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Unnatural Selection

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$45.00
ISBN: 9780691157061
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Published: Princeton University Press - July 31st, 2018

 

This book is mesmerizing. Unnatural Selection is about the ways humans have affected evolution in bizarrely short periods of time through selective breeding. Beautifully illustrated and fascinating in content, you won't be able to look away.

Matthew


Factfulness

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250107817
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 3rd, 2018

 

Rx for serious good news! I had to read this in small doses, but it turned out to be one of the most influential and surprising books I've ever read. Obama and Bill Gates are major fans. Go for it.

Molly


Yankee's New England Adventures

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Yankee's New England Adventures: Over 400 Essential Things to See and Do Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781493034130
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Globe Pequot Press - May 2018

 

An excellent gift for New England family and friends from the experts at Yankee Magazine. Offers an inspiring and informative mix of classic and lesser-known destinations with gorgeous photographs. A keeper!

Molly


The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250153708
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Published: First Second - July 17th, 2018

 

If you've listened to the podcast and want to see our hapless heroes' hijinks in a new format, this is for you! If you've never heard of The Adventure Zone but love beautifully-drawn graphic novels and lighthearted high fantasy adventures, this is definitely for you! I don't think I've ever found another story that made me feel this purely, laughingly happy the whole time I was reading it.

Ari


Hunger

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735212510
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 6th, 2018

 

Full disclosure, I was VERY into creepy and unsettling things as a child and the tragedy of the Donner party fell right into my wheelhouse. As an adult, this book was a fun mix of history and fiction all mixed with a deep feeling of disquiet that weighs on you throughout the entire book. It might not be the traditional Christmas ghost story, but it's still the perfect spooky winter read.

 

Cissa


Unicorn Food

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Unicorn Food: Beautiful Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523502134
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 4th, 2018

 

If you want gorgeously colorful, instagram-worthy meals, look no further. Odell’s flavorful plant-based recipes are nutrient-rich and delicious, perfect for wowing guests or brightening your mealtime. Think health-food nutrition, fusion flavors, and Lisa Frank presentation.   

Marika


ART: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL GUIDE

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By Andrew Graham Dixon, Ross King (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781465474759
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Published: DK - September 4th, 2018

 

Every house should have one! Paging through this beautiful volume can light up your mind with humanity's creative pageant, as well as inspire, elucidate and finally identify that certain half-remembered  painting (the one with the thing) that you've been trying to recall for years now...

Gary


Abbott

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By Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivela (Illustrator), Jason Wordie (With)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781684152452
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Published: BOOM! Studios - October 30th, 2018

 

Elena Abbott must contend with racism, sexism, and occult horror while she chases down a serial killer the police aren't pursuing. Only she can stop the murderer, but that's provided she survives. Beautiful art, superb storytelling, and fantastic characters. I had no idea how much I needed this comic until I picked it up.

 

Shana


Sad Animal Babies

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781419729874
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 9th, 2018

 

Filled with fun facts about juvenile animals of all kinds! The drawings that accompany each fact are adorable and peppered with the author's poignant (and slightly painful) jokes. I had a tough time putting it down. Informational, cute, and great for cracking a smile and unleashing an "awwww" or two.

Stacey


Sleep of Memory

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By Patrick Modiano, Mark Polizzotti (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780300238303
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Published: Yale University Press - October 16th, 2018

 

In this dreamy, moody novel, Nobel Prize winner for literature (2014) Patrick Modiano takes a backward glance - combing autobiography and fiction - to his youthful days in Paris, his unorthodox  childhood and his relationships with several mysterious women.  Nathan


Noma Guide to Fermentation

 

One of the world’s greatest restaurants lets you in on its secret ingredients. With a little patient diligence any home chef can use fermentation to vastly expand the flavors they can create. I’ve already made two batches of lacto-tomatoes (my gazpacho will never be the same!). For the foodie, the scientist, and the home cook looking to take a big step forward.

Josh


Go Team Venture!

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Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros. Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781506704876
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Published: Dark Horse Books - July 31st, 2018

 

Whether you're a long-time Venture Bros fan or an animation devotee looking for your next obsession, this is the art book for you. Peek inside the genius of Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick to see how things move from idea to production to your TV sets! This thing is as comprehensive as one of The Monarch's schemes. IGNORE ME!

Caleb


These Truths

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These Truths: A History of the United States Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393635249
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 18th, 2018

 

With a country large and varied as the United States there likely will never be a definitive single-volume history. With These Truths Lepore gives us a largely political history though one informed by the many insights produced by changes in historical methodology over the last few decades. Lepore is always a joy to read. She keeps this book lively and entertaining by focusing on individual lives involved in some of the key dramas that illuminate the how and why of our past.

Dale


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