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The beautiful narration of her mother’s slow descent into dementia, combined with the Witchel’s introspective examination of her family background, makes this memoir poignantly heartbreaking. It struck me all the harder for having dealt with similar issues within my own family, and unfortunately this type of absent presence is a kind of loss that is becoming more and more common. Witchel’s amazing ability to work through the pain and to find strength in holding on to what one can makes this an important and healing read.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9781594487910
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2012

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance; he predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth; and he became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was 30. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. “Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise is The Soul of a New Machine for the 21st century.” —Rachel Maddow
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-But Some Don't Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594204111
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Published: Penguin Press - September 27th, 2012

According to Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Mary Oliver, it is every poet’s duty to “cultivate their sense of wonder in life.” That is, after all, what her work always does. From a blade of grass to the wide cycle of life, her keen eye on the world ever leaves a reader uplifted, curious, and gazing with wider eyes.
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Erin
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ISBN: 9781594204777
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2012

The author of the beloved His Dark Materials trilogy offers a simultaneously new and old take on 50 of his favorite Brothers Grimm fairy tales. These stories have been the inspiration for many novels, movies, and TV shows, but we’ve come a long way from their original roots. Pullman reintroduces them as dark, complicated tales (there is nary a bed- making, hair-braiding bird to be found here) that are addictive, surreal, and strangely familiar.
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Kat
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Published: Viking - November 8th, 2012

This guy's writing is electrifying; it sizzles with life and carries you along on a journey that is at once breathtaking, devastating, and inspiring. A history lesson and an all-consuming adventure with one of the most endearing characters I've ever encountered.
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ISBN: 9781594483295
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

This is a self-help book for kitchen confidence. After helping a woman exchange her processed foods for easy make-at-home dinners, Flinn decided to change how people think about home cooking. Nine volunteers were given weekly cooking classes. Flinn emphasizes the importance of not wasting food, of eating for better health, and of knowing where your food comes from.
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Nate
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ISBN: 9780143122173
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

One of my favorite books of all time and a frequent occupant of my handbag. In the first of her three memoirs, Ruth Reichl documents her ten years as the food critic for the New York Times. Her scathing wit and hilariously insightful anecdotes about visiting restaurants under various disguises are paralleled only by her tender, luscious, and genuinely passionate descriptions of food.
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

This book is part travelouge and part recipe collection, and I can't decide which part I love more. Weiss grew up flying back and forth between the U.S. and Berlin, and as a young adult she lived in Paris and New York City. Through it all, the kitchen was always the place she called home. You're going to want to cook every recipe in this book, trust me - and you'll have a great time doing so.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780147509741
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Published: Penguin Books - August 27th, 2013

The true story of a woman who loses her job and follows her dream to learn to
cook at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Equal parts uncomfortable and exhilarating, we
feel what it’s like to discover a city, a skill and something about ourselves.
Love story, food memoir and more proof that it takes courage to really lead a
life.

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Lou
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143114130
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2008

As a "non-believer," I'm always looking for new ways in which to think about or
explain the phenomenon that is FAITH. While Wade's perspective, that we are
essentially genetically programmed to embrace religion, may in some ways raise
more questions than it answers, he adds another voice to what I consider to be
an extremely important discourse.

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Laura
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Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2010

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