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Pastry Love: A Baker's Journal of Favorite Recipes

Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes

With every cookbook I write, Christopher asks me, “Aren’t you worried about giving away all of your secrets?” I see his point—we have a collection of bakeries and a restaurant, all of which base their menus on the recipes in my books. From my point of view, however, I write books for the exact same Read more

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Wild Game

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it. —GABRIEL GARCíA MáRQUEZ In writing this book, I’ve endeavored to be as factual as possible, turning to journals, letters, scrapbooks, photo albums, report cards, recipes, articles, and other records of my personal and familial history. Read more

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All This Could Be Yours

All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

He was an angry man, and he was an ugly man, and he was tall, and he was pacing. Not much space for it in the new home, just a few rooms lined up in a row, underneath a series of slow-moving ceiling fans, an array of antique clocks ticking on one wall. He made Read more

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The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

FEW AMERICAN PRESIDENTS have left such a polarizing legacy as Harry Truman. Perhaps none have. Historians have ranked him among the greatest and among the worst chief executives. His administration was deeply frowned upon when he left office in January 1953. Less than ten years later, a poll conducted by the prominent historian Arthur Schlesinger Read more

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The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

he sat at her desk. It was a fine afternoon, but the cold sunshine beyond her office window oppressed her. In younger days, she might have ventured out, hoping against reason for warmth. Hope against reason: an opiate she’d long abandoned. Slowly she sifted the volumes on her desk. A dusty bilingual edition of Usque’s Read more

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

This is a book that asks, “How do we change?” and answers with “In relation to others.” The relationships I write about here, between therapists and patients, require a sacred trust for any change to occur. In addition to attaining written permission, I have gone to great lengths to disguise identities and any recognizable details, Read more

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

We  slept  in  what  had  once  been  the  gymnasium.  The  floor  was  of varnished wood, with stripes and circles painted on it, for the games that  were  formerly  played  there;  the  hoops  for  the  basketball  nets were still in place, though the nets were gone. A balcony ran around the room, for the spectators, and Read more

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