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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
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

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The psycho-drama of the moment, A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window, is an edgy, plot-twisting murder mystery whose extremes are at once far-fetched and entirely believable. The protagonist is a therapist who, we slowly piece together, suffered a terrible family calamity that left her in the grips of pills, booze, and a paralyzing fear of going outside. While the incessant consumption of pills and booze becomes a bit wearying as the novel moves along, the mystery about the murder – or was it really a murder? – is what is most addictive and irresistible. Even when you think you’ve figured the whole thing out, you haven’t. An entertaining, and at times nerve-racking read.

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ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow - January 2nd, 2018