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La Bella Figura – A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
by Beppe Severgnini
Chosen by: Gina DePalma

“Ten days, thirty places. From north to south. From food to politics. From the sheepfold of morality to the televisual zoo. This ironic, methodical and sentimental examination will help readers understand why Italy-as Severgnini says’ “can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters or ten minutes.”

Gallatin Canyon: Stories
by Tom McGuane
Chosen by: Mario

“A superb collection of stories-his first in twenty years-from one of our most acclaimed literary figures, whom The New York Times Book Review has called “a writer of the first magnitude.”

Omnivore’s Dilemma – A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
Chosen by: Gina DePalma

“Today, according to Botany of Desire author Michael Pollan, we face comparable dangers in the midst of plenitude. Pollan notes that Fast-Food America is experiencing what can only be described as a national eating disorder. With compelling precision, he describes how parallel food chains (industrialized food, alternative or “organic” food, and home-gathered food) reflect differences and similarities in our ecology of eating. A fascinating look behind the labels.”

Heart of Darkness –
by Joseph Conrad
Chosen by: Caroline Marshall

“A masterpiece of twentieth-century writing, Heart of Darkness (1902) exposes the tenuous fabric that holds “civilization” together and the brutal horror at the center of European colonialism. Conrad’s crowning achievement recounts Marlow’s physical and psychological journey deep into the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz”

Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius
by: David Eggers
Chosen by: Brian Levy

“It’s an all-too-rare book that can be said to break new ground, but Dave Eggers’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius does just that. Rather than take its place in what is now a seemingly unending queue of memoirs by people whose lives have been altered by tragic events, tough times, and difficult lessons, Eggers’s book starts a new line altogether, one that very few authors will be allowed to join.”

Tsukiji – The Fish Market at the Center of the World
by: Theodore C Bestor
Chosen by: Pamela Lewy

Located only blocks from Tokyo’s glittering Ginza, Tsukiji–the world’s largest marketplace for seafood–is a prominent landmark, well known but little understood by most Tokyoites: a supplier for countless fishmongers and sushi chefs, and a popular and fascinating destination for foreign tourists. In this absorbing firsthand study, Bestor explains the complex social institutions that organize Tsukiji’s auctions and the supply lines leading to and from them and illuminates trends of Japan’s economic growth, changes in distribution and consumption, and the increasing globalization of the seafood trade.