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This Way, Charlie Written by Caron Levis Illustrated by Charles Santoso

I love most things with farm animals—and if they feature an odd-couple animal relationship, I’m completely sold. This book fits the bill! The pastoral illustrations capture the personality of grumpy, aloof goat, Jack, and the gentle giant of a horse, Charlie. Their friendship shows that anyone can be friends, regardless of differing abilities, and also highlights how friendship, animal and otherwise, enriches our lives. A heartwarming read for animal lovers.

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By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419742064
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 21st, 2020

Dirt Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by Bill Buford

Best-selling author Bill Buford (Heat) moves his life from New York to Lyon, the insular French city preoccupied with all things culinary, to learn how to cook French food, and to see what drives French cooks to abuse themselves and others in pursuit of culinary excellence. The answers lie in the traditional pig slaughter he attends, the great chefs he meets, his neighborhood baker, and le rigeur of Michelin-starred restaurants, something untranslatable, deeply ingrained in the history and tradition of Lyon and France, and found only on the plate.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780307271013
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Published: Knopf - May 5th, 2020

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake

Who better to engagingly inform about the breadth and depth of fungus than Merlin Sheldrake, the fungal biologist. This book features charming illustrations, drawn with a mushroom-derived ink, and anecdotes whose topics range from the jungles of Panama to mycology conferences in the Pacific Northwest to the work done in psychedelic research labs. Sheldrake embraces not knowing all the answers and poses many questions about the radical possibilities of fungi as agents of change in the realms of environment, mental health, biological research, and more. 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525510314
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Published: Random House - May 12th, 2020

Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

Pizza Girl is the metric that every other book released this year will be compared against for me. It’s Juno meets Mulholland Drive. Pizza girl is 18, with a sweet boyfriend who loves her mom; a dead alcoholic dad; and an enigmatic woman who calls on Wednesdays to order a pizza with pickles on it. Who are you when you don’t know what you want out of life? What is motherhood and family? What is desire? The level of attention to detail, the FEELINGS—it’s like the book emerged fully formed for the pit of a pure heart. I can barely contain my love for Pizza Girl.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780385545723
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Published: Doubleday - June 9th, 2020

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