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On Writing is one of the best writing books I’ve ever read. Stephen King blends memoir with insights into the craft of writing to create a phenomenal guide on how to write fiction. In the first memoir section he shows where the personal and professional collide, while in the second section of the book he focuses on writing instruction. Writers and readers alike will enjoy this book.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2010

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Michael W. Twitty is a food blogger and teacher who is known for his expertise on food in the African American tradition. In this, his first book he explores his genealogy and family tree for the history of African American food traditions. He includes commentary from historians and his own travels across the south to explore the kinds of plants brought from Africa that have become a staple of soul food today.  

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062379290
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Published: Amistad - August 2017

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When I heard Toni Morrison was releasing a book with an introduction by Ta-Nehisi Coates this year, I was elated. The Origin of Others (Harvard, $22.95) gathers the Nobel laureate’s 2016 Norton lectures, in which Morrison discusses what it means to be considered the other in America. Focusing on race, she highlights how those who are not considered white must remain the “other” in order for racial hierarchies to stay intact. Realizing what this means comes by recognizing that we must deny parts of ourselves in order to make people we consider strangers to be just that —strangers. In order to analyze the many ways culture creates and reflects otherness, Morrison uses history, Southern literature, and personal anecdotes to illustrate her theory. Her lectures give an overview of many of her own novels, and readers will be inspired to read or reread them, along with those of the many writers Morrison presents.

The Origin of Others (Charles Eliot Norton Lectures #56) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780674976450
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Published: Harvard University Press - September 18th, 2017

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