Beer: Tap in the Art and Science of Brewing, by Charles Bamforth.
Written by one of the world's leading authorities and hailed by American Brewer as "brilliant" and "by a wide margin the best reference now available," Beer offers an amusing and informative account of the art and science of brewing, examining the history of brewing and how the brewing process has evolved through the ages.
Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat, by Barry Estabrook.
The author of Tomatoland takes on the meat industry. “Estabrook illuminates the complexities of the pig industry and the desperate need for reform”. —Alice Waters
The Summer Table: Recipes and Menus for Casual Outdoor Entertaining, by Lisa Lemke. “With fresh recipe ideas for readers who like dining al fresco, this cookbook promises plenty of summer fun.” —Library Journal
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, by Johann Hari. Johann Hari was a columnist for the Independent in London for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. His book about the 100 year-old-war on drugs is told through the experiences of those most intimately affected – the users, police, and medical personnel who see up close the effects of our insane drug policy. Very thought-provoking.
The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World, by Joel K. Bourne Jr. Bourne follows extraordinary individuals struggling to increase food supplies as droughts, floods, and heat waves hammer crops around the globe. Bill McKibben writes, "It's going to be hard to feed a world that we're relentlessly heating. But reading about the amazing advances made by developing world farmers with 'organic' agriculture left me with a vision of the planet we could still create."
Guerilla Furniture Design, by Will Holman. How to build lean, modern furniture with salvaged materials. Free-Range Chicken Gardens, by Jessi Bloom, photos by Kate Baldwin. How to create a beautiful, chicken-friendly yard, with the benefits of natural fertilizer, organic pest control, soil aeration, fresh eggs, and thriving gardens.
The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi. Sci Fi thriller set in the near future of the American southwest ,where water is more valuable than gold.
The Green Road, by Anne Enright. Irish writer, Enright, sets her novel in a small town on the Atlantic coast, and follows a family of four siblings over the course of 30 years.