I Dream of Dinner

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I Dream of Dinner (so You Don't Have To): Low-Effort, High-Reward Recipes: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593232514
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Published: Clarkson Potter - April 12th, 2022


The answer to the eternal question: what am I going to make for dinner tonight? Unfussy recipes that are interesting and packed with flavor, but don't require a special trip to the store. There's even an index of "recipes by cravings, mood & realities." Everything I've tried has been delicious - I bought a copy for myself and my mom for Mother's Day. 




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ISBN: 9780374298357
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - December 7th, 2021

Famed editor (The New Yorker, Simon and Schuster) Robert Gottlieb takes a valiant stab at the life of the illusive film actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990).   With a luminous face loved by the camera, Garbo was discovered working as a model and part-time actress in her native Sweden. She came to Hollywood in 1926, made 26 movies for M-G-M and promptly quit the business in 1942 only to the spend the rest of her life walking the streets of New York, traveling the world and living very much alone.  Her beauty and talent were never questioned, but Garbo was, as Gottlieb implies, one of the most uninteresting interesting people to grace Hollywood. 


How Emotions Are Made

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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328915436
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 13th, 2018

If you've ever wanted an owner's manual for your brain, this book is for you. Barrett busts common myths about "universal" emotions that everyone experiences, and she bases her arguments in excellent critiques of classic studies, as well as her own research. For skeptics of freudian & pop psychology, her theory of human emotion is a (mindbending) breath of fresh air! This book gave me a way to love my biology and changed my life in a way that many self-help books promise but few deliver.



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ISBN: 9781635769135
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Published: Diversion Books - August 31st, 2021

I loved the way Tooze describes the sultry musical landscape of Levon Helm’s formative years in the Mississippi Delta and his life beyond The Band. A well-researched account of Helm’s musical style and personal journey for both new and die-hard fans.

Kate M

The Liar's Club

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The Liars' Club: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143035749
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

As someone who’s been a skeptic of memoirs, The Liar’s Club helped remind me of the power that they can carry. Mary Karr wrote it beautifully and with an often dark sense of humor.  Reading her work was a simultaneously heavy and uplifting experience, that I highly recommend.


Special Topics in Being a Human

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Special Topics in Being a Human: A Queer and Tender Guide to Things I've Learned the Hard Way about Caring for People, Including Myself Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551528540
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 12th, 2021

If you've ever felt dissatisfied with an apology, or struggled to remember someone's pronouns, or grappled with a big decision, this book is for you!  Self help books are great in theory, but in practice, it's often hard to find time to sit down and read them through. Bear's book is illustrated and broken into manageable chunks, so it's easy to pick up and set down for folks who are overscheduled or struggle with attention span (or both, like me)! Best of all, he even includes handy cheatsheets at the end of each topic, so you can snap a picture and take the highlights with you for later when you've forgotten the details. 


The Dark Queens

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The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged the Medieval World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635574913
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 22nd, 2022

Two queens in medieval France fight, strategize, and outmaneuver each other in an attempt to claim everything for themselves and their children. Brunhild and Fredegund battled 1500 years ago, but they'd be quite at home on House of Cards or Succession today.


Red Paint

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Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640094147
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Published: Counterpoint - March 8th, 2022

There are as many ways to heal as there are to be broken, as many ways to be strong as there are challenges to face. Lapointe's memoir of trauma, relationships, punk rock, and heritage is the powerful story of a woman defining and redefining herself into the person whose life would honor her ancestors, thrive in her present, and stride strongly into her future.


The Treeline

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The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250270238
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 15th, 2022

This book is an act of sustained attention - which is to say love - that is dynamically detailed, refreshingly holistic, and deeply urgent. Rawlence names capitalism explicitly as the engine of climate destruction, and names indigenous knowledge and lifeways as the means to human survival. The prose is clear and beautiful, and Rawlence is unashamed to admit to his own fear and dread in the face of an irreversibly changed planet; but he doesn't give in to that fear, nor does he give readers the easy out of doomer pessimism. Instead, The Treeline urges us to transmute despair into hope and action.



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