A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.
The true story of a woman who loses her job and follows her dream to learn to
cook at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Equal parts uncomfortable and exhilarating, we
feel what it’s like to discover a city, a skill and something about ourselves.
Love story, food memoir and more proof that it takes courage to really lead a
Tim Whyman’s house was full of life: children, cats, chickens and a dog. Then
came the mini-pigs, adorable and tiny. Hilarious adventures unfold as Tim
struggles to balance work from home with a growing brood. I laughed out loud at
the pigs’ antics and the author’s solutions and couldn’t wait to turn the page.
I was not already a disciple of the mindfulness movement, but I think Nancy may
have won me over. This book is full of stories, advice, and exercises to help
you prepare for child birth and a life-time of parenting. The lessons are
presented in a very positive, non-judgmental manner that allowed me to select
what was working for me and leave be those things that didn’t.
Local psychotherapist Derrick Clark has written a gem of a book. It's not too
lengthy, it's not too complicated, and it's not too preachy. It's just a very
simple guide to building up your self-esteem and treating your own self with
compassion and respect. I could see using it alongside other therapy or just
putting it in your pocket to reflect on in appropriate moments.
Andrea's three magic lamp wishes:
1) I wish I were 15 again. 2) I wish Tavi Gevinson were my best friend. 3) I wish everyone would read Rookie magazine for down-to-earth, effortlessly cool, do-your-thang-gurl tips on fashion and life. In lieu of that, pick up Rookie: Yearbook One for a holdable, huggable version of this spectacular style resource.
If you’re a photography nut, like me, this book is a must have, documenting the
rise and fall of Polaroid, one of the most beloved camera companies in the
world. With amazing stories, interviews, and of course photographs, this book
is a historical and visual treat!
What first started out as a conversation about questions on dating sites,
blossomed into a website that went viral, which then led to this stunning and
powerful book. Featuring people from the around the world, it is filled with
stunning photographs of the treasured items they would take with them if their
house were on fire.
For anyone interested in growing up in China under Mao Zedong, China's exploding
economy, or the trajectory of modern China, this is the book for you. Hua's ten
essays are each based on different words relevant to Chinese culture. Hua shares
personal stories as well as political ones, and his essays are as hilarious as
they are insightful. A great read!