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Nestled in an old ESSO station in Warrenton, Virginia, and along the charming main street of Marshall are the two outposts of The Red Truck Rural Bakery. With a mix of nostalgic comfort and fresh forward-mindedness, their cakes, breads, and pies are the joy of many a Washingtonian’s roadtrip west on Route 66. Established by Culinary Institute of America-trained Brian Noyes, formerly art director of The Washington Post, this off-the-beaten path gem has landed a spot on many a list of the best bakeries in America. And now its “vernacular” joys are available to the home cook. The Red Truck Bakery Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, $25) brings together many of the bakery’s most beloved Southern-twinged treats, along with evocative photographs, and stories from Noyes’s flavorful life.

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ISBN: 9780804189613
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 23rd, 2018

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Gardenlust (Timber Press, $40) is both a feast for the eyes and a thrilling peek at the future of garden design. Accoladed gardener Christopher Woods organizes the book geographically, presenting fifty of the world’s most stunning gardens across six continents. Yet the diversity Woods presents goes far beyond the mere geographical. From Enzo Enea’s Tree Museum in Switzerland to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Woods is admirably broad-minded, showcasing an array of exhilaratingly modern—at times envelope-pushing—gardens, both public and private. Throughout, conundrums of globalism, sustainability, native planting, and urbanization are substantively addressed, but it’s the beautiful photographs, highlighting local botany and landscaping genius so incisively, that make this glossy volume. You’ll feel as if you’ve actually traveled across the world to glimpse these gardens. And yet: don’t be surprised if this book is the impetus for your next travels.

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ISBN: 9781604697971
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Published: Timber Press - September 25th, 2018

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Immediately engrossing as her previous novels have been, Unsheltered (Harper, $29.99) resounds with the bright moral clarion call we’ve come to expect from Barbara Kingsolver.  Willa Knox thought she had done everything right. But when her professor-husband’s college shutters, she finds herself in Vineland, New Jersey, suddenly underemployed and responsible for an aging father-in-law, two adult children recently returned to the nest, with mounting stacks of bills and only the leaky roof of an inherited Victorian mansion of slipshod craftsmanship over their heads. Kingsolver pairs this all-too-timely tale of economic vulnerability with that of Thatcher Greenwood, fretting over the same structurally unsound house a century earlier. A principled young science teacher in the Vineland schools, Thatcher longs to introduce the new theories of Charles Darwin one hundred years earlier, but is saddled with responsibilities to his new wife and her status-conscious family.

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ISBN: 9780062684561
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018