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Oh, the places Mary Roach has gone! She’s floated in zero gravity, she’s stuck her hand inside a cow, and she’s gotten busy in an MRI machine. Now she’s on to something completely different: the military. Turns out there is a lot of science that goes into equipping our men and women in uniform, and much of it is quite bizarre. I cracked up twice during the first chapter alone. Don’t miss our event with Mary Roach on June 24th. See page 17.  —Kat


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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393245448
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2016

Author of the best-selling books Cod and Salt, Mark Kurlansky delves into the history of one of the most ubiquitous human-made materials, paper. He explores how paper has helped to shape societies from ancient to modern times and has spread ideas across the globe. As you thumb through this engaging micro-history, you’ll become hyperaware of your own relationship to the page.  —Aric

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Paper: Paging Through History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393239614
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2016

Throughout history, there have been a multitude of concrete concepts (light travels through the “ether”) and solid truths (the world is flat) that people have considered fact only to discover that the fundamental principles behind them were wrong and often absurd. In his latest work, Chuck Klosterman looks at a number of unconnected ideas in the modern world from the perspective of someone looking back. With his classic wit and humor, Klosterman will have you questioning everything with a smile.  —Aric


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But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184123
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 7th, 2016

A book about the cultural tidal wave that is the musical Hamilton is here! There are photos galore, behind–the–scenes details, and more importantly, Miranda voicing his passion for Alexander Hamilton, a complex man who still speaks so deeply to our idea of America. If that’s not enough, Hamilton just won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama!  —Jax

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Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Like many, I’ve wanted to live inside Neil Gaiman’s head for a long time. And now, for the first time, we can explore and get to know the man himself and the things he cares about. As expert a wordsmith in nonfiction as he is in fiction, Gaiman brings his viewpoint to the quotidian world it turns out he shares with us after all.  —Jocelyn

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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062262264
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 31st, 2016

Lindy West is a woman who doesn’t back down. Whether something is uncomfortable, embarrassing, or painful, she doesn’t shy away from it. A blunt, insightful feminist, she discusses the many battles women face today head-on, speaking freely about everything from her weight to Internet trolls to sexism in stand-up comedy. She covers serious stuff, but her wit, openness, and self-deprecation make it both accessible and funny.  —Flannery


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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316348409
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Published: Hachette Books - May 17th, 2016

This book is a fire under the butt for any aspiring writer. It is a scathing (and accurate) analysis of key aspects of our current pop culture. It is a review of the major upsets in the sci-fi/geek world in the past few years, from Gamergate to Puppygate. It is above all an inspiration to all to stay aware, to stay responsible, to stay angry, to stay hungry. Kameron Hurley is my new hero.   —Jocelyn

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The Geek Feminist Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765386243
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Published: Tor Books - May 31st, 2016

As baby boomers retire, Gen X fades into the Millenial and now the Gen Z generations, our definitions of family and adulthood have become more fluid than they once were. One of the most marked differences is the changing priority regarding having children. Meghan Daum gathers 16 authors to talk about their decision not to have children and what that decision has meant to them. A fascinating exploration of an ongoing discussion for our society.  —Jocelyn

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Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids Cover Image
By Meghan Daum (Editor)
ISBN: 9781250081643
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Published: Picador USA - April 5th, 2016

From the creator of the expanded language of Dothraki in the HBO series, Game of Thrones, comes the perfect how-to for the aspiring fictional language creator. By the end of this engaging read, you’ll be dreaming up the exotic tongues of ancient and alien races, and have a grasp of how to bring them to life. –Aric

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The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143126461
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Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 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.

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The Art of Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062223067
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Published: Harper - September 15th, 2015



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