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Make this Decadent Trifle from the Home Made Christmas Cookbook! (@abramsbooks)

TRlFLE WITH SALTY CARAMEL, CHEESECAKE CREAM & CHEWY BROWNIES

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Try this decadent dessert from the Home Made Christmas cookbook by Yvette van Boven (Abrams Books, $44 CAD, 9781419732386)

Serves 6

FOR THE SALTY CARAMEL SAUCE

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (225 g sugar)

7 tablespoons (100 g) butter, cubed

½ cup (125 ml) heavy cream

½ teaspoon sea salt

FOR THE BROWNIES

9 tablespoons (125 g) butter, cubed

21 ounces (600 g) dark chocolate (70% cacao or more), in chunks

1 1/3 cups (300 g) packed dark brown sugar

8 eggs

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups plus 2 tablespoons (400 g) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon sea salt

FOR THE CHEESECAKE CREAM

1 pound (500 g) cream cheese, at room temperature

Seeds of 2 vanilla beans

8 ounces (250 g) mascarpone

1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream

FOR THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (150 ml) heavy cream

7 ounces (200 g) dark chocolate (70 % cacao or more), in chunks

Optional: ¼ cup (60 ml) coffee liqueur or cognac

FOR DECORATING

Nuts, cocoa powder, sparklers, and so on

Make the salty caramel sauce: In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine the sugar and¼ cup (60 ml) water. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally with a long-handled wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, until the sugar syrup is a medium amber color. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, one piece at a time. Carefully add the cream (it will bubble up and sputter) and salt. Return to low heat and cook, stirring, until smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Make the brownies: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8 by 12-in ch (20 by 30-cm) or similar-volume baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Heat the butter, chocolate, and brown sugar in a double boiler until melted and combined. Set aside to cool.

Beat the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture. In a sep­arate bowl, using a whisk, mix the flour and salt, then combine it with the chocolate mixture with a spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the center comes out with damp crumbs attached (but not wet batter). They should be somewhat soft and fudgy, not too dry! Let cool on a rack.

Make the cheesecake cream: Using a food processor or a hand mixer, combine the cream cheese and the vanilla seeds until smooth and frothy. With the food processor or mixer running, add ¾ cup(200 g) of the cooled caramel sauce and then the mascarpone and cream. Process or beat until soft peaks form. Set aside.

Make the chocolate sauce: Heat the cream over low heat to a near boil. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate, and if you want a splash of coffee liqueur. Allow the warmth of the cream to melt the chocolate; after a couple of minutes, stir to make a smooth sauce.

Assemble the trifle: Starting with the brownie, break it into pieces and form a bottom layer in a large trifle bowl. Drizzle with some of the caramel sauce and spoon some cheesecake cream on top, then drizzle with choco­late sauce. Continue layering until you've used up everything. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Decorate according to preference: with nuts, cocoa powder, or sparklers. I leave this final touch all up to you.

Home Made Christmas by Yvette van Boven, © Abrams Books, 2018.

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Fantastic Early Reviews for MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. @HBGCanada #books

Stephanie Land’s heartrending book, Maid, provides a trenchant reminder that something is amiss with the American Dream and gives voice to the millions of ‘working poor’ toiling in a country that needs them but doesn’t want to see them. A sad and hopeful tale of being on the outside looking in, the author makes us wonder how’d we fare scrubbing and vacuuming away the detritus of an affluence that always seems beyond reach.
— Steve Dublanica, New York Times bestselling author of Waiter Rant
What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systemically designed to keep impoverished people mired in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people’s lousy attitudes toward poor people… Land’s prose is vivid and engaging… [A] tightly-focused, well-written memoir… an incredibly worthwhile read.
— Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir
Marry the evocative first person narrative of Educated with the kind of social criticism seen in Nickel and Dimed and you’ll get a sense of the remarkable book you hold in your hands. In Maid, Stephanie Land, a gifted storyteller with an eye for details you’ll never forget, exposes what it’s like to exist in America as a single mother, working herself sick cleaning our dirty toilets, one missed paycheck away from destitution. It’s a perspective we seldom see represented firsthand—and one we so desperately need right now. Timely, urgent, and unforgettable, this is memoir at its very best.
— Susannah Cahalan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
 On-sale date: January 22, 2019 | 9780316505116 | CAN $29.99

On-sale date: January 22, 2019 | 9780316505116 | CAN $29.99

 

 

 

  

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Rave Reviews for Let’s Play Yoga! from @experimentbooks. #yoga #kidsbooks

A unique approach to the instruction of children’s yoga . . . appealing, a blend of playful and practical.
— Kirkus
Let’s Play Yoga! is an excellent example of how we can inspire and motivate our children through yoga. Not only does the practice build self-confidence and mindfulness in kids, but it’s also a great opportunity for to us bond and have fun with our most precious investments.
— Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, author of The Hot Belly Diet and Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life
The ideal practice to improve health, well-being, and learning, yoga should be part of every child’s daily life, particularly in our era of excessive media stimulation. Márcia De Luca and Lúcia Barros have written a wonderful book that helps to do just that. These stories will inspire and captivate children, making them happier and more aware throughout their lives.
— Dr. David Frawley, author of Yoga & Ayurveda
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Let’s Play Yoga!

How to Grow Calm Like a Mountain, Strong Like a Warrior, and Joyful Like the Sun

by Lúcia BarrosMárcia De Luca

A playful, exuberantly illustrated book that introduces yoga to kids ages 5 to 8 with simple postures and techniques to foster a calm mind and healthy body

How can a magic tree, a cow with a fidgety son, or a wise lion teach kids about being kinder, calmer, and stronger? With yoga! In Let’s Play Yoga!, these and other colorful characters promote balance and discernment—through creative stories kids can read on their own, all grounded in traditional yoga poses. This vibrant book also includes:

  • Step-by-step, illustrated instructions for 13 poses
  • Kid-friendly descriptions of the ten principles of yoga, from honesty to nonviolence
  • A note to parents and teachers on how to help kids use the book.

In the hands of talented authors, yoga becomes a lifelong skill to help kids pave the way to a more compassionate future for all, even as they explore new ways to move.

Available in stores August 21, 2018!

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The Frozen Woman has been shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2018 Award! @ipgbooks #book #awards

The Frozen Woman (Oldcastle Books, 9781843447740) has been shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2018 Award. Winners will be announced in London on October 25.

THE DAGGERS

The Crime Writers Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham (now better known for Poldark) for The Little Walls.

Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA.

For more information please visit http://cwadaggers.co.uk/cwa-daggers/

Jo Nesbø fans will welcome this pithy chronicle of crime and retribution.
— Publishers Weekly
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The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet

Winner of the Riverton Prize for Best Norwegian Crime Novel, the author's second time winning the prize

A frozen body, a murdered biker, and a lawyer with nothing left to lose. In the depths of the Norwegian winter, a woman's frozen corpse is discovered in the garden of a notorious ex-lawyer, Vilhelm Thygesen. She has been stabbed to death. A young biker, a member of a gang once represented by the lawyer, is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Thygesen starts receiving anonymous threats, and becomes ensnared in a web of violence, crime and blackmail that spreads across Northern Europe. Does the frozen woman hold the key?

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The Cookie Book - A New Fall Baking Book To Drool Over @PageStreetKids #baking #cookies

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The Cookie Book will satisfy all of your cookie cravings - from mid-week classics that can be easily had in under an hour to fun, innovative weekend baking projects to dazzle your friends!
 
Rebecca Firth, food writer, photographer and creator of the sweet-focused blog DisplacedHousewife, is your go-to cookie source and new best friend. With prose that reads more like a chat between friends and recipes that mix comfort with innovation, her first book is guaranteed to delight. More than 75 brand-new recipes include easy-to-follow instructions, helpful tips and beautiful photography for each whimsical creation. 
 
The Cookie Book includes a wide-range of cookies to fit every type of craving. You'll satisfy a simple mid-week chocolate chip cookie craving by perusing the Hella Chocolate Chip Cookie Chapter (think Big Ass Olive Oil Cookies and Everything Chocolate Chip Cookies). When you're looking to dive a little deeper into butter and sugar you can dabble in Dazzling Drop Cookies (Oatmeal, Blueberry + Puffed Quinoa Breakfast Cookies and Banana Bread Chocolate Chunk Cookies) or jump into the Jazz Hands Chapter and dazzle with Cold Brew Cookies With White Chocolate + Espresso Beans and Burnt Sugar Bark Ginger Cookies.
 
Rebecca has gained a large and loyal following for her sumptuous treats. "Writer, photographer and queen of cookies, Rebecca Firth teases my sweet tooth and I am not mad about it. Love following her and her tempting creations and can't wait to see what she comes up with next." Tiffani Thiessen, actress and author of Pull Up a Chair. The Cookie Book is a beautifully crafted book that will satisfy both long time DisplacedHousewife readers as well as enchant those discovering her for the first time.

Available September 18th, 2018.

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Don't miss this hilarious new book from the author of He's Just Not That Into You. @DiversionBooks

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A hilarious and hopeful primer to prevent, combat, and eliminate the suckage in modern marriage by doing it right in the early years, from one of the minds behind the series Sex and the City and the New York Times bestselling authors of He’s Just Not That Into YouIt’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken, and It’s Just a F***ing Date

Some marriages start out storybook. Perfect proposal, perfect engagement, perfect wedding, perfect honeymoon, and perfect newlywed years.


Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola stumbled right out of the wedding gate. Their choices in the early years, they’ll tell you, nearly bought their marriage a one-way ticket to Suckville.

The New York Times bestselling authors explore all the adventures of early wedlock, from the moment one of you gets on one knee to the day when sex starts to feel like work instead of play. In this guidebook, Behrendt and Ruotola explore their own marriage and, with gleeful candor, tremendous warmth, sharp humor, and piercing insight, look at what we who have decided to “settle down” hope to get out of our most lasting relationship. We venture through volumes on the engagement, wedding planning, the Big Day, the wedding hangover, the (blissful?) first year, the hard work of marrying two lives, fights, and sex-pectations versus sex-pectreality.

The perfect book for those who have just put a ring on it or are thinking of putting a ring on it, Behrendt and Ruotola’s work is a brilliant guide for the first stretch of that wild ride we call marriage.


Praise for HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU:

No ego-soothing platitudes. No pop psychology. No cute relationship tricks. He’s just not that into you.
— Washington Post
Brims with straight talk about the boy-meets-girl game, delivered with hefty doses of humor from the Y chromosome’s mouth.
— USA Today
A surprisingly fascinating addition to the cultural canon of single, urban life.
— Los Angeles Times

Praise for IT'S CALLED A BREAKUP BECAUSE IT'S BROKEN:

You will get through this, and you’ll do it faster with the help of It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken.
— Glamour
Behrendt’s frankness-never too harsh-is as winning as ever.
— Publishers Weekly

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Joe Abercrombie's Groundbreaking First Law Trilogy Has A Brand New Look

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The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut fantasy novel from New York Times bestseller, Joe Abercrombie.

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian — leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. 

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules. 

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it. 

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he’s about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glokta a whole lot more difficult. 

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. 

Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

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The second novel in the wildly popular First Law Trilogy from New York Timesbestseller Joe Abercrombie.

Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It’s enough to make a torturer want to run — if he could even walk without a stick.

Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem — he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world.

And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters — if they didn’t hate each other quite so much.

Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven — but not before they are hanged.

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The final novel in the First Law Trilogy by New York Times bestseller Joe Abercrombie.

Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him — but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the king of the Northmen still stands firm, and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend, and his oldest enemy: it’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.

With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. As his days with a sword are far behind him, it’s fortunate that he’s deadly with his remaining weapons: blackmail, threats, and torture.

Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is too painful an undertaking and turned his back on soldiering for a simple life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too — and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man when he least expects it.

The king of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasants revolt, and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No one believes that the shadow of war is about to fall across the heart of the Union. Only the First of the Magi can save the world, but there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, than to break the First Law…

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French Vintage Decor Author Teaches Breakfast Television Host How to Make Plaster Dipped Flower Art

Check out Page Street Publishing author Jamie Lundstrom discussing her new book Vintage French Décor : Easy and Elegant DIY Projects for Any Home (9781624145421) on Breakfast Television Vancouver:

Jamie is the founder of the blog So Much Better With Age. She has been featured on HGTV and the Today show, as well as in Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

You can read about her whole day with Breakfast Television on her blog here: Plaster Dipped Flower Art from French Vintage Decor on Breakfast Television Vancouver

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Add That Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi to Your Home, Effortlessly

Rustic and elegant French décor never goes out of style and with easy yet sophisticated accessories for your home, these 70 projects will transform your space and add that special touch to any room.

Jamie Lundstrom's projects use easy-to-find and recycled objects, as well as new materials, to bring her French vintage style into your life. Projects span every season and category, from sewing to painting and upholstery, including provincial antique baskets, a fantastique Trumeau mirror, a jolie gold leaf frame, boutique plaster of Paris-dipped flowers and a chic antique chair. Featuring simple step-by-step instructions with beautiful photos to help guide you, these projects can be created in just a few hours or less.

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We have the perfect Monday Meal Idea for you! Roasted Pepper Panzanella by @AbramsBooks author Gaby Dalkin @WhatsGabyCookin. #recipe

Monday might be the day you take it easy and simply whip together a tasty grilled cheese. Monday is the day we like to set the tone for the rest of the week, which means either testing out a new recipe, visiting a farmers market or enjoying the company of friends at our favorite restaurant.  All we want to do at the end of the day is sit down with good people and enjoy some delicious food despite the horrible commute to work, extreme heat or that sun burn we're still nursing from Saturday.

Today, we're going to try a simple, fresh and delicious recipe from Abrams cookbook author GABY DALKIN. Below, we've posted the link to the recipe on her blog, and you can check out her cookbook, WHAT'S GABY COOKING, at www.abramsbooks.com.

ROASTED PEPPER PANZANELLA

In What’s Gaby Cooking Everyday California, Gaby Dalkin shares more than 125 of her favorite simple and fresh recipes and offers a glimpse into what it’s like to “go coastal.” It’s about always having something tasty to eat, thanks to handy and delicious pantry staples (avocado oil! quinoa! limes! dark chocolate!), as well as an arsenal of easy and healthy recipes, like Chimichurri Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Grilled Fish, Taco Skillet Bake, and Street Corn Pizza. The book covers all the staples—avocado toast, grain bowls, greens, carbs, healthy mains, cocktails, and more.

For Gaby, California is not so much a place but a state of mind, and this cookbook proves that no matter where you live, you can still apply the same philosophy. All it takes is finding the freshest produce you can, stocking up on some versatile pantry staples, and keeping flavors and techniques simple. After that, the only thing left to do is kick back, pour yourself a California Girl Margarita, and listen for those ocean waves.

Simple, healthy recipes featuring fresh produce and a laid-back attitude in the kitchen.
— The New York Times

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MULHOLLAND BOOKS to publish LETHAL WHITE by Robert Galbraith on September 18, 2018

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‘I seen a kid killed.... He strangled it, up by the horse'

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that…

 

Praise for Career of Evil, the third in the Strike series

Strike and Robin are just as magnetic as ever.
— New York Times
Career of Evil is the third—and best—novel in the engaging Cormoran Strike private detective series. . . . [Galbraith has] invented a serial killer for the ages, one who chills us from the book’s grim but riveting opening. . . . This perfectly paced mystery is packed with surprises, all of which play out with flawless crime-fiction logic.
— USA Today, Four Star Review
Pure pleasure. . . . That’s what makes these novels so good: They are clever, tightly plotted mysteries with all of the most pleasurable elements of the genre (good guy, bad guy, clues, twists, murder!), but with stunning emotional and moral shading.
— NPR
Hugely entertaining . . . This gifted storyteller has taken full command of the new turf. . . . Career of Evil succeeds powerfully on its own terms.
— Chicago Tribune
Another triumph . . . Its darkness is mitigated by its sparkling protagonists.
— People

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. The three previous Strike novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015) all topped the national and international bestseller lists and were adapted for a major television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

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Going camping this summer? These titles from @experimentbooks will take your trip to the next level!

Survival Skill #1: Learn how to make fire

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Fire Making: The Forgotten Art of Conjuring Flame with Spark, Tinder, and Skill by Daniel Hume, $25.95

From the San people in Namibia to the Mangyan of the Philippines, Daniel Hume has learned how fire is kindled all over the world. Now, in Fire Making, he imparts his firsthand knowledge of a variety of fire-making techniques, basics, and more!

 


 


Relearn Your Sixth Sense

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The Nature Instinct: Relearning Our Sixth Sense For the Inner Workings of the Natural World by Tristan Gooley, $32.95

From the New York Times-bestselling author of How to Read Water--an exploration of our subconscious ability to "know" our surroundings even when we can't explain how. In this, the culmination of everything Gooley has written so far, you'll learn things such as how to find the forest's edge when deep in the woods or to know when a wild animal might pose danger.

 

 


Unplug and Reconnect with What Matters

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Into Nature: A Creative Field Guide and Journal by Alexandra Frey and Autumn Totton, $19.95

This collection of mindful activities unleashes creativity while helping you engage with your natural surroundings. Into Nature inspires readers to explore the natural world with greater curiosity and find moments of mindfulness in everyday life.

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Feeling inspired to cook a new dish? Check out Todd Richard's Ginger and Collard Green Fried Rice recipe from his new #cookbook 'Soul' published by @timeincbooks. 

In his debut cookbook, Soul, chef Todd Richards eschews any notions as to what soul food should be and presents his interpretation of the cuisine. Influenced by the cuisines of different cultures he experiences, Richards embraces today’s global pantry to create dishes such as collard green ramen and sea urchin with smoked tomato broth and West African spices. “Todd’s idea of Soul food isn’t ‘supposed to be’ anything but delicious,” Sean Brock states in the book’s introduction. Instead, the recipes presented are a reflection of his ancestors, upbringing, experiences and creativity as a cook.
— Michelin Guide

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Fall Spotlight: Nobody Cares by @annetdonahue, published by @ecwpress! #septreleases #fallbooks

The internet’s best friend.
— Flare
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From the author of the popular newsletter That’s What She Said, Nobody Cares is a frank, funny personal essay collection about work, failure, feminism, and the messy business of being alive in your twenties and thirties.

As she shares her hard-won insights from screwing up, growing up, and trying to find her own path, Anne T. Donahue’s debut book offers all the honesty, laughs, and reassurance of a late-night phone call with your best friend. Whether she’s giving a signature pep talk, railing against summer, or describing her own mental health struggles, Anne reminds us that failure is normal, saying no to things is liberating, and that we’re all a bunch of beautiful disasters — and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 18, 2018. PRE-ORDER NOW!

Brutally honest and ridiculously relatable, Nobody Cares takes you on a winding road trip through Anne’s life and makes you want to go back in time to visit your younger self — not to impart words of wisdom, but to admire that awkward, stumbling, beautiful person you were.
— Cobie Smulders, actress
Prolific, hilarious, and sharp. I love Anne T. Donahue’s writing and her incredibly distinctive voice.
— Emma Gannon, bestselling author of Ctrl, Alt, Delete
In this hilarious collection of essays, Anne T. Donahue blends sharp wit with wide-eyed observation and self-effacing honesty. I adore her writing.
— Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love
I don’t know how anyone could read her and not immediately fall in love.
— Scaachi Koul, bestselling author of One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

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@HBGCanada author N.K. Jemisin won the Nebula Award for Best Novel for THE STONE SKY! #nebula #awardwinner #thestonesky

Last month, N.K. Jemisin won the Nebula Award for Best Novel for THE STONE SKY! This was Jemisin's sixth nomination for the award and her first win.

THE STONE SKY has also been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, and has won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award in the Epic Fantasy category. A Hugo Award win would make her the first writer in history to claim that accolade three years in a row. The Hugo Awards will be presented at Worldcon in San Jose, CA on August 19th.

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[The Broken Earth Trilogy is] the 21st-century fantasy trilogy that changed the game.
— New York Times
The depth and breadth of Jemisin’s achievement with this trilogy is geologic. These books are a revolution in which I want to take part.
— NPR Books
N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy is the best new speculative fiction I’ve read in a long time… Intricate [and] captivating.
— Literary Hub
The earthshaking conclusion to Jemisin’s
powerful postapocalyptic Broken Earth trilogy.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
[N.K. Jemisin’s] books have abstracted real-life race issues in a way that serves to magnify the truth.
— Washington Post
Jemisin deliberately refuses to provide easy answers: they’re simply not available, in this world or ours. Painful and powerful.
— Kirkus (starred review)
Incredible, wildly original… [THE STONE SKY is] blowing me away.
— The Verge

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Read the latest reviews for @ACCPubGroup's books! #newreleases #bookreviews

Offering a rare insight into how the flamboyantly-dressed performers behind the wigs, heels and make-up really feel on stage, Gregory Kramer’s book also features essays from men and women who’ve been working New York’s hard-to-please crowds for decades.
— Daily Mail
India’s multifaceted culture is on full display in this terrific design book, in which Indian expat Nandan (Tokyo Style File) collects 100 objects that serve as social and political touchstones of Indian culture.
— Publishers Weekly
Its 284 pages of detailed drawings, rich photography and insightful commentary all bear the imprint of the late architect…
— Houston Chronicle
In his recently released New York New York: A Visual Hymn, Koek documents all aspects of New York life from different angles. The shots depict everything from the Brooklyn Bridge to people on the subway to doctors performing surgery at a local hospital.
— Parade
Good design can transport us, taking us on a metaphorical journey. The Chicago-based interiors expert Tom Stringer has customized the concept: He literally transports himself around the world to gather the inspiration for great rooms. Travel is his paramount personal passion, as evidenced by An Adventurous Life: Global Interiors by Tom Stringer.
— Introspective Magazine (1st Dibs), March 12, 2018

 

 

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The Best Books to Read During the #WorldCup! @FIFAWorldCup #fridayfeeling

Hockey is over. We're desperately trying to forget the raptors choking against #LeBronto. There are too many PGA tours to count.  We have a bit of time before Serena at Wimbledon. So, it's time to focus all our attention on FIFA World Cup, which finally started this week after four long years. (If you're going to start yelling at us about baseball, don't - it's too early in the season.)

To celebrate, we've compiled a list of books to read that will prepare you for a weekend of FIFA small talk that will inevitability happen. It goes without saying that you're not going to become an expert overnight, but these books will be just the thing to help you navigate an evening of food, friends and football.

Group A - Everything You Need To Know

The Unofficial Guide to the World Cup

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Whether you're a first-time fan or you've been watching for years, this books is a mine of fascinating facts, interesting insights and tremendous trivia into the world of the football World Cup. It explores the tournament's history, its biggest successes, controversies and flops and looks forward to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The World Cups' top teams and players are also profiled.

World Cup 2018: The Teams, the Stars, the Stories (World Soccer Legends)

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Learn all about the 2018 World Cup!

Discover the tournament's brightest stars, including unstoppable scorers Messi, Neymar, and Ronaldo, promising newcomers like France's Mbappé, and the world's best goalkeeper, Neuer. Get the inside scoop on the teams heading to the showdown in Moscow―and why the Americans fell short. Here are the backstories to previous tournaments―from the first small Cup in Uruguay to the shocking French loss in 1996 to Germany's recent triumph in Brazil. Filled with World Cup records, player stats, and incredible action shots of on-field wizardry.

Soccernomics (2018 World Cup Edition): Why England Loses; Why Germany, Spain, and France Win; and Why One Day Japan, Iraq, and the United States Will Become Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport 

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The 2018 World Cup edition of the international bestseller and "the most intelligent book ever written about soccer" (San Francisco Chronicle) is updated throughout and features new chapters on the FIFA scandal, why Iceland wins, and women's soccer.

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Guardian, Slate, Financial Times, Independent (UK), and Bloomberg News!

Written with an economist's brain and a soccer writer's skill, Soccernomics applies high-powered analytical tools to everyday soccer topics, looking at data and revealing counterintuitive truths about the world's most beloved game. It all adds up to a revolutionary new approach that has helped change the way the game is played.

This World Cup edition features ample new material, including fresh insights into FIFA's corruption, the surge in domestic violence during World Cups, and Western Europe's unprecedented dominance of global soccer.

Group B - Extra Reading

Stars of Women's Soccer: 2nd Edition (World Soccer Legends)

The greatest stars of international women's soccer today. 

One of the most anticipated sports events on the horizon is the 2019 Women’s World Cup, to be held from June 7 to July 7, in nine French cities, including Lyons, Nice, and Paris. With the last Women’s World Cup breaking records for worldwide viewership, here is required reading in advance of 2019: The World Soccer Legends series completely revised edition of Stars of Women’s Soccer, with 28 of the best female players from around the world. 

Discover tournament attendees from the world over, including longtime favorites and impressive newcomers, such as American goal-scoring machine Carli Lloyd; tall, Martinique-born defender Wendie Renard; and the razor-sharp Brazilian defender, Marta. 

Here is a compilation no fan can do without, filled with all-new photos of the women in action, updated stories that relate each player’s upbringing and unique talents, and callout boxes that distill essential information―including birthdate, flag, height, position, current team, international games, and goal tallies.

The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer

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Soccer is not only the world's most popular sport; it's also one of the most widely shared forms of global culture. The Language of the Game is a passionate and engaging introduction to soccer's history, tactics, and human drama. Profiling soccer's full cast of characters--goalies and position players, referees and managers, commentators and fans--historian and soccer scholar Laurent Dubois describes how the game's low scores, relentless motion, and spectacular individual performances combine to turn each match into a unique and unpredictable story. He also shows how soccer's global reach makes it an unparalleled theater for nationalism, international conflict, and human interconnectedness.

Filled with perceptive insights and stories both legendary and little known, The Language of the Game is a rewarding read for anyone seeking to understand soccer better.

Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics

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"An outstanding work ... the [soccer] book of the decade." -Sunday Business Post

Inverting the Pyramid is a pioneering soccer book that chronicles the evolution of soccer tactics and the lives of the itinerant coaching geniuses who have spread their distinctive styles across the globe. 

Through Jonathan Wilson's brilliant historical detective work we learn how the South Americans shrugged off the British colonial order to add their own finesse to the game; how the Europeans harnessed individual technique and built it into a team structure; how the game once featured five forwards up front, while now a lone striker is not uncommon. 

Inverting the Pyramid provides a definitive understanding of the tactical genius of modern-day Barcelona, for the first time showing how their style of play developed from Dutch "Total Football," which itself was an evolution of the Scottish passing game invented by Queens Park in the 1870s and taken on by Tottenham Hotspur in the 1930s. Inverting the Pyramid has been called the "Big Daddy" (Zonal Marking) of soccer tactics books; it is essential for any coach, fan, player, or fantasy manager of the beautiful game

Group C - For the Kids

World Cup: An Action-Packed Look at Soccer's Biggest Competition

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Soccer. No other sport in the world captivates a bigger audience--and no other competition electrifies its fans like the World Cup. Jam-packed with information about each and every World Cup ever played, this revised and updated edition of a Matt Christopher classic captures all the amazing highlights of soccer's most famous tournament.

Want to know who was behind the biggest surprise defeat of the 1950 World Cup? It's in here. Want to know which country has won the Women's World Cup more than any other? Just turn the page. Want to know more about the biggest triumphs and harshest defeats, all while feeling like you're on the field with the sports legends? Wondering what the term Total Football means? You'll find the answers here--along with much, much more.

Soccer Stars: Meet 40 game changers (40 Inspiring Icons) 

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The greatest goals… The most spectacular saves… Meet the top 40 soccer stars of all time! Relive Ronaldo’s most memorable moments, learn about Messi’s legendary left foot, meet the youngest-ever World Cup goal scorer, Pelé, and see the some of the most spectacular saves in history. Every player is a winner in their own way, but who will you choose as your hero? Jam-packed full of fun footie facts about who each legend played for, how many goals they scored and the special skills they had, this is the perfect read for football fans all over the world.

The Day Dad Joined My Soccer Team

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A soccer dad misunderstands when he hears that his son's team needs his help. Instead of taking care of halftime snacks, the dad grabs a jersey and runs onto the field to play! And what an embarrassment he is: he hogs the ball, complains about his teammates and throws a hairy fit when the referee doesn't call a play his way! Can the boy find a way to teach his dad how to be a good sport before he drives the whole team crazy?

Maureen Fergus, a Blue Spruce Award winner, has the perfect touch in crafting comic role-reversal stories. The boy gets to prove he knows more than his father --- always a hit --- but the two maintain a close and loving relationship throughout. The simple lines of Mike Lowery's art reflect the story's offbeat premise and child's point of view. With hilarious lessons on being a good sport, following the rules and having patience with others, this picture book could spark conversations about self-awareness and managing relationships. It also works for character education lessons on empathy, compassion and perseverance, and is a terrific resource for coaches of all kinds.

50 Things You Should Know About: Soccer

From world-class star players to dream teams and memorable matches, this comprehensive guide to football is packed with facts and information about the beautiful game. From the history of the game and how football has developed over time to the top leagues, clubs and international tournaments, this book pinpoints the players, games and teams that everyone should know. Starting with historical versions of football, right up to the modern game and the players of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it covers all the best goals and the most famous matches. Facts about the top players, stadiums and managers are accompanied by up-to-date stats and action shots of the most popular players. Packed with facts, infographics and photos, this is the perfect book for any young football fans.

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7 LGBTQ Books You Should Read this Pride Month from Independent Publishers Group! @ipgbooks #pride #books #loveislove

Part historical record and part family album, this book is a celebration of same-sex couples seizing the opportunity to honor their love through marriage, and of those who helped make their weddings possible. It's a collection of allies, those among us who've taken up the mantle of resistance and won, who are now living out their dreams and paving the way for others to follow. The photos of couples, their families and friends are alive with excitement, perfect illustrations of genuine joy. Each wedding industry professional featured shares the belief that marriage is a universal right, and all are fueled by a passion for helping same-sex couples create weddings that represent their authentic selves. Above all, Love is Love is an invitation—to celebrate, to be inspired, and to join those within in the formidable mission to redefine the traditional wedding.

This vital and inclusive history fleshes out the LGBTQ education readers have long been denied, bringing it to light and giving it the attention it deserves… A necessary purchase for collections that serve middle grade and teenage patrons.
— School Library Journal

A summary of the 250 best books for LGBTQ teens, written by experts on the subject and addressed to teen book buyers. Identifying titles that address the sensitive and important topics of coming out, being out, and the search for community, this catalog spotlights the best gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, and questioning books written for teens. The authors cover fiction of all kinds, as well as graphic novels and general nonfiction aimed at readers in middle school and high school, and include recent publications as well as classics that continue to be read and enjoyed by 21st-century teens. Information on how to find library programs, services, and additional resources for LGBTQ teens is also provided, making this a one-stop sourcebook for LGBTQ teens, their families, friends, and classmates, as well as teachers and librarians.

With beautifully rendered moments of Queer life, The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book offers over 50 pages of inked and framed line drawings and typography for folks of all ages, a tool for education and inspiration.
— Cristy C. Road, author and illustrator, Spit and Passion
Cheerful, busy illustrations expand the minimal text with the intriguing cast of definitely diverse churchgoers, charmingly including children who can’t sit still during church. An author’s note explains the story was inspired by the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. A humorous, upbeat look at a contemporary church community where all are welcome.
— Kirkus Reviews

A guide to National Trust locations whose histories have been influenced by the LGBTQ people who have lived within them, with a foreword by Sarah Waters

Both celebratory and reflective, this captivating guide sheds light on the LGBTQ heritage of many National Trust people and places. It commemorates figures such as Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson, owners of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, but also delves into the lives of lesser-known individuals associated with Trust landscapes and collections, such as William Bankes, who fled from his home at Kingston Lacy to avoid prosecution for homosexuality, and lived abroad for the last 15 years of his life. From Smallhythe, Monk's House, and Nymans in the South East, to Kingston Lacy in the South West and Ickworth in East Anglia, the Trust is exploring places that have been shaped by the sexuality of their inhabitants, workers, owners, and guests. This guide brings to light turbulent stories of exile and tragedy, tales of loving relationships and family, and sometimes challenging histories of public front and private expression.

In Honeybee, Trista Mateer expertly exposes the intensity of first love. The longing. The ache. The end that seems to come even swifter than the beginning. The strangers you become—or always were. The way the things left unsaid haunt you for years afterward. If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to fall for somebody, you will undoubtedly find yourself reflected in Mateer’s spell-casting words. This is a collection that will beg you to be dogeared, coffee-stained, & shared.
— Amanda Lovelace, author, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, "10 Feminist Poets Who Will Leave You Stronger Than Before" POPSUGAR, June 2017

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Check out the photos from the launch of @Lumberjanes #2: The Moon is Up at @AnotherStoryTO. Thank you @abramsbooks for making it happen! #lumberjanes #kidsbooks

Last month, Mariko Tamaki launched Lumberjanes: The Moon is Up at Another Story Bookshop. It was a full house, packed with kids and parents alike. Everyone was thrilled to see Mariko, and she was an absolute pro, happily answering any and all of the questions the kids (and parents) asked her.

See photos below!

This second volume in the middle-grade series maintains all of the best elements of both its prose predecessor and its comics roots, from its zippy signature argot (bons mots such as “Where the Roxane Gay are you going?”) to a diverse cast of characters . . . More feisty feminist fun.
— Kirkus Reviews

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