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Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson

If you have a relationship with ants (be it positive or war-based), you should read this new book by noted biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson. It is an accessible exploration of the world of these six-legged powerhouses. At worst, you’ll have a lot of cool facts to impress your friends with. Or you just might come out with a newfound appreciation of the wonderful world of Formicidae! — MJ

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781631495564
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Published: Liveright - August 25th, 2020

The Selected Works of Audre Lorde Edited by Roxane Gay

The timeless words of trailblazer Audre Lorde never fail to move, challenge, and inspire me. This stellar collection, edited by Roxane Gay, showcases the breadth of Lorde’s poems and prose as she speaks to motherhood, race, patriarchy, white feminism, and the fight for justice. For those new to Lorde’s thoughtful and brilliant work, Selected Works is a great introduction, and for those of us who are already admirers, it is an essential addition to our shelves. — S.B.

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By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781324004615
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2020

Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution Edited by Mark Eisner & Tina Escaja, Introduction by Julia Alvarez

This collection amplifies and revitalizes the Latin American tradition of protest poetry. Featuring the work of beloved poets such as Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Nancy Morejon, and Ana Maria Rodas, this bilingual text asks us to remember that the fight for justice is ongoing and motivated by our own creative and collective power. — Juj

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By Julia Alvarez (Introduction by), Mark Eisner (Editor), Tina Escaja (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781951142070
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Published: Tin House Books - September 15th, 2020

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through Edited by Jo Harjo

Organized by geographic location of the poets’ Nations, the poems in this wide-ranging anthology run from the 17th century to the present day, some in English, some bilingual (translated from Native Nations languages), varying in form and content from traditions Eastern, Western, and Indigenous. Each section is preceded by editors’ essays which give context and appreciation, guiding you as the reader on a tour of American literature that may lead you to your next favorite poet. — Jocelyn

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By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
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ISBN: 9780393356809
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

The Blessing and the Curse by Adam Kirsch

Adam Kirsch surveys themes of alienation in the Old World, assimilation in America, and newfound nationhood in Israel, bringing to light, or profoundly illuminating, some of the great works of Jewish literature. He ends with a selection of Judaism’s formative religious responses to the 20th century, from philosophical to feminist. His fascinating and enjoyably readable prose made me want to read, or reread, almost every one. I believe I will.  — Dave

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ISBN: 9780393652406
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 6th, 2020

If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore

This is sort of a history of late-stage 20th-century America, seen through the lens of the Simulmatics Corporation. Their forays into big-data human manipulation during the Kennedy election and Vietnam War would later metastasize into Facebook, Google, and the coinfections of Fancy Bear and Cambridge Analytics. Liberal social scientists with a plan to help elect liberal politicians turned, for the most part, into counterinsurgency consultants. But we did get FB likes and targeted ads out of it, so cool, right? — Dave

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ISBN: 9781631496103
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Published: Liveright - September 15th, 2020

Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck by William Souder

Forged as a writer by the Great Depression, John Steinbeck is one of California's most beloved literary icons. In this biography, Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Souder examines the years that Steinbeck cut his teeth as a young writer and his evolution into a voice for the poor and oppressed. Off the page, Steinbeck was an alcoholic and womanizer, and Souder gives equal time to his darker side. — Aric

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ISBN: 9780393292268
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2020

My Korea Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes by Hooni Kim

This is quickly becoming another favorite cookbook of mine. If a cookbook can be considered a page-turner, this is one that I couldn’t put down. Kim’s story of his immigration unfolds, from his first taste memories in South Korea through his life growing up in London and New York to the opening of his Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, Danji, which would receive a Michelin star, the first ever in the world for a Korean restaurant. This book is truly inspiring and I can’t wait to begin my own Korean food cooking journey.

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ISBN: 9780393239720
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2020

Alaric the Goth An Outsider’s History of the Fall of Rome by Douglas Boin

In his latest historical analysis, professor and author Douglas Boin weaves the intricate tale of Rome’s mysterious sacker, Alaric the Goth, with prose that is readable and engaging. Far from a barbarian, Alaric was a complex leader who grew up on the border between his Gothic kin and the aging Roman Empire. As Boin describes the fall of Rome and the rise of the Dark Ages, it is easy to draw parallels to our own decaying empire.

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ISBN: 9780393635690
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 9th, 2020

The Best Land Under Heaven by Michael Wallis

We all know the story of the Donner party, or at least, we all know how it ends. Despite the fact that I knew what lay ahead, I found myself on the edge of my seat as I read about the party’s journey across the plains. Thanks to thorough research and engaging writing, Wallis has managed to tell this with greater accuracy and humanity than ever before. Fascinating, gruesome, and gut wrenching, this book is not for the faint of heart. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781631494000
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Published: Liveright - May 29th, 2018

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