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Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gilead, has a new collection of essays focusing on our modern culture and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is drawing on the likes of Calvin or Shakespeare or commenting on the privilege of the American elite, her precision and insight are evident in her prose. With chapter titles like “Memory, Grace, Theology or Fear,” Robinson’s essays reveal her belief in humanity despite our flaws, and the kinship of Robinson and her own protagonist, Gilead’s Reverend John Ames, seems deliciously close.  --S.M.C.

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The Givenness of Things: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374298470
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 27th, 2015

The second installment of the ever-popular Humans of New York series (complete with the quotes and stories we know and love) is a unique look into the hearts and minds of our fellow humans. Entertaining as it may be, hold on to your heart and prepare for it to warm, melt, even break, at some of the stories in this new collection. I’m a big fan of Louis, profiled on page 218. That kid is going places.  --Megan

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Humans of New York: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250058904
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 13th, 2015

In 2015, we have seen the release of many talented authors making connections across disciplines. Writers like Rebecca Solnit and Ta-Nehisi Coates are flanked by the great American voice of Lauret Savoy. In Trace, Savoy laces geography, geology, and critical race and ethnic studies into a meaningful and felicitous dialogue. We are shown that the landscape of the body and mind can mirror Earth’s faults and craters.  --Louise

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Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619025738
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

This is the perfect gift for music enthusiasts, art aficionados. or anyone who delights in life. Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo has created a music diary, outlining his wide-ranging appreciation in 101 profiles. From Bach to Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson to the Ramones, there is much to agree with in Cavolo’s profiles and even more to discover. Overflowing with bright illustrations and hand-drawn commentary, Cavolo makes the musical experience both personal and universal. We can all fall in love with his book.  —Melinda

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101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die Cover Image
By Ricardo Cavolo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781910620007
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Published: Nobrow Press - September 15th, 2015

One of the foremost authorities on film, David Thomson has written thousands of words exploring and critiquing movies, their history, their triumphs and failures. Now he wants to help you do the same, and provides a crash course in the various languages and details that make up film. Thomson’s goal is to ignite a passion through helping people come to a deeper understanding of a medium that is always entertaining but richer and more complex than meets the layperson’s eye.  —Jocelyn

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How to Watch a Movie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875391
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 3rd, 2015

A stalwart on the music scene since 1976, Elvis Costello is one of the most enduring and iconic musicians of the British punk movement. His work is an eclectic mix marked by a wide array of influences, and his impact can be heard everywhere. This introspective memoir chronicles his life and music and includes commentary from his friends and family. He has some very interesting stories to tell.  —Flannery

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Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399167256
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 13th, 2015

Sarah Ruhl is one of the foremost playwrights of our generation, blurring the lines between dreams and reality to explore the truths of our society in new ways. Here she approaches her ideas more directly, writing “essays” (in the loosest and shortest sense of the term) that examine the magic and nature of theatre, writing, art, and being an audience member—and a human. No matter your relationship to theatre, there is something in here for you.  —Jocelyn

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100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865478145
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Published: Faber & Faber - September 2nd, 2014

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

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Harry Potter: The Character Vault Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062407443
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Published: Harper Design - October 27th, 2015

Star Wars is so much more than movies. Chris Taylor dives into the origins of the world’s largest franchise while exploring its current myriad facets. From the origins of modern science fiction, we jump between the story of George Lucas and his influences, and vignettes of the fans, enemies, and true believers who have made Star Wars a way of life. A fascinating and complex exploration.  —Jocelyn

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How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465089987
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - September 30th, 2014

Who better to write a book about the most pivotal plays in Super Bowl history than Super Bowl MVP (and the greatest receiver of all time) Jerry Rice? In 50 Years, 50 Moments, Rice features his list of the most iconic, strategic and record-breaking moments in football history, complete with memories and insights directly from many of the athletes and coaches involved. From unforgettable catches and interceptions to fumbles and touchdowns, this celebration of Super Sunday will thrill any football fan.  —S.B.

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50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062302601
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 3rd, 2015



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