This author’s quest for happiness takes him across the globe. Everywhere he goes, Weiner poses the same questions to the natives: “are you happy?” Despite being a self-declared grump, Weiner’s narrative is witty and fun and he delves into some fascinating cultural analyses. A great read for anyone in need of a good laugh. - Jade

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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446698894
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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2009

A nostalgic look back, this book showcases some of the show’s most memorable moments and reveals behind-the-scenes secrets that you didn’t know you needed to hear. If you miss seeing Jon Stewart’s charming smirk on your television every evening, then this book is for you! - Jade

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The Daily Show (the Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests Cover Image
By Jon Stewart (Foreword by), Chris Smith
ISBN: 9781455565368
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 10th, 2017

Meet Gerault of Rivia—the Witcher—a member of an elite but dying fraternity who fight monsters. Gerault navigates morality, kindness, monsters, and humanity in a world that borrows a lot from fairy tales but stays  close to home in terms of people. This collection of connected short stories delighted me with its characters and creativity. - Jocelyn

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The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316438964
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Published: Orbit - July 18th, 2017

With sharp wit and lyrical writing, this atmospheric mystery (think Louise Penny or A Brief History of Montmaray) perceptively deals with anti-Traveller sentiment in 1938 Britain. The novel is narrated by Julia Beaufort-Stuart, the 15-year-old granddaughter of the cash-poor but still well-respected late earl of Strathfearn. Grades 8 and up. - Ga

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ISBN: 9781484717165
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 2nd, 2017

Words taken from the influential novel set us deep in this tale of passion and revenge, only to find the story is actually set in a bathtub as a young child enacts the drama of Moby Dick. It’s bedtime, and a parent pulls the plug, wraps the child in towels, tucks them in bed and, upon request, sings a ballad that begins:

Wide are the waters of the deep blue sea

Great is the whale that got away free...

Grades K–2. - Ga

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Mighty Moby Cover Image
By Ed Young, Barbara Dacosta (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780316299367
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

As a lover of Indian food, I am so excited about this new cookbook written by Top Chef alum Preeti Mistry. It’s like getting the secret codes to the mind-blowing flavors and dishes she serves at her Oakland restaurant. Mistry’s “no rules” approach to southern Indian cuisine is an adventure in food that I’m ready to take on. First up will be the Manchurian Cauliflower with masala! - Jenny

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The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook: Indian Spice, Oakland Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762462452
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Published: Running Press Adult - October 31st, 2017

Unforgettable tells the story of culinary legend and author of nine award-winning cookbooks, Paula Wolfert (Couscous and Other Good Food From Morocco), who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013. This biographical cookbook, written by Emily Kaiser Thelin, shares more than 50 of Wolfert’s most iconic dishes and explores the relationship between food and memory. “The amount of love, through food, Paula has given so many over the years makes this biography-cum-cookbook a truly wonderful project.” —Yotam Ottolenghi

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Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life Cover Image
By Emily Kaiser Thelin, Andrea Nguyen (Editor), Eric Wolfinger (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781538729885
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Published: Grand Central Life & Style - October 17th, 2017

All right, Santa Cruzans: Whether you have your own Sprinter or vintage VW or you’re just looking for inspiration, a breath of fresh air, and a little open road, here’s the book for you and your favorite nomad. Huntington has put together a glorious collection of van life, divided into sections by vehicle type and full of stunning photographs and essays by those living the dream. Love Tiny Homes or Cabin Porn? Here’s your next move. - Melinda

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Van Life: Your Home on the Road Cover Image
By Foster Huntington (Artist)
ISBN: 9780316556446
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - October 10th, 2017

This new collection of photographer Annie Leibovitz’s most memorable portraits of artists, performers, thinkers, athletes, politicians, and more, is the third book in her celebrated series. Included are images of a wide range of notable subjects, including Barack and Michelle Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joan Didion, Misty Copeland, and Queen Elizabeth II. “Whether she’s photographing the famous and powerful, or simply the woman next door, Annie always captures something unexpected and deeply personal.” —Oprah Winfrey

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Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780714875132
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 25th, 2017

This collection presents 50 large-scale works from Rothko’s color field period (1949–1970) alongside essays by his son, Christopher Rothko, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator of painting and sculpture Janet Bishop. Filled with illuminating details about Rothko’s life, influences, and legacy, this essential volume brings the renowned artist’s luminous work to light for both longtime Rothko fans and those discovering his work for the very first time. - Rico

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By Janet Bishop (Contribution by), Christopher Rothko (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781452156590
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 5th, 2017



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