In England, a suffragette starves herself for the vote, orphaning her two young children. Almost a century later in America, her granddaughter is jailed after trespassing at a military base to photograph flag-draped coffins returning from Afghanistan.  Kate Walbert's A SHORT HISTORY OF WOMEN (Scribner, $15) tells of five generations of women struggling to reconcile their own unsatisfying lives with their revolutionary heritage. Walbert reaches forward and backward in time to shape this vibrant, richly expressed narrative. We hear each woman's voice, and the tiny details of their lives turn the political into moving personal narratives.

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ISBN: 9781416594994
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Published: Scribner - June 15th, 2010

If there’s one thing Molly Wizenberg hates, it’s the “secret recipe.” Recipes, she maintains, are for sharing. With everyone. And the casual, confiding tone of Wizenberg’s food writing makes for a new bright spot in the memoir-with-recipes genre. With intelligence and a contagious enthusiasm for food and its social currency, Wizenberg and her much-loved blog, Orangette, elicit girlish excitement from nearly every smart, youngish woman I know—and lots of other people, too. In short, tidy chapters followed by related recipes, A Homemade Life (Simon & Schuster, $15) relates her experiences in Oklahoma City, France, and Seattle, moving from cultural anthropology graduate school to kitchen island romances. Thanks to the book’s more sober moments, I felt no guilt in savoring the rich, indulgent bits: “winning hearts and minds” chocolate cake, chatty anecdotes about French boyfriends, and a shockingly good cornbread with an extravagant ripple of custard through the middle. You’ll find yourself pausing from reading to preheat the oven.

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ISBN: 9781416551065
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 23rd, 2010

The economic downfall has brought a resurgence of interest in the 1930s and the history of the Great Depression. Add this to the already burgeoning interest in local food traditions and sustainable agriculture, and there’s a ready appetite for a book on the WPA-funded Federal Writer’s Project effort to document regional food culture. In The Food Of A Younger Land (Riverhead, $16), noted chronicler of historical side stories Mark Kurlansky (Salt, Cod) culled some of the project’s most interesting pieces from long-neglected Library of Congress archives. These are fascinating missives from an era before highways, freezers, and imported tropical fruit. The anthology is a culinary time-capsule, containing everything from squirrel stew recipes, a précis of the Kentucky “mint julep controversy,” and Zora Neale Hurston’s contributions, to a colorful “Oregon Protest against Mashed Potatoes.”

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ISBN: 9781594484575
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2010

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