Tracy's Picks

How To Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered: A Food Science Nutrition Weight Loss Book By Mark Bittman, David Katz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358128823
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Published: Harvest - March 3rd, 2020

Down to earth answers to your questions of what to eat, what diets work and why, as well as information on nutrition and nutrients. Very accessible and without a lot of scientific terms. Well done with great info.

Artisan Sourdough Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Delicious Handcrafted Bread with Minimal Kneading By Emilie Raffa Cover Image
ISBN: 9781624144295
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Published: Page Street Publishing - October 24th, 2017

Magic Is Dead: My Journey into the World's Most Secretive Society of Magicians By Ian Frisch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062839299
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 22nd, 2019

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom By David W. Blight Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416590323
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 7th, 2020

This is the fantastic bio of a man who lived an extraordinary life. Having read other biographies as well as his autobiography, this will be the quintessential book about Frederick Dougls and his world. It just won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy!

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century By Deborah Blum Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143111122
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2019

Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler By Lynne Olson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812985030
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 3rd, 2020

Fourcade lead one of the largest spy networks in France during WWII. Forgotten in time, this book returns her to her rightful place in history. It is very exciting, well written, and very enlightening. A historic thriller that takes you on an amazing journey through some of the terros on the second World War.

Once Upon a River: A Novel By Diane Setterfield Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743298070
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - December 4th, 2018

On a dark winter's night, a man stumbles into an inn. His head is severly injured and the child he carries is dead... or is she? Over the course of a year, the book follows the poeple these two meet at the inn. Like the river Thames, we wander through the landscape trying to determine who the child- who was dead but came to life- is. Wonderful! 

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern By Stephen Greenblatt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

This is a "wonderous book." A must read! Greenblatt is an eloquent, descriptive writer who takes you into a world of enlightenment, science, and the emergence of secularism that would change the world. I've read it twice already and look to have another go at it. This book is a keeper! 

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris By Holly Tucker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393355437
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 10th, 2018

Very interesteing look at Paris during the reign of Louis VIX. Paris is rich with crime & death by poison is rampant. This is the story of teh firsy police chief who brought order to the city. It is not as dry as it might seem. Instead it reads like a good piece of historical fiction. 

Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands By Dan Jones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525428312
Published: Viking - October 1st, 2019

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine By Alan Lightman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525432593
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Published: Vintage - February 19th, 2019

By the aurhor of Einstein's Dreams, this is an inspiring, lyrical meditation on relifion & science. Lightman, a physicist, explores Einstein's theory of relativity and St. Augustine's concept of absolute truth. He gives us a profound inquiry into the human desire for truth and meaning. Lightman is always a joy. 

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners By Therese Oneill Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316357906
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 8th, 2018

So you've been all those historic films with women in crinoline, satin, & lace. Now see what Victorian women really did to achieve those looks. Wonderful, funny& surprising. Really fun read. 

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307408853
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Published: Crown - May 1st, 2012

Fascinating book on Germany as it geared up for war in the late 1930s as seen through the eyes of the American Ambassador & his daughter. Very enlightening and scary. 

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

Towles follows his wonderful novel, Rules of Civility, with this lovely story of a man sentenced to a life imprisoned in the Hotel Metropol in Moscow. If he leaves the hotel he will be executed… so the story centers on “The Count” and the people who work at or visit the Metropol over decades. This is a charming story of life, change, & wonder.