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Classic Dining: Discovering America’s Finest Mid-Century Restaurants
By Peter Moruzzi
An homage to the art of dining during the ’50s and ’60s. Nightlife writer Moruzzi celebrates 200 restaurants all over the country and visits San Diego's Imperial House, Albie’s Beef Inn, the Red Fox Room, and Turf Supper Club.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Vampires in the Lemon Grove
By Karen Russell
A vampire marriage hits the skids when one of them develops a fear of flying. The stresses of supernatural love are perfect fodder for the inventive mind of Russell, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist and author of Swamplandia.

The Still Point of the Turning World

The Still Point of the Turning World
By Emily Rapp
Rapp’s memoir about parenting her young, dying son is a beautifully written account of every parent’s worst fears. It’s about the overwhelming weight of grief and surprising moments of joy. The book examines the search for meaning and hope.

The Dinner

The Dinner
By Herman Koch
Over dinner at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam, two couples (the men are brothers) share a friendly meal, until they discuss the tragic events perpetrated by their sons. Civility and social norms break down and a dark, psychological thriller emerges.

My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf
By Thessaly La Force
What books have changed your life? La Force asks leading cultural figures like Malcolm Gladwell and Twilight author Stephanie Meyer to pick a small shelf of books that best represent who they are. Each page features an illustration and a short essay based on La Force’s interviews.

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