The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You - S. Bear Bergman

The amazing and often amusing essays in The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You are about being different. Regardless of where you fall on the gender spectrum, S. Bear Bergman's storytelling has the power to make you think if you're sure and provide comfort if you're questioning. You will be a better person after reading this book.
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ISBN: 9781551522647
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 1st, 2009

Japanese Farm Food - Nancy Singleton Hachisu

This part cookbook, part memoir presents an uncommon view of Japanese food. It’s full of unique yet simple recipes and new ways to use familiar ingredients (and do not be intimidated by unfamiliar ones – they are available at DC Asian and Japanese markets!). Plan your dinner, feast your eyes on gorgeous photography, or lose yourself in stories of a life on Japanese farm.

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ISBN: 9781449418298
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 4th, 2012

Strange Bodies - Marcel Theroux

In Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux, consciousness is transplanted from body to body via a mysterious procedure that maps a person's linguistic patterns. The story itself is told by Nicholas Slopen, who by all accounts is dead. The idea that you can distill someone's mind from their writings might seem preposterous, unless you are a book lover who treats every book as a glimpse into its creator’s brain. Apart from the Frankenstein-esque setup, Strange Bodies grabbed me with its fascinating characters, reflections on parenting and being in love with your children, and occasional very spot-on observations about the human mind. It reminded me of Ruth Ozeki's Tale for the Time Being, and all of Bulgakov's works. It is fantastic (and fantastical!), smart, and powerful novel.