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Another dinosaur book? Not exactly: rather than adding to the panoply of dino-guides, Thimmesh instead looks at how new discoveries in paleontology require sometimes-drastic revisions by paleoartists. Is that a job? Yes! Copious illustrations by leading artists add much appeal to the book’s unique approach. Grades 3 and up.Horn Book Fanfare

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328740885
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 14th, 2017

McFaul, who served in President Obama’s National Security Council and is the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, combines history and memoir to tell the story of U.S.–Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the present. I found it fascinating to read about it from his perspective—not only as an expert, but as an individual dealing with other individuals. You really see history as not just moves and countermoves by governments but as a series of efforts and decisions made by people. (Diplomacy never looked so good.) With its insider stories about Obama, Putin, and Russians we’ve recently seen in the Oval Office (like Foreign Minister Lavrov), this is a candid and compelling read. - S.B.

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From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544716247
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 8th, 2018

“Here, Gabourey Sidibe cements her status as gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood and perceptive best friend in your head. Frank, funny, and insanely charming, these stories reveal the girl behind the gown and show Hollywood for what it really is: A wet t-shirt contest of an industry that sometimes redeems itself by picking the right star. Gabby is that star, and you'll root for her on every page—we are blessed by her honesty, passion and wit.” —Lena Dunham

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ISBN: 9781328915801
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2018

It is a treat to come upon writing so lovely and wise as Alexander Chee’s in his new essay collection. Chee’s subjects range from the writing life to tarot readings, a teenage summer in Mexico, and activism during the AIDS crisis, but always they are a thoughtful, personable consideration of being and becoming, of being a gay Korean American in white America and becoming the artist he is today, and it is deliciously well written. - Melinda

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328764522
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Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

As a fan of Furiously Happy and Hyperbole and a Half (both of which focus on the emotional illogic of different mental illnesses), I was hoping to enjoy this book, but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. Dr. Lipska balances her own diagnoses with her professional knowledge and the raw experiences of herself and her family. Alternating diagnostic chapters with personal ones, this is an intimate, well-rounded look at what it means to briefly lose control of one's mind and the struggle to regain it. - Rachel

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The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328787309
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 3rd, 2018

This book simply fills me with joy. Turn to any random page and Munroe has taken a completely unlikely scenario and demonstrated just what the scientific consequences and possibilities would be if it were real. With simple illustrations and easy-to-follow explanations, you can expand your scientific knowledge and imagination at the same time. - Jocelyn

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

Though Lahiri has written other critically acclaimed and well-known books, this one, her first, is still my favorite. With its focus on people in transition, the stories collected here capture the promise, as well as the sense of dislocation and sadness, of those who try to pick up stakes and build a better life elsewhere. The prose is stunning, the characters heartbreaking. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780395927205
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 1999

While Bel Canto is one of Patchett’s more popular works, The Magician’s Assistant is my favorite. The idea that we can be with someone for years and still never know them completely is troubling yet intriguing (at least in fiction). Also I enjoyed that Patchett challenges the concept of what makes a family. The answer? Well, you’ll have to read the book! - Karena

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The Magician's Assistant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156006217
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Published: Harvest Books - September 17th, 2004

Funny and raunchy and hip-hop and tragic—can you say a Greek myth is timely? My gods, is it! This retelling of the minotaur story has the sea god Poseidon as our derisive, manipulative, gleeful narrator. But our sympathies lie with the physically deformed Asterion (our bull-headed boy) whose sensitivity, intelligence, and hope are over years eroded until, trapped in a maze, isolated, he falls into despair and violence. Expertly written, cleverly paced, and so effective. Ages 14 and up. - Ga

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ISBN: 9780544610606
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 28th, 2017

I have to confess that I have not seen anything Gabourey has been in. However, her story intrigued me. She is a hilarious writer who speaks from her heart. This isn’t just a celebrity memoir, it’s about body image, race, feminism, and being famous in America when you don’t fit the widely accepted norm. I highly recommend! - Karena

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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544786769
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 1st, 2017

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