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Sophia L Johnson has commented on (4) products.

Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

Sophia L Johnson, September 11, 2011

This is my favorite cookbook, and I have just about every vegan cookbook under the sun. The recipes in this book are simple, surprising, and unfathomably healthy. It's a lot of bang for your buck. Everything in here has that extra somethin'-somethin' that makes it so you never want to go out and eat again. Isa also has great tips for substitutions and pairings, so you're never left in the dark. Get hungry!
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Sophia L Johnson, September 2, 2011

This is the most beautiful, dreamy, amazing comic I have read in my life. Really. It's based on Alden's actual dream, so it's simultaneously impossible to glean meaning from and impossible not to. Alden (of the popular Gingerland Comics blog) is one of the best artists living in Portland, and he is so meticulous in this particular work that it's one of those things you have to read again and again. The binding is beautiful and the end paper is in and of itself a work of art. The fact that this is just $5 is mind-blowing to me. The only reason I'm not ordering them all is because I want others to have the great experience I did.
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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Sophia L Johnson, September 2, 2011

Foer is a fantastic journalist, and if nothing else, you can revel in his craftsmanship. He methodically pedals and back-pedals through the labyrinth of the history of memory, while modestly narrating his own personal history as a competitor in the US Memory Championships and beyond. I feel lucky to have taken the plunge with this book, as reviewers put too much emphasis on Foer's own narrative, which is not the most fascinating or even best-written part of this book. His scholarship on the field of memory (and language, and writing, and test-taking, and poetry) is upbeat and exhaustive; sort of a World Memory 101 course for anyone who has ever wondered how our brains record information. It's got a terrific ending, too, which makes it the literary equivalent to a healthy, all-organic protein bar that you yearn for throughout the day: simultaneously enriching and delightful.through and through.
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Room by Emma Donoghue
Room

Sophia L Johnson, September 2, 2011

Of all the books I've read this year -- and there have been a lot, I think -- this was the most affecting. It's sort of a bizarre story, to tell you the truth; the premise is dire, and I too was skeptical. It all seemed too dark and impossible to do tactfully. Here it is: the story comes from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy whose mother was abducted when she was young and has been repeatedly raped by her captor, who holds her in a windowless garden shed without any hope of escape. The boy was born in this room and experiences a very tiny reality, marked by lengths of eggshells and single crayons worn down to the nub. See what I mean? Sounds a little like an ill-fated Dexter episode that goes on too long without the redemption. But since the boy is so innocent, the story manages to never be overwrought. The dialect (5-year-old-ese) is something one must get used to, but you stop noticing around page 50. At that point, the book becomes impossible to put down. I couldn't do anything for a day while I finished it, because every single paragraph was maddeningly compelling. And Donoghue studied child psychology extensively in her writing of this book, so she does a really delightful job of detailing exactly what trauma might feel like for a child who does not know he is experiencing it.
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