pages of Tóibín’s latest novel. In his brutal retelling of the classical Greek tragedy, Clytemnestra vows revenge after Agamemnon’s sacrificial slaughter of their eldest daughter. I appreciated the first-person narrative accounts of the women in this book, although they were rife with hostility. Not recommended for the faint of heart! - Ashley

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House of Names: A Novel By Colm Toibin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501140211
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Scribner - May 9th, 2017

The Ambulance Drivers by James McGrath Morris

My favorite thing about this book is that it leaves you wanting to read more; full of literary references and name-dropping galore! A biography that’s more adventure than simply a book of facts, Hemingway and Dos Passos, saving lives to great effect. Two literary giants inspired by wartime woes, dodging bullets while their writing skills grow. It’s a quick read and lot’s fun, especially if you're like me and into WWI. - Ashley

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The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War By James McGrath Morris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306823831
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Da Capo Press - March 28th, 2017

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

In the not-so-distant future, a diverse cast of characters inherit a New York that has been flooded and overwhelmed as a result of the environmental, economic, and social disasters we are facing today. New York 2140 is timely and relevant and more realistic than the sci-fi I typically read. Significantly, it purposes a future in which ethics and moral reasoning are still being undermined by the status quo. I’d recommend reading it with friends! - Ashley

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New York 2140 By Kim Stanley Robinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316262347
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Orbit - March 14th, 2017

Brave & Awake by Beverly Molina

Local author Beverly Molina's book is fantastic! It's a straightforward guide/memoir about listening to oneself, living in the moment & overcoming fear! Molina tells the story of her transition from working in Silicon Valley to pursuing her dream of serving people through compassion. Her journey of self-discovery leads her on the path to becoming a firefighter! A must read for inspiration seekers! –Ashley 

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Brave and Awake: - A Story of Authentic Becoming By Beverly Molina Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504334105
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Balboa Press - July 10th, 2015


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