This book reads like fiction, but is the true tale of the struggle between the marine ecosystem and the US Navy. Perplexed by continuous mass-strandings of whales, a marine biologist searches for the cause. What he finds turns out to be a much bigger battle than he ever anticipated. This thrilling book tells the story of the fight to protect these gentle giants, and the difficulties faced when the primary foe is the US Armed Forces.
This cookbook has an amazingly comprehensive set of recipes for Latin American dishes. Beyond the wonderful recipes, it also gives a compelling and rich history behind the foods and specific ingredients. In my own home, I often find myself reaching for it when I'm itching to cook something new. Aji de gallina (pg 671) makes a frequent appearance at my dinner table, and you will always find Chimichurri (pg 132) in my fridge.
Jessamyn Stanley is a body positivity advocate and yoga teacher. Her book was great for this beginner – she answered questions about getting started and has great pictures of poses. This is a book I keep checking out from the library to see how Jessamyn would tell me to do a pose. I also really enjoy her Instagram account and often watch her YouTube videos because she is wonderful at accommodating poses to work with your body.
American Buffalo charts the natural history and near extinction of this magnificent animal. Rinella goes through the history of this animal, and contemplates his place as part of a 14,000 year hunting tradition. It is part history book, part adventure tale, and part hunting story. It is a quick and easy read for anyone interested in natural history.
This is, by far, my favorite book in the “self-improvement” category, and I’ve read a lot of them! Jen Sincero’s writing will make you laugh out loud and nod your head as you realize things about yourself, your thought process, and the world around you. I’ve read this book more than 10 times and I get something out of it each time. The audiobook is also hilariously narrated by her and it’s a must listen!
On break from teaching duties, Paul Theroux decides to travel from his home in Boston to Patagonia. Along the way he paints a vivid picture of not only the scenery passing by, but of all the people he meets along the way. It will make you want to hop on the next train to see how far you can go!
The Sun Does Shine is a mind blowing memoir that reads like a novel. Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly accused and convicted of murder at age 29 and spent the next 29 years of his life on death row. Not an easy read but a powerful story of hope and resilience.