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Using his talent for careful observation and in lyrical and taut language, Chris Dombrowski turns his eye toward fly-fishing for the ever-elusive bonefish in the Caribbean. But the story in this book is not what it seems, and through tales of David, one of the island’s oldest sea guides, comes a story of two men at the opposite ends of life. Together they witness a wounded landscape, an environment that is needing to adapt and survive at a hastened pace; and they find the deep wisdom that can come from sharing nature in its pure form. For fans of Terry Tempest Williams, this is your next read. —S.M.C.

 

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Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Elusive Fish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571313522
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 18th, 2016

Reading In the Company of Women was surprisingly emotional for me, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book that celebrates such a diverse range of creative women—diverse in age, race, size, sexuality, occupation, and philosophy—with such vibrancy and style. Author Grace Bonney (of Design*Sponge fame) sets the tone in the introduction when she quotes Marian Wright Edelman: “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Visibility and women supporting and inspiring each other are so very important. Writers, chefs, artists, designers, musicians, and others who dream of running their own creative businesses will see themselves reflected in this beautiful and powerful book. —S.B.

 

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In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781579655976
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 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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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101984543
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Published: Dutton Books - August 9th, 2016

The most beautifully made book of quotes I’ve ever seen, especially for the gorgeous typography with never the same style twice. And it’s a great selection on topics dear to my heart, with some newer quotes that you probably haven’t heard before. I sit around reading it and yelling out quotes to my co-workers when I hit a favorite. Lots of fun. –Dave

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No Two Persons Ever Read the Same Book: Quotes on Books, Reading and Writing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9789460581519
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Published: Uitgeverij Luster - April 11th, 2016

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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ISBN: 9780062262264
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 31st, 2016

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