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The SalviSoul Cookbook: Salvadoran Recipes and the Women Who Preserve Them Karla Tatiana Vasquez

The Salvisoul Cookbook speaks to the hearts of the Salvadoran diaspora while inviting the world to learn about culinary traditions and the women who preserve them. Author Karla Tatiana Vasquez travels to the motherland and back, compiling the stories of 33 salvadoreñas and their recipes for popular dishes. As she flipped through the colorful pages, my own mother’s memories came flooding back. This book will serve as a bridge between the diaspora and their mothers, and between their mothers and the world. —Josué

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ISBN: 9781984861429
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 30th, 2024

The Migrant Chef by Laura Tillman

The late Anthony Bourdain once said that in his 30 years of cooking professionally, in every restaurant he stepped in, it was always a Mexican cook that had his back and taught him the ropes. Their stories are rarely told, however, and Laura Tillman’s The Migrant Chef is a welcome palate cleanser. Tillman writes about Lalo García, the renowned Mexican chef who migrated to the US at a young age and discovered his love of cooking. After a twist of fate, García found himself starting over in his home country and has become a rising star in the international culinary scene. Tillman’s experience as a food writer in Mexico City and her flowing journalistic style pay homage to the people who pick and cook our food. 


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ISBN: 9781324005773
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 23rd, 2023

The Hollow Kind by Andy Davidson

Andy Davidson (The Boatman’s Daughter) returns with another Southern Gothic horror tale to make your skin crawl. A long-lost granddaughter and her son inherit a foreboding Georgia estate haunted by an ancient evil, and the family secrets begin to unravel. Davidson makes his prose slither and lurch through the pages as he marches you through the cursed soil of Redfern Hill, where both human and inhumane evils tear a family apart.


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ISBN: 9780374538569
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: MCD - October 11th, 2022

Solito by Javier Zamora

In his debut, Javier Zamora lets a poetic voice shine throughout as he weaves a timeless memoir for the new American immigrant diaspora. Solito recounts Zamora's journey as a child traveling from his native El Salvador, crossing three borders by land and sea in order to be reunited with his parents in the U.S. Zamora effortlessly illustrates the fear and wonder of his perilous journey, and humanizes an experience most of us could not fathom.


Don’t miss our event with Javier Zamora on September 14th.

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ISBN: 9780593498088
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Published: Hogarth - June 6th, 2023

Patriarchy Blues by Frederick Joseph

In his new book, part memoir and part stream-of-consciousness poetry, Frederick Joseph reflects on the state of masculinity of Black men in contemporary America. Drawing from deep personal experiences, Joseph’s work tackles issues of toxic masculinity, transphobia, violence, and internet culture. Joseph calls out his heroes for their shortcomings (“The Blood Of Forty-Four”) and often puts the lens on his own anxiety and pursuit of perfection (“The Rot in The Garden”).


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ISBN: 9780063138322
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 17th, 2022

Northern Spy by Flynn Berry

Berry’s slow-burning thriller is set against the backdrop of an alternate version of contemporary Northern Ireland. After the IRA resumes hostilities in the decades after the Good Friday Agreement, BBC producer and new mother Tessa learns that her sister Marian has been involved in terrorist activities in support of the group. Unconvinced she participated willingly, Tessa sets out to find her sister and the truth. Full of intrigue and suspense, Northern Spy is a quick and engaging read.  


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ISBN: 9780735225015
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Published: Penguin Books - April 5th, 2022

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