Mercury Rising, by Jeff Shesol

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Author, historian, speechwriter, and cartoonist Jeff Shesol has produced a masterpiece of narrative history, exploring how the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and particularly Project Mercury, defined the Cold War era. A review in The New York Times notes Shesol’s “extraordinary qualities as a storyteller,” showcasing his talent for character portraits and use of historical detail for context. Historian David Brinkley applauds Shesol for capturing the drama and tension surrounding the Mercury launch, adding that the book “has movie written all over it.” But until a movie comes out, please just read it! Shesol’s visual sensibilities as an artist and his literary flair leap off every page.

Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War By Jeff Shesol Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324003243
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 1st, 2021

Always Home, by Fanny Singer

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Growing up the daughter of one of America’s most influential chefs and advocates for food justice meant that Fanny Singer was immersed in the culinary arts from a tender age. In this elegantly written memoir, she shares stories of the foods, wines, people, and places that populated her family’s life in Berkeley, California, where her mother, Alice Waters, founded and still runs the iconic Chez Panisse restaurant. A Yale grad with a PhD from Cambridge in art history, and now a writer, designer, and cultural critic, Singer combines literary skill with aesthetic sensibility in a book as sumptuous and evocative of the senses as a Chez Panisse meal. Dozens of wonderful recipes are included too.

Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories: Foreword by Alice Waters By Fanny Singer, Alice Waters (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Fanny Singer, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781524732516
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Published: Knopf - March 31st, 2020

The Rule of Five, by Richard J. Lazarus

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Harvard Law School professor Richard Lazarus examines a single case in the Supreme Court and its consequential impact on environmental law, politics, and advocacy—and the future of our planet. Lazarus is a leading scholar of environmental law and an expert on the nation’s highest court. He also is a master storyteller, whose narrative relies on extensive interviews with justices, lawyers, and advocates and explains the unlikely chain of events that led to the seminal case known as Massachussetts v United States Environmental Protection Agency. The case was decided in 2007, but the story behind it remains as relevant as ever today.

The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court By Richard J. Lazarus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674238121
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Published: Belknap Press - March 10th, 2020