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The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way

by Héctor Garcia, Francesc Miralles, trans. by Charlotte Whittle

Taking the time to notice simple moments amid busy lives often feels indulgent and impossible. In The Book of Ichigo Ichie, Héctor García and Francesc Miralles (co-authors of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life) show how the simple Japanese concept of recognizing the impermanence of our lives can lead to a deeper appreciation of our present.

Pronounced "itchy-GO itchy-A," the definition of ichigo ichie is imprecise. The term attempts to capture the understanding that "what we

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Ultimate Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone

by Jamie Oliver

Prolific cookbook writer and longtime TV personality Jamie Oliver has built a food empire on approachable, accessible cooking. Ultimate Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone is Oliver's 23rd cookbook, eight years in the making and expansive in its collection of creative, healthy vegetarian recipes.

Novices and confident home cooks will enjoy Oliver's concise, clear recipes. He organizes Ultimate Veg by both recipe type and time of day, with sections like Curries & Stews; Pies, Parcels & Bakes;

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Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail

by Lesléa Newman, illus. by Susan Gal

Just as Jewish families open their doors for the prophet Elijah, Welcoming Elijah opens the Seder ritual and invites readers into the festivities. This heartwarming tale of a young boy and a tiny, stray kitten plays out entirely during the traditional meal as the story of the Exodus is retold and celebrated.

Lesléa Newman's (Gittel's Journey) poetic text alternates between the boy's perspective and that of the feline: "Inside, the boy drank grape juice./ Outside, the kitten lapped at a puddle." Inside,

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Don't Read the Comments

by Eric Smith

A famous streaming gamer and an aspiring role-playing game writer fight Internet trolls and follow their hearts in this charmingly geeky and hopeful YA novel.

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Anyone

by Charles Soule

In a future when one person's consciousness can enter the body of another, a secretive young woman fights to gain control of the technology.

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Interior Chinatown

by Charles Yu

Playing with multiple formats, Charles Yu scripts a hilarious and pointed send-up of Asian stereotypes that also asks what it takes to be considered a real American.

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The Hills Reply

by Tarjei Vesaas, trans. by Elizabeth Rokkan

Norwegian writer Tarjei Vesaas's final work is a multifaceted, lyrical meditation on the ecstasies of living.

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Media Heat

Monday, January 27, 2020

Daily Show: Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Pantheon, $25.95, 9780307907196).

Thursday, January 23, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Daniel Mendelsohn, author of Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones (New York Review Books, $18.95, 9781681374055).

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, authors of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America (Penguin Press, $30, 9781984877499).

Daily Show: Kim Ghattas, author of Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East (Holt, $30, 9781250131201).

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Good Morning America: Candace Cameron Bure, author of Grow, Candace, Grow (Zonderkidz, $17.99, 9780310762836).

Thursday, January 16, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Jonathan Blum, author of The Usual Uncertainties: Stories (Rescue Press, $17.99, 9780999418659).
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