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Staff Pick: Sous Chef by Michael Gibney

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A typical day in the life of a chef. Reminiscent of Tony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. Anyone considering culinary school or a life on the line or “in the weeds” should read this first.

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"The back must slave to feed the belly. . . . "

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Staff Pick: Hard Rain Falling

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Hard-bitten and hard-boiled, but tender too. Young men adrift and searching for meaning in 1960’s Portland, Oregon and Northern California. A nice blend of literary and genre fiction.

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Staff Pick: Old Filth by Jane Gardam

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Funny and touching, a very British portrait of a widower and his frenemy-turned-neighbor. Sir Edward Feathers, aka "Old Filth," Retired Solicitor and former "Raj Orphan," is an utterly original creation. This is the first book in a trilogy. Lucky you.

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Staff Pick: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

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Road trip! Perfect summer reading – flat out funny, full of quirky characters, and laced with a deeper poignancy than your average beach book.

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Staff Pick: This is Running for Your Life by Michelle Orange

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A smattering of essays that veer from pop culture, to family history, to war-torn travelogue. Orange is an important and captivating new voice – just check out “The Uses of Nostalgia and Some Thoughts on Ethan Hawke’s Face” (the title says it all) if you don’t believe me.

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Staff Pick: Zone One by Colson Whitehead

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I am generally opposed to the zombification of our modern world. Having said that, Zone One is an excellent reading experience. Terse, tense, funny, and original in spite of its genre origins, it is Whitehead at both his loosest and most ruminative. Lower Manhattan as safe zone? Need I say more? Get reading.

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Staff Pick: A Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky

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In this engrossing read, Kurlansky (author of Cod, Salt, and other similarly focused books) applies his gift for anecdotal storytelling to the history, food, and culture of this fascinating and ancient region.

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