Fall Reading, 2016

It’s hard to grow up when most people want to eat your brains, as this rag-tag group discovers as they try to survive the apocalypse and each other. I’m pretty obsessed with zombies, so I am super excited for this book, a mash-up of Zombieland and Station Eleven. Humor, action, brains and the Nerdist stamp of approval makes this the must-have out of the zombie hoard.  —Jax

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ISBN: 9781941758854
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Published: Nerdist - August 9th, 2016

A rot has spread into the ranks of the Surete, so Armande Gamache takes a position at the Surete training grounds to find and eliminate the cause. Of course, he quickly finds himself dealing with a murder, while an odd map of Three Pines surfaces and adds mystery of its own. This is Louise Penny at her best—a character driven story filled with beloved characters that is also a deftly woven mystery. I loved it.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9781250022134
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 30th, 2016

Challenging the status quo isn’t easy, and though becoming the first female deputy sheriff is hard as it gets, Constance Kopp isn’t one to back down. When a mistake threatens her new career, she throws every ounce of nerve and grit she has into fixing it—with some advice from her wonderfully eccentric sisters, of course! I loved this great historical mystery, and I’m thrilled that we’ll have Amy Stewart here to talk about it September 28th!  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780544409941
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 6th, 2016

Hiaasen is known for using a weird Florida story as inspiration for his books, and Razor Girl is no different. Sparked by an incident when a woman shaving her bikini line on the freeway rear-ended the car in front of her, Hiaasen has woven a tale that brings in organized crime, environmental destruction, and one spitfire of a lady. This is the funny, well-crafted mystery one expects from Hiaasen, and it’s a total pleasure.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780385349741
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 6th, 2016

I often scream “correlation does not imply causation” at the TV, so I’m predisposed to like this book. That said, it’s a delightful explanation of a whole slew of useful tools for critical thinking that will appeal to more people than just those of us who shout statistical clichés at inanimate objects. A Field Guide to Lies describes the ways information can be misrepresented, skewed, or otherwise manipulated to make “the facts” mislead your brain. Even if you think you’re already hip to all these tricks, I think you’ll enjoy Levitin’s charming presentation of the “lying weasels” and the sneaky things they do. —Nici

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A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525955221
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Published: Dutton Books - September 6th, 2016

This is not your typical memoir, but then again, Amy KR doesn’t see the world typically, and that’s exactly what I love about her. Titled Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal not just because it’s formatted and stylized in such a fun way, but also because it can be interactive with text messages and a website community, every reader open to her vignettes and observations experiences her differently, and I find reading her life incredibly reflective of my own.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781101984543
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Published: Dutton Books - August 9th, 2016

When an artist becomes so famous as to be ubiquitous it can make their work seem safe, apolitical, and even boring. Years of seeing Claude Monet’s water lilies on countless mugs, cutting boards and other tchotchkes has had this effect. This book opens up the completely devastating, radical and gorgeous life of Monet—a man who painted through blindness and depression, and who would not allow a single flower at his funeral.  —Molly

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Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632860125
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 6th, 2016

Anyone who has ever stayed up late tracking the movements of local mountain lions on the Puma Project’s website will absolutely love this book, which seeks to change the way we see our wilder neighbors. These stories of citizen science and grassroots efforts to let the wild be wild make peaceful coexistence seem possible—no small feat in today’s world.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9781597143462
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Published: Heyday Books - August 1st, 2016

Damn you, Toobin, you’re a genius. I have loved this author since The Nine, but am still floored by his ability to transform one historical moment into a lens through which we can view the weight and meaning of entire decades. I didn’t care a whit about Patty Hearst until he used her story to unveil the cultural underpinnings and outcomes of the 60s and 70s. Peddle this to everyone you know who loves history and don’t stop until they’ve all read it.  —a.c.

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American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385536714
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Compulsively readable, real, and important, Jeff Chang’s new book provides a topic-by-topic overview of how racial tension, pain, and calls for justice have risen to the current moment—from Donald Trump to Rachel Dolezal, police brutality to campus protest. The author writes as one aware that, stranded in discomfort, many people elect to stay silent about racial issues. The invitation he writes toward is simple: Screw silence. Join in. You are needed.  —a.c.

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We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312429485
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Published: Picador USA - September 13th, 2016

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