Adults 12/23

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi (Staff Pick)

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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new fantasy series set a thousand years before The City of Brass By Shannon Chakraborty Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780062963505
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 28th, 2023

Looking for an excellent fantasy novel for a swashbuckling friend in your life? You've found it.

- Connor


The Writers: Portraits by Laura Wilson (Staff Pick)

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The Writers: Portraits By Laura Wilson, Charles McGrath (Foreword by), Louise Erdrich (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Laura Wilson, Charles McGrath (Foreword by), Louise Erdrich (Introduction by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780300257786
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Published: Yale University Press - October 18th, 2022

You will need to buy two of these: one for a gift, and one for yourself.  These stunning black-and-white photographs of almost every contemporary writer you could think of, photographed not only in portraiture but in their libraries and homes, with their families and friends and dogs, and in the magnificent outdoors.  We know these authors through their books, but these images seem to bring us into their inner lives and selves in a way that the written word alone could never capture.

- David


No Meat Required (Staff Pick)

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No Meat Required: The Cultural History and Culinary Future of Plant-Based Eating By Alicia Kennedy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807069172
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Published: Beacon Press - August 15th, 2023

Part memoir, part cultural criticism, and part culinary history with a focus on sustainability, labor rights, and feminism. This incredibly researched book chronicles Kennedy's personal food history and the radical past and future of plant-based eating. It will challenge you to make more thoughtful approaches to the way you eat, regardless of whether you're an omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan. 

- Katie H.


The World Atlas of Coffee (Staff Pick)

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The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -- Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed By James Hoffmann Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780228100942
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Published: Firefly Books - October 10th, 2018

James Hoffmann provides a book on coffee that is as beautiful as it is informative. Learn about coffee at all stages of production ranging from the farms it’s harvested at, to the process of making it. A great read for any coffee lover.

-Tony


The Warped Side of Our Universe (Staff Pick)

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The Warped Side of Our Universe: An Odyssey through Black Holes, Wormholes, Time Travel, and Gravitational Waves By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist))
$50.00
ISBN: 9781631498541
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Published: Liveright - October 31st, 2023

Science and space intimidate the heck out of me, but this gorgeous book makes me want to know more about both.

- Jane


National Geographic Herbal: 100 Herbs from the World's Healing Traditions (Staff Pick)

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National Geographic Herbal: 100 Herbs From the World's Healing Traditions By Mimi Prunella Hernandez Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781426222399
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Published: National Geographic - November 7th, 2023

This beautiful book is more than just something to spruce up a coffee table! It is filled with gorgeous illustrations, fascinating history, growing tips, and therapeutic uses for each of the herbs, and I could not put it down! This is the perfect gift for anyone looking for a beautiful new way to look at plants you may even see as “weeds”!

- Emma


Edward Hopper and Cape Ann (Staff Pick)

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Edward Hopper & Cape Ann: Illuminating an American Landscape By Elliot Bostwick Davis Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9780847899340
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Published: Rizzoli Electa - May 2nd, 2023

This is the catalog for a recent terrific exhibit (now closed) at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester. The summers Hopper spent in Gloucester were pivotal both in his professional and personal life and it’s fascinating to follow his development as an artist where many of the subjects of his work still exist in our backyard.

- Dale


Nature's Palette (Staff Pick)

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Nature's Palette: A Color Reference System from the Natural World By Patrick Baty, Elaine Charwat (Contribution by), Peter Davidson (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Patrick Baty, Elaine Charwat (Contribution by), Peter Davidson (Contribution by)
$42.00
ISBN: 9780691217048
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 18th, 2021

This detailed and richly-illustrated guide makes the perfect gift for the nature lover, the artist, and the wonderfully curious.

- Annaliese


The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition (Staff Pick)

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The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition (Earthsea Cycle) By Ursula  K. Le Guin, Charles Vess (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
$59.99
ISBN: 9781481465588
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - October 30th, 2018

The only fantasy book you or a loved one will ever need, written by one of the very best authors in the genre.

- Sam


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