Gulp by Mary Roach

Mary Roach’s books have been on my to-read list for a long time. However, when your job depends on knowing what’s new and great, reading an author’s backlist can be difficult to find time for. Naturally, when Roach’s newest book came out, I jumped at the chance to finally make time for this intriguing writer.  Right now I’m kicking myself for not having read her other titles sooner. Everything they say about Mary Roach is true. She’s exactly what a great science author should be: easy to understand, incredibly interesting, and outrageously hilarious. Outrageously.

In a way, I’m glad I waited. Gulp is the perfect follow-up to Salt, Sugar, Fat; It details some of the science that Moss hinted at. Gulp is a scientific exploration of digestion, from start (the nose) to finish, (the toilet). It may sound as though the book could be disgusting, but I assure you, it isn't. Roach makes her intentions clear from the start: she wants to fascinate the reader, not cause disgust (much). In this, she achieves her goal. From the first chapter I was completely engrossed, but never grossed-out. (READ MORE)

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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal By Mary Roach Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393348743
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2014

Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran

I saw Victoria Moran speak at Farm Sanctuary’s Annual Thanksgiving celebration for the Turkeys last year. As I enjoyed my tasty vegan Thanksgiving dinner, she talked about her years of vegan experience and of helping others go vegan. She is an amazing and positive person that one can’t help but immediately take a liking to and gravitate toward. She explained that before going vegan she was overweight and miserable. You’d never know it from seeing her now. She is vibrant, fit, and radiating happiness. She talked a little about her book and I made a mental note to order it the next day at work. My boyfriend was also impressed by her and said he would like to read the book when I was done with it.

After the first few chapters, which were the basic how-tos, I found myself getting sucked deeper and deeper into the book. Moran offers new insights to long-time vegans as well as great advice for beginners. There’s great information about nutrition, explaining the best ways to get all of the important nutrients we all need (yes, she explains where to get protein, please don’t ask that question ever again). She even inspired me to take up homemade smoothies for breakfast, which have instantly become a huge hit (hello endless energy in the morning!). (READ MORE)

Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World By Victoria Moran, Adair Moran Cover Image
ISBN: 9781585429332
Availability: Special Order
Published: TarcherPerigee - April 26th, 2012

Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss

How do I even begin? This book is huge. Not physically huge, just a huge deal for your life. You need to read it. I could end with that, but you’ll probably want me to explain why. Fine...

Salt, Sugar, Fat is mind-blowing. Coming from me, that’s saying something. I read a lot of books about food and I try to avoid processed foods like the plague. We all know this stuff is bad for us, but we eat it anyway because it also tastes good. This isn't an accident. Obviously food companies want their foods to taste good, but the extent to which they use salt, sugar, and fat to trick our bodies into eating more and more of it is criminal. They manipulate the ingredients, knowing it will cause people to overconsume. Any ideas of trying to manufacture healthier foods are immediately shot down by wall street and industry executives. (READ MORE)

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Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us By Michael Moss Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982190
Availability: IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 18th, 2014

And a Fun Time Was Had by All

Last month, just in time for Easter and general Spring celebrations, the Northshire Bookstore Children’s Department held a tea party. We invited kids 10 and under to come to the store and make some springtime crafts and enjoy tea and cookies.  And, like any good party, we encouraged kids to come in costume. (READ MORE)


Northshire Community Fund

A little known fact about the Northshire Bookstore is our great giving spirit. We often have staff potlucks and other occasions of getting together. During these events we pick a local charity and everyone who wishes can donate a few dollars. When we have pie bake-offs, barbeques, costume contests, or holiday potlucks, those who don't wish to cook, or don't have time, are asked to make a donation instead. If we have a staff member in need of help, they always know that they can turn to their co-workers for support.


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