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About Elizabeth’s Choices
“Hello and welcome to my browsing catalog! Enjoy
these titles, most of which are favorites from my
personal shelves, some of which are forthcoming
and all of which I love. You may refer to the
adjacent pages for some brief information as well
as click on the book cover to purchase and learn
more about each title. Though I will add more in
the future, I’ve started out with some genres
particularly close to my heart. I love these books
and I hope you will too!”
ART & DESIGN
clockwise from top left:
1. Bad Luck, Hot Rocks by Ryan
Thompson & Phil Orr
2. Aminah’s World by Carol Miller
Genshaft
3. Between Worlds: The Art of Bill
Traylor
4. Hilma af Klint Notes and Methods
5. Women in Clothes ed. By Sheila
Heti, Heidi Julavits & Leanne Shapton
6. Jungalow: Decorate Wild by Justina
Blakeney (PREORDER)
7. Homebody by Joanna Gaines
8. A Field Guide to American Houses
by Virginia Savage McAlester
9. A Black Hole is Everything A Star
Longs to Be by Kara Walker
(PREORDER)
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ART & DESIGN
clockwise from top left:
1. Bad Luck, Hot Rocks by Ryan
Thompson & Phil Orr
2. Aminah’s World by Carol Miller
Genshaft
3. Between Worlds: The Art of Bill
Traylor
4. Hilma af Klint Notes and Methods
5. Women in Clothes ed. By Sheila
Heti, Heidi Julavits & Leanna Shapton
6. Jungalow: Decorate Wild by Justina
Blakeney (PREORDER)
7. Homebody by Joanna Gaines
8. A Field Guide to American Houses
by Virginia Savage McAlester
9. A Black Hole is Everything A Star
Longs to Be by Kara Walker
(PREORDER)
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I find a gem
everytime I open this
book. “I am only 5
and I made a bad
mistake,” “I snaked
on these 3 years ago
VERY BAD LUCK,”
and the ultimate:
“take these miserable
rocks!” Grateful to
the Natl. Park
librarians for these
archives.
Aminah Brenda Lynn
Robinson is a hero of
mine. A creative in
multiple disciplines, she
explored the use of
natural materials, color
and form in new and
exciting ways, pioneering
her own methods. Learn
about her life, immerse
yourself in her detailed
work, and make some art
of your own!
Bill Traylor had an
extraordinary life and
this monograph
brings his work
together in a fresh
new way. Through
interviews, public
records & historical
documents, we see a
portrait of a singular,
self taught American
artist.
Not to be all “I went
to New York and saw
this exhibition” but I
did and it was so
exciting and vibrant
an mystical and
interesting… Hilma
told the world to wait
decades after her
death to enjoy her
art, so let’s enjoy!
What to wear? Why wear it?
Can I wear what they’re
wearing? Why do I love to
wear this? When will I stop
wearing this? When do I
feel well dressed? What did
my mother wear and how
does that fit in with my
vision of her? What does
dressing MEAN?? I love
these questions and all the
answers herein and I love
this book.
I love the set up of
this book, perfect
for inspiration. Of
course you may
know her from
her mega hit tv
series, her
successful brands
etc but what
Joanna Gaines
offers here is
accessible design
philosophy and
inspiration for all.
Although I certainly
would like to, I sadly
cannot access every
single home ever built
in America, knock on
the walls and see how it
was made but this book
is easily the next best
thing. If you love
architecture, design,
and history this is the
book for you.
The incomparable Kara
Walker! One of our greatest
living artists. This
forthcoming monograph
brings together works on
paper from her personal
archive, much of it never
before reproduced. A
stunning volume for only
$65, this is a necessary
addition to any serious art
library.
Justina Blakeney is the
queen of layered, colorful,
comfortable designs with
her brand Jungalow, oft
imitated but never
duplicated. In her
forthcoming book, we get
plenty of decorating tips as
well as advice for sourcing
textiles, creating a color
palette and more. She
advocates for everyone to
have a personal decor style
that is unique, lived in and
most importantly, feels
like you.
NON FICTION
clockwise from top left:
1. Women, Race & Class by
Angela Y. Davis
2. Heroines by Kate Zambreno
3. No Logo by Naomi Klein
4. Antifa by Mark Bray
5. The Unwomanly Face of War
by Svetlana Alexievich
6. The Community Land Trust
Reader ed. By John Emmeus
Davis
7. Home Works: A Cooking
Book: Recipes for Organising
with Art and Domestic Work
(PREORDER)
8. Secret Historian by Justin
Spring
9. In Extremis by Lindsey
Hilsum
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2. 3. 4.
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NON FICTION
clockwise from top left:
1. Women, Race & Class by
Angela Davis
2. Heroines by Kate Zambreno
3. No Logo by Naomi Klein
4. Antifa by Mark Bray
5. The Unwomanly Face of War
by Svetlana Alexievich
6. The Community Land Trust
Reader ed. By John Emmeus
Davis
7. Secret Historian by Justin
Spring
8. Home Works: A Cooking
Book: Recipes for Organising
with Art and Domestic Work
(PREORDER)
9. In Extremis by Lindsey
Hilsum
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9.
Susan B. Anthony
famously said she’d
rather have her arm cut
off than see Black
women get the vote first
and yet she is still
presented as the hero of
the so-called women’s
movement (that left
behind more women
than it included.) What
else is missing from our
understanding of race,
gender and work in
America? Spoiler: a
whole effing lot.
“Heroines” is the kind
of dreamy, smart,
melancholic, creative
book that I love
sharing as much as I
love reading. As far as
I’m concerned, this is
the “kill your white
male modernist idols”
handbook but it is also
a beautiful memoir as
well as incisive literary
criticism. Kate
Zambreno does it all!
One of the books that
has most influenced
me, first as a teen and
then again as an adult,
No Logo is just as
relevant as ever. As our
world becomes
increasingly papered
with ads and
corporations assert
themselves into our
daily lives with ever
increasing intensity, we
need creativity,
common sense and
each other to fight back.
VERY educational,
VERY timely- urgent
even. Perhaps one of
the most urgent issues
we will confront in our
generation. From
WWII to present day,
successfully fighting
fascism has been a
necessary and ongoing
fight. We have so
much to learn from
history as well as the
current glocal anti-
fascist struggle and
now is most certainly
the time to learn it.
Truly an astonishing
work by one of our
greatest living oral
historians. If you've
never read Alexievich
before, start here. If
you know a military
history lover, put
down the Grant,
Churchill and Patton
bios and do them the
tremendous favor of
buying them this
instead.
Community Land Trusts
have long been important
policy but they are more
relevant than ever in our
current crisis of unhoused
and marginally housed
community members.
Permanently affordable
housing in the Bay Area
and certainly the country
is long overdue.
Tattooer, academic,
sexual renegade and
writer, Samuel Spring
(otherwise known as
Phil Sparrow) led an
extraordinary life and
lucky for us he
chronicled it with
humor and detail.
What would happen if
we would do away with
our kitchens and
collectively gather and
share a kitchen? What
does it mean to eat
together? What type of
togetherness would this
kind of communal
dining create? Upending
the model of cookery as
an isolated act, Home
Works argues for
communal eating (and
organizing) in fun and
life-enhancing ways.
"It is important to tell
people what really
happens in wars." -Marie
Colvin, 2001. So important
to her, in fact, that in 2012
this decorated war
correspondent climbed on
the back of a motorcycle,
her arms circling someone
she did not know who
would take her across the
border to Syria. She would
not return. A brilliant,
brave, complicated person.
A hero.
FOOD WRITING
& COOKBOOKS
clockwise from top left:
1. Vegetable Kingdom by
Bryant Terry
2. Healing with Whole Foods
by Paul Pitchford
3. In Pursuit of Flavor by Edna
Lewis
4. How to Cook a Wolf by MFK
Fisher
5. Vibration Cooking by
Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
6. Cookery and Dining in
Imperial Rome by Apicius
7. The Jemima Code: Two
Centuries of African American
Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-
Martin
8. Veganomicon by Isa Chandra
Moskowitz & Terry Hope
Romero
9. Love Soup by Anna Thomas
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2. 3. 4.
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FOOD WRITING
& COOKBOOKS
clockwise from top left:
1. Vegetable Kingdom by
Bryant Terry
2. Healing with Whole Foods
by Paul Pitchford
3. In Pursuit of Flavor by Edna
Lewis
4. How to Cook a Wolf by MFK
Fisher
5. Vibration Cooking by
Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
6. Cookery and Dining in
Imperial Rome by Apicius
7. The Jemima Code: Two
Centuries of African American
Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-
Martin
8. Veganomicon by Isa Chandra
Moskowitz & Terry Hope
Romero
9. Love Soup by Anna Thomas
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This is the first
vegetable cookbook
I’ve used that is
organized by what part
of the vegetable one
eats which I’ve found to
be such a fresh way to
envision my next
menu. Favorites
include: brown stew
with root vegetables,
hoppin’ john stuffed
peppers and the
gorgeous cover recipe
for jerk tofu wrapped
in collard leaves. Also
includes a playlist!
A classic. I turn to
this book constantly
for nutritional
information,
guidance, and for
perspective on a
practical and
spiritual approach to
eating.
Edna Lewis’ classic
southern cookbook is as
pleasant to read as it is
to cook from. Dubbed
“the First Lady of
Southern Cooking,” her
work was essential in
introducing the country
to the history and
flavors of Southern
cuisine.
Written to inspire
courage in those
daunted by wartimes
shortages, How to Cook
a Wolf … M. F. K. Fisher
… gives her readers
license to dream, to
experiment, to
construct adventurous
and delicious meals as
a bulwark against a
dreary, meager present.
Vibration Cooking was first
published in 1970, not long
after the term "soul food"
gained common use. While
critics were quick to
categorize her as a
proponent of soul food,
Smart-Grosvenor wanted to
keep the discussion of her
cookbook/memoir focused
on its message of food as a
source of pride and
validation of black
womanhood and black
"consciousness raising."
The first known,
published cookbook!
Some methods and
ingredients are
recognizable, even
deeply familiar to us
today and some are
delightfully archaic.
Originally written as
instruction for Apicius’
chef contemporaries, it
quickly became a
standard in and around
Rome for professional
and home cooks alike.
Toni Tipton-Martin
has spent years
amassing one of the
world's largest
private collections
of cookbooks
published by
African American
authors, looking for
evidence of their
impact on
American food,
families, and
communities and
for ways we might
use that knowledge
to inspire
community
wellness of every
kind.
A 10 year anniversary
edition of the classic
vegan cookbook. I’ve
been using this for
years and the
cornmeal masala
crusted brussel
sprouts with lemon
wedges are a
continual crowd
pleaser.
My mom gave me this
cookbook many years ago
and soup has since become
one of my favorite things to
make, the more often the
better. Although Thomas
does not use meat, all of
these recipes will appeal to
all.
MEDIA & MUSIC
Clockwise from top left:
1. Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope
by Ayanna Dozier
2. Judy at Carnegie Hall by Manuel
Betancourt
3. Odetta’s One Grain of Sand by
Matthew Frye Jacobson
4. Wendy Carlos’ Switched-On
Bach by Roshanak Kheshti
5. Why Karen Carpenter Matters
by Karen Tongson
6. Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood
Babylon
7. The Bakersfield Sound by
Robert E. Price
8. Lament from Epirus by
Christopher C. King
9. Her Stories: Daytime Soap
Opera & US Television History by
Elana Levine
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2. 3. 4.
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MEDIA & MUSIC
Clockwise from top left:
1. Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope
by Ayanna Dozier
2. Judy at Carnegie Hall by
Manuel Betancourt
3. Odetta’s One Grain of Sand by
Matthew Frye Jacobson
4. Wendy Carlos’ Switched-On
Bach by Roshanak Kheshti
5. Why Karen Carpenter Matters
by Karen Tongson
6. Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood
Babylon
7. The Bakersfield Sound by
Robert E. Price
8. Lament from Epirus by
Christopher C. King
9. Her Stories: Daytime Soap
Opera & US Television History
by Elana Levine
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This book examines
Jackson's continuation
of her quest for control
as heard in her sixth
album, The Velvet Rope
[which] stands out as a
revelatory expression of
emotional vulnerability
by the singer, one that
many other artists have
followed in the 20-plus
years since its release.
By looking at
[Garland’s] song
choices, her stage
banter, the album's
cultural impact, and
her place in the gay
pantheon, this book
argues that Judy's
palpable connection
with her fans is
precisely what her
Capitol Records' two-
disc album captured.
When 20-year-old Odetta
Holmes-classically trained
as a vocalist veered away
from both opera and
musical theater in favor of
performing politically
charged field hollers,
prison songs, work songs,
and folk tunes, she was
making one of the most
portentous decisions in the
history of both American
music and Civil Rights.
Through a postcolonial
lens of feminist science
and technology studies,
Roshanak Kheshti
engages in a reading of
Carlos's music within this
gendered context. By
focusing on Switched-On
Bach (the highest selling
classical music recording
of all time), this book
explores the significance
of gender to the album's
phenomenal success.
In Why Karen Carpenter
Matters, Karen Tongson
(whose Filipino musician
parents named her after
the pop icon) interweaves
the story of the singer's
rise to fame with her own
trans-Pacific journey
between the Philippines
and Karen Carpenter's
home ground of
Southern California. This
hybrid of memoir and
biography excavates the
destructive
perfectionism at the root
of the Carpenters' sound,
while finding the beauty
in the singer's all too
brief life.
Kenneth Anger is a
former child movie
actor who grew up to
become one of
America’s leading
underground
filmmakers.
Hollywood Babylon was
originally published
in Paris, and quickly
became an
underground legend.
Not a word has been
changed. Not a story
omitted. Here is the
hot, luscious plum of
sizzling scandal that
continues to shock
the world.
In California's Central
Valley, two thousand
miles away from
country music's hit
machine, the hard edge
of the Bakersfield
Sound transformed
American music in the
latter half of the
twentieth century. The
Bakersfield Sound
immerses us in the
unique cultural
convergence that gave
rise to a visceral and
distinctly California
country music.
In a gramophone shop in
Istanbul, renowned record
collector Christopher C. King
uncovered some of the
strangestand most hypnotic
sounds he had ever heard. The
78s were immensely moving,
seeming to tap into a primal well
of emotion inaccessible through
contemporary music. The songs,
King learned, were from Epirus,
an area straddling southern
Albania and northwestern
Greece and boasting a folk
tradition extending back to the
pre-Homeric era. To hear this
music is to hear the past.
Elana Levine draws on
archival research and her
experience as a longtime
soap fan to provide an in-
depth history of the daytime
television soap opera as a
uniquely gendered cultural
form and a central force in
the economic and social
influence of network
television… AKA a book
absolutely tailor made for
me!