Marie Mockett - Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

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In Conversation with Edan Lepucki

Marie Mutsuki Mockett's family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation levels prohibited the burial of her Japanese grandfather's bones. As Japan mourned thousands of people lost in the disaster, Mockett also grieved for her American father, who had died unexpectedly.

Seeking consolation, Mockett is guided by a colorful cast of Zen priests and ordinary Japanese who perform rituals that disturb, haunt, and finally uplift her. Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye chronicles her journey that leads her into the radiation zone in an intricate white hazmat suit; to Eiheiji, a school for Zen Buddhist monks; on a visit to a Crab Lady and Fuzzy-Headed Priest's temple on Mount Doom; and into the "thick dark" of the subterranean labyrinth under Kiyomizu temple,San Francisco Zen Center among other twists and turns. From the ecstasy of a cherry blossom festival in the radiation zone to the ghosts inhabiting chopsticks, Mockett writes of both the earthly and the sublime with extraordinary sensitivity. Her unpretentious and engaging voice makes her the kind of companion a reader wants to stay with wherever she goes, even into the heart of grief itself.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett's novel Picking Bones from Ash was shortlisted for the 2010 Saroyan Prize and the Asian American Literary Awards for Fiction and was a finalist for the Paterson Prize.

Edan Lepucki is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a staff writer for The Millions. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney's and Narrative magazine, among other publications, and she is the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. California is her first novel.

 

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 1/2015

California (Hardcover)

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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 7/2014

John McQuaid - Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

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With reporting from kitchens, supermarkets, farms, restaurants, huge food corporations, and science labs, Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat tells the story of the still-emerging concept of flavor and how our sense of taste will evolve in the coming decades. Tasty explains the scientific research taking place on multiple fronts: how genes shape our tastes; how hidden taste perceptions weave their way into every organ and system in the body; how the mind assembles flavors from the five senses and signals from body’s metabolic systems; the quest to understand why sweetness tastes good and its dangerous addictive properties; why something disgusts one person and delights another; and what today’s obsessions with extreme tastes tell us about the brain.

John McQuaid’s journalism has appeared in Smithsonian magazine, CUESAthe Washington Post, Wired, Forbes.com, and EatingWell magazine. His science and environment reporting for The Times-Picayune anticipated Hurricane Katrina, explored the global fisheries crisis and the problems of invasive species. His work has won a Pulitzer Prize, as well as awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Biological Sciences, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. McQuaid is a graduate of Yale.

 

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ISBN-13: 9781451685008
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 1/2015

Simone Miller - The Zenbelly Cookbook

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The Zenbelly Cookbook brings the elegance of fine dining straight to your table with easy-to-follow recipes that are suited for both inexperienced and advanced home cooks alike.  Simone Miller unlocks her best-kept culinary secrets guiding you each step of the way from preparation to presentation.  Miller shows aspiring home chefs how to use the finest ingredients, master professional techniques, and strike the perfect balance of flavor and finesse to create Paleo-friendly dishes suited to please every palate.

Simone Miller is a self-taught chef who has been working in the food industry for 17 years. She worked at several restaurants in New York and Connecticut before relocating to San Francisco in 2007. Once in the Bay Area, Simone worked as a personal chef while working to launch a catering company, Zenbelly. Simone is a chef on a mission: To prove that gluten-free and paleo cuisinecan be just as gourmet, refined, and artfully presented as what you’d find in a fine bistro.

 

 

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ISBN-13: 9781628600216
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Published: Victory Belt Publishing, 8/2014

Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin - Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery

Ovenly is an award-winning bakery headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since 2010, their innovative baked goods have found their way into cafés, restaurants and stores nationwide. In their first cookbook, Ovenly: Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York’s Most Creative Bakery, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin bring their knack for sweet and savory splendor to your home kitchen. Packed with the baking know-how of two straight-talking, home taught bakers and sprinkled throughout with irresistible full-color photographs, these inventive recipes are not to be missed.

Agatha Kulaga grew up in Connecticut, where some of her happiest childhood memories are of baking alongside her mother and grandmother, making old-world sweets like apple cake, poppy-seed rolled cake and fat dessert dumplings. In one lucky year, Kulaga quit her job of nearly ten years, started a business and married the man of her dreams. She has never been happier.

Erin Patinkin spent her early years in Chicago, where she developed an obsession for Vienna Beef hot dogs (ketchup is sacrilege), Big League Chew and Yan Can Cook television episodes. The day she traded business casual for an apron and clogs was the best day of her life.

 

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ISBN-13: 9780373892952
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Published: Harlequin, 9/2014

Bich Minh Nguyen & Yiyun Li - Pioneer Girl & Kinder Than Solitude

Bich Minh Nguyen’s previous books—the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and the American Book Award-winning novel Short Girls—established her talents as a writer of keen cultural observation. In Pioneer Girl, Nguyen entwines the Asian American experience with the escapist pleasures of literature, in a dazzling mystery about the origins of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House on the Prairie.

Lee Lien has long dodged her Vietnamese family’s rigid expectations by immersing herself in books. But now, jobless with a PhD in literature, she is back at home, working in her family’s restaurant under her mother’s hypercritical gaze—until an heirloom from their past sends Lee on a search for clues that may lead back to Wilder herself, transforming strangers’ lives as well as her own.

In Kinder Than Solitude, Yiyun Li tells the story of three people who, when young, were involved in a mysterious "accident" in which a friend of theirs was poisoned. Now grown up, the three friends are separated by time and distancewith two of them living in the United States and the other in Chinaand haunted by uncertainty and doubt about themselves and whether what happened to Shaoai was really "an accident." With her signature mesmerizing prose and brilliant, philosophical understanding of the joys and aches of the human heart, Li unfolds the mystery of what happened that day, and the power of the past to shape our present and future.

Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by Beth) teaches literature and creative writing in the Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and their two children.

Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers' Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. Granta named her one of the best American novelists under thirty-five, and The New Yorker named her one of twenty U.S. writers under forty to watch. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at the University of California, Davis.

 

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Pioneer Girl (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780670025091
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Published: Viking Adult, 2/2014

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Michael Shermer - The Moral Arc

From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy.

In The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, Michael Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism—scientific ways of thinking—have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.

Michael Shermer is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and eight other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University.

 

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ISBN-13: 9780805096910
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Published: Henry Holt and Co., 1/2015



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