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Nonfiction from our 2018 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2018 Winter Newsletter.

The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen

“How do we find meaning in our actions when the world seems to be coming to an end?” asks Jonathan Franzen in the opening essay of his new collection. It’s no secret that Franzen is a bird lover, and The End is largely concerned with the plight of birds. But even as he convincingly details birds’ worth and wonder, he also writes of the deeply confounding tension between climate change’s looming results and the maddening lack of preservation of specific systems right now. Luckily, the pleasures of reading Franzen’s essays make dipping into this fraught subject feel like a rich necessity, with intelligence, humility, and even optimism winning out. - Chorel

Don’t miss our event with Jonathan Franzen on November 29th.

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The End of the End of the Earth: Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374147938
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 13th, 2018

Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman

A compendium of the author’s essays and talks spanning decades, this volume feels nearly as rich and valuable to me as the folk and fairytales that Pullman advocates for in many of the pieces. Pullman includes delightful insights into his own creative process; these have had more of an impact on my own writing than any how-to guide I’ve read. A real treasure for anyone who enjoys meditating on the power of storytelling. - Ilana

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ISBN: 9780525521174
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

The Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang

“For the title of his debut collection of essays on race, gender, and American society, Wesley Yang invokes W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1903 classic study of race in America. These 13 essays explore the ways in which the American dream shapes and distorts an assortment of people: chefs, strivers, pickup artists, and school shooters. Included here is ‘Paper Tigers,’ Yang’s personal, National Magazine Award–winning look at Asian-American overachievers. As Yang’s avid followers already know, his laser scrutiny spares no one—not even Yang himself.” —The Millions

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ISBN: 9780393241747
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 13th, 2018

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know by Colm Tóibín

In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, award-winning author Colm Tóibín (The Master, Brooklyn) profiles the fathers of three great Irish writers— Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, and James Joyce—as a lens through which to view his country’s literary tradition. “Three compelling portraits...a short but entertaining, thoroughly engaging study on the agony of filial influence.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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ISBN: 9781476785172
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Published: Scribner - October 30th, 2018

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

On the day I turned 2, Chernobyl was struck by disaster. Three days later, hidden among the news and chaos, the Los Angeles Public Library was in flames. Two thousand degrees, more than a million books destroyed or damaged, and the source of the fire unknown. Susan Orlean centers her book on the fire and then moves outward to include librarians past and present, the role of a library in a community, and our own relationships with books. Like Orlean’s other books, there is some crime, some travelling, fascinating people, and an amazing tangle of details. - Rachel

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781476740188
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Can We All Be Feminists? edited by June Eric-Udorie

Intersectional feminism. If this is a term you are unfamiliar with, or even if you think you know everything about it, pick up this book. What I loved about Can We All Be Feminists? is that it met me where I am on my journey and it actively engages with those who want to learn more about current feminist thought. I have a lot of work to do, but thankfully there are essays by such intelligent and thoughtful minds that can help me expand my view. - Jax

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Can We All Be Feminists?: New Writing from Brit Bennett, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and 15 Others on Intersectionality, Identity, and the Way Forward for Feminism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143132370
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2018

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich

James Mustich, professional bibliophile, has spent over a decade compiling this book for book lovers. Much more than an Internet listicle, each of its entries (which include both the expected and the surprising) is accompanied by an essay, a cover, and a categorization, and includes supplementary facts and photos, information about preferred editions, and (yet more) recommended reading. We can’t seem to get enough of lists of the things we love, but they are so much nicer when they’re done well. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781523504459
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 2nd, 2018

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

Let us harken back to the turn of the twentieth century, when coffee was a mix of scorched sawdust and peas, meat was preserved by formaldahyde-fueled additives, and “brown sugar” consisted of ground-up bugs. Let us then meet Dr. Harvey Wiley, who faced a nation that believed people should eat what they want and took the renegade position of “Hey, maybe poisoning ourselves is a bad thing?” While there are shiver-inducing descriptions of the food people were consuming, the more terrifying fact exposed here is that businesses were willing to bribe, lie, and threaten the government in order to save costs and continue manufacturing poisoned food. (Terrifying but not surprising, and an activity that continues to lurk in our politics.) The writing is deft, and I highly recommend this book. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781594205149
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Published: Penguin Press - September 25th, 2018

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