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Loosely based on the events that took place during the Orange revolution in Ukraine in the winter of 2004, Independence Square follows the lives of the politicians, protesters and diplomats involved, one way or another. Alternating chapters cover the occurrences during the revolution and the results of it some 13 years later. A British diplomat caught in the middle of it all, politics, manipulation, intrigue, corruption, betrayal; battles won but lives ruined. It's a thriller that will have you turning the pages, and wondering who was it that won; was it the people on the streets or the figures pulling the strings from the shadows?

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ISBN: 9781643133256
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Published: Pegasus Books - February 4th, 2020

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Queer Eye’s food and wine guru Antoni Porowski leaves the screen and enters our kitchens with his cookbook Antoni in the Kitchen (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30). If you haven’t decided on a holiday gift, look no further—this cookbook can be enjoyed and used by a novice, as well as by more experienced home cooks. From easy and fast-to-make appetizers, snacks, and sides to the more elaborate pasta and rice, weeknight, and meat dishes he covers all the bases and makes sure you don’t feel overwhelmed. His guiding principle is that with just a couple of ingredients and a bit of effort, you can have Chicken Milanese, Champagne Lemon Risotto, or even French omelettes for your home brunch extravaganza. The same enthusiasm for food that comes through from Antoni’s appearance on the show is fully evident here, too, and trying out the recipes—whether you are cooking for yourself or preparing for a party—will bring you joy.

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ISBN: 9781328631343
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 9th, 2019

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Letters from an Astrophysicist (W.W. Norton, $19.95,) by Neil deGrasse Tyson, is exactly what the title says it is: a collection of correspondence, via letters, emails, and social media posts, between the director of the Rose Center’s Hayden Planetarium and members of the general public. As you would expect, a lot of those missives contain science-related questions—including Tyson’s role in demoting Pluto—but many also concern hope, fear, religion, and even parenting. As Tyson notes, “there’s a longing we’ve all experienced at one time or another: the search for meaning in our lives; an evergreen urge to understand one’s place in this world and in this universe.” Addressing matters both philosophical and astronomical, his responses are relatable, thoughtful, and funny; reading them, you will be amused and charmed—and you will most definitely learn something new.

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ISBN: 9781324003311
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 8th, 2019