Bianca's Picks

Before beginning with Phoenix Books Rutland, Bianca dusted the not-so-distant shelves of Griswold Library at Green Mountain College, and is now working in the college's sustainability office as the Community Service & Outreach Coordinator. When Bianca isn't rousing students to action or teaching writing, she can be found learning new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen, or reading up on new UN Resolutions. She's used spices in her poetry before, too, and loves books that surprise her like cayenne in mac n' cheese.

Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Emily Von Euw

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781624146411
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Published: Page Street Publishing - October 23rd, 2018

It really is ultimate, and I'm not vegan; though, I enjoy a mostly plant diet and I love the vibrancy of beets. I had never had a blender but got one two days before quarantine started and have been lucky to use it for all sorts of recipes! 


Healing the Divide - James Crews

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Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection Cover Image
By James Crews (Editor), Ted Kooser (Preface by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781732743458
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Published: Green Writers Press - April 9th, 2019

If you give Healing the Divide a chance -- if you hold it with purpose in your hands -- then it will hold you back. The poems in this varied collection hold space for reflection and meaning-making. Read in the morning as part of your meditation practice.


Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

I was unfamiliar with the game, "Pachinko," before I picked up Min Jin Lee's inspiring book, but if you believe in the adage that "life is a game," then her story is such: life. It incorporates so much rich world history, following a Korean family in Japan through generations after war, so you get treated to issues of gender, socioeconomics, and religion along with beautiful prose. Highly recommended!


Pig Tales, by Barry Estabrook

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Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9780393352931
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 21st, 2016

Would you wrap bacon up in bacon, if you could? Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Either way, you will love learning about the lives of pigs in this well-researched scientific tale. Read up, and eat up, differently, after local VT author Barry Estabrook brings back heart to the dinner table.
5 out of 5 piglets!
 


Corn-Pone 'Pinions, by David Mook

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Corn-Pone 'Pinions is a thoughtful collection of self-aware poems and essays with the added splendor of current political cartoons. Mook acknowledges his white privilege with an artful analogy in the essay, "Born on Third Base," and his poem, "Castleton University War Memorial," sheds its shadow on the grim reality of future conflicts. It's an intense and greatly fulfilling exploration of our modern society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiet, by Susan Cain

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Crown - January 29th, 2013

Artfully researched, Cain poses and answers a question I have often wondered about after growing up being called "shy" and denying it every step of the way: is it wrong to be an introvert? This book draws into the light the differences between a distinct separation in our culture and allows the evidence to speak for itself on the benefits on giving a bit more power to the quieter population.