Super Sushi Ramen Express: One Family's Journey Through the Belly of Japan - Michael Booth

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A Cordon Bleu trained chef, Booth seeks to explore and demystify the Japanese culinary tradition, one of the most refined, fascinating and delectable of the world’s cuisines. For anyone who has eaten mediocre supermarket sushi, tempura that resembles a corn dog, or instant ramen in a foam cup, and wonders what all the fuss over Japanese food is about, this book will be a revelation. For those who have been lucky enough to eat sushi in the motherland, it will be both a nostalgia tour and an education, likely to result in a gluttonous meal at a favorite Japanese restaurant.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781250145680
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Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017

The Man Who Stole Himself: The Slave Odyssey of Hans Jonathan - Gisli Palsson

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Palsson has much to teach about 18th-century Dutch colonialism, the Dutch West Indies, and the trade in sugar and slaves, but this deeply-considered book is not the typical “epic history” of world events. Rather, in its portrait of one man who became extraordinary by claiming his rights to an ordinary life, it puts the monstrous on a human scale. Child of a black house slave and an unknown white man, Hans Jonathan was born on St. Croix in 1784. His mother was taken to Europe when he was three; he joined her and his owner in Copenhagen when he was eight. Ten years later, after heroic service in the Danish war against the British, he went to court, suing for possession of himself. He lost the case, sailed to Iceland, and lived as a free man. Palsson pieces together this unusual trajectory (which he traces into the present, tracking down his subject’s descendants), asking questions and looking at possible scenarios, seeing the world as his subjects might have. Holding off on an exposé of the brute horrors of slavery until the end, he highlights the inescapable indignity and logical absurdity of one person “owning” another. In sentences like, “little is known of the fates of enslaved persons in Copenhagen in general,” Palsson speaks volumes about an era’s priorities. Yet, as he reminds us, human trafficking is outlawed, but it still goes on—and what do most of us know of the fates of today’s human chattel?

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780226313283
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 16th, 2016

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst - Jeffrey Toobin

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American Heiress tells the fascinating and incredibly odd story of the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst by the "Symbionese Liberation Army" (SLA) in 1974. Over the course of the next year, Hearst goes from being a victim to a gun toting, bank robbing member of the group before finally being discovered and apprehended. As hilariously ridiculous as the central characters and some of their situations are, this book is interesting and the story is hard to pass up.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385536714
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Published: Doubleday - August 2nd, 2016

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780345803153
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Published: Anchor - April 4th, 2017

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