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.
June 21st is the first day of summer. Do you have all of your beach reads ready? Don’t forget your youngest readers, because kids need fun summer books, too. Check out 20 of the best picture book beach reads published in 2019.
Are we as members of the world community starting to lose our ability to form real relationships with others? And if so, does this mean we are slowly moving toward making the events in these fictitious stories our reality?
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.
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.
In a piece for the New York Times, local author Patrice Gopo wrote, “in a society with an abundance of stories featuring white characters, my daughter needs to see herself reflected in the pages. She needs me to help her find stories that expand our country’s typical narrative about black people — beyond slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement. She needs to see people who share her race existing in a variety of books — happy, carefree, fantastical ones, as well as stories of strife.”
This February, we shifted our gaze ever so slightly, so that it rested not only upon black histories but also black futures, curating displays and collections that showcased myriad Black narratives set in the past, present, and future.