Staff Picks

Guidebook to Relative Strangers

Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393253757
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 13th, 2017

An absolutely brilliant essay collection covering race, motherhood, career, travel, and more. I don't usually take the time to appreciate individual lines in a book, but the sentences here had me stopping to savor each one.


A Sudden Appearance of Hope

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316335966
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Published: Redhook - January 24th, 2017

What do you do when you're forgotten by everyone you've ever met, from your parents down to the person you just spoke to five minutes ago? This is the life of Hope Arden, a woman incapable of ever being remembered once she's out of sight. Naturally, she becomes an international jewel thief. This is a solid fun-but-not-frivolous novel, one part techno-thriller, one part meditation on the meaning of identity in the face of obscurity or conformity.

Alexander


Giant of the Senate

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781455540419
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Published: Twelve - May 30th, 2017

Franken is an excellent raconteur in this entertaining but highly informative memoir of his political journey to the U.S. Senate.  Providing an account of his excruciatingly drawn out contested run-off election and a sneak peak into the inner workings of government, this funny man shows he is deadly serious about politics, Ted Cruz and Minnesota. Franken for 2020!

Susannah


The Wonder of Birds

The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us about Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812993530
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - May 30th, 2017

Jim Robbins’ book is a thoroughly enjoyable as well as fascinating look at the new surprises science is now teaching us about birds, what marvelous adaptations they have made to so many different and extreme environments and what they teach us about our own physiology and behavior.

Dale


The Bees

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062331175
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Published: Ecco Press - May 12th, 2015

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, one of the lowliest bees in a hive where work is paramount and worship of the Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. Her self-knowledge and curiosity make her a threat to the ways of her kin...but she may also be their only hope during a season that threatens the hive's very survival. Laline Paull delivers a totally weird and brilliantly imaginative chronicle based on observations of actual bees.

Rebecca


Democracy in America

Democracy in America Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780226805368
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 1st, 2002

Probably the best comprehensive analysis of American political thought, as observed by a foreigner documenting the socio-political climate of our country in its early years. Despite being written in the early 19th century, Tocqueville remains one of the most insightful and riveting thinkers on the subjects of both democracy and the United States. After the Constitution, probably the most useful text to understanding American politics.

Matthew


Priestdaddy

Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633737
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

Poet Patricia Lockwood’s memoir is hilarious and brilliantly weird as Lockwood tells the story of her unique family through her unique perspective. Her prose is like tripping as you walk into the room, grabbing onto a potted plant for balance, but, for once in your life, instead of falling on your face, you’re able to spin around until you’ve reset yourself like a tango dancer dipping nonplussed ficus. After spending time with Lockwood, you feel like you see a different world. This book gives you a new set of eyes.

Josh


The Moth Presents All These Wonders

The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown Cover Image
By Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101904404
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 21st, 2017

Behold, some of the best of 20 years of captivating stories told on The Moth radio show. These short gems capture magic in the hurly burly of life. A gorgeous gift for anyone and a keeper for your favorites shelf.

Molly


Hamlet Globe to Globe

Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802125620
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Published: Grove Press - April 26th, 2017

London's Globe Theater embarked on an ambitious project of bringing Hamlet to every country in the world, in honor of the Bard's 450th birthday (they made it to almost every one). This book is not just a rich evocation of many of the high points of those travels, but a series of brilliant meditations about the play itself and its continuing relevance in world in which we now live.

David


Sweetbitter

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911860
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Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2017

20-something Tess moves to NYC and begins working in an upscale restaurant, opening a world of amazing flavors, expensive wines, and the wild, hidden world of after-serving partying. With delicious, gorgeously written descriptions of wine and food, this novel combines the ease of a beach read with stunning passages that will leave you salivating. Be warned, you’ll want a glass of wine and oysters after reading!

Marika


Blue Ethel

Blue Ethel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374303822
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - May 30th, 2017

Ethel is an old, fat, cat with absolutely no time for being anything other than herself. Until one day she turns blue. If you've ever had an old fat cat, or any cat to be honest, you will love this whimsically illustrated picture book.

Emily


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