Julie's Staff Picks
This novel makes you think about the society that you live in with a fine-tooth comb. It is a very anti-authoritarian novel, and I think many of the motifs can apply to our day to day lives as americans and beyond. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that is interested in politics, social justice, or just anything that influences our society.
If you like dry, dark humor, this is the book for you. Taking place in Northern Ireland, this novel takes you through Majella's ordinary life when a murder happens in her small town that completely changes her daily life. A good read (or listen) if you like the show Derry Girls or just like Irish humor.
Wow does Claire's personality shine through in this! I've been a fan of hers since she was in Bon Appetit and these recipes definitely show who she truly is as a pastry chef rather than just making gourmet snickers and whatnot. Great book for anyone who wants to step up their pastry game!
A great cookbook for anyone interested in chinese cooking. The recipes are really easy to pick up once you get the techniques down and they are really tasty as well! Makes really complex recipes seem easy.
This is such a wonderful cookbook for anyone wanting to explore korean food. There are many recipes that are great for palates that aren't used to korean flavors, and also some recipes for the more adventurous. The bulgogi meatballs are a family favorite and the candied baby potatoes are so addicting!
Ignorance is bliss I suppose; not really when the world is literally ending right before our eyes. Mommers writes about true hope and reassurance about the actions that can be taken to support a sustainable economy while not killing the very planet we call home. This book speaks more to the climate change deniers than it does to the people that already believe that change is necessary.
It's the topic no one wants to talk about... death, but it is the only sure thing in life (and taxes). Even though I'm in my 20's, I still think that it is important to plan for anything that might happen (like getting hit by a bus). This book showed all the little details of what you should do before you go to make sure that your loved ones are not burdened with things after you're gone.
A great book for anyone interested in witchcraft. It teaches a lot of the basics in such an understanding way. Gabriela really makes it personable and simple so that everyone can integrate magick into our daily lives.
A wonderful novel about a Jewish woman finding her sexuality. It gets steamy. Pretty steamy. Like, very steamy. A great novel if you are interested in romance but also LGBTQ stories. Broder found a niche with Jewish LGBTQ stories and does wonderful writing bringing that reality that is not so much explored to life.
Another great cookbook from Ina. She really does take a fresh spin on classics. Like all of Ina's recipes, they are clean and sleek and ready for your next dinner party. This would make a great gift to someone who loves to entertain!
Chef Tosi does a great job of baking nostalgia into great desserts. She combines flavors that just sing of childhood, but she makes it in a way that has so much sophistication and whimsy. A really great baking cookbook for any person with a young heart.
This put me on such an organizational kick! Ever since they put out their Netflix series, I have been organizing my entire life from the apps on my phone to my closet and this book just accelerates the process. If you just need a boost in your organizational skills then this is the book for you.
This is a great analysis of women in media. It goes into the history of how women have always been perceived as total trainwrecks since the beginning of time and have been held to different standards than men. A really great read for an analysis of women in western culture.
A great critique of modern feminism in the fact that it is not as inclusive as it should most definitely be. This wave of feminism, while trying to be better, tends to forget of our BIPOC sisters. In this book, it explores how this tendency has been carried from the beginning of the feminist movement. It does a wonderful job at explaining how to make feminism more intersectional and points out that women can't win the fight of gender equality until all races and ethnicities are included.