Books We Are Talking About

Chris Schluep on June 20, 2018
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This week we launched our list of the Best Books of the Year So Far, which drew a lot of our attention. For some reason, we've also been talking a lot about cookbooks and food. See a couple examples below.


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As I already mentioned, we launched our Best Books of the Year So Far list, and our #1 book of the year (so far) is Tara Westover's Educated. Here's a quick summary: "Tara Westover didn’t see the inside of a classroom until she was seventeen, but it was an experience that dramatically changed the trajectory of her life. This stirring memoir chronicles how she survived her survivalist upbringing, eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. It’s a rousing reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power."


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Our #1 Kids Book of the Year so Far is the middle grade book The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. Set in 1947 during the partitioning of India and Pakistan, the book is told from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl named Nisha. Nisha is half-Muslim and half-Hindu—and when Pakistan becomes too dangerous for Nisha and her family, they are forced to become refugees. The Night Diary is great historical fiction, moving and poignant. It’s about the search for home, for one’s identity, and for a more hopeful future.


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We originally noticed First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety for a kind of silly reason--the author's name is Sarah Wilson, and we have an editor here named Seira Wilson. One of us mentioned that, if she wrote the book, it was a terrible pen name. Now we're paying attention for a different reason. The book is resonating with people, and even has a blurb from Mark Manson, the author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (“Probably the best book on living with anxiety that I’ve ever read.”)

Here is an interview with the author from the Today Show.


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A few months back, we met Michael Solomonov for coffee to talk about his new book Israeli Soul (and honestly, just to talk; he's such a great guy). This new one is a cookbook based on Israeli street food. He regaled us with stories of traveling around cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as smaller towns, eating off street carts and at little known places that make amazing food. That's the good news. The bad news is it doesn't publish until October.


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Also publishing in October is this new offering from Delish. The aforementioned Seira Wilson, who is our chief lifestyle books guru, is excited about this cookbook because it has a recipe for unicorn bark. You kind of have to see it to believe it, but there are a lot of sprinkles involves.


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Finally, we noticed a tweet from the esteemed literary agency, The Gernert Agency, citing a few lines of a review by our own Jon Foro. In his review of David Lynch's new book Dare to Dream, which we selected as a June Best Book of the Month, Jon wrote in part: "...a reader might imagine Lynch dictating his comments from a dark basement studio, speaking into a vintage chrome microphone. For fans, this is damn fine reading."

 If you're interested in the actual tweet, here it is. That seemed like a good image on which to end this post.


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