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Fermentation as Metaphor

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Fermentation as Metaphor: Follow Up to the Bestselling
$25.00
ISBN: 9781645020219
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 15th, 2020

 

Fermentation is about breaking down to build up, whether that be bacteria and yeast breaking down sugars to make delicious food, or concepts being broken apart, examined, and put together in new ways. Katz is the expert in fermentation practices. Here, he uses fermentation as a metaphor fo  life, examining how we can draw inspiration from fermentation processes in order to live a more balanced, supportive, and aware life.

Marika


The Four Profound Weaves

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ISBN: 9781616963347
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Published: Tachyon Publications - September 1st, 2020

 

A deep meditation on gender and society, but built in the framework of a rich fantasy universe (I really can't wait to read more now). Its at times somber feel meshed well with my current sense of existential melancholy. But really, there's so much in such a small book. Including some necromancy! 

Stacey


These Violent Delights

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ISBN: 9780062963635
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Published: Harper - September 15th, 2020

 

Easily one of the best books of the year!  Paul and Julian will push and pull at your heartstrings with the expertise of grandmasters, and months after reading their twisted tale I am unable to evict them from my head. Initially skeptical of the comparison to The Secret History, this Tartt devotee is a convert to Nemerever's achingly rendered world, which effortlessly lives up to the billing. 

 

Caleb


Hench

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ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

 

The Incredibles meets...data analytics. Anna works as a data cruncher for supervillains, an exceptionally boring occupation until she's injured on the job by a superhero. When the police decline to investigate, she takes matters into her own hands to uncover the true cost of "heroics," and discovers that the difference between villains and heroes may be more a question of good PR than morality. Thoughtful and extremely funny.

Rebecca


The Flight Portfolio

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ISBN: 9780307949714
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

 

Julie Orringer, author of the bestselling The Invisible Bridge, tells the absorbing story of a young American, Varian Fry, who with great courage sets out to save as many artists/intellectuals, Jewish or not, from the Nazis in 1940 France. Based on a true story this novel, with its eccentric cast of fascinating characters and suspense on nearly every page, is a beautifully crafted page-turner.

Nathan


Grieving

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ISBN: 9781936932931
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Published: Feminist Press - October 6th, 2020

 

Grieving is a hard read, but the central idea is so beautiful, the heart-punches you take along the way are worth it. To be human is to be vulnerable but we can envelop that vulnerability in community so that no one is helpless. Though directly about the tragedies surrounding the drug war in Mexico, Grieving illuminates more general human experiences of trauma, national myth, and politics. And I might read the last chapter, "Keep Writing," once a month to help me keep going.

Josh


A Girl is a Body of Water

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ISBN: 9781951142049
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Published: Tin House Books - September 1st, 2020

Makumbi writes small stories that somehow encompass the entire world, turning the story of one one woman into an x-ray revealing the bones of society. Broken bones. Healed bones. Brittle bones. Strong bones. Powerful and wise, A Girl is a Body of Water is like a long conversation with an elder; the struggle of life is no less difficult at the end, but you feel you understand it more and can struggle better tomorrow.

Josh


The Crossing Places

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ISBN: 9780547386065
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Published: Mariner Books - September 28th, 2010

The Crossing Places: When bones are found near her house, forensic archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is called in to help the police. She becomes enmeshed in the search for two missing girls and continues to get entangled with police investigations throughout the series. This series has revitalized my reading life; I can't put them down. 

April


The Boy in the Field

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ISBN: 9780062946393
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Published: Harper - August 11th, 2020

Once again Margot Livesey (Mercury, The Flight of Gemma Hardy) soars with her latest novel, The Boy in the Field. Lyrically written with her usual elegant prose, this book, ostensibly a mystery, is far more than that; it’s literary fiction at its best with subtle twists and turns of plot and characters who strive to understand the ways of the world.

Nathan


Action Park

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Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America's Most Dangerous Amusement Park Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143134510
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Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2020

Long ago, back when theme parks were open, back when crowds would fill them up,  was a park so wild and so dangerous people wore the scars it inflicted like badges of honor. This is the story of someone who worked there over the summers.

John


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