What do plants and people have in common? More than you think.

Growing up, Suzanne Simard was captivated by the multicolored layers of humus and mineral soils teeming with worms and bugs and nearly impenetrable tangles of roots coiled together with fungus.  How, she wondered, did this exuberant life below the ground connect to the forest above it?  In her book, “Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the … Read more What do plants and people have in common? More than you think.

More quality time spent in the kitchen? Yes, please.

What do avocado toast and kitten heels have in common? They both reflect trends: one in food, one in fashion. Two new appealing spring cookbooks, Nigella Lawson’s “Cook, Eat, Repeat” and Roxana Jullapat’s “Mother Grains,” reflect the times we’re in right now – as do Zoom calls and Etsy masks.   During the long months … Read more More quality time spent in the kitchen? Yes, please.

Book News: Report urges library leaders to address decline in public library usage stats

Report urges library leaders to address decline in public library usage stats May 06 2021 In a report published this week, veteran London-based bookseller, library advocate, and former Waterstones managing director Tim Coates warns that U.S. public library usage statistics show a steep decline—and he suggests that library leaders must do more to address the … Read more Book News: Report urges library leaders to address decline in public library usage stats

‘Things We Lost To The Water’ Is A Literal And Allegorical Look At Dislocation

Nước — the Vietnamese word for country and water — permeates Eric Nguyen’s haunting debut. Signifying both a place of origin and the means by which a boat refugee departs from such place of origin, Things We Lost to the Water poignantly explores all the ways in which Vietnamese refugees are affected by country and … Read more ‘Things We Lost To The Water’ Is A Literal And Allegorical Look At Dislocation

‘Everybody’ Examines The Idea That Bodies Can Confine Or Free

Everybody: A Book about Freedom, Olivia Laing W. W. Norton & Company hide caption toggle caption W. W. Norton & Company Everybody: A Book about Freedom, Olivia Laing W. W. Norton & Company When Olivia Laing was 22, she came across a flyer advertising a form of alternative healing based on the notion that all … Read more ‘Everybody’ Examines The Idea That Bodies Can Confine Or Free

Alison Bechdel Takes On Exercise Trends In ‘The Secret to Superhuman Strength’

Alison Bechdel Takes On Exercise Trends In ‘The Secret to Superhuman Strength’ : NPR Alison Bechdel Takes On Exercise Trends In ‘The Secret to Superhuman Strength’ Bechdel’s new graphic memoir is about her lifelong obsession with exercise. She says she has a “predisposition of being extremely self-conscious and very caught up in my head” — … Read more Alison Bechdel Takes On Exercise Trends In ‘The Secret to Superhuman Strength’

A Daughter Rediscovers Her Deceased Father’s Life In ‘Negative Space’

Negative Space, by Lilly Dancyger Santa Fe Writer’s Project hide caption toggle caption Santa Fe Writer’s Project Negative Space, by Lilly Dancyger Santa Fe Writer’s Project Lilly Dancyger’s Negative Space is a double biography that tells Dancyger’s story while simultaneously discovering her dead father’s life. At once an exploration of grief and a literary séance … Read more A Daughter Rediscovers Her Deceased Father’s Life In ‘Negative Space’