Gran Cocina Latina: The Foods of Latin America

Gran Cocina Latina: The Foods of Latin America Book Cover

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.

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body Book Cover

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.

The address

The address Book Cover

This novel focuses on The Dakota Building in NYC. The author certainly researched this building in detail as she explains why each apartment was built the way it was back in the late 1800's. She combines Historical events with a tale of greed, passion, and sacrifice told 100 years apart . Sara is the character in 1885 where as Bailey is the character in 1985 and how they overlap is cleverly written. A great read for those that like historical fiction with a murder entwined in the pages.

American buffalo : in search of a lost icon

American buffalo : in search of a lost icon Book Cover

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.

Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes Book Cover

This sweeping, world-building “space opera” is a faced-paced sci-fi whodunit and first book in The Expanse series. Most of James S. A. Corey’s characters are flawed, but he gets you to like the characters despite them. Corey is a pen name for Daniel Abraham (known for adapting Game of Thrones) and Ty Franck (personal assistant to George R. R. Martin). The Expanse was adapted to television through the Syfy channel.

Quinito’s neighborhood / El vecindario de Quinito

Quinito’s neighborhood / El vecindario de Quinito Book Cover

Not only does this book show the importance of community and highlights the interrelationships between members of the community, it also does a great job at bending gender roles! Great multicultural book. Easy to read, kids love the art.

Small great things : a novel

Small great things : a novel Book Cover

I never thought I would enjoy a Jodi Picoult novel, but this one proved me wrong. Narrated by three characters, this novel is fast paced. The white supremacy is infuriating and it is hard to read from one of the character’s points of view – but Picoult succeeded in making the reader feel such rage and uneasiness with him. If you have read Lilac Girls, this book is similarly structured – or if you like this novel – read Lilac Girls next!

Circe

Circe Book Cover

Modern twist to Greek Mythology at its finest! This was a fascinating read about how it feels to live amongst mortals from a gods perspective.

You are a Badass

You are a Badass Book Cover

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!

Julian is a mermaid

Julian is a mermaid Book Cover

I love this book! The illustrations are beautiful and message of being who you are and having familial support gave me all the good feels.