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Salt on Your Tongue

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Salt on Your Tongue: Women and the Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781786891198
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Published: Canongate Books - March 5th, 2019

 

Charlotte Runcie’s SALT ON YOUR TONGUE is an artfully woven tapestry of history, mythology, personal essay, and reflection that dives into the historical and literary ties between women and the sea. The book is framed by Runcie’s pregnancy with her first child and her own obsession with the ocean. As her child grows, Runcie visits the weathered seascapes and portside ruins of Scotland, while revisiting the importance of sirens, and fishwives, ancient saints, and seabirds. This book is a calm in the storm of womanhood, a peaceful place to contemplate all that that means. 

Meaghan


Monster, She Wrote

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Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683691389
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Published: Quirk Books - September 17th, 2019

 

This is a great place to start if you're a horror lover looking for more authors to read. There are so many mentioned in this book, not just the big names. I appreciate the trigger warnings that accompany discussions of some works, as there are some topics you may want to know about ahead of time. A beautiful ode to women horror and speculative fiction writers (including pulp fiction!).

Stacey


Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles

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By Kenneth Womack, Alan Parsons (Foreword by)
$21.56
ISBN: 9781501746857
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Published: Cornell University Press - October 15th, 2019

 

Solid State is a compulsively readable and definitive account of the writing and recording of the Beatles’ landmark final album, Abbey Road. Filled with fascinating details demonstrating the creativity and ingenuity of the group, George Martin, and their recording engineers, and even with all that has been written about them, this book is simply a must read for any fan.

Dale


Leaving the Witness

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Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735222540
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Published: Viking - June 4th, 2019

 

This is the rare book where the mundane details of life put you on the edge of your seat. Equal parts thrilling and thoughtful, Scorah's memoir is the first time I've seen my own experience living overseas reflected pitch-perfectly on the page. A timely reminder that sometimes it's easier to find ourselves in words than it is in the culture around us.

Caleb


The Education of an Idealist

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The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062820693
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 10th, 2019

 

Power, well-known for her earlier Pulitzer Prize winning book on genocide A Problem from Hell ,  gives us a compelling memoir chronicling her life becoming a tireless human rights advocate first as a journalist and vocal critic of government policy, then through her service as presidential adviser, and finally her appointment as U.N Ambassador, struggling to make a difference by bringing a moral dimension to American foreign policy.

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Playing Changes

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Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century Cover Image
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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 


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