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5 books to read this month
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
By Mary Roach
A graphic, hilarious tour through the digestive tract. Want to know why crunchy food is appealing? How much you can eat before you burst? If you liked Roach's investigation of cadavers in Stiff or sex in Bonk, you’ll enjoy what she uncovers about how food travels through our bodies.
By Rachel Kushner
Kushner’s young protagonist, Reno, has left home to be an artist in New York. Romance takes her to Italy, where she falls in with the radical movement challenging the Italian government. These fascinating backdrops circa 1977 are beautifully realized, along with the young woman at the novel’s center.
Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism
By Elizabeth Becker
Tourism employs one out of 12 people in the world. Becker reveals the industry’s impact on the world economy, the environment, and culture. Becker, a former war reporter, also analyzes where and how humans travel.
The Tin Horse
By Janice Steinberg
Protagonist Elaine Greenstein’s sister ran away 60 years ago, ending a fierce love and rivalry. Greenstein discovers a clue to her sister’s whereabouts that sends her back to her youth in prewar LA. San Diego author Steinberg explores the nature of family and how the stories we tell become part of our identity.
Michael Chiarello’s Live Fire
Top Chef master and Iron Chef Michael Chiarello covers conventional grilling but also lays out techniques for cooking over a fire pit and spit, using a rotisserie, and generally just how to impress the heck out of your cookout guests. Lush photography enhances all 125 flavor-packed recipes.