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Literary Sara

What I've been reading on the trolley. 

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Salt Fish Girl: A Novel
Larissa Lai
A Place of Greater Safety
Hilary Mantel
Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career
Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
Herman Melville

Words to Eat By: Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language

Words to Eat By: Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language - Ina Lipkowitz Bypass the introduction, a clumsy and slightly offensive attempt to link the etymological quirks and class implications of ancient languages to the present day. The rest of this book is a pleasure to read. Lipkowitz is at her best when untangling a lyrical string of language evolutions, and these linguistic histories are full of delicious trivia--I had no idea eggplants were once thought to cause insanity! If I had known that I could have gotten a history of the apple in this book, I would not have trudged through Michael Pollan's uninspired retelling in The Botany of Desire.