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Jade's Reviews

Taste by Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci was born and raised in upstate New York by Italian American parents and their extended family, in a household in which food played a central role. His mother was an accomplished home cook, and he conveys an intense nostalgia for the meals of his childhood. Determined to pass his love of cooking and food in general along to his children and share it with his loved ones, Tucci makes dinner for his family whenever he can and loves to host dinner parties for his friends. His recent battle with oral cancer—which left him without a sense of taste for two years—has only deepened his appreciation for a good meal. Packed with amusing anecdotes and peppered throughout with mouth-watering recipes, Tucci’s memoir will delight fans of his films and food aficionados alike.  —Jade

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ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

Fuzz by Mary Roach

Mary Roach is back and is proving once again that she truly is “America’s funniest science writer.” In her latest book, Roach delves into the world of human–nature conflict. She travels the world, speaking with experts and joining them in the field as she learns about everything from invasive rodents to trampling elephants. With her trademark wit, Roach investigates the many ways that people have tried to change the course of nature for their own comfort and/or profit, generally with disastrous results. As always, she excels at taking unfamiliar scientific concepts and presenting them in a way that’s both easy and enjoyable to absorb. —Jade

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ISBN: 9781324001935
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

On Animals by Susan Orlean

On Animals is a collection of animal writing from throughout the career of accomplished writer and life–long animal lover Susan Orlean. The essays here are all over the map, from diary-entry-like tidbits on her experiences with backyard chickens to a true-crime-esque story about a tiger hoarder in New Jersey to reporting on the use of mules in the military. Ranging in length and tone and spanning several decades, Orlean’s writing is personal, informative, and infused with an unselfconscious sense of humor.—Jade

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ISBN: 9781982181536
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 12th, 2021

Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolver

Like so many people around the world, I felt like I really knew Anthony Bourdain despite never having met him. His open and honest writing style and magnanimous TV personality are charismatic, endearing, and—according to his friend and longtime assistant Laurie Woolever—not too far off from how he actually was. Woolever spent years interviewing 91 people, from his mother to Anderson Cooper, who knew Bourdain at different times in his life and she has managed to weave these many interviews into a narrative that will hold your attention from start to finish. Fans of Bourdain will not be disappointed, and even those who have read and watched his entire body of work will find something new within this book.—Jade 

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ISBN: 9780062909107
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Published: Ecco - September 28th, 2021

You Got Anything Stronger? by Gabrielle Union

In the follow-up to her much-loved memoir We’re Going to Need More Wine, Union shares her thoughts on marriage, motherhood, and feminism, and reflects on her career and how she has changed in the four years since her previous book came out. I only had a short sample of this book so I can’t speak to its entirety, but the parts I read were powerfully honest and inspiring, with a strong focus on family, vulnerability, and Black joy. No doubt the rest of the book is heartfelt and empowering, just like its author.—Jade

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ISBN: 9780062979933
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 14th, 2021

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

When control-freak account executive Wallace Price dies suddenly of a heart attack, he has difficulty accepting the reality of his mortality. Thrust into an afterlife unlike anything he could have imagined, Wallace is led by his Reaper, Mei, to a topsy-turvy tea shop that serves as a form of purgatory. There, he bides his time until he must cross over to the other side. It’s during this period of suspension that Wallace does all the things he never did in life: reflect on his actions, accept his flaws, indulge his humanity, and fall in love. A delightful queer love story and a reminder that it’s never too late to change our mind, Klune’s sophomore adult novel is full of the charm, wit, and quirky characters that so many readers were enamored with in The House in the Cerulean Sea. —Jade

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ISBN: 9781250217349
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Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson

Stand-up comedian, author, creator of her own book imprint, and cohost of the podcast 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson is building a “mini empire” and is deservedly proud of it. Despite her many accomplishments, she somehow found time to write this latest collection of essays. Robinson’s writing is intimate, and reading Please Don’t Sit On My Bed in Your Outside Clothes felt like catching up with a good friend over drinks. While she discusses many topics that are light and fun, she also takes the time to delve deeper, particularly when discussing her thoughts and experiences of being a Black woman in America. This book is the perfect blend of entertaining, educational, and funny. —Jade

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ISBN: 9780593184905
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Published: Tiny Reparations Books - September 28th, 2021

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Inti Flynn, an accomplished wolf biologist, is the head of a team attempting to release wolves back into the wild in the Scottish Highlands, thereby restoring ancient forests and stabilizing the ecosystem. Inti also has mirror-touch synesthesia, a condition that forces her to feel everything she sees. Inti’s condition has led to a deep compassion for animals and an intense weariness of other people and as she struggles to simultaneously win the hearts of the local farmers, nurture her wolves, and care for her ailing twin sister, she begins to lose grip on her bearings. Another beautiful, poignant novel from McCohnahy, Once There Were Wolves is at once a murder mystery, an homage to the bond between sisters, and an urgent call to assuage climate change. —Jade

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ISBN: 9781250244147
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 3rd, 2021

The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy by Arik Kershenbaum

Common conception is that the discovery of alien life (beyond microbes) is unlikely, a one-in-a-trillion chance. But zoologist Arik Kershenbaum is here to dispel that belief, with science! If varying and intelligent life can exist here on Earth, why not on other planets? In his engaging manner, Kershenbaum breaks down the components necessary for intelligent life and explains how and why this process is also possible on other planets, even those with vastly different ecosystems. I found myself reassessing my understanding of evolution and humanity and of my place in space. Instead of asking ourselves if humans are alone in the universe, the more accurate question might be “Are we unique?” A truly fascinating read. — Jade

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ISBN: 9781984881960
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Published: Penguin Press - March 16th, 2021

The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping by Samantha Harvey

While she usually writes fiction, Samantha Harvey’s latest work subverts genre. After a series of emotional trauma in quick succession leads her to insomnia, Harvey struggles to continue on with business as usual. The book is a memoir at its core, but it’s composed of stream-of-consciousness thoughts, letters, conversations, and late-night revelations. Much like the mind of a sleep-deprived person, the narrative is somewhat disjointed and doesn’t always make perfect sense. Harvey provides an intriguing examination of the fragility of the mind and an acknowledgement that most of us truly have very little control over our own consciousness. — Jade

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ISBN: 9780802148834
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Published: Grove Press - May 18th, 2021


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