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All the Wild That Remains by David Gessner
Jon:All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West David Gessner (April 13). Two iconic writers who loved the West, who expressed their love in very different ways. Gessner examines the issues currently challenging this incredible landscape and how each man might have responded.
Also reading: Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance by Christopher McDougall (author of Born to Run), and Rain: A Natural and Cultural History (because I was born in Seattle) by Cynthia Barnett.
Erin:God Help the Child (April 21). "What you do to children matters..." This foreboding phrase informs the latest slim but searing novel by Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison, one that unravels the tragic consequences of a girl's violent childhood.
Also reading: Made in Detroit by Marge Piercy (March 31). Gearing up for National Poetry Month in April...
Chris:All Involved by Ryan Gattis (April 7). In 1992, after a jury acquitted two LA Police officers in the Rodney King beating (and failed to reach a verdict on a third officer), Los Angeles was swept up by riots. This novel is about the experience of six people during that time. The publisher calls it "sourced fiction."
Also reading: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (May 26) and The China Mirage: The Hidden Story of American Disaster in Asia by James Bradley (April 21).
Seira: I'm going to do a little cooking this weekend and start trying out April cookbooks, like Genius Recipes(April 7). Right now I'm thinking about making the Chicken Thighs with Lemon or Grilled Pork Burgers...I think I'll also try another recipe from The Perfect Egg (March 3)--a breakfast dish seems in order, maybe Egg Clouds or the Gyeran Bbang, which the author was introduced to as street food in Seoul, South Korea and describes as a pancake-wrapped baked egg sandwich typically fried, but in this recipe baked.