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Paper by Mark Kurlansky

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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ISBN: 9780393239614
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2016

Words Without Music by Philip Glass

Back when Philip Glass’ father owned a record store, record companies would take back broken records for a deposit. The Glass family regarded music instruction as part of a rounded education, so Philip and his brother took weekly music lessons. They would also smash records for their father’s business. In this autobiography, Glass explains the trajectory of his illustrious career, with charming details that clue us in as to how he became not just a talented composer but a groundbreaking and controversial artist.  —Molly

 

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ISBN: 9781631491436
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Published: Liveright - May 3rd, 2016

"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" by Annette Gordon-Reed & Peter S. Onuf

History is cyclical. Jefferson in one era is different in the next. Our modern sense of Jefferson, especially with the redemption of Sally Hemings, is of him as a divisive man fraught with contradictions. This book strives very hard to find the middle ground between demon and saint. Before I began reading it, I believed in Alexander Hamilton’s characterization of Jefferson as a villain, but “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” paints a more nuanced picture of a man who strove to serve his country well.  —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780871404428
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Published: Liveright - April 13th, 2016

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are by Frans de Waal

For far too long, scientists argued against giving animals human characteristics, believing that pet owners were reading too far into their pets’ ability to say goodbye or act ashamed. This book confirms what we knew to be true all along: animals’ intelligence ranges far. A wonderful look at the abilities and behaviors of critters, from octopuses and parrots to dogs and all kinds of primates.  —Rachel 

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? By Frans de Waal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393246186
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 25th, 2016

Lanterne Rouge by Max Leonard

A conversational microhistory of last-place cyclists, this treatise on the Tour de France worked for me even with my rusty-spoked lack of knowledge about the race. Charting the Tour from its 1903 inception (when it was launched to save a dying newspaper), through the world wars, and all the way on to its recent doping scandals, Leonard ultimately focuses on human determination. He explores each race compellingly by focusing on its “loser,” and generously shares his own relationship to cycling so that we feel the grace it offers.  —a.c.

 

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Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France By Max Leonard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681771366
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Published: Pegasus Books - June 14th, 2016

Night at the Fiestas: Stories by Kirstin Valdez Quade

One of the most highly praised and anticipated story collections of recent memory, Night at the Fiestas is set in northern New Mexico and follows hardscrabble lives haunted by loss and enlivened by dreams of a better future. Quade’s writing is lushly detailed, her characters lovingly drawn, and her stories achieve astonishing emotional power. By turns tragic and very funny, this is a terrific debut.  —Rico

 

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ISBN: 9780393352214
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2016

Eruption by Steve Olson

Eruption chronicles the 1980 explosion of Mt. St. Helens and documents the days, months, and even centuries leading up to it. It is an engaging read about not just volcanoes, but also the American logging industry, environmentalism, and people’s staggering ability to ignore what’s right in front of them. Olson offers up the deeply personal experiences of the people near the volcano when it burst, those who survived, and those who didn’t.  —Jade

Half-Earth by Edward O. Wilson

Fracking, extinctions, pollution, we've put our world through hell, and it's not an understatement to say that it’s in trouble. While efforts are being made to make amends, Wilson proposes an inspiring (and daunting) solution: put aside half the Earth to biosphere conservation.  —Rachel

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Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life By Edward O. Wilson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631490828
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Published: Liveright - March 7th, 2016

Eternity Street by John Mack Faragher

An engrossing read about the origins and persistence of vigilantism from the Spanish settlement to post-Civil War United States. With lively portraits of innocents, villains, and vigilantes, as well gun battles and trackers, it's also a capsule history of California. It gets my vote for the next Pulitzer Prize for History! –Dave

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Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles By John Mack Faragher Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393051360
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 11th, 2016

The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig

This history of oral contraception is carried along by its engaging cast of characters. The Birth of the Pill is timely, important, and sure to spark conversation.—Rachel

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The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution By Jonathan Eig Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393351897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 19th, 2015

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