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Playing Changes

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ISBN: 9781101873496
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Published: Vintage - July 23rd, 2019

 

Chinen’s book is so very welcome as books about contemporary jazz are few and far between, but also because it’s terrific. Chinen puts into context each of the various directions players are taking improvisational music today with a studied thoughtfulness based upon careful listening and deep historical knowledge. The discographies bookmarking each chapter as well as his list of essential 21st century albums are good guideposts for anyone’s future listening. 

Dale 


Bachelor Nation

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Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101985915
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Published: Dutton - February 5th, 2019

 

Why are so many people obsessed with this show? Amy Kaufman dives headfirst into the extensive production behind the The Bachelor, revealing all the secrets that create the reality TV fantasy. If you're a fan (or just a hate-watcher), you should pick up this book.

Rebecca


Horizon

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780394585826
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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

 

This book is not for everyone though it is my kind of Summer reading. Its length and rich prose requires close and patient attention. In a sense it’s a summation of Lopez’s lifetime of travels to the distant corners of our planet documenting the interactions of myriad human cultures and the natural world. Terry Tempest Williams recently called it “a masterpiece”. Indeed.

Dale


Good Talk

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ISBN: 9780399589041
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Published: One World - March 26th, 2019

 

This hard-hitting graphic memoir is framed around a son's questions about how the world works, but quickly goes much deeper as Mira explores topics of sexuality, politics, prejudice, and the reality of living as a person of color in a post-2016 USA. Heart-aching and fantastic.

Rebecca


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


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