28c7e1da tiny Dory Kornfeld for quilting and crafting
28c7e1da tiny Dory Kornfeld for quilting and crafting
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Art Deco Complete: The Definitive Guide to the Decorative Arts of the 1920s and 1930s

These are all great texts for anyone interested in Art Deco design.

Missing Danielle Mastrangelo for art deco and design
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Art Deco, 1910-1939

These are all great texts for anyone interested in ART DECO design. 

Missing Danielle Mastrangelo for design and art deco
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The Cube

The Cube is a fun, visual book on the history of the Rubik's Cube and other twisty puzzles. Lots of pictures, color. Fun, interesting designs. 

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Speedsolving the Cube

Speedsolving is a quick guide to learning how to solve the Rubik's Cube efficiently. Also has outlines for more advanced puzzles (4X4, 5X5).

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Bloodchild and Other Stories

You should read this because how many black female science fiction authors do you know? And also, if you are a true sci-fi junkie, I guarantee her stories will blow your mind.

456ccfd6 tiny Wynnie & Reuben for science fiction
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Masters of the Dew

You should read this because it's recognized as one of the first novels to be written about the everyday Haitian peasant. Plus, it was translated from French into English by another legend, Langston Hughes!

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Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple

This is my own portable guide to understand the concepts behind disease pathways.

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales

Oliver Sacks is also required reading in every cognitive neuroscience class. All his books are fascinating.

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Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind

V.S. Ramachandran was required reading in one of my neuroscience seminars. This is a masterpiece.

23ed4a4e tiny Farah for neuroscience and the brain
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Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating

I saw this gentleman lecture on nutrition. He is very smart.

23ed4a4e tiny Farah for health and eating
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The Merck Manual of Medical Information: 2nd Home Edition

The Merck Manual is the clinician's Bible. They made a version for patients to keep at home, written in lay English for the general public, but with exactly the same information. This is such a valuable book, really.

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Yes, this book came out a million years ago, but it's a quick read that manages to pack in lots of super interesting facts (they happen to be about death and anatomy and corpses, but so what). 

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Taste Buds and Molecules: The Art and Science of Food, Wine, and Flavor

Throw out all those pairing books written by overly opinionated chefs and their egos. Instead take a spin with Chartier's book which uses SCIENCE. 

Dbc24d47 tiny Andrew Torrens for science and food pairings
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Oldman's Brave New World of Wine: Pleasure, Value, and Adventure Beyond Wine's Usual Suspects

A book designed to help guide you outside of your comfort level with wine, without trying to bombard you with all the regions, vintages and facts that often make many wine books a drag. 

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Maiden Voyage

Because inspiration, even for cooking, came come from unlikely sources. Plus, this is what I can read and re-read and read again whilst stirring chutney all day!

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Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking

Published in 1985 and widely available in used copies online, Julia Sahni covers the gamut of regional Indian cuisines in a surprisingly succinct tome (well, under 550 pages anyway). A careful selection of highly curated recipes + elegant food writing at its most refined.

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The Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving

Easy to follow instructions and a wide range of quirky and classic food preservation projects - from relishes to marmalades to pickles, ketchups and much more - make this the invaluable, must-have resource for home canners.

049190b8 tiny Drake Page for canning and preserving
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Probably the single best book on cinematic and narrative storytelling out there.

2c6c2798 tiny Andrew Linderman for storytelling and screenwriting
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American Art and Architecture

A fully readable, entertaining primer on all things American art + architecture. Especially good for communicating the themes that have been with us for hundreds of years. (Full disclosure: this was written by one of my favorite college profs, but it's great no matter what.)

A69143a5 tiny Jen Messier for architecture and american art