Harper Collins

Nimona’s got supervillainry in the bag, now that she’s Ballister Blackheart’s one and only sidekick. But who knew plotting evil was going to be so hard? For teens who like their humor sarcastic, smart, and fundamentally quirky.  —Tera & Gā

ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: Harper Teen - May 12th, 2015

“Danny Bowien is known for doing the unexpected—the original Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco began as a pop-up inside an existing Chinese restaurant—and in his new cookbook, he again defies expectation.” —Tasting Table. There are terrific recipes in The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook, including Bowien’s famous Kung Pao Pastrami, but the true treasure might be the “conversations” Bowien has with his staff, which give great insight into the challenges and demands involved in the meteoric rise of the restaurant and its chef.  —S.B.

ISBN: 9780062243416
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - November 10th, 2015

How do I talk about Simon Van Booy’s short stories? They feel like well-loved coins that I refuse to remove from my pockets, talismans that provide comfort even when I’m not actually reading them. I’ve been thinking about these stories everywhere I go—in traffic, at work, waiting to cross the street, even sometimes when I’m reading someone else’s book. For me it’s not just the immediate, hypnotic lyricism of his work that makes these stories so special, but the way they linger.  —Kat

ISBN: 9780062408976
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 10th, 2015

This is the first work of theoretical physics I’ve read and I loved it! In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Randall artfully introduces her theory in ways that are accessible to an amateur audience. A disk of dark matter, she argues, may have been responsible for rerouting that infamous meteor toward Earth, resulting in the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. If you’re not already one, Randall will leave you feeling like a physicist!  —Ashley

ISBN: 9780062328472
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Published: Ecco Press - October 27th, 2015

Night Vale is a quiet town in the middle of the desert. It’s just like every other town. Every other town run by a Vague Yet Menacing Government Agency and librarians who are out to get you. Just like every other town except when it’s not. Fans of the podcast will recognize fun in-jokes, but there is plenty to enjoy even if you’ve never heard Night Vale. Darkly funny, a great read for lovers of Lovecraftian horror.  --Ivy

ISBN: 9780062351425
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 20th, 2015

I’m a sucker for fast-paced sci-fi thrillers, and Departure delivers a story I couldn’t put down. The point of view shifts between the various survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious island where not everything is as it seems. Time travel and the race for survival kept me guessing, and the characters were all distinctive and engaging. Riddle published this originally on her own to great success, and fans of Lost will definitely enjoy.  --Jax

ISBN: 9780062431660
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Published: Voyager - October 20th, 2015

I am an unabashed Harry Potter lover, as my tattoo and multi-set collection of the books would attest to, so I’m thrilled with every new release. In Harry Potter: The Character Vault, the journey of the characters from page to screen is highlighted in glorious detail. Filled with concept art, costumes, never-before-seen photos, and behind-the-scenes stories, this is a treasure trove for any Potter fan. The amazing concept art alone is worth the price!  —Flannery

ISBN: 9780062407443
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Published: Harper Design - October 27th, 2015

Simon Winchester’s historical treatise Pacific takes a hard look at the effect of the Pacific Ocean on human history and prognosticates the ways it will influence humankind’s future. With long, sing-song sentences and verbose verbiage, Winchester’s voice may seem at times self-indulgent, but it is worth taking the time to understand his style and appreciate the vast amount of research he did to construct the book and help us develop a more thorough understanding of the Pacific Ocean.  --Aric

ISBN: 9780062315410
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2015

This is a wonderful book for both writers and readers of memoir. Mary Karr, otherwise known as the queen of memoir for her best-selling books Liar’s Club, Cherry, and Lit, has written a brilliant book that celebrates the genre. With her characteristic wit and insight, Karr discusses her own writing process, focusing on unearthing one’s life story as well as taking us through excellent lessons and exercises on the mechanical how-to’s of writing autobiographical content. This inspiring book is one that you will continue to refer to. Make room on your shelf next to Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Steven King’s On Writing; Karr has taken on the genre of memoir and gifted us all.  --S.M.C.

ISBN: 9780062223067
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Published: Harper - September 15th, 2015

Notorious RBG began as a Tumblr tribute to the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2013 by a law student, and is fleshed out here with the help of a journalist, a graffiti artist, and a whole lot of inspiration. With great fun, this book follows the trajectory of her life and career with admiration and affection, from her personal relationships to her recent scathing dissents in the Roberts court. This is a treatment of RBG as hero, and it’s well deserved.  --Melinda

ISBN: 9780062415837
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 27th, 2015


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