This beguiling book is made up of 15 stories by 15 writers, each exploring their relationship with their mother. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About began as a moving personal essay by Michele Filgate, the book’s editor, and is unputdownable. Whether estranged or close, funny, tender, heartbreaking or mystifying, each of these mother/child dynamics is complex and entirely unique—yet readers will see themselves in a lot of the beautiful stories.
Black is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine is a memoir, made up of several personal essays that meld together the experiences of author Emily Bernard’s family. From growing up black in the South to addressing interracial marriage, international adoption and motherhood, the book tells a tale of race in America—but it’s more than that. Anchored by a horrific violent crime that changed her life, Bernard shares complex and personal—but also always universal—stories in this moving book.
Chewy, colorful and cute, these rainbow sprinkle treats come from NYC-based Danny Macaroons, who started making them for his family. Now, he and his staff make 1000+ a day. For these sweet snacks, long strands of freshly processed coconut lend flavor and consistency. Then there are just four other ingredients: condensed milk, eggs, salt and vanilla. Available in packs of four, they are a delectable and playful treat.
Published by Doubleday, Colson Whitehead’s novel The Nickel Boys: A Novel takes place during Jim Crow-era Florida. Within the book, Whitehead details the lives of two black boys sentenced to endure the horrific conditions of a reform school called the Nickel School. Piercing and poignant, their stories are based on a real school that housed boys for over 100 years.
Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure is a deliciously sinister dystopic work of fiction about a family who inhabits an island where outsiders have not been allowed. After the father goes missing and three men wash ashore, the story turns into a tale of desire, violence, toxicity and revenge. The novel was long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize in the category of best original novel in the English language.
EVERYBODY.WORLD’s Trash Tee is made from first-of-its-kind 100% recycled cotton. That means discarded and wasted fibers from yarn factories in the US are collected and reworked into new yarn. Then it’s knitted, cut, sewn and dyed in Los Angeles by employees who are earning fair wages. The Trash Tee comes in three shapes (Classic, Boxy or Tailored) and seven colorways. Each cut is available from XS to XXL.
Ethically made from all-natural ingredients, byhumankind’s vegan shampoo bar ($13) comes in three fragrance options: lemongrass, thyme or lemon lavender. Base components across all three include anatto seed, hydrolyzed oat protein and rosemary extract—and our favorite is the fresh, citrusy lemongrass scent, which boasts additional notes of lime and sage. Not only does the shampoo bar offer an alternative to chemical-filled options, it’s also minimally packaged, so it’s kinder to the environment. Additionally, it’s airplane-friendly.
Solange’s 19-track When I Get Home is available on clear vinyl, for those who enjoy the ritual and sound of real-life records. With tracks featuring Sampha, Panda Bear, Tyler the Creator, The-Dream, Abra, Dev Hynes and others, it’s a lush album that waxes and wanes effortlessly between ballads, interludes and beyond.
Perfect for rookie cannabis cooks, Edibles is 130+ pages of low-dose sweet and savory snacks that are perfect for sharing. Beyond the classic pot brownie (which is included), there are mac-n-cheese bites, sliders, tea sandwiches, cheesecakes, apple crumble and more. The introduction explains all the vital details—from strains to potency, odors and terpenes; to the benefits of various cannabinoids; dosage and equipment. Of course, there are plenty of dairy- and gluten-free recipes too.
Volume 6 of feminist cannabis culture zine Dope Girls is focused on a “blurry” theme. From Instagram filters to literal visual impairment, the publication’s various editors and contributors cover all kinds of topics via essays, comics, art and even a map that tracks the USA’s drug laws. (There’s even a “stoner-themed” crossword for word nerds.) Plus, a portion of proceeds are donated to Planned Parenthood Southeast.
Andrea Nguyen’s latest book is a how-to guide to Vietnamese food for home cooks—utilizing ingredients that are readily available. Nguyen converts intimidating dishes—including pho and rice paper rolls—into foolproof recipes, making them approachable and enticing. But she does so without sacrificing flavor or authenticity. There are even recipes for the perfect rice, dipping sauces, broth and Vietnamese coffee, as well as tips for shopping and equipment.
Natural deodorants aren’t always the most reliable, but Corpus Naturals offers an effective and appealing iteration. While it’s available in various fragrances, our favorite is Third Rose, which offers top notes of rose balanced by Italian mandarin and cedar root, so it’s not too floral. Of course, the ingredients and scents are natural and mostly plant-based. The deodorant is also vegan, cruelty-free and void of aluminum, parabens, talc, baking soda, and phthalates.
Written by Michelle Lhooq and illustrated by Thu Tran, Weed: Everything You Want To Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask is a comprehensive guide to cannabis. There’s a lowdown on how to grow, micro-dose, make Rosin and choose the right strain. Lhooq (a cannabis consumer and writer) has expertise and experience on all things marijuana, while Tran’s playful illustrations make the book undeniably accessible. Ideal for those newer to the world of cannabis, this book is full of useful information.
Written by James Beard Award-winners, Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay, Franklin Steak: Dry-Aged. Live-Fired. Pure Beef. is the ultimate guide to assessing, preparing and cooking steak. Complete with variations for every single cut and plenty of tips on how to build your fire (whether that be on a grill, in a pit, or on the stove), everything is covered. In just over 200 pages, Franklin and Mackay answer just about every question that could be asked about steak—whether it’s cattle’s history, mysteries around dry-aging or how to buy and season the best cuts.
Made for desks, window sills and other small spaces, the Hydropod by Brooklyn-based W&P is a five-piece hydroponic planter set made for at-home soil-free farming. The process leaves a significantly smaller footprint—using a nutrient water solvent as a food source. Made from plastic and frosted glass, the subtle design will offer a pop of color once your herbs start to bloom.
Sourced from Bee Local in Portland, Oregon, Alto Essentials‘ CBD-infused honey is dark, robust and incredibly high-end—and it contains the cannabinoid best known for soothing inflammation and stress. Use the honey as you normally would and reap the benefits of the 5mg serving of CBD.