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A Book About Whales

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ISBN: 9781419735028
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 14th, 2019

 

You may know that whales are mammals, but did you know they evolved from land mammals? Did you know that the world’s largest whale, the Blue Whale, is 98 feet long, and the smallest, the Pygmy Right Whale, is only 21 feet long? (That’s the size of an adult female Great White Shark.) I know, so many cool facts, and this book is full of them! Along with great illustrations, it’s hard to put down.

Robin 


The Farmer’s Son

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ISBN: 9781328577993
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2019

 

The Farmer’s Son is an unflinching yet tender memoir about small livestock farming way of life in rural Ireland that almost disappeared if not in Ireland than certainly in our own country. While there’s nothing romantic about such a hardscrabble life Connell’s account of his careful and humane husbandry is profoundly moving.

Dale


Stamped from the Beginning

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ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

 

So much of what seemed chaotic about American history and especially contemporary American politics snapped into clarity for me when I read this book. Kendi’s ideas absolutely changed the way I understand our current crisis, as well as the forces of racism and antiracism that have shaped our culture and society.

Josh


The Seed

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ISBN: 9781552453858
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Published: Coach House Books - April 30th, 2019

 

In essays written over the course of multiple rounds of IVF and surrogacy, Kimball points out how most feminist thought dismisses or ignores the problems of infertility -- and who loses out when infertility is seen as an elite white women's condition. This version of reproductive choice, on the other hand, acknowledges that having the choice to bear a child is just as important as having the choice not to.

Sarah


The Truffle Underground

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The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's  Most Expensive Fungus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451495693
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Published: Clarkson Potter - June 4th, 2019

 

Sabotage, intrigue, murder. Over a mushroom? The Truffle Underground is one of the most unbelievable stories I have ever read about the criminal underworld stealing, faking, and even killing over truffles. This astonishing book will shock you, horrify you, but, be careful. These delicacies have a way of luring people under their spell and not letting go.

Matthew


Seasons: Desert Sketches

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By Ellen Meloy, Annie Proulx (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781948814010
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Published: Torrey House Press - April 16th, 2019

 

Short, sweet, and bitingly funny, this collection--originally recorded as audio essays for NPR--will have you raring get outside and enjoy the spring weather! This is some of the best work I've read about the red rock deserts of Utah (my home country!), besieged by oil & mineral leases and left with diminished protections under the current Department of Interior. It might inspire a trip to Bears Ears or Canyonlands as well. ;)

Kate


Lost Time

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By Jozef Czapski, Eric Karpeles (Translated by), Eric Karpeles (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781681372587
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 6th, 2018

 

One of the most beautiful statements on the power of reading I’ve ever read. Whether you know Proust or not, Czapski’s story of using literature to stay sane and build community in a Soviet prison is profoundly moving. Even more impressive, his reading of Proust is absolutely brilliant; insightful if you’ve read Proust and a great place to start if you haven’t.

Josh


War and Peace

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War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945 (FDR at War #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544876804
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2019

 

The final title of Hamilton’s 3-volume biography of FDR as commander-in-chief is a triumph. Compulsively readable yet with a masterful command of his source material, Hamilton gives us a fresh and detailed view of the last two dramatic years of FDR’s life from the wartime summit in Tehran, through the landings at D-Day, his election to a fourth term and the dying president’s  final Big Three conference at Yalta.

 

Dale


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