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{B07D80A1-D7AF-4D6D-AA4B-A49C7B3516DF}Img100 The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook / Rosanna Pansino

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook combines two things Rosanna Pansino loves: geek and baking. Her fondness for video games, science fiction, math, comics, and lots of other things considered “nerdy” have inspired every recipe in this book. You’ll find the recipes for many beloved fan favorites from her internet baking show of the same name, such as Apple Pi Pie, the Chocolate Chip Smart Cookie, and Volcano Cake; as well as many new geeky recipes, such as Dinosaur Fossil Cake, Moon Phase Macaroons, and the Periodic Table of Cupcakes.

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates / Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America’s third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy — at least not while easy money could be made by extorting America, France, England, and other powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy’s new warships and a detachment of marines to blockade Tripoli — launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status.

content.chilifresh-1 If the oceans were ink : an unlikely friendship and a journey to the heart of the Qurʾan / Carla Power.

If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Power’s story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities. Their friendship — between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh — had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names. Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. And so they embarked on a yearlong journeythrough the controversial text. A journalist who grew up in the Midwest and the Middle East, Power offers her unique vantage point on the Quran’s most provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, family gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations filled with both good humor and powerful insights. Their story takes them to madrasas in India and pilgrimage sites in Mecca, as they encounter politicians and jihadis, feminist activists and conservative scholars.

CDs

filament Filament  /eighth blackbird

Grammy award-winning sextet eighth blackbird offers a selection of four world premiere recordings along with a live performance of Philip Glass’s Two Page recorded at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Compositions by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Son Lux are featured as well.

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Adore life  / Savages.

The London rock foursome’s second album is a dark, messy, and passionate exploration of love.

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content.chilifresh-2 Midnight Sun / Jo Nesbo

He calls himself Ulf, and the only thing he’s looking for is a place where he won’t be found by Oslo’s most notorious drug lord: the Fisherman. He was once the Fisherman’s fixer, but after betraying him, Ulf is now the one his former boss needs fixed. The locals seem to accept Ulf’s explanation that he’s come to hunt. And a bereaved, taciturn woman and her curious, talkative young son supply him with food, the use of a cabin deep in the woods, a weapon– and companionship that stirs something in him he thought was long dead. Is redemption possible… or is it true that “hope is a real bastard.”

content.chilifresh-3.jpg Louisiana Saves The Library  / Emily Beck Cogburn

For Louisiana Richardson, desperate times call for crazy-like-a-fox measures. As the new librarian at Alligator Bayou Parish’s struggling library, she’s returning to her Southern roots and facing trouble hotter than fresh cornbread out of the oven. Somehow, she’s got to draw readers back in and prove the library is still vital–even as domineering parish board head Mrs. Gunderson plans to shut it down for good.

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