Hooni Kim's new book My Korea 9780393239720. Korean cooking has an unique flavor profile and can be an acquired taste to many, but for those who know about it, it can be quite addicting. Hooni Kim is a Michelen star chef of two restaurants in Manhattan and this is a very well researched and very informative cookbook. It delves far deeper than Korean bbq.
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This is a historical and cultural look at the American juxtaposition of individual liberty and the common good. Not entirely liberal versus conservative, this looks at the cultural geographic regions of North America and how that influences perspective and how that can slowly change over time. It is a good way to ask what democracy really means to you, the individual, and what you want to get out of it.
The present is Oxford, England in the 50's. The future is a near-distant dystopian society. The third story arc is a utopian world in the mind of an Oxford professor who lives in the first arc. All three realities are integrally linked. Confused? This is a tasty literary treat about what constitutes reality, morality, and a just society. And oh yeah, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien are drinking buddies of said professor!
Probably not necessary reading for any other than Star Wars fans, Wendig nevertheless provides a much better read than most of the other fluff in this sub-genre. Although Leia, Han, and Chewie all make apprearances, this is really about a whole new set of characters, including a comically homicidal droid, set within a year of the rebellion's defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire. The action in these books attempts to bridge some of the gap between the original movie trilogy and the newest one.
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The final book in the Magicians trilogy, this was somehow the most satisfying. I don't usually think series get better as they go along, but for anyone who thought Quentin Coldwater was just an older, angstier Harry Potter, keep reading! Beyond the obvious homage to Rowling and C.S. Lewis' Narnia, Grossman really creates an interesting set of characters who are very flawed, yet show more nuance than the previous beloved icons. How young people would truly behave with unbelievable powers is at the heart of this magical series.
This is an old favorite of mine that just keeps holding up! First in the Kingkiller Chronicles, it is an epic fantasy that recounts the life of an orphan who goes from poverty to wizarding university, where the power of magic is held by those who know the secret names of things. Deeply satisfying, this is something like Pillars of the Earth meets Harry Potter. It is the micro to Game of Thrones' macro!
An enjoyable, quick historical fiction about the "creation" of the Shroud Of Turin. Great for people into the Middle Ages/Renaissance/Reformation.
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If we're up the creek, then Elizabeth Warren is our paddle! It doesn't feel like there's a lot of people in government fighting for the little people these days, but Senator Warren is a very loud exception! A great choice for fans of politics, progressive thought, or memoir. Her language is folksy and engaging.
A gripping account of the assassination of a president and how the state of medicine (and the refusal to believe in antiseptics and sterilization) helped finish a job that would not have otherwise proven lethal. Historical narrative at its best!
A beautifully written historical novel that also just happens to be fantastical. Disparate lives thrown together in 1900 New York City's ethnic neighborhoods.
Will appeal to lovers of historical fiction, urban fantasy, and folklore.