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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 (Clarkson Potter, $27) 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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$27.00
ISBN: 9780307718280
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 5th, 2017

Staff Pick

The moral conundrum in this edgy, contemporary interpretation of Sophocles’ Antigone is how we balance fidelity to faith, family, and country. The novel’s central characters, who like author  Kamila Shamsie are Londoners of Pakistani descent, are forced to contemplate unspeakable personal choices thanks to a series of events that entangle them through love, friendship, and jihad. Crisp prose, surprising twists of plot, and an ending that will leave chills up your spine are among the reasons Homefire was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The seventh and best book yet from this talented young writer -- and my favorite novel of the year.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217683
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 15th, 2017

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This novel about one family’s evolution through the ups and downs of modern Burmese history is beautifully crafted, engaging, and eye-opening. The story, based on actual events in the author’s family going back several generations, offers a unique window into the political and cultural turmoil that has enveloped Burma since World War Two, including the travails and contradictions of the political opposition and the evolution of the country and its people up until today. An exemplary work by a wonderful young writer who brings to life a part of the world we’re aware of but too often ignore.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802126450
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2017

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