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Protest Kitchen

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Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573247436
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Published: Conari Press - October 2018

In this accessible guide to plant-based cooking, Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina connect our food choices to social and political movements, outlining practical ways we can make incremental—and delicious!—changes to our diets to affect positive change. Part cookbook, part manifesto, Protest Kitchen is our essential blueprint for the vegan revolution. Resistance has never tasted so good!

Lost Connections, by Johann Hari

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Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632868305
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - January 23rd, 2018

An important book that explores the ways in which depression and anxiety may be due less to chemical imbalances and more to imbalances in our culture. Hari delves into the consequences of several features of modern lifestyles:  a lack of connection to nature, a lack of connection to community, a lack of meaningful work, and so on.  Well-researched, well-written, inspiring, and humane, this book is recommended reading for...pretty much everyone.

Heavy, by Kiese Laymon

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Kristin R.
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Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501125652
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Published: Scribner - October 16th, 2018

I'm a big fan of Kiese Laymon's, ever since coming across an op-ed he wrote on his experience as a black professor at Vassar. He has a way with language and an honesty at once both self-deprecating AND hopeful. This book hit me hard and it hit me good. 

I also highly recommend his collection of essays How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.

Harry Potter Book Night

 On Harry Potter Book Night: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Phoenix, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of magical games, activities, readings and quizzes. All ages are welcome to this free event. Costumes encouraged.

All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

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Kristin R.
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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: - May 2nd, 2017

I am SUCH a fan of Martha Wells' Murderbot Diaries. From the very first one, they have been perfectly paced, and I find it so easy to identify with the sardonic humor of Murderbot. This is the book I want to put in the hands of anyone who says "oh I don't read sci-fi." It's got mystery, adventure, and an AI that just wants to be left alone with it's favorite serial media. Each volume is just the right length to pick up for a day or two, and Wells does a great job of world-building without drowning out the personalities of her characters. 

Saragail Benjamin

Entertainer and teacher Saragail Benjamin weaves story, rhythm, & song in a 100% interactive program.  We’ll drum a story, sing a sunrise, and dance to the rhythms of our hearts!  Join us for a blast of musical fun!


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