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Matty Matheson : home style cookery

If you only know Matty Matheson from his TV or youtube personality, you might be surprised by his simple approach to food and cooking. Matheson covers everything from basics like pickles and stock, to elaborate party spreads and roasts. This cookbook is made to be used to cook for the people you love so either […]

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The Sense of Wonder

Le goût des merveilles (The Sense of Wonder) is a 2015 French language film directed by Éric Besnard starring Virginie Efira and Benjamin Lavernhe. Louise (Efira) is a widowed mother of two on the verge of losing her pear farm when she accidentally strikes Pierre (Lavernhe) with her car. He’s not very injured, in fact […]

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“The Fiber Fueled Cookbook” by Will Bulsiewicz

The Fiber Fueled Cookbook is much more than just a cookbook filled with plant-based recipes. You will learn about the fiber paradox, how to manage food intolerances, food sensitivity, FODMAPs, synthetic substances that make it into our food system, fermentation, sprouting, holistic healing, hope for histamine intolerances, and even how to train your gut. You […]

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Under the Banner of Heaven

“Krakauer takes readers inside isolated communities in the American West, Canada, and Mexico, where some forty-thousand Mormon Fundamentalists believe the mainstream Mormon Church went unforgivably astray when it renounced polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the leaders of these outlaw sects are zealots who answer only to God.”“Weaving […]

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We Were Dreamers

We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) is a powerful story about growing up as a second-generation Chinese Canadian that is equal parts humorous, inspiring, and heartbreaking. Born in Harbin, China, Simu spent the first four years of his life […]

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“Book Lovers” by Emily Henry

Literary agent Nora knows better than anyone that character archetypes can be found in real life – she’s the embodiment of the put-together career woman who the male lead dumps after meeting his true love in a small town.  But she doesn’t understand the appeal of “loosening up” or “slowing down to enjoy life” when […]

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Chappie (DVD)

Set in a near-future Johannesburg the 2015 film Chappie (by creator of District 9, Neil Blomkamp) touches on multiple issues, yet at its base, is an unexpectedly tender coming-of-age story disguised as a dystopian action flick.   Chappie, the eponymous main character, is a damaged law enforcement robot who ends up programmed with a new and highly […]

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Messy Roots

This coming of age graphic memoir tells how Laura Gao immigrated to Texas from Wuhan, China when she was about 4 years old. It was quite the culture shock – no one could pronounce her name or where she was from. She eventually decided she wanted an Americanized name and chose Laura for herself. Growing […]

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“Dark Archives: a librarian’s investigation into the science and history of books bound in human skin” by Megan Rosenbloom

Medical librarian Megan Rosenbloom has a job that combines morbid fascination with often unsettling medical practices and the appreciation for the research and books that drive the field forward. And something that holds an uncomfortable place at this intersection is anthropodermic books, or books bound in human skin. Rosenbloom has dedicated a considerable amount of […]