If you’re reading this, it’s safe to guess you’re fond of books, reading, and being transported to different times, places, experiences, and viewpoints. We invite you to check out what others are reading and share your recommendations of favorite titles with us.
Facing the Mountain
by Daniel James Brown
An unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe, based on Brown’s extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, it portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible. But this is more than a war story. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers’ parents. (2021, 540 pgs; Nonfiction)
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
by Samin Nosrat
Whether you’ve never picked up a knife or you’re an accomplished chef, there are only four basic factors that determine how good your food will taste. Nosrat’s book will guide you as you choose which ingredients to use and how to cook them, and it will tell you why last minute adjustments will ensure that food tastes exactly as it should. This book will change the way you think about cooking and eating, and help you find your bearings in any kitchen, with any ingredients, while cooking any meal. (2017, 462 pgs; Nonfiction)
Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Homes
by Paula McLain
Hailed as a memoir of unexpected beauty and arresting power, Like Family tells the story of three young sisters who are abandoned by their mother and father and raised as wards of the Fresno County, California, court. McLain’s unflinching recollection of being shuttled from foster home to foster home strikes a universal chord, capturing the loneliness, uncertainty, and odd pleasures that are the very nature of adolescence. (2013, 213 pgs; Nonfiction)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
by Caitlin Doughty
The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes. (2014, 254 pgs; Nonfiction)
Bruno, Chief of Police
by Martin Walker
Meet Benoit Courréges, affectionately named Bruno, chief of police in a small village in the South of France. A former soldier, Bruno has embraced the slow rhythms of country life. But the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army galvanizes his attention. When a visiting scholar helps untangle the dead man’s past, Bruno’s suspicions turn toward a motive more complex than hate, back to a tortured period of French history.
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