Adults 2/22

The Roughest Draft

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The Roughest Draft By Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593201930
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Published: Berkley - January 25th, 2022

The Roughest Draft is an adult contemporary romance about two people who are close writing partners, only for a private disaster to ruin their relationship. Bound by contract to co-write one last book, both characters are forced to reflect and write in the aftermath of their falling out. What could possibly go wrong? Similar in content and style to Emily Henry’s Beach Read, this book is perfect for writers, readers, and lovers all around.



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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle By Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984818324
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

You need to read this book. I don't care who you are, but if you're living in year three of a pandemic and have even an iota of connection to the world (I wouldn't blame you if you've checked out) you need to read this book. Emily and Amelia Nagoski have created a book that brings you through actual real things you can do to help yourself feel less burnt out even when you can't change the world around you. I am not a self help book person, but even before I finished this book I found myself flipping back to passages, annotating the parts I needed the most, and quoting it to those around me. I know for a fact I will be reading it again.



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Chouette By Claire Oshetsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063066670
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Published: Ecco - November 16th, 2021

An unhinged narrative about motherhood with a stunning cover? Oh, YES. In Claire Oshetsky's Chouette, a cellist called Tiny—a feral woman in her own right—gives birth to an owl-baby. Her husband and his family can't accept this terrifyingly unique daughter as she is, putting Tiny at odds with them as she fights to understand her owl-child. Even if it means feeding her baby mice. Not in spite of, but because of, her weird premise, Oshetsky perfectly captures the ferocious love, the isolation, the white-hot pride, and the many teeth of motherhood.


Hope for the Flowers

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Hope for the Flowers By Trina Paulus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780809117543
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Published: Paulist Press - January 1st, 1973

Hope for the Flowers, by Trina Paulus, does a great job of describing a world view in a way that's accessible enough to be read by kids, but true enough to capture adults.  The mother of a childhood friend of mine bought half a dozen copies and passed them around to my friend group in our junior year of high school.  So, I wanted to continue the tradition of cross-pollination in making it my staff pick, which itself, is one of the books topics.


Late City

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Late City By Robert Olen Butler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802158826
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 7th, 2021

On his deathbed on the night of the 2016 election, the 115-year-old last surviving soldier of WWI reflects back on the first 50 years of his life, from his early childhood in Louisiana, his role as a sniper in the war, and his post-war career as a journalist in Chicago.  His meditation takes the form of a conversation with God, who admittedly is depicted somewhat heavy-handedly, but the real beauty of the book is Olen's description of the effect of the war on a young man, and the perspective of a journalist on local and international events and the impact of his career on his family.


The Disordered Cosmos

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The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred By Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541724709
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Bold Type Books - March 9th, 2021

Come for the particle physics, stay for the treatise on how racism and sexism have been as pervasive in science as in everything else. A beautiful, brilliant, necessary book.


How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them

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How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them By Barbara F. Walter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593137789
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Published: Crown - January 11th, 2022

Walters, a leading political scientist and an expert on civil wars around the globe, shows how a civil war in the United States will look very different than it did in the 1860s and argues that it may have already begun. Take heart, though? because she provides a roadmap for rallying and resistance.  An urgent, imperative read.


The Guest List

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The Guest List: A Novel By Lucy Foley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062868947
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2021

A remote island and a luxe wedding that no one really wants to be at form the backdrop of this clever Agatha Christie–like whodunit that will keep you guessing from start to finish. A tricky web of secrets will propel you through this page-turner—whose body was found on the island, and how did it get there? You won't be able to stop reading until you find out.



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