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Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew by Michael Twitty

In this followup to his previous bestseller, The Cooking Gene, Twitty continues on his quest to attain more widespread recognition for Black, Jewish food culture. While he makes a point of mentioning that his latest book is “purposely not a cookbook”, it is still very much an examination of and reflection on food, identity, and the intersection between the two. Twitty eloquently explores his experience inhabiting multiple identities—Black, queer, Jewish—that many might see as contradictory. —Jade

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ISBN: 9780062891754
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Published: Amistad - August 9th, 2022

The Fisherman and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast by Kirk Wallace Johnson

In the years during and following the Vietnam War, many displaced Vietnamese people found themselves on the Texas Gulf Coast, working as fishermen and shrimpers. Many of the white residents did not take kindly to their presence—blaming the Vietnamese for their own paltry catches, which were in fact due to increasing levels of pollution in the Gulf—and initiated an onslaught of harassment and violence that would last for years. Wallace Johnson has taken a mostly forgotten historical conflict fraught with racism, xenophobia, and envrionmental injustice and through careful research, brought it back into our collective consciousnes. —Jade

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ISBN: 9781984880123
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Published: Viking - August 9th, 2022

The Madhouse at the End of the Earth by Julian Sancton

There is no shortage of tales of polar expeditions gone awry. The voyage of the Belgica isn’t famous but it is remarkable. Led by a Belgian aristocrat and populated with an international cast of sailors, scientists, and adventurers, the Belgica’s journey to Antarctica was doomed from the start. A combination of lack of funding, shoddy leadership, and naïvete all but ensured disaster. Trapped in the ice for over a year, the crew were the first people to winter in Antarctica. Drawing from the journals of the men aboard the ship, Sancton does a remarkable job transporting the reader to the dark, freezing, rat-infested ship. On par with works from the likes of Erik Larson and David Grann, this is narrative nonfiction at its finest.  —Jade

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ISBN: 9781984824349
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Published: Crown - February 22nd, 2022

Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World by Barry Lopez

This final collection of essays from the renowned author, environmentalist, and world traveler Barry Lopez cements his legacy as a truly great writer. Lopez’s beautiful woodland home, which he wrote about often and fondly, was badly burned in 2020, just months before Lopez himself succumbed to prostate cancer. From the ashes of the fire many precious items were saved, including five of the essays in this collection. Opening with a touching introduction from fellow essayist Rebecca Solnit, this collection, like much of Lopez’s work, is both autobiographical and far reaching, striving at once to convey an inner truth and a larger, global perspective.  —Jade

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By Barry Lopez, Rebecca Solnit (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780593242827
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Published: Random House - May 31st, 2022

The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures by Paul Fischer

Thomas Edison is credited with many great inventions: movies, electricity, and the phonograph, to name a few. His integrity isn’t without question, however, and many people are aware that Edison may have stolen his “invention” of the incandescent bulb from Nikola Tesla. Less well known is that he was not the first person to successfully film a motion picture; that credit goes to Louis Le Prince. After a decade's worth of work and several experiments, Le Prince was on his way to the US to showcase his invention when he disappeared. In this careful and thoroughly engrossing account, Fischer makes the case for Le Prince, shedding light on a long-obscured mystery and once again bringing Edison’s honor into question.  —Jade

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The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures: A True Tale of Obsession, Murder, and the Movies By Paul Fischer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982114824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2022

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

Instead of telling you about Douglas Stuart’s stellar sophomore novel; the vibrant working class, religion-torn community it paints; the lyricism of Glaswegian dialogue; the big-hearted, finger-biting coming–of–age story, complete with budding queer romance and subsequent danger; instead of all this, can I just tell you how much I adore the protagonist Mungo Hamilton? That we get to know him, love him, and fretfully want the best for him? This is complicated, scary, wonderful humanity expertly distilled. 

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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

Three by Valérie Perrin

Nina, Adrien, and Etienne are inseparable from the moment they meet on the first day of 5th grade. Unalike in every obvious way, the three children share an unbreakable bond that they cement with a blood pact, promising to always be there for one another. Thirty years down the road, the three of them are no longer on speaking terms. Their separate lives are suddenly intertwined once more when an old car is pulled from the local lake, containing bones and secrets that only the three know. This follow-up to Fresh Water for Flowers delivers more of the same fluid, beautifully translated prose, rich with nostalgia and longing.

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Published: Europa Editions - June 7th, 2022

Taste by Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci was born and raised in upstate New York by Italian American parents and their extended family, in a household in which food played a central role. His mother was an accomplished home cook, and he conveys an intense nostalgia for the meals of his childhood. Determined to pass his love of cooking and food in general along to his children and share it with his loved ones, Tucci makes dinner for his family whenever he can and loves to host dinner parties for his friends. His recent battle with oral cancer—which left him without a sense of taste for two years—has only deepened his appreciation for a good meal. Packed with amusing anecdotes and peppered throughout with mouth-watering recipes, Tucci’s memoir will delight fans of his films and food aficionados alike.  —Jade

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ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

Fuzz by Mary Roach

Mary Roach is back and is proving once again that she truly is “America’s funniest science writer.” In her latest book, Roach delves into the world of human–nature conflict. She travels the world, speaking with experts and joining them in the field as she learns about everything from invasive rodents to trampling elephants. With her trademark wit, Roach investigates the many ways that people have tried to change the course of nature for their own comfort and/or profit, generally with disastrous results. As always, she excels at taking unfamiliar scientific concepts and presenting them in a way that’s both easy and enjoyable to absorb. —Jade

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ISBN: 9781324001935
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

On Animals by Susan Orlean

On Animals is a collection of animal writing from throughout the career of accomplished writer and life–long animal lover Susan Orlean. The essays here are all over the map, from diary-entry-like tidbits on her experiences with backyard chickens to a true-crime-esque story about a tiger hoarder in New Jersey to reporting on the use of mules in the military. Ranging in length and tone and spanning several decades, Orlean’s writing is personal, informative, and infused with an unselfconscious sense of humor.—Jade

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ISBN: 9781982181536
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 12th, 2021

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