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Recommended by: Karen
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Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History By Kristina R. Gaddy, Rhiannon Giddens (Foreword by) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393866803
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2022

I learned about more than the banjo in this history of the instrument. Kristina R Gaddy follows the banjo from its roots in slavery, as well as its ties to black spirituality and its place in music history. An illuminating read. [Karen]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World By Irene Vallejo, Charlotte Whittle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Irene Vallejo, Charlotte Whittle (Translated by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593318898
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Published: Knopf - October 18th, 2022

When i read my first passage of this book, on the invention of books in the ancient world, i thought, "Oh, so that's what i'd be doing in ancient Greece." I never really thought of roving booksellers in ancient Greece? This book takes a somewhat ephemeral history of books, bookmakers, booksellers, and libraries in ancient Greece and Rome. A fascinating read for any book lover. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Blanca
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If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal: What Animal Intelligence Reveals About Human Stupidity By Justin Gregg Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316388061
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 9th, 2022

Gregg has that eloquent prowess of turning scientific and philosophical concepts into readable and entertaining ideas. His book is well-researched, and I admired how he used the name of a corvid given to it by the Shoshoni before it became "Clark's nutcracker". How did Nietzche relate to human and animal intelligence? Well, I don't want to spoil it. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Chicano Bakes: Recipes for Mexican Pan Dulce, Tamales, and My Favorite Desserts By Esteban Castillo Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780063140516
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Published: Harper - November 1st, 2022

With this book, you no longer have to find the nearest panaderia! Esteban Castillo guides you through recipes of the most beloved Mexican treats and drinks. And the pictures, and the personal stories just make this baking book a delight to own. [Blanca]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Pierogi: Over 50 Recipes to Create Perfect Polish Dumplings By Zuza Zak Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781787137783
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - September 13th, 2022

I am a bit of a fiend for any vegetarian dumplings, but have a deep affection for Polish dumplings as i have lived in some very Polish American places. [Why are there no polka bars in the Northwest? There, i said it.] This is the author of store favorite Polska and they give a wide variety of pierogis from savory to sweet. Recommended. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Blanca
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My Pinup By Hilton Als Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9780811234498
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Published: New Directions - November 1st, 2022

From attending an early concert to eventually meeting Prince in person, Hilton Als shares with us his impression of the artist while also placing both encounters within his personal histories of love and loss. It inspired me to watch and listen to all of Prince's artistic output once more. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook By Illyanna Maisonet, Michael W. Twitty (Foreword by), Dan Liberti (Photographs by), Erika P. Rodriguez (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Illyanna Maisonet, Michael W. Twitty (Foreword by), Dan Liberti (Photographs by), Erika P. Rodriguez (Photographs by)
$32.50
ISBN: 9781984859761
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 18th, 2022

Illyanna Maisonet is a force. She's a powerful writer and an incredible chef. Diasporican is a deeply personal collection of recipes that greatly expanded my familiarity with foods from the Puerto Rican Diaspora. I love that Maisonet doesn't shy away discussing the destructive influences of colonialism and includes headers like "Why the 2:1 Ratio Is Bullshit." I can't wait to continue cooking my way through the many, many recipes I've bookmarked! [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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The Christmas Book Flood By Emily Kilgore, Kitty Moss (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Emily Kilgore, Kitty Moss (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374388997
Availability: Special Order
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 1st, 2022

The illustrations are glorious! Even the dogs curl up with a book in this wonderfully written story about a book-giving tradition in Iceland. Kilgore captures in light verse the experience of looking for the right book, which as book lovers know, i can be as much fun as reading. [Blanca]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life By Alice Wong Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593315392
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2022

Alice is a disability justice activist and editor of the amazing Disability Visibility (which, if you haven't, you should read soonest). This is an innovative memoir pulling together essays, graphics, photos, and conversations into a scrapbook of sorts, which makes it both fun and illuminating. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Karen
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Maybe We'll Make It: A Memoir (American Music Series) By Margo Price Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781477323502
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 4th, 2022

Margo Price writes so many autobiographical songs, so it was nice to hear even more of the story behind them. Her struggles and triumphs. You don't have to be familiar with her music to get a lot out of this memoir. This is great for any artist honing their craft and hoping to make it some day. [Karen]


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