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Who: Gus Orvison, a fly fisherman who strikes out on his own.
What: A novel that waxes on the beauty of nature and the meaning of life.
Where: Pure nature.
When: 1980s, but the story is timeless.
Why: This book really sucked me in. It's an easy read, but still engaging, and I found myself pulling for Gus as he grew. This book is filled with relatable characters, some strikingly funny moments, and a genuine sense of hope that there is deep meaning in life. Even if you're not a fan of fishing, I have a feeling this book will still 'hook' you.
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Who: Fan, a diver in the worker colony, and Reg, the man she loves.
What: In a future America, Fan lives and works in B-mor, a worker colony that is ruled by the Charter caste. When Reg goes missing she gives up being obedient and contained and risks her life to find him in the outlying spaces where the outcasts live.
Where: B-mor, a dystopic colony long ago known as Baltimore.
When: An unidentified time in the future.
Why: I heard about this new book on NPR and thought it sounded really interesting. This is for fans of dystopic literary fiction and the world the author imagines here is full, vast and deeply imaginative. It's part thriller, part romantic journey but mostly it's a tale of how we can salvage our humanity in times of chaos.
Who: This is the seventh cookbook by Isa Moskowitz.
What: This lushly designed, heavy-weight display piece is constructed with thick paper and heavy binding, and was printed in full bleed with eye-grabbing color photography. Isa Does It looks as good on your bookshelf as it does on your kitchen counter.
When: Your kitchen, the grocery store, and a farmer's market or two.
Where: Cambridge Falls
Why: Containing over 150 easy-to-make, supermarket-friendly recipes, this cookbook has something for everyone — and Isa's friendly tone makes great vegetarian and vegan cooking accessible to everyone, from the nouveau chef to your seventy-year-old grandma.
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Who: Three resourceful orphans, Kate, Michael and Emma
What: While exploring their new orphanage, three siblings find a magic book that sends them back in time to right the wrongs of an evil witch.
When: Present day to 15 years ago
Where: Cambridge Falls
Why: I read this awesome novel to my kids, and it quickly became a family favorite! These heroic orphans are amazingly clever,
courageous and funny, and their love for each other and their missing parents (along with a bit of magic here and there)
helps them save an entire community and quite possibly the world.
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Why: I am a big fan of books that have action, where the plot moves quickly, and I don't find myself bored.
This series fits the bill. This is the first of a series of five novels so the fun is just beginning.
The protagonist is the hit man!
Who: A memoir about Susannah Cahalan, an ambitious journalist for the NY Post
What: An emotional journey that chronicles the mysterious illness that began her descent into madness.
Where: New York City
Why: I love engaging memoirs and this is a book that makes real life just as scary and thrilling as fiction.
Susannah details her strange story of a psychotic breakdown and the process of trying to diagnose a disease that is unchartered territory.
Ultimately satisfying, it's a book for anyone that enjoys a highly personal, honest, but also educational story.
Who: A fascinating document about the changes in American cinema and Hollywood culture during the 1970s.
What: A deep dive into the personalities, the business, and the chaos behind many of the classic films of the 70s.
Serious dirt is dug on Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman, Polanski, Coppola, and many other directors, writers, and actors.
Where: USA, Hollywood
Why: I studied history and love the 70s period in film and music. The amount of creative thought and progression during this era is amazing and never-ending.
This book taps into how such amazing art emerged and reminds us how far reaching this era was,
before technology forever changed what is allowed to be produced.