It's challenging to try to describe Enter the Aardvark. There are a lot of things that just don't belong together. A dudebro congressman fixated on the Reagan Era. A recusive Victorian taxidermist. A missing-but-not-really-boyfriend. And a stuffed aardvark that's seen it all. Nothing about this novel should work, and yet, in fewer than 200 pages, Jessica Anthony pulls it off. Pure alchemy. Simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and beautiful. -Beth, Essex
Beth is the frontlist book buyer and IT director for Phoenix Books and has been in bookselling for over a decade. As an omnivorous reader, no genre is off limits, though she harbors a not-so-secret love for young adult fiction. When not reading, Beth can often be found baking something chocolatey, knitting lace, or steadfastly ignoring the weeds in her vegetable garden. She lives in a super-secret Franklin County location with her spouse and their very opinionated rabbits, the Property Destruction Brothers.
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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is the kind of book you read in one breathless sitting, not knowing whether to laugh or to cry or to give in to your emotions and do both simultaneously. It is a memoir and also a how-to: how to build community out of the ashes of your previous life, how to live and to love when you're not quite sure how. A remarkable book by an even more remarkable author. Long live Her Grace!
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When you try to describe Enter the Aardvark, you have a whole lot of things that really don't belong together. A dudebro congressman fixated on the Reagan era. A reclusive Victorian taxidermist. A missing sorta-but-not-really boyfriend. And a stuffed aardvark who's seen it all. Nothing about this novel should work, and yet, in fewer than 200 pages, Jessica Anthony pulls it off. Much like its titular animal, Enter the Aardvark is simultaneously odd, funny, heartbreaking, and beautiful.
I’m not a horse person, and I’ve never been to Mongolia, but after reading Rough Magic, the debut memoir by Lara Prior-Palmer, I find myself reconsidering my life choices. Prior-Palmer, at the advanced age of 19, vividly brings to life her spur-of-the-moment decision to enter the Mongol Derby, the annual 10-day horse race across the Mongolian steppe. Spoiler alert: she wins, the first woman and the youngest person to do so. How she does it is the real story—Prior-Palmer writes like a dream, capturing the freedom, beauty, and sometimes terror of this 1000-kilometer feat of endurance. Rough Magic is a wild ride from beginning to end, and one you won’t want to miss.
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!
Smart, sweet, but never sappy, romance between Indian American teens. Dimple, who rejects the traditional path her parents wish for her, and Rishi, who embraces his heritage, seem like polar opposites. Dimple is furious when she discovers that their parents have arranged their introduction at an exclusive summer camp, and Rishi wonders what he's gotten himself into. Forced to work together on a coding project, they discover they have much more in common than not. But how can they compromise on the things that matter most to them?
In this achingly raw graphic memoir, Marissa Moss untangles the seven whirlwind months between her husband’s ALS diagnosis and his death. Forced to balance Harvey’s increasingly complex medical needs and the needs of their three young sons, Moss struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy for their family in the midst of this crisis. Absent are movie-perfect declarations of love and reconciliation; Moss lays bare the emotional devastation left in the wake of Harvey’s illness with her understated drawings and text. But there are moments of joy, too--a morning swim, a tender glance—reminding us to find beauty in the darkest of times. Powerful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Last Things challenges readers with its unflinching look at marriage and family, love, and loss.