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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 Cover Image
$18.00
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 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812982190
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 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.

I Read Banned Books. Do You?

Have you read any of the following: Little Women by Louise May Alcott? A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein? A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle? For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway? Anne Frank’s DiaryJames and the Giant Peach by Dahl? Home for a Bunny by Garth Williams? The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie? AviHarper Lee? William Steig? Mark Twain? Judy Blume?

I have read a few, but in some places we wouldn’t have been able to. Because at one time or another all these books and authors have been banned from some school and library shelves. Not “a long time ago” but as recent as this year. In 2011 the Huffington Post put together a list of some banned books. The most unusual? The Dictionary. Both the Merriam Webster and American Heritage have had editions banned. Along with, Grapes of WrathSylvester and the Magic PebbleBeloved; and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? (READ MORE)

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