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2. Select the " UPS/USPS Ground Shipping" option
3. Five or fewer books per order if possible.

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Shelf Stable: May 3
“I like best to have one book in my hand, and a stack of others on the floor beside me, so as to know the supply of poppy and mandrogora will not run out before the small hours.”-- Dorothy Parker
Like most of my friends and family I have taken up the task of cleaning my house. So, I’ve summoned my inner Martha Stewart and have begun cleaning my apartment usually in a frenzy of determination.  First, is dusting: furniture, artwork, baseboards, tops of cabinets, windowsills, etc. Then I vacuum the entire apartment – rugs and floors. After polishing the wood furniture, I scrub down the kitchen and bathroom.  I’ve used Ajax, Lysol Spray Cleaner, Mr. Clean, Clorox Foam Cleaner, plain soap and water, a homemade bleach and water spray. But what I found works best on nearly everything is what I describe as My Beloved Windex.

Windex, now owned by SC Johnson, was invented in 1933 as a glass and hard surface cleaner.  It comes in many varieties including Windex Multi-Purpose Spray that not only disinfectants, but it guarantees no streaks.  Another version is made with vinegar; another one with lavender; then there’s the original Windex that works on dirt, grime and grease.  That product has a soothing blue color that comes from something called Liquitint Sky Blue Dye. 

Anyone with stainless steel appliances knows about fingerprints so I decided to clean my refrigerator, stove and dishwasher with my magic friend.  Sure enough:  I miraculously had perfectly clean and shiny appliances with no streaks or prints.
The kitchen floor – why not?  Spraying the Windex directly onto the ceramic tiles I take a clean cloth and carefully wipe the floor. Again, no streaks and as an added bonus, the floor is now disinfected.  I could, if I was so inclined, serve dinner on my floor.  I’m reminded of Gus in  My Big Fat Greek Wedding ; he was a celluloid lover of Windex.

The one negative is that it can be a bit toxic if you spray it on, or too close to your face – you also don’t want to breathe it in, or get it in your eyes, and although it has been suggested, under no circumstances should you inject or ingest it.  That means NO WINDEX SPRITZERS!

Yours spotlessly, Nathan
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Need Some Inspiration?
I love to cook. Over the last year, I’ve probably cooked dinner at home 3-4 nights a week, and since social distancing began, I’ve been cooking about five nights a week. I am also a food editor at a food media company, so I essentially consume (pun intended) food-related content 24/7. I have a lot of cookbooks and I religiously follow a few food blogs and cook from them often. But last night, I did something somewhat unprecedented for me—I created my own recipe. I was in the mood for comfort food, i.e. pasta and cheese, and I was inspired by this Bon Appétit article , the America’s Test Kitchen recipe for Fettuccine with Butter and Cheese, and this recipe that my significant other and I made last weekend. 

I browned butter, caramelized ( really caramelized) mushrooms, made pasta, added some cream and parm to the mushrooms, and then added the mushroom mixture, some more butter, a LOT of parm, a bunch of frozen peas, and a LOT of pasta water to the pot with the (drained) spaghetti. I tossed it, covered it, and let it sit for five minutes before tossing it again and serving. It was silky and cheesy and delicious and super comforting—and it felt good to have drawn the parts together in my head and then made it happen. 

So, anyway, the moral of the story is that if you’re cooking at home right now, maybe try something new this week. Think about what you’re craving and how you can combine those foods, read some food articles and mash them together. I hope you can all find ways to enjoy yourselves in the kitchen this week, and eat food that brings you joy. Also—if you make pasta this week, please put more salt than you think you need in the pasta water and save some of your pasta water before draining and add it to your sauce and pasta! Your pasta (and tastebuds) will thank you. 

Happy cooking (and eating),
Bedtime Stories
Kate's readings from The Hobbit have been a real highlight, so here is part three again. And if you've missed any of our bedtime stories, or want to revisit your favorite, you can see most of them here .
And of course, don't forget to meet us over at our Instagram story at 8:45pm for tonight's live bedtime reading!
Support Cafe Zing Baristas!
Although Cafe Zing is its own business separate from ours, we really don't see it that way: Zing workers are part of the Porter Square Books family. They keep us well supplied - very well supplied - with caffeine, kindness, and some great tunes. Sometimes they give us staff picks; sometimes we give them exact change because we've bought the same, perfect, comforting, delicious beverage twice a day five days a week for how long, now?

They're our family, and they could use a hand. If you are able, please considering donating to the Cafe Zing GoFundMe; 100% of proceeds go to baristas. What might you have spent at Zing over the past weeks if it we were in normal times? If that $10 is still in your wallet, consider putting it in their tip jar. We love you, Zing!
Featured Staff Pick For Kids
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again! Like in her award-winning The Poet X Acevedo gives us a beautiful, lyrical look into the life of her protagonists. What I love about this is that in spite of the gripping premise (two girls from opposite sides of the world discover they are half-sisters after their father dies) there’s such a focus on the specific lives of each main character. There are no blanket statements about the two cultures they hail from (though plenty of insights into both), just two people that seem so real they could walk off the page.
A Porter Square Books Choose Your Own Adventure!
You squint at the pages of the book in the phonelight for more cluees and notice you read the poem wrong the first time. It actually says "a letter beneath your PAWS." As soon as you notice that a series of large cat-like paw prints start shining on the floor in front of you. You follow them until they branch off in three directions. Each direction leads to a door with a different symbol on top. One door has the duck symbol from the spine of the book, another has what looks like a cake, and the third has that floor lamp?
Do you...
Go through the door with the duck
Go through the door with the cake
Go through the door with the floor lamp
Check the book again for more clues.
Audio Book Of The Month
The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Fatima is a concubine of the sultan of the last emirate in the Iberian Peninsula to submit to the Spanish Inquisition. When her dearest friend, Hassan, a mapmaker who can map places he has never seen (and that do not always exist), is singled out by the Inquisition, she flees with him and a jinn, following the trail of the elusive and mythical Bird King, who may or may not be able to grant them sanctuary. Wilson’s latest novel is rich with the historical detail, lush description, and fantastical elements that we have come to know and love from her. A story of resistance, freedom, seeking, and strength, and a true fable for our times.
--Anna Elkund, University Bookstore
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