15 Great Independent Bookstores in North Carolina

One of my favorite regional magazines, Our State compiled a list of 15 awesome bookstores to visit in North Carolina. I like that they’re not listing the best bookstores, because when it comes to bookstores, the best can be subjective. Continue reading 15 Great Independent Bookstores in North Carolina

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Food Does More Than You Think (Or An Introduction To Ayurveda Cooking)

I was not particularly interested in learning about Ayurveda when I began to read Kate O’Donnell’s Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind. Don’t get me wrong, I am interested in healthy eating and finding natural ways to deal with stress, so I was definitely intrigued by the title’s implication that the foods we eat can impact us mentally and emotionally, I just wasn’t sure if I could take another food philosophy. Continue reading Food Does More Than You Think (Or An Introduction To Ayurveda Cooking)

Freshwater Is Much More Than A Coming Of Age Story

Freshwater is probably the most creative story you will read all year. Bursting with more imagination than a three-year-old, slippery as the python gracing its cover and as deep as the words of the title fresh water evoke, Nigerian-born author Akwaeke Emezi has created a character-driven story that will either confuse the reader or elucidate their way for deeper understanding of themselves and the universe. I suppose it depends on just how enlightened you are. I’ll let you decide what enlightened means to you.

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