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The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage
The oysters they ate together the first night in their new city. The chicken Milanese she learned to cook after weight-loss surgery. The cassoulet that both anchors and rebuilds their crumbling marriage.  From the $6 peach to boxed macaroni and cheese, food is never just about what we eat. It...
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Part memoir, part handbook, part survey of the contemporary literary scene: a walking tour of the writing life. "A knowledgeable and trustworthy guide: original, funny, personal, and practical. Beautifully, gracefully told, in marvelous detail and with great, sensible counsel. The anecdotes are...
At the Crossroads: An Astrologer Looks at These Turbulent Times
  Many spiritual traditions single out as critical the epoch we are living in right now. The ancient prophets of India and Mesoamerica no less than our own contemporary scientists have identified these times as a tipping point.  In this remarkable collection of essays, Jessica Murray uses...
Bona Fide Books has collected sixty short works of flash fiction and true tales, polished like glacial granite to reveal the depths of the lake we love. Each piece is no more than five hundred words like the pea-sized gold nugget sifted out of the Upper Truckee, tiny but priceless. Short enough...
"Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide To Simple Human Happiness"
Charcoal and lampblack: those were the only two colors the company that would grow to be Crayola Crayons produced when it was founded in 1864. Today the children who use Crayola products can choose from more than ninety-six different colors, including Azure, Laser Lemon, and Razzmatazz. What child...
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Over 30 essays taking the reader from laughter to tears, write your own essay after each written piece. A celebration of life and turning 50!
From Preface: I always wanted to have something out there in the world published; I always thought I would walk into Borders and find a book of mine there. But Borders closed, the world changed... Not now. Now I had to get something out there before I was forty.the art of reinvention doesn't...
Color Me English
What do we mean by 'English'?  How does that image square with reality?  How does our island look from abroad, and what aspects of our experience do we share with, for example, America - a nation built by outsiders and the huddled masses?   Taking as its starting point a moving...
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"Sparing neither family nor self . . . he considers how the deck has always been stacked in his and other white people's favor. . . . His candor is invigorating."—Publishers Weekly "One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation."—Michael Eric Dyson...
The Ecstasy of Influence
What's a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what's contemporary culture sup­posed to do with novelists? In The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem, tangling with what he calls the "white elephant" role of the writer as public intellectual, arrives at an astonishing...