Rachel's Reviews

I cannot remember the last time I loved an art book this much. So much is portrayed through Dave Eggers’s (yes, that Dave Eggers) loose, loving strokes, and his captions are perfectly paired with their animal. I can’t stop flipping through the pages. From a side-eyeing Boston terrier dispensing love advice, to the musings of a tortoise, these are animals I want to be friends with, or at least whose conversations I want to eavesdrop on. - Rachel

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Ungrateful Mammals Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781419724633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: ABRAMS - October 17th, 2017

“Internetainers” Rhett and Link (creators of Good Mythical Morning) have written a book! Perfect for the casual fan and Mythical Beast alike, this guide lets everyone appreciate barf bucket art, learn to create a signature dance move, and meet the office python. The Book of Mythicality provides jumping-off points to help everyone create their own Mythicality. It’s hard to capture the energy of the show in a book, but Rhett and Link make it happen in glorious ways. - Rachel

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Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780451496294
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Archetype - October 10th, 2017

Grab your paintbrushes and get ready to make your way through Bob Ross’s forests of happy trees and nice little clouds. Get inspired by the gorgeous how-to painting book or dive straight into the coloring book. Plus the Bob Ross bobblehead (available in our gift section) is ready to hang out on your desk and make reassuring comments about your artwork. - Rachel

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The Bob Ross Coloring Book Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780789327727
Availability: Backordered
Published: Universe Publishing(NY) - September 12th, 2017

Grab your paintbrushes and get ready to make your way through Bob Ross’s forests of happy trees and nice little clouds. Get inspired by the gorgeous how-to painting book or dive straight into the coloring book. Plus the Bob Ross bobblehead (available in our gift section) is ready to hang out on your desk and make reassuring comments about your artwork. - Rachel

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Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting Cover Image
By Bob Ross, Joan Kowalski (Introduction by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780789332974
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Universe Publishing(NY) - October 10th, 2017

Switching between his year on the International Space Station and the choices he had to make to get there, Endurance seems like an understatement considering all that Scott Kelly has achieved. It’s more than a book about space or about an astronaut’s experience; it’s about all that comes together to make such things happen. The perfect blend of biography and science, humor and inspirational reading. My copy is full of Post-its marking my favorite bits. - Rachel

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Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524731595
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

When I first flipped this book open, I landed on the graph titled “The Plankton That Flee the Light,” and I fell in love with this book. I became lost in the intimacy the graphs provided, the thin lines and points that signified life and death had taken place, the places where elephants walk and sharks circle in order to avoid humans. I can’t remember the last time math has made me feel so hopeful. - Rachel

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Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393634020
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2017

Holy heck, this book is gorgeous. Flach’s goal was to portray sameness and otherness between humans and critters, connecting us all together in an emotional burst of “Yes, we must save them because look, they are us.” And he succeeds, with breathtakingly detailed photography (let’s count hippo chin hairs, shall we?) and reminders that we are both the animals’ stewards and the ones endangering them. This lovely book is intimate and grand. - Rachel

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Endangered Cover Image
By Tim Flach, Jonathan Baillie (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$65.00
ISBN: 9781419726514
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 24th, 2017

Feeling ambivalent about your spot in the scheme of things? Worried about that one thing gnawing away at your calm? Pick this book up and let its soothing retro artwork reassure you of your tiny spot in our vast universe. Covering the concept of scale through comparisons of mass, area, time, temperature, and more, this is a wonderful book to stimulate your imagination and to help you reacquaint yourself with the massive wonderfulness of our existence. - Rachel

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Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780316502917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - November 7th, 2017

In the same vein as Radium Girls and Hidden Figures, Code Girls delves into the stories of the women working behind the scenes during World War II. From deciphering codes to soldering together the cipher machines themselves, these women were at the forefront of the war and its outcome but unable to tell anyone about their work. Code Girls dragged my emotions all over the place and is at the top of my all-time must-read list. - Rachel

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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316352536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - October 10th, 2017

Caitlin Doughty is a staff favorite, and I inhaled her latest book in one night. Traveling to experience how other cultures treat death, she finds a variety of practices, ranging from open-air pyres to walls of glowing Buddhas representing cremated remains. Her humor and respect make this a wonderful, inspiring read. Death should be a celebration of a life well lived, not something to fear, and Doughty opens up a world of possibilities about how death can be approached. - Rachel

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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393249897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017

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