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The United Nations: 75 Years of Promoting Peace, Human Rights, and Development

An effective and fair-minded account of the growth, development, failures, and successes of the United Nations.
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A Guide to Library Research in Music

Written for students at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as for general learners, this is a necessary tool for those looking for guidance in finding music research.

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Easy Homemade Pottery: Make Your Own Stylish Decor Using Polymer and Air-Dry Clay

Stone gives good coverage of a fun new medium to explore, especially as people spend more time at home. This book will appeal to a wide audience of clay artists, both beginning and more experienced. It is a good basic, instructional resource.
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Can’t Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop’s Blockbuster Year

Protracted dissections of events such as the Grammys may prove tedious, but pop fans with an appetite for nostalgia will find much to like.
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Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now

This useful account will help readers understand Biden’s mindset and suggests a blueprint for the next four years. For more in-depth, but pre–2020 campaign accounts, see Steven Levingston’s Barack And Joe and Jules Witcover’s Joe Biden.
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They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll

Devotees of Kiss, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and/or Starz, and they are legion, are going to lick this up. Rock this way.
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This One Wild and Precious Life: The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World

This may be one of the first books that culminates in the events of 2020 and offers a solution for moving forward. Although Wilson comes across as a bit rambling and even privileged at times, her stories are fascinating and her message is universal and hopeful. Readers with wanderlust will be inspired by her journey and calls to action.
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Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

Music students and aficionados alike will appreciate this engaging and accessible portrait of the composer.
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The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of the Anglo-Saxons and the Rise of the Normans

This dense account is not written in a narrative format but seeks for a firm understanding of a pivotal moment in history. Casual readers will not get as much out of Bradbury’s book as serious students of history and readers who like deep analysis of events.

A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany

Readers interested in German and Cold War history and cultural studies of religious and supernatural beliefs will find much to enjoy in this rich study.
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Instant Family Meals: Delicious Dishes from Your Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot

Readers with an electric pressure cooker will find this book useful. Like Copeland’s previous book, this one offers easy-to-follow recipes that are attainable by new and experienced cooks alike.
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Prisoners of History: What Monuments to World War II Tell Us About Our History and Ourselves

An insight into World War II that will appeal mostly to military enthusiasts and those interested in social history.
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What To Expect When You’re Expecting Robots: The Future of Human-Robot Collaboration

Unlike dry technology books, this accessible account incorporates absorbing writing, personal anecdotes, and scientific projections of life with robots. The authors’ writing will speak to readers interested in futuristic technology and those who enjoy comparing current innovations to upcoming technologies.
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Discovering the Inner Mother: A Guide to Healing the Mother Wound and Claiming Your Personal Power

Those with estranged or difficult relationships with their mothers will find affirmation. Good for collections strong in feminist works or the psychology of family dynamics.
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Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett

An accessible maritime history for libraries with extensive World War II collections.
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All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post

With the recent denigration of journalists by government officials and purveyors of fringe media, stories such as Downie’s are important. Aspiring journalism students and readers of the Post would especially appreciate this biography.
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The Truth of Yoga: A Comprehensive Guide to Yoga’s History, Texts, Philosophy, and Practices

Simpson covers the study and practice of yoga in this comprehensive yet accessible text. By sharing what he has learned, and continues to learn, without prescribing a single, definitive approach, he welcomes readers to embrace the truth of yoga.
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Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt Between the Islamic and the Contemporary

This richly illustrated, scholarly book is recommended for anyone with an interest in modern Middle Eastern art and society.
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This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks and the Art of Vocal Jazz

This evocative work conveys the challenges and successes Hendricks experienced and make for an affecting, well-rounded portrait of an underappreciated jazz artist who is ripe for rediscovery.
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Painting Florals with Gouache: An Introduction to Creating Beautiful Botanical Artwork

For anyone wishing to explore their artistic side, this is a solid addition to the genre of simple, well-guided instructional art books.
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Jagged Little Pill

Ardent Morissette fans and Broadway buffs will enjoy this peek behind the curtain.

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Violence in American Society: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Problems, and Perspectives

An ideal overview of American violence that will pique the interest of general readers and provide high school students and undergraduates with an outstanding resource for reports and background research.
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African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs

Covering subjects that are frequently mentioned in contemporary discourse but not always fully explained (see, for instance, the informative entry on historically Black colleges and universities), this is a valuable resource for a wide range of readers.

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

Seidule openly confronts his own indifference to racism, and this absorbing book will be of value to anyone interested in how history informs our present.
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All Souls Day: The World War II Battle and the Search for a Lost U.S. Battalion

A moving account of not just a seminal battle but the lasting effects on those waiting for decades to know what happened to their loved ones.
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Ruin and Renewal: Civilizing Europe After World War II

This eminently readable study thoroughly details how European nations sought to redefine and rebuild themselves in the postwar era. It’s indispensable reading for those seeking to better understand modern world affairs.
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Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Mixing memoir, civil rights history, and polemic, this blunt litany by Flowers delivers a call to action for all concerned about sustainable solutions to the shamefully inadequate environmental infrastructure, policies, and practices in the United States.

Julian Bond’s Time To Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Mixing reminiscence and analysis of the long struggle against white supremacy, Bond’s lessons provide general readers and scholars alike penetrating studies of ideals, motivations, compromises, suffering, and sacrifice that won Blacks’ release from the worst of racist Southern pathology. Essential reading.
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Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility

This very detailed look at carefully crafted principles for organizations of any size to apply will appeal to fans of Susan David’s Emotional Agility.
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Carving Out a Humanity: Race, Rights, and Redemption

Scholars and lay readers alike will be enlightened and spurred to thought and discussion.
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Killer Triggers

True crime stories with all the gory details, both aided and stymied by the author’s insights.

HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style

Fans of the British royal family will enjoy this spirited retrospective, which should prove popular with a range of readers.

The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government’s Greatest Humanitarian

A must read for anyone interested in humanitarian work, foreign policy, and biography.

Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941

This thoroughly researched work will engage anyone interested in military, social, and political history of Britain during World War II.

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

This riveting account will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of immigration and current U.S. policies.
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White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America’s Racist History

This book makes a compelling argument that white America’s fear of interracial procreation was a driving concern in the creation and maintenance of segregation throughout the Jim Crow era; a thought-provoking read.
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Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis

This is a satisfying contribution to World War II scholarship, highlighting a sophisticated, cultured, and still grassroots resistance effort. Recommended for public libraries.

The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates

While some of the material may be dense for non-classicists, there are many readers who will find the sections about how we tell and understand medical stories timely and important.
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Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler’s Germany

Recommended for readers of popular World War II history.
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Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents

In this time full of tumult and unrest, statistics already show a sharp increase in mental health issues in children and adolescents, and parents will be looking for resources to help. Recommended for its practical insights and tips.
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The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence

This book combines expertise with humble personal experience to show how modeling, believing in our children, and valuing learning instead of accolades will go a long way toward preventing addiction.
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Girlhood: Teens Around the World in Their Own Voices

Full of pictures and the unique voices of teenage girls in a variety of situations and cultures, this book provides a snapshot of teens’ lives around the world.
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Impossible Parenting: Creating a New Culture of Mental Health for Parents

This will prove a helpful volume to parents in the trenches.
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A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

Attenborough’s iconic sense of narration is present throughout this career biography and testimonial. Longtime devotees as well as newcomers will find much to learn about the man and his mission.
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Ghostways: Two Journeys in Unquiet Places

Complete with instructions for reading, this book showcases some of Macfarlane’s most genre-defying work.
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The Last American Hero: The Remarkable Life of John Glenn

While Glenn and Nick Taylor’s biography John Glenn: A Memoir and Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff offer more details about NASA and Glenn’s role in the Space Race, George provides interesting insights into the mark he left on American culture.
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The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans

A fascinating albeit chilling account of how human embryo engineering moved from the realm of sf to scientific fact. Recommended for anyone interested in the brave new world of genetic engineering technologies.
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The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science

Offering a window into the world of medieval monks, this will appeal to lovers of scientific history.
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Black Hole Survival Guide

Recommended for nonscientists and those seeking to understand the cosmos better.

Rebel Cell: Cancer, Evolution, and the New Science of Life’s Oldest Betrayal

Arney has successfully managed to wrangle a huge amount of complex information into one significant volume. Readers are given a vision of potentially powerful future treatments, as there is hope that strategies will evolve ahead of the rebel cells. Essential for medical and consumer health collections.

My House Is Killing Me! The Complete Guide to a Healthier Indoor Environment

Entertaining, not dryly technical, with illustrations throughout, this wide-ranging resource will be of interest to anyone concerned about indoor air quality and particularly those who live with allergies, and whose symptoms are worse in their homes.
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What We Didn’t Expect: Personal Stories About Premature Birth

Support groups often provide listening and understanding beyond what professionals can offer. When that sort of personal contact isn’t immediately available, a book such as this can serve as a close substitute. The elegance and honesty with which these writers share raw emotions and practical knowledge make it a valuable resource.
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Floral Embroidery: Create 10 Beautiful Modern Embroidery Projects Inspired by Nature

While the scope of this gorgeously photographed book is narrow, there is a wealth of easy-to-follow information for both novice and advanced embroiderers, who by carefully stitching along with Sturmer will soon find their homes blooming with colorful art.

Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters

An illuminating compilation and study of an American artistic treasure. This study is both a finely wrought biographical snapshot and an opportunity to sit in on conversations with one of the sharpest and most provocative minds of our time.
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Star Wars: The Triumph of Nerd Culture

A slight, unnecessary look at cultural divisions between a creator and his creations.

Dearly: New Poems

Atwood’s flare for precise metaphor in no way softens her delivery, as when she observes “We are a dying symphony.” Combining the wit of Dorothy Parker with the wisdom of Emily Dickinson, Atwood adds a steely grace and richness all her own. If there is beauty in despair, one may find it here.
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Beethoven: A Political Artist in Revolutionary Times

Kinderman’s exhaustive scholarship and fluid style combine with up-to-date references to issues such as systemic repression and other provocative topics, which should resonate with both academics and informed general readers.
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The Fall of America Journals, 1965–1971

Ably edited by Schumacher, this book provides a wealth of source material for researchers on Ginsberg’s life and work during this period.
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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

Heartwarming and insightful in equal measure. For Parton fans.
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When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras

A multilensed view of a continually evolving and consistently vibrant art form. For gospel fans, music scholars, and scholars of African American history and culture generally.
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Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, from Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince

Carlin’s spring-loaded narrative keeps the reader involved, and characterizing the empathetic side of some of the outsize personalities humanizes the Warner mythos. Record label books abound, but there has been little available about Warner itself or its sister companies since Warren Zanes’s Revolutions in Sound; Carlin’s title admirably fills that gap.
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ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History

Dasal takes all the best and most interesting parts of art history and puts them into a fun, easy read. This is perfect for art history beginners and experts alike.
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Religious Violence Today: Faith and Conflict in the Modern World

Despite the lack of careful editing, especially in the African and Buddhism chapters, these generally nuanced, in-depth, and wide-ranging volumes should benefit postgraduates and general readers alike.
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The Handy Western Philosophy Answer Book: The Ancient Greek Influence on Modern Understanding

Although the language is lucid, these complex philosophies are explicated rather than simplified, and math and abstract concepts make this work more challenging than other “Handy” offerings. Motivated readers will find the subject admirably expounded.

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Cyber Warfare: A Documentary and Reference Guide.

Conveniently providing primary sources with clear, pertinent analysis, this volume will be useful to students, policymakers, and even interested nonspecialists.

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How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America

A seminal collection of perspectives that are often unheard or overlooked, this work deserves a broad audience.

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Raising Your Spirited Baby: A Breakthrough Guide to Thriving When Your Baby Is More—Alert and Intense and Struggles To Sleep

Sure to be a landmark book, Kurcinka’s well-researched advice may just be a sanity and sleep saver for new parents.

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Behind the Bears Ears: Exploring the Cultural and Natural Histories of a Sacred Landscape

This splendidly crafted book will appeal to regional specialists and general readers.
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Modern Fabric: Twenty-Five Designers on Their Inspiration and Craft

Not a “how-to” or technical presentation but an exploration into the creative lives of contemporary fabric designers. This should appeal to quilters, sewers, and designers, both hobbyists and professionals.

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The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction

There is something for everybody here, and since the writings are short, it is a perfect companion for moments of waiting. Because all of Brevity’s essays, and some additional resources, are free online, the anthology makes a useful tool for both teaching flash nonfiction and learning how to write it.
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The Way of Bach: Three Years with the Man, the Music, and the Piano

For the serious music lover and anyone seeking answers to some essential questions about art and music.

What Becomes a Legend Most: A Biography of Richard Avedon

With this engrossing biography, readers will come away with a greater appreciation of Avedon’s artistic strengths and achievements, as well as the complex man behind the camera.

The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present

Two forthcoming collections is this series focusing on the postwar era (1945–2000) and essays of the 21st century will ensure this is the most comprehensive set of American essay writing to date. For readers fascinated by the sheer scope, variety, and art of the essay.

Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America

Oluo calls on us to do better because we deserve better, and her words will resonate with all ready to look inward and enact change.

Why Didn't We Riot?: A Black Man in Trumpland

An essential and powerful call for action asking us all to examine the role our silence plays in upholding white supremacy.

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

Moving and meditative, this reckoning on Blackness, manhood, and self adds to Laymon's legacy as an influential writer.

Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo

Anyone interested in the early days of space exploration will be drawn to this fast-paced, accessible book.

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Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity

A revelatory, celebratory trip through the amazing diversity of Latinx.

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Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

A sober book, and one that we should all take seriously. Essential for all collections.

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The Cap: How Larry Fleisher and David Stern Built the Modern NBA

Basketball and sports fans interested in what goes on behind their favorite team’s closed doors will find this an important and accessible account of the NBA’s salary cap and how it has affected professional sports, for better or worse. A unique history, recommended for all public library collections.

Entering Hekate’s Garden: The Magick, Medicine & Mystery of Plant Spirit Witchcraft

Readers familiar with, new to, or curious about witchcraft, herbalism, or plant medicine will find this title informative and deeply satisfying.
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Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel

Pankhurst's life is ripe for discovery by new readers and a younger generation. However, this biography is often so dense that her story often gets lost within its pages.

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Teach Like a Human: Essays for Parents and Teachers

Hirsch’s book may prove helpful to those who have had to learn to balance teaching or facilitating with parenting since March 2020.

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The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food

Samuelsson’s enthusiasm and appreciation shine throughout this inviting collection, a must-read for all interested in Black foodways and culinary history.
 

The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest.

Wilson has long been a footnote in Everest exploration, but this thorough and fascinating biography will remedy that. For readers of exploration, adventure, and Everest history.
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South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War

Well-written and well-researched, this work is recommended for those interested in causes of the Civil War, Mexican-American history, and human rights.

Black Futures

A significant offering for its timely, accessible documentation of writing, artwork, and thought around Black lives and Black futurity.

Down Along with That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy

O’Neill is a talented writer, and this powerful meditation on collective memory is necessary reading for knowing ourselves and our history.

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Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic

This thought-provoking collection of ruminations from Black women on how they thrive and struggle in the complex world today is particularly relevant to this moment but will remain an important text for years to come.

The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography

Exceptionally well-researched and detailed, this is a definitive portrait of Rich that will be welcomed by aspiring writers and poets, Rich scholars, and devotees of 20th-century American poetry.
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The Roads to Rome

A beautiful and delicious journey through the Roman countryside. Recommended for those looking for true Italian country cooking.

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Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from My Indonesian Kitchen

An excellent primer on an overlooked cuisine..

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