• Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-pan Meals

    Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-pan Meals

    Clark, Melissa

    Adult Nonfiction. “New York Times food columnist Clark follows her best-selling Dinner in French with 100 recipes designed to cook entirely in one pot, pan, or dish, in under one hour. Readers will find fresh takes on soups and stews, pasta bakes, and plenty of roasted meat and vegetables. Clark builds flexibility into her recipes by suggesting substitutions for spices, herbs, vegetables, and cuts of meat. Perfect for beginning cooks and readers looking to build a repertoire of sure-fire dinner options. Library Journal

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  • The Furrows: An Elegy : A Novel

    The Furrows: An Elegy : A Novel

    Serpell, Namwali

    Adult Fiction. “When Cassandra Williams is 12, her younger brother, Wayne, vanishes in a terrible accident; his body is never found, and her family crumbles as her father leaves to start another family and her mother begins an organization dedicated to missing children. Cassandra herself goes through life thinking that she sees her brother everywhere, finally meeting a man named Wayne who seems achingly familiar. …Serpell (The Old Drift) offers a study of grief; as Cassandra says, ‘I don't want to tell you what happened; I want to tell you how it felt.’” Library Journal

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  • Less Is Lost

    Less Is Lost

    Greer, Andrew Sean

    Adult Fiction. “In Greer's follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Less, Arthur Less is now a ‘Minor American Novelist’ with a mustache that no one notices and is happily living with his younger partner, Freddy Pelu, in San Francisco. However, with the death of an old lover, Less suddenly owes a monumental amount of rent, so he determinedly sets off on a series of paid literary gigs to ensure that they can keep their home. The star is the narrator, Freddy, whose wry, loving perspective means Less’ quirky antics are always grounded in some seemingly fathomable logic.” Booklist

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  • The Marriage Portrait

    The Marriage Portrait

    O'Farrell, Maggie

    Adult Fiction. “A teenage Renaissance bride discovers that her husband of scarcely a year intends to murder her. Following up… Hamnet (2020), O’Farrell turns to another woman seen by history only in glimpses. Little is known about Lucrezia de’Medici, married at 15 to the Duke of Ferrara, besides her suspicious death; rumors that she was poisoned prompted Robert Browning’s famous poem ‘My Last Duchess.’ In contrast to Browning’s ever smiling victim, O’Farrell imagines a rebellious spirit less interested in matrimony than in painting the natural world around her. A compelling portrait of a young woman out of step with her times.” Kirkus Reviews

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  • Solito: A Memoir

    Solito: A Memoir

    Zamora, Javier

    Adult Nonfiction. “Poet Zamora presents an immensely moving story of desperation and hardship in this account of his childhood migration from El Salvador to the U.S. To reunite with his parents—who left during the Salvadoran Civil War—nine-year-old Zamora was forced to rely on the help of coyotes to get to America in 1999. What was supposed to be an easy two-week trip became a two-month nightmare pocked with seedy characters, days spent locked in various hideouts before moving, and a never-ending stream of promises shattered. This sheds an urgent and compassionate light on the human lives caught in an ongoing humanitarian crisis.” Publishers Weekly

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  • What If?: 2 : Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    What If?: 2 : Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    Munroe, Randall

    Adult Nonfiction. “Former NASA roboticist Munroe continues his quest to answer the world's unlikeliest questions. Assuming you had enough fuel, how long would it take you to drive to the edge of the observable universe? If you traveled at 65 mph, writes the author, "it will take you 480,000,000,000,000,000 years...to get there, or 35 million times the current age of the universe." How Munroe arrives at such calculations isn't always clear, and his math doesn't always show the work, but roll with it. A delight for science geeks with a penchant for oddball thought experiments.” Kirkus Reviews

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  • Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life

    Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life

    Wong, Alice

    Adult Nonfiction. “Wong outlines her life as an advocate and educator in this stunning collection of essays, interviews, and artwork. Born to parents who emigrated from Hong Kong to Indiana in the 1970s, Wong describes how Chinese American culture and her progressive muscular dystrophy shaped her childhood. After moving to San Francisco for grad school, Wong advocated for access and disability rights, and in 2014 founded the Disability Visibility Project, ‘an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.’ The combination of memoir, manifesto, scrapbook, confession, and rousing call to action make for a winning mix.” Publishers Weekly

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  • Seattle From the Margins: Exclusion, Erasure, and the Making of A Pacific Coast City

    Seattle From the Margins: Exclusion, Erasure, and the Making of A Pacific Coast City

    Asaka, Megan

    Adult Nonfiction. “From the origins of the city in the mid-19th century to the beginning of World War II, Seattle's urban workforce consisted overwhelmingly of migrant laborers who powered the seasonal, extractive economy of the Pacific Northwest. Though the city benefitted from this mobile labor force that consisted largely of Indigenous peoples and Asian migrants, municipal authorities, elites, and reformers continually depicted these workers and the spaces they inhabited as…impediments to urban progress. By uncovering the historical presence of marginalized groups…, Megan Asaka offers a deeper understanding of Seattle's complex past.” Publisher description

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  • Sewing Love: Handmade Clothes for Any Body

    Sewing Love: Handmade Clothes for Any Body

    Ishida, Sanae

    Adult Nonfiction. “Sewing is positioned as self-care in this uplifting step-by-step guide. As she writes, ‘sewing fundamental-ly shifted my attitude toward myself... I created clothes that felt good to wear and made me feel beautiful--and sewing became an act of kindness and nurturing.’ The real gold comes in an in-depth section that teaches readers how to create and customize their own patterns based on their personal measurements by drafting paper pattern pieces and sewing up a muslin to test them out. This guide to garment sewing is a must-read for crafters of all levels.” Publishers Weekly

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  • Everyday Cake: 45 Simple Recipes for Layer, Bundt, Loaf, and Sheet Cakes

    Everyday Cake: 45 Simple Recipes for Layer, Bundt, Loaf, and Sheet Cakes

    Chesnakova, Polina

    Adult Nonfiction. “A humble slice, square, or wedge of homemade cake never fails to delight and here you'll find forty-five simple recipes to make any day feel a bit special. Using ingredients that are readily available, these cakes are unfussy yet sweetly indulgent. Recipes are arranged using pans most of us already have in our kitchens: round, square, loaf, rectangle, sheet, and bundt. Flavors include warm spices, herbs and flowers, and sweet essences, plus chocolate, fruit, nuts, and seeds.” The author serves as the culinary director at Book Larder, Seattle's only cookbook shop. Publisher description

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