Monica's Picks

Lonely Castle In The Mirror By Mizuki Tsujimura, Philip Gabriel (Translated by) Cover Image
By Mizuki Tsujimura, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781645660408
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Published: Erewhon Books - October 18th, 2022

The Creative Act: A Way of Being By Rick Rubin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593652886
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Published: Penguin Press - January 17th, 2023

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Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America By Mayukh Sen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324004516
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 16th, 2021

A must read if you enjoy cooking. Sure, we have all heard of Julia Child and Nancy Silverton, but have you heard of Elena Zeleyeta or Chao Yang Buwei? Mayukh Sen introduces you to seven important women who transfigured food in America by incorporating culture, heart and soul. Seven important immigrant women who deserve more recognition than they have been given. These stories have come in a timely manner, when voices who have once been silenced or ignored, are finally being appreciated. 

This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West By Christopher Ketcham Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220980
Published: Viking - July 16th, 2019

This Land will definitely leave you pissed a, I-want-to-save-the-world type of way. Ketcham's writing is quick, dirty and his rants will leave you white-knuckled. A very important read for the future or an aspiring environmentalist.

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Just Kids By Patti Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

A tender story of two forceful artists you probably have never heard of - Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. Just Kids gives you an intimate glimpse into their beautiful friendship and lets you witness the evolution of Patti's success as an artist, singer, writer, and so much more. This is one of my all time favorite books that always leaves me feeling inspired and empowered, as if Patti herself has cast a spell on me. 

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law By Mary Roach Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324001935
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

"...animals don't follow laws, they follow instincts." Roach playfully explores the trials and tribulations of human and wildlife cohabitation. From bear attacks in Aspen, Colorado to elephant attacks in India, Roach continues to blend science and humor while also leaving you questioning our actual standing on the food chain.

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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) By Patrick Rothfuss Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

Both a blessing and curse to find yourself immersed in Rothfuss' epic and beautifully created world of Name of the Wind. A slow build to say the least, but Rothfuss is very deliberate with his words and you will not notice because the beauty is in the details. The only downside with this series, is that there seems to be no release date in sight for the final installment. Personally, I think it is worth the wait. 

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows By John Koenig Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501153648
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 16th, 2021

I listened to this twice on and needed to have the book for moments when I need a little light. I have never met a book like this-- uhhh, or "a poem about everything."  John Koenig compiled a brilliant bundle of words that express certain feelings and emotions one usually can not find the word to describe said emotion. This "dictionary" entranced me and took me to fond moments in my memory, or highlighted certain experiences that I thought I only thought about.  Interesting and wonderful.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings By Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060256678
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Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2014

Wonderfully weird and powerfully nostalgic! A collection of the most odd and hilarious poems and drawings for people of all ages. Read this in the morning with coffee or tea to start your day off right - escaping the real world and all of its stupid responsibilities! HIghly important to revisit as an adult to remind yourself to be silly and creative always.