A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.
Margaret Marcus, a young Jewish woman from New York City who converted to Islam
and moved to Pakistan, where she became Maryam Jameelah. Maryam's writings
became hugely influential in Muslim communities. Though clearly intelligent, her
fanatical rants are blood-chilling. Nominated for the National Book Award in
2011, and deservedly so. I couldn't put this one down.
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.