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Blanca

After I finished Tess of the d'Ubervilles from my high school's summer reading list, I closed the book and said to myself, "I am going to read all the Classics." I have read a lot of them, but I evolved and expanded my repertoire to include: biographies, memoir, recent fiction, poetry, manga, philosphy, history, and several other nonficiton genres. My favorite authors are: Haruki Murakami, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Jeannette Winterson, and Anna North. I belong to four book clubs, and I love how I get to encounter books I would never have known about otherwise.

Organs of Little Importance

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Organs of Little Importance (Penguin Poets) By Adrienne Chung, Solmaz Sharif (Selected by) Cover Image
By Adrienne Chung, Solmaz Sharif (Selected by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143137740
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Published: Penguin Books - October 10th, 2023

The philosopher in me has never been so gratified by a collection of poetry! Questions of love, memory, beauty, and relationships are all here in poetic form, but the most gratifying poems are written in the form of postulates. Adrienne Chung's debut collection is food for the intellect and the spirit. [Blanca]


American Anarchy: The Epic Struggle Between Immigrant Radicals and the U.S. Government at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

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American Anarchy: The Epic Struggle between Immigrant Radicals and the US Government at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century By Michael Willrich Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781541697379
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Published: Basic Books - October 31st, 2023

In a detailed biographical account of several crucial players, like Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, and their lawyer, American Anarchy discloses the development of key elements of our political lives: civil liberties, the extent of government's power in surveillance and censorship, and the brutality of law enforcement against the individual. It was intriguing to read, since the book presents how a government and its population interact when faced with antagonizing ideologies and war. [Blanca]


Vegan Party Planning

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Vegan Party Planning: Easy Plant-Based Recipes and Exciting Dinner Party Themes (Beautiful Spreads, Easy Vegan Meals, Weekly Menu Ideas) By Nicole Vranjican Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781684812424
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Published: Yellow Pear Press - December 5th, 2023

In a conversational tone, Vranjican guides us, from pre-planning to day-by-day instructions to the hour of the party, through several themed ideas--an Evening in India or a Night in Norway. But before the recipes, there is a general guide to entertaining: what to have in your kitchen, some don'ts, and some suggestions to keep things lively. This book will build confidence for the beginner and level up those who already have some experience. [Blanca]


Just Because

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Wed, 11/29/2023 - 1:25pm
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Just Because By Matthew McConaughey, Renée Kurilla (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593622032
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2023

I love Matthew McConaughey's message in Greenlights, and now here he is presenting it in rhyme! When we place our ups and downs in perspective, and we fill our moments with intention, we build resilience and confidence. The illustrations are also surprising views on the points he makes. Gotta think outside the box with this one. [Blanca]


Latinísimo: Home Recipes from the Twenty-One Countries of Latin America

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Latinísimo: Home Recipes from the Twenty-One Countries of Latin America: A Cookbook By Sandra A. Gutierrez Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780525659259
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Published: Knopf - October 3rd, 2023

I can finally make my own delicious milanesas (which are hard to find around town) for my tortas! I did not learn how to cook from my Mexican mother. I self-taught through online recipes when I moved to the PNW, because I missed my mother's homecooking. Unlike online recipes, this book was rich with context: it taught me words (like sofrito), gave me a cultural and historical account of Latin American food, and it inspired me to try each recipe from cover to cover, all 300 of them! It has rekindled my love for learning how to cook not only my own heritage's foods but also those of other Latin countries. [Blanca]


The Lost Library

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 11/28/2023 - 6:56pm
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The Lost Library By Rebecca Stead, Wendy Mass Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250838810
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 29th, 2023

From the perspective of a librarian, a cat, and a boy, we get a lovely mystery story that gives tribute to little libraries, reading, and storytelling. I loved how it touched on themes of transition, with the protagonist worried about entering middle school, and of kids' relationships with their parents, focusing on the importance of communication between them. It was a cozy, optimistic book, perfect for a winter read! [Blanca]


Pig

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 11/28/2023 - 6:50pm
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Pig: Poems By Sam Sax Cover Image
By Sam Sax
$17.00
ISBN: 9781668019993
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Published: Scribner - September 19th, 2023

My mind absolutely delighted in the word play, the alliteration, the form of these poems. Sax gives us the pig on various platters, and even how the poems are chapterized is clever! I expect to revisit this collection repeatedly, because I know I could find something new to marvel at each time. [Blanca]


Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky: Modern Plant-Based Recipes Using Native American Ingredients

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 11/28/2023 - 6:45pm
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Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky: Modern Plant-Based Recipes using Native American Ingredients By Lois Ellen Frank, PhD Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780306827297
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Published: Hachette Go - August 29th, 2023

Indigenous southwest cuisine with a twist! The recipes are organized by main ingredient, be it squash or vanilla. Frank delves deep into the cultural history of the food, and she also gives little facts on the origin of seeds and other ingredients. [Blanca]


Mother Tongue: The Surprising History of Women’s Words

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 11/28/2023 - 6:39pm
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Mother Tongue: The Surprising History of Women's Words By Jenni Nuttall Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593299579
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Published: Viking - August 29th, 2023

Divided into thematic chapters, covering women's bodies, roles, and behavior, Nuttall gives us the historical trajectory of words employed to converse on those topics, not only by men but also by women. This book is well-researched: the rich cultural contexts and the foreign influences on English are superbly synthesized. It helped me understand why and how the 20th Century was fertile ground for the germination of a feminist discourse. [Blanca]


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