A Rarefied Pedigree Exposed in Salt by Mark Kurlansky

The only mineral we eat is so ubiquitous as to be invisible in the context of the modern home. It is relegated to a shaker in most houses, a grinder in rare other occasions, but in general, salt is given no place of high praise. Lambasted for its effects on the heart, added to recipes in pinches and tastes, salt is too mundane for most authors to contemplate beyond the mise en scène. Not so for Mark Kurlansky.

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Between the Lines: Mary Laura Philpott

Mary Laura Philpott is a Davidson College graduate, indie bookstore guru (she works at Anne Patchett’s bookstore, Parnassus!), and deeply talented writer.

Her debut essay collection, I Miss You When I Blink, features a charming, quirky, self-conscious, introspective, and hilarious narrator, who grapples with the complexities of everyday mothering, working, spousing, neighboring, friending, and simply living.

Put this book on your bedside table. Then give a copy to everyone you respect, admire, or simply like enough to share your ice cream with. But first, enjoy this interview.

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Writer John Gimlette Has Much to Offer Armchair Travelers

Armchair travelers have a lot to see in the books of John Gimlette. A British barrister based in London, Gimlette has produced a handful of excellent travel books concerning some of the most unexpected places in the world. His skill and meticulous research reveal how absolutely fascinating these infrequently traveled locales turn out to be.

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