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Readers looking for literary diversions from the real world will find a perfect escape in Tangerine (Ecco, $26.99), by Christine Mangan. This debut novel is a psychological thriller about two friends from Bennington College in the mid-1950s who are reunited under murky circumstances in Tangier several years later. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the two women, who alternate as the book’s narrators, are connected by a mysterious event in their past. But both narrators prove so unreliable and untrustworthy in their recounting of their shared history that the reader can never be sure which version of the past, or present, is true. As with any good thriller, there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued—and continually guessing. Be advised to read the book sooner rather than later. It’s already been optioned as a Hollywood film.

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ISBN: 9780062686664
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

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No one has transformed the way Americans think about food—its place in our individual and collective lives, and as a conveyer of our values—than Alice Waters. The founder of iconic Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, and the driving force behind the Edible Schoolyard program that has introduced tens of thousands of schoolchildren across America to the art of growing and cooking food, Waters has now written her long-awaited memoir. In Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook she describes her roots in New Jersey, her coming of age during the political tumult of the 1960s, and her ongoing crusade to make locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and “slow food” the mainstays of a new American cuisine. Throw in a few spicy love affairs, her passion for books, and a life spent intersecting with presidents and movie moguls, and you’ve got a book that is a satisfying and delicious full-course meal.

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ISBN: 9780307718297
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Published: Clarkson Potter - May 22nd, 2018

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In his impressive debut, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border, Francisco Cantú tells two stories—the first about the author’s life as a U.S. border patrol agent in the Southwest, and the second about his return to civilian life and the unexpected friendship he forges with an undocumented immigrant whose family is shattered by deportation. The highly charged politics around immigration are a quiet backdrop to the more profound human questions Cantú explores: how, as the grandson of a Mexican immigrant, he manages to remain dispassionate while he rounds up men, women, and children attempting to cross the border, along with drug runners and smugglers, and then how he can’t escape his own anguish when he begins to reckon with his complicity in a system he realizes is brutal and unjust. Woven throughout are recurring dreams and nightmares, replete with animal metaphors, which add even more edge to his powerful tale. An important book for these times.

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ISBN: 9780735217713
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018