Adults 10/23

Cognitive Drawing: Learn the [Human] Figure (Paperback) (Staff Pick)

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Cognitive Drawing: Learn the Male Figure By Jason Brubaker Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781734879902
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Published: Coffee Table Comics - July 1st, 2023

I've picked up a lot of how to draw/ how to sketch books in my life, and Jason Brubaker may have been the one crack that maybe just maybe there's a little more to it then "Here's how to shade a circle and draw a square."

- John


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Cognitive Drawing: Learn the Female Figure By Jason Brubaker Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781734879919
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Published: Coffee Table Comics - July 1st, 2023

I've picked up a lot of how to draw/ how to sketch books in my life, and Jason Brubaker may have been the one crack that maybe just maybe there's a little more to it then "Here's how to shade a circle and draw a square."

- John


The Museum of Human History (Staff Pick)

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The Museum of Human History By Rebekah Bergman Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781953534910
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Published: Tin House Books - August 1st, 2023

The Museum of Human History is high on my list of favorite books I’ve read this year. I’m also convinced this novel is the source of some recent wild and vivid dreams. Surreal, philosophical, futuristic. Yet also eerily reminiscent of our world today, especially the portrayal of biotech and pharma industries. Each line in this debut evokes memory and pain and probes at those ancient, human concerns of happiness and mortality.

- Katie H.


Worried Whippet: A Book of Bravery (Staff Pick)

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Worried Whippet: A Book of Bravery (for Adults and Kids Struggling with Anxiety) By Jess Bolton Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781400242122
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Published: Harper Celebrate - September 5th, 2023

This dog has pink pajamas, a fondness for blueberries, and a very complicated relationship with seagulls. Just look at that face! The perfect gift for a human with an anxious doggo.

- Murphy


My Year of Meats (Staff Pick)

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My Year of Meats: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780140280463
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 1999

I honestly didn't think I'd be interested in this book based on the description (the focus on meat didn't sound particularly appealing), but I read it in two days. A captivating story about media, meat, sex, fertility and love with beautiful prose and strong female characters.

- Alyssa


Inferno (Staff Pick)

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The Inferno By Dante, Robert Hollander (Translated by), Jean Hollander (Translated by) Cover Image
By Dante, Robert Hollander (Translated by), Jean Hollander (Translated by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780385496988
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Published: Anchor - January 8th, 2002

When it comes to Halloween reading, it doesn’t get much better than the Inferno. The notes and commentary by Robert Hollander illuminate the history and composition of the poem, and I love that his wife Jean (a poet) did the translation, which she renders skillfully into verse. Dante's Italian is also presented on the facing page for those who would like to explore the original text.

- James


Hello Beautiful (Staff Pick)

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Hello Beautiful (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Ann Napolitano Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593243732
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Published: The Dial Press - March 14th, 2023

This sprawling novel soars with characters so compassionately rendered and writing so rich, it’s hard to let it go at the end. Loosely based on Little Women, this extraordinary novel tells the story of the four Padavano sisters – each with their own distinct personality, each with their own secrets, each with their own loves. Profoundly moving, Hello Beautiful explores the intense connections of family, love, trauma and healing.

- Nathan


He Who Drowned the World (Staff Pick)

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He Who Drowned the World: A Novel (The Radiant Emperor Duology #2) By Shelley Parker-Chan Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250621825
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Published: Tor Books - August 22nd, 2023

The sequel to She Who Became the Sun -- in other words, a queer alternate history of the Ming Dynasty, now with more feuds, battles, and scheming.

- Sarah


Moon and the Mars (Staff Pick)

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Moon and the Mars: A Novel By Kia Corthron Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781644213162
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Published: Seven Stories Press - September 12th, 2023

History buffs will appreciate seeing key U.S. events of 1857-78 through the eyes of Theo, a half-Black, half-Irish girl living in the multiethnic “slum” of Five Points, Manhattan, as her two communities interweave and are ultimately rent horribly apart. Author Corthron brings a playwright’s feel for character, dialogue, pacing, and poignancy.

- Rachael


The League of Lady Poisoners (Staff Pick)

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The League of Lady Poisoners: Illustrated True Stories of Dangerous Women By Lisa Perrin, Holly Frey (Foreword by), Maria Trimarchi (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Lisa Perrin, Holly Frey (Foreword by), Maria Trimarchi (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781797215884
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2023

A cleverly bewitching design and fun illustrations make this book pretty irresistable. The edges might be a shiny green, but the subjects are certainly morally grey at best.

- Stacey


The Book of Cold Cases (Staff Pick)

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The Book of Cold Cases By Simone St. James Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780440000235
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Published: Berkley - February 28th, 2023

Nobody creates atmosphere quite like St. James. Whether the sun is out or not, a heavy, gray mist hangs over the totality of this story. Perfect for the reader who enjoys their true crime podcasts with a side of ghosts and muddy suspense.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


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