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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

So much more than a book of recipes! This book gets into the *how* and *why* of good cooking-- think Alton Brown's "Good Eats" with the quirkiness dialed down. The only cookbook that has earned a permanent place on my shelf. Bonus-- really cool illustrations throughout!

-- Adam


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The Oracle Year: A Novel Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062686633
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 3rd, 2018

I always love reading debut novels from authors who generally work in other mediums-- Charles Soule usually writes comic books, having worked on the more recent incarnations of Daredevil, She-Hulk and various Star Wars characters. He brings all of those sensibilities to this novel, it is full of a “show-don’t-tell” style befitting someone who isn’t used to getting the space for exposition, with richly drafted characters all the way through. His protagonist, a twentysomething bassist struggling to make his way in the Manhattan music scene, wakes up one day with 108 predictions for the future in his head. He doesn’t know why or how, but one by one they all come to be, with or without his intervention. Look for this to be a movie within a year or two.

-- Adam


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Stephen Florida Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

This strange, engrossing novel is the most powerful debut I have ever encountered. Stephen's story is one of singular obsession and futility, of creating his own meaning and constructing a whole reality, a whole self around it. What follows is surreal, affecting, and entirely unique. Be forewarned-- Stephen's voice will remain in your head long after you put this book down.

-- Adam


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Spaceman of Bohemia Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316273442
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 20th, 2018

I have never come across a novel that manages to be both so fantastical and so deeply human as Kalfar's debut. Having grown up in the Czech Republic, Kalfar channels that complicated history into his astronaut-turned-celebrity protagonist, exploring how the weight of the past enfeebles our push towards a brighter future. At times zany and surreal, but still one of the most affecting novels I have ever read

-- Adam


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The King Is Always Above the People: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594631726
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2017

Daniel Alarcon's new collection had me in goosebumps after the first two pages. The premiere story in this collection, 'The Thousands', portrays such limitless hope in the face of constant heartbreak in sparse, economic, and yet somehow still intensely emotional prose. These deeply human stories of migration and uncertainty, of small triumphs in a long history of failures, will resonate as deeply with you as they have with me.

-- Adam


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The Last Samurai Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811225502
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 31st, 2016

Helen DeWitt can do anything. She can fill a page with a treatise on ancient Greek linguistics without losing a complete layman's attention; she can write convincingly from the perspective of a grappling-with-his-budding-genius eleven year old boy; she can hammer you with erudition while telling a story deeply rooted in family and relationships. I'll read anything she puts on paper

-- Adam