A Monthly Look at Hot Books and Cool Reads
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Remember when the movement began among butchers and chefs to use the whole animal, every part “from nose to tail”? This is that, but with plants. James Beard-nominated chef of the award-winning restaurant Miller Union in Atlanta, Steven Satterfield has been called “the vegetable shaman” by The New York Times. A proponent of a plant-based diet (in fact, he attributes his recovery from cancer to it), Satterfield applies his culinary genius to vegetable dishes in this beautiful book. Whether you’re in it for health reasons, for recipe ideas, or purely because you can’t resist pretty food photos, add this one to your kitchen.
This is Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade, and it arrives to great anticipation. The stories in his two previous masterpieces, Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day, differed greatly from one another; we can expect that this one will also be a bit of a departure from its predecessors. We can also count on the superb artistry of Ishiguro’s prose. This time, the plot is set in Britain, post King Arthur, with characters taking a journey on foot. It wouldn’t be fair to tell you much more; instead we hope you’ll discover it yourself. This is the March pick for our Signed First Editions Club.
We seem to be in a golden age of narrative nonfiction. Here comes another one, and it’s sure to please readers who love a true tale that feels like a thriller. Dead Wake is being published this year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Lusitania disaster, when a luxury ocean liner full of men, women, and children sailed out of New York for Great Britain and headed into seas Germany had declared a war zone. Larson excels at this genre, and as he weaves the facts into a story, he reveals the many forces at work behind an event that changed the course of US history.
Soil: A Novel
This is the debut novel from Kornegay, an independent bookseller from Mississippi, who will join us on March 17 at Parnassus. His is a unique voice, perfectly suited to the dark comedic material here. From the publisher: “It all began with a simple dream. An ambitious young environmental scientist hoped to establish a sustainable farm on a small patch of river-bottom land nestled among the Mississippi hills . . . He did not know that within a year he’d be ruined, that flood and pestilence would invade his fledgling farm or that his wife and son would leave him to pick up the pieces by himself.” (Oops.) Sounds grim—and it is—but Kornegay plays the situation for laughs as well, introducing a cast of dysfunctional and memorable Southern characters.