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Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll: How Food Lovers, Free Spirits, Misfits and Wanderers Created a New American Profession Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062225863
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Published: Ecco - March 12th, 2019

An all-access history of the evolution of the American restaurant chef


Operation BBQ: 200 Smokin' Recipes from Competition Grand Champions Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781624143595
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Published: Page Street Publishing - April 9th, 2019

The Most Comprehensive Collection of Award-Winning BBQ Recipes in Print


Thank You for Smoking: Fun and Fearless Recipes Cooked with a Whiff of Wood Fire on Your Grill or Smoker Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399582134
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 26th, 2019

Award-winning author and grilling expert Paula Disbrowe shows home cooks how to elevate everyday meals with seductive, smoky flavors in this collection of 100 recipes for smoking meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, nuts, grains, pantry staples, and even cocktails on a smoker or grill in as little as 30 minutes.


Martha Stewart's Grilling: 125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524763374
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 26th, 2019

With more than 100 recipes from the trusted editors at Martha Stewart Living, this indispensable guide to grilling has everything you need to create delicious, inviting meals for everyday dinners and backyard feasts.


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Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature—A New Evolutionary History Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781615195312
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Published: The Experiment - March 19th, 2019

The bestselling author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived investigates what it means to be human—and animal

Publisher’s note: Humanimal was published in the UK under the title The Book of Humans.

Evolutionary theory has long established that humans are animals: Modern Homo sapiens are primates who share an ances


Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603589086
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - March 8th, 2019

WINNER of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

Washington Post "50 Notable Works of Nonfiction"

Science News "Favorite Science Books of 2018"

Booklist "Top Ten Science/Technology Book of 2018"


Lights All Night Long: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525558736
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Published: Penguin Press - April 2nd, 2019

A gripping and deftly plotted narrative of family and belonging, Lights All Night Long is a dazzling debut novel from an acclaimed young writer

"A luminous debut. . . . It's hard not to read the book in a single sitting."--The Los Angeles Times


Big Salads: The ultimate fresh, satisfying meal, on one plate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781787132108
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - March 5th, 2019

Everyone loves a big salad: it's how many of us prefer to eat either when cooking for a crowd or eating alone. Summer or winter, one-plate salads make for a delicious, fresh and healthy meal.


The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524767600
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Published: Yearling - April 2nd, 2019

A lightning strike gave her a super power...but even a super genius can't solve the problem of middle school. This smart and funny novel is perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by Sevens.


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Hidden History of Napa Valley by Alexandria Brown

Dare to Create by Dr. Monroe Katz

How to be Gluten-Free and Keep your Friends: Recipes & Tips Cover Image
By Anna Barnett, Quadrille (Text by), Kim Lightbody (Photographs by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781787132917
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - February 19th, 2019

Grocery stores now stock gluten-free options, your grandma has heard of the term, and you've never felt better – so why is it still so tricky to navigate life as a gluten-free diner? From going out for dinner, to staying in with friends, it can be a challenge to cook, eat, and socialize in a world of gluten-eaters.


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The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things --- Stories from Science and Observation Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771643887
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Published: Greystone Books - March 5th, 2019

The final book in The Mysteries of Nature trilogy by the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben.


First: Sandra Day O'Connor Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780399589287
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Published: Random House - March 19th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, America’s first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives—by the New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas.


Lost Children Archive: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

“The novel truly becomes novel again in Luiselli’s hands—electric, elastic, alluring, new.” --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

"Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight . . . Everyone should read this book." --Tommy Orange


Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 


Where to Drink Wine: An essential guide to the world's must-visit wineries Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781787132252
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - March 19th, 2019

Wherever you are in the world, there's a winery worth visiting, a vineyard ready to be explored and a cellar packed with bottles of juicy wines begging to be drunk.


Bloodleaf (The Bloodleaf Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328496300
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

“Enchanting, visceral, and twisty”— New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess, Laura Sebastian

“BLOODLEAF feels like a classic in the making.” – Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless

A roar of a dark and luscious epic fantasy that’s layered with heady romanc


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Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393635065
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 12th, 2019

Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefront of animal research. Following up on the best-selling Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, which investigated animal intelligence, Mama's Last Hug delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals.


Gingerbread: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634659
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2019

"Exhilarating...A wildly imagined, head-spinning, deeply intelligent novel." - The New York Times Book Review


The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501154850
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds.


Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.


Husbands That Cook: More Than 120 Irresistible Vegetarian Recipes and Tales from Our Tiny Kitchen Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781250151544
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 12th, 2019

FEATURED IN: LA Times • Relish Magazine • Epicurius.com • Eat Your Books • The Eagle Rock Boulevard-Sentinel Men's Vow's • Powell's Books Blog • Bay Area Reporter Passport Magazine

Gaby Dalkin says: "Adam and Ryan make vegetarian recipes that are not only delicious but they'll satisfy any meat lover too!"


The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062342461
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 5th, 2019

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets—imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist.


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Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062310736
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Published: Ecco - March 5th, 2019

A Finalist for the PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography

Four influential women we thought we knew well—Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters—and how they spearheaded the modern progressive movement


Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501177767
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Published: 37 Ink - March 5th, 2019

An eye-opening, inspiring, and timely account of the complex relationship between notable suffragist Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson in her fight for women’s equality.

Woodrow Wilson lands in Washington, DC in March of 1913, a day before he is set to take the presidential oath of office.


The House of Broken Angels Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316154895
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 5th, 2019

In this "raucous, moving, and necessary" (San Francisco Chronicle) story by a Pulitzer Prize finalist, the De La Cruzes, a family on the Mexican-American border, celebrate two of their most beloved relatives during a joyous and bittersweet weekend.


The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101986639
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Published: Dutton - March 5th, 2019

“This debut author rightfully earns his place on the storytelling totem pole with this wildly original short story collection.”San Francisco Chronicle


Us Against You: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501160806
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Published: Washington Square Press - March 5th, 2019

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown returns with an unforgettable novel “about people—about strength and tribal loyalty and what we unwittingly do when trying to show our boys how to be men” (Jojo Moyes).

Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did.
Have you ever seen a town rise?


Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524797768
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Published: Del Rey - February 26th, 2019

In an irreverent new series in the tradition of Monty Python, the bestselling authors of the Iron Druid Chronicles and Star Wars: Phasma reinvent fantasy, fairy tales, and floridly written feast scenes.

“Ranks among the best of Christopher Moore and Terry Pratchett.”—Chuck Wendig


A Woman's Place: The Inventors, Rumrunners, Lawbreakers, Scientists, and Single Moms Who Changed the World with Food Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316452243
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 5th, 2019

Discover the trailblazing women who changed the world from their kitchens.

If "a woman's place is in the kitchen," why is the history of food such an old boys' club?

A Woman's Place sets the record straight, sharing stories of more than 80 hidden figures of food who made a lasting mark on history.


Mary Wears What She Wants Cover Image
By Keith Negley, Keith Negley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062846792
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 15th, 2019

From the award-winning creator of My Dad Used to Be So Cool and Tough Guys Have Feelings Too comes a charming picture book inspired by the true story of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing 19th-century doctor who was arrested many times for wearing pants.


History vs Women: The Defiant Lives that They Don't Want You to Know Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250146731
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 2nd, 2018

Rebels, rulers, scientists, artists, warriors and villains
Women are, and have always been, all these things and more.


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Girlhood in the Borderlands: Mexican Teens Caught in the Crossroads of Migration (Nation of Nations) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781479862016
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Published: New York University Press - July 31st, 2018

How gender and generation shape perceptions of place and time as told through the voices of Mexican teenage girls


A Fire Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419735851
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 5th, 2019

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984802439
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Published: Berkley - February 19th, 2019

“If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls...an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness.”—The Washington Post 


Dinner for Everyone: 100 Iconic Dishes Made 3 Ways--Easy, Vegan, or Perfect for Company Cover Image
By Mark Bittman, Aya Brackett (Photographs by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780385344760
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Published: Clarkson Potter - February 12th, 2019

The first major new work from the man who taught America How to Cook Everything is truly the one book a cook needs for a perfect dinner--easy, fancy, or meatless, as the occasion requires.


Lucky Broken Girl Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399546457
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Published: Puffin Books - April 10th, 2018

Winner of the 2018 Pura Belpre Award!

“A book for anyone mending from childhood wounds.”—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

 


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She's Got This!: Essays on Standing Strong and Moving on Cover Image
By Joanne Hartman (Editor), Mary Claire Hill (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781733523707
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Published: Write on Mamas - February 2019

Boldly and unapologetically told, the essays featured in this powerful collection exemplify strength and resilience as these writers--published authors as well as fresh voices--take their truths public. Filled with hope, humor, and determination, these stories tackle love, loss, friendship, identity, and parenthood.


Separate: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393239379
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 12th, 2019

Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court case synonymous with "separate but equal," created remarkably little stir when the justices announced their near-unanimous decision on May 18, 1896. Yet it is one of the most compelling and dramatic stories of the nineteenth century, whose outcome embraced and protected segregation, and whose reverberations are still felt into the twenty-first.


The White Card: A Play Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978396
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 19th, 2019

A play about the imagined fault line between black and white lives by Claudia Rankine, the author of Citizen


A Work in Progress: A Journal Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780714877549
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Published: Phaidon Press - February 13th, 2019

The world-famous chef René Redzepi's intimate first-hand account of a year in the life of his renowned restaurant, noma


Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles (Ronan Boyle #1) Cover Image
By Thomas Lennon, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419734915
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 5th, 2019

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The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250076748
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 22nd, 2019

The cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project and pioneer behind the compassionate care movement shares an inspiring exploration of the lessons dying has to offer about living a fulfilling life.


See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525433859
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Published: Vintage - March 5th, 2019

A New York Times Critic's Top Pick of the Year


Passing (Restless Classics) Cover Image
By Nella Larsen, Maggie Lily (Illustrator), Darryl Pinckney (Introduction by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632062024
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Published: Restless Books - October 16th, 2018

Restless Classics presents the ninetieth anniversary edition of an undersung gem of the Harlem Renaissance: Nella Larsen's Passing, a captivating and prescient exploration of identity, sexuality, self-invention, class, and race set amidst the pealing boisterousness of the Jazz Age.

When childhood friends Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry cross paths at a whites-only restaura


Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchen Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781611805574
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Published: Roost Books - February 5th, 2019

Wildly inventive Chinese-American home cooking from the siblings behind Boston’s acclaimed Mei Mei restaurant.


Ellie May on Presidents' Day Cover Image
By Hillary Homzie, Jeffrey Ebbeler (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781580899284
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Published: Charlesbridge - December 18th, 2018

Just how far will Ellie May go to be chosen as class flag leader during the exciting week leading up to Presidents' Day?


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The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom Cover Image
By David F. Walker, Damon Smyth (Illustrator), Marissa Louise (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399581441
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Published: Ten Speed Press - January 8th, 2019

A graphic novel biography of the escaped slave, abolitionist, public speaker, and most photographed man of the nineteenth century, based on his autobiographical writings and speeches, spotlighting the key events and people that shaped the life of this great American.


Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781416590316
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

**Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History**

Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Smithsonian Magazine.​

“Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Fre


The Sparsholt Affair Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101873083
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Published: Vintage - February 5th, 2019

In 1940, the handsome, athletic, and charismatic David Sparsholt arrives at Oxford University to study engineering, unaware of his effect on others—especially on Evert Dax, the lonely son of a celebrated novelist who is destined to become a writer himself.


Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781324002628
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 5th, 2019


"Yasmin Khan draws on her vast experience as a storyteller, cook, human rights activist, itinerant traveler and writer to create a moving, empathetic, hugely knowledgeable and utterly delicious book." --Anthony Bourdain.


Breathe with Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm, and Happy Cover Image
By Mariam Gates, Sarah Jane Hinder (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781683640301
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Published: Sounds True - January 2019

When you're mad or worried or can't wake up in the morning, what can you do? Use the amazing superpower that you already have--breathing.

Our newest offering from the bestselling creators of Good Night Yoga teaches kids fun and easy breathing practices based on the proven methods of yoga and mindfulness meditation.

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