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The Black Witch: An Epic Fantasy Novel (The Black Witch Chronicles Book 1) by Laurie Forest
Teenage angst and growth, love and rebellion as kids who grew up under an oppressive regime encounter diversity at university. It's hard to face your prejudices, whichever way they run.
1 / 6
Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas) by Zoraida Cordova
What world building! Great job.
2 / 6
The Undateable (Librarians in Love Book 1) by Sarah Title
So this is unabashedly a romance, but it has a librarian as the main character, so I took a chance. Wow, this is way beyond genre: quirky, REAL character with real foibles, a side character who's gay, and lots of good humor--like the best Hallmark movies, only with the diversity of the real world! Anyway I hope they push her on to bigger crossover books and I will certainly read the next one!
3 / 6
The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens by Patricia Tanumihardja
I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes. The author worked very hard to compile them; like most home cooks, the grandmothers cooked from inclination, availability, inspiration, and habit, not recipes.
4 / 6
Native American Food Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary by Daniel Moerman E.
Recipe development for me, and research. I cook and garden daily. People starve in this country with food all around, because they've been trained to think the only way to get food is to go to a building. (Only one cause, I know.)
5 / 6
Pretty Tough Plants: 135 Resilient, Water-Smart Choices for a Beautiful Garden by Plant Select
A bit harder for me to garden except with native plants since i live in a desert that used to be scrubland transformed in 200 years to arid desert with sky islands and if humans keep it up a Sahara of sand dunes. Y'all might need this book in times to come.
6 / 6