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The Story of English in 100 Words

Lovely prose on all things language and linguistics. All of his books are great. 

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The Lexicographer's Dilemma

Puts grammar in historical context. Standard English changes, folks, so loosen up a bit.

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Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy

Milgrom's book is a fantastic account of her journalistic travels through the world of taxidermy and its eccentric inhabitants. Ranging from the American Museum of Natural History to the workshop of Damien Hirst, it also includes fascinating descriptions of the now-defunct Mr. Potter's Museum of Curiosities. 

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The Tipping Point

Neat view of the social makeup of people in a society, and how connectors operate. 

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Winning Grants

Perfect step-by-step guide to writing a great grant proposal. It's very accessible and DIY. Good for anyone from a beginner to a seasoned development associate. 

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Thai Food

Thompson has done more homework on Thai cuisine than many native chefs, and this book is a convenient compendium of well researched recipes. They're largely true to their origins--definitely not Thai-by-way-of-[Insert "hip" American city here]--making it a trustworthy English-language guide for those who like their Thai food unfiltered. 

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Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries & Their Residents

"Stories in Stone New York" is sort of like an AIA Guide to NYC for cemeteries. It's a cohesive almanac of cemeteries in the city with compact, but well-researched, descriptions for each. 

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Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery: New York's buried treasure

"Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery" is where I would recommend starting if you're interested in exploring cemeteries in NYC, as Green-Wood is definitely the most beautiful, as well as the best documented in terms of walks and famous graves, cemetery in the five boroughs. The history of the place and how ties into New York's development as a metropolis is fascinating.

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Silent Cities: the evolution of the American cemetery

"Silent Cities" is a great place to start if you're interested in how cemeteries in America have transformed from churchyards to the sprawling rural gardens to the modern memorial parks we see today. It has intriguing details about individual cemeteries in the States, as well as an intelligent general overview. Lots of nice creepy cemetery photography, too.

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Non-adhesive Binding, Volume 1

A very comprehensive book with super detailed instructions for making many different kinds of books from simple to complex. I taught myself a lot of the structures I know from it. And if that's not enough, there are four other books in this five volume series, each with more book structures!

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Blood, Bones & Butter

Blood, Bones & Butter gives great insight into the not-so-linear or clear-cut path, full of seemingly various and random life experiences, that sometimes leads the way to great chefdom. 

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Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden

Reading this now in preparation for Brook's upcoming class. A really fun, amazing series of anecdotes on some of history's most interesting (and largely forgotten) characters. 

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The Town That Food Saved

These works dive into the main benefits of supporting and encouraging local, sustainable food in communities nationwide.  Not only will the reader understand more full the health benefit of the food, but also the benefits that organic agriculture brings to the animals and the earth.   

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Organic Manifesto

These works dive into the main benefits of supporting and encouraging local, sustainable food in communities nationwide.  Not only will the reader understand more full the health benefit of the food, but also the benefits that organic agriculture brings to the animals and the earth.   

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Folks, This Ain't Normal

These works dive into the main benefits of supporting and encouraging local, sustainable food in communities nationwide.  Not only will the reader understand more full the health benefit of the food, but also the benefits that organic agriculture brings to the animals and the earth.   

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Why Grassfed is Best

These works dive into the main benefits of supporting and encouraging local, sustainable food in communities nationwide. Not only will the reader understand more full the health benefit of the food, but also the benefits that organic agriculture brings to the animals and the earth.    

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The Omnivore's Dilemma

These five books are all quick reads but would give a layman a weekend reading assignment that would truly enlighten them about our food choices.  Many of these authors have been featured subjects in full length feature films on the subject of food, but these works dive into the main benefits of supporting and encouraging local, sustainable food in communities nationwide. Not only will the reader understand more full the health benefit of the food, but also the benefits that organic agriculture brings to the animals and the earth.   

1f539944 tiny Dean Sparks for local food and sustainable agriculture
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The Artist's Way

This will train your brain to find inspiration everywhere and convert it into art! 

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Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas

How you know bitters are the Next Big Thing: a book just came out. I'm excited to order for Sarah's upcoming Cocktail Bitters class. 

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