• Orwell's Roses

    Orwell's Roses

    Solnit, Rebecca

    "A fresh take on George Orwell as a far more nature-loving figure than is often portrayed, and a dazzlingly rich meditation on roses, gardens, and the value and use of beauty and pleasure in the face of brutality and horror. "In the spring of 1936 a man planted roses." That man was George Orwell, shortly before he went off to fight against fascism in Spain. Today, those rosebushes are still thriving. This is the starting point for Rebecca Solnit's new book, which presents another side of Orwell, a neglected arcadian Orwell who took enormous pleasure in the natural world and found great meaning and value in it. Orwell's planting of the roses is an axle from which Solnit's chapters radiate out like spokes as she brilliantly explores its various contexts, perspectives, and meanings, following the contours of Orwell's life and tracking how deeply enmeshed the love of nature is in all his writing. Journeying to the cottage in Wallingford where Orwell lived in 1936, she examines his desire to be agrarian and settled, how gardening restored him, and how planting something can be an act of fidelity and faith. Probing at the beauty and meaning of roses, she draws in the revolutionary photography and politics of Tina Modotti and makes a clandestine visit to a Columbian rose factory, where 80% of America's roses for sale are grown. She tracks the history of gardening, showing how the desire to garden is culturally determined and often rooted in class, recounts the immense battles over breeding and genetics in Russia during Stalin's time, and probes into the colonialist roots of Orwell's forebears, who worked in opium production in India and profiteered from sugar and slavery in Jamaica. Solnit shows how these points of intersection illuminate Orwell's work, and how that illumination shines forth on larger questions about beauty, pleasure, meaning, relationship, and hope. Her book establishes that "Orwellian" could stand for something more than ominous, corrupt, and sinister"--

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  • Cannelle Et Vanille Bakes Simple: A New Way to Bake Gluten-free

    Cannelle Et Vanille Bakes Simple: A New Way to Bake Gluten-free

    Goyoaga, Aran

    "Especially well-known and appreciated for her tender and delicious baking, the recipes in this book will include cakes, pies, tarts, biscuits, cookies, and breads"--

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  • San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities

    San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities

    Shellenberger, Michael

    "San Francisco was once widely viewed as the prettiest city in America. Today it is best known as the epicenter of the homeless zombie apocalypse. What went wrong? Michael Shellenberger has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years, during which time he advocated for the decriminalization of drugs, and for alternatives to jail and prison. But as massive open-air drug markets spread across the state, Shellenberger decided to take a deep dive into the roots of the crisis. What he discovered shocked him. Crime, poverty, inequality--all the things decades of Democratic rule were supposed to solve. The homelessness crisis is really an addiction and mental illness crisis. And the City of San Francisco and other Left Coast cities - Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle - not only tolerate hard drug use, often by severely mentally ill people, they subsidize it, directly and indirectly, attracting vagrants from across the United States. Why? In San Fransicko, Shellenberger reveals that the underlying problem isn't a lack of housing, or a lack of money for social programs. The real problem is the dominance of left-wing ideology that subsidizes lawlessness and encourages the breakdown of the foundational values that made what we call civilization possible"--

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  • The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

    The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

    Lewis, Michael

    "For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about. Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately, there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing to look unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis's ... nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19"--Dust jacket flap.

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  • Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation

    Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation

    Best, Carmen

    "Whatever your position is on Black Lives Matter, defunding the police, and equity in law enforcement, former police chief Carmen Best shares the leadership lessons she learned as the first Black woman to lead the Seattle Police Department---a personal insider story that will challenge your assumptions on how to move the country forward"--

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  • All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler

    All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler

    Donner, Rebecca

    Part biography, part political thriller, part scholarly detective story that draws on letters, diary entries, notes smuggled out of a Berlin prison, and other documents, this true story chronicles the life and brutal death of Mildred Harnack, the American leader of one of the largest underground resistance groups in Germany.

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  • On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint

    On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint

    Nelson, Maggie

    "Drawing on a vast range of material, from critical theory to pop culture to the intimacies and plain exchanges of daily life, Maggie Nelson explores how we might think, experience, or talk about freedom in ways responsive to the conditions of our day"--

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  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find--and Keep--love

    Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find--and Keep--love

    Levine, Amir

    Introduces the theory of adult attachment as an advanced relationship science that can enable individuals to find and sustain love, offering insight into the roles of genetics and early family life in how people approach relationships.

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  • Wildland: The Making of America's Fury

    Wildland: The Making of America's Fury

    Osnos, Evan

    "After a decade abroad, the National Book Award--and Pulitzer Prize--winning writer Evan Osnos returns to three places he has lived in the United States--Greenwich, CT; Clarksburg, WV; and Chicago, IL--to illuminate the origins of America's political fury"--

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  • Food52 Big Little Recipes: Good Food With Minimal Ingredients and Maximal Flavor

    Food52 Big Little Recipes: Good Food With Minimal Ingredients and Maximal Flavor

    Laperruque, Emma

    "Sixty recipes inspired by the "Big Little Recipes" column on Food52, featuring minimal ingredients and maximal flavor"--

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