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Summer Newsletter 2023 Nonfiction

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder by David Grann

In this thrilling, brilliantly crafted tale of shipwreck, mutiny, and deceit, David Grann recounts the 1742 voyage of the Wager. Doomed from the very start—with a ragtag, ill-prepared crew and an inexperienced captain—the Wager was destined for disaster. Grann deftly describes the horrendous suffering the ship’s crew endured and chronicles the incredible, sometimes horrifying, lengths that they went to to return home. I’ve long considered David Grann one of the greatest narrative nonfiction writers alive, and this book only cements that further.  —JADE

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ISBN: 9780385534260
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Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2023

Quietly Hostile: Essays by Samantha Irby

Samantha Irby, modern classic pop culture humorist, holds nothing back in her latest essay collection, whose topics range from how to stay relentlessly positive in the face of the incurably judgmental to ways to ruin Sex and the City (she wrote for the reboot) to too-real family (mis)connections to the time she almost died. Irby’s life and observations are witty, painful, gross, absolutely funny, and true. If you’re already familiar with Irby, don’t worry—she’s back. If not, buckle up—it’s a wild ride.  —JOCELYN

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ISBN: 9780593315699
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Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2023

Wannabe: Reckonings with the Pop Culture That Shapes Me by Aisha Harris

I have loved Aisha Harris since first hearing her on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, and I am thrilled to report that this collection of essays slaps. Her insight, humor, and writing prowess show through as she discusses everything from the state of movies today to the enduring power of Stevie Wonder to boy bands. Perfect for reading by the beach and then dazzling your friends with how smart you are. This is one you should definitely pick up. 


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ISBN: 9780063249943
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Published: HarperOne - June 13th, 2023

Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma by Claire Dederer

As lovers of art, as feminists, as humans with morals, and as artists ourselves, how do we look at the work created by monstrous people? This is the conundrum Claire Deberer finds herself struggling with in this deeply personal and brutally honest book. Deberer makes me, a female filmmaker and film enjoyer, feel heard—at least now I know someone shares my confusion, my conflictedness, about how to appreciate art when the artists themselves are flawed (terrible, sometimes) people.  —NIKOLE

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ISBN: 9780525655114
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Published: Knopf - April 25th, 2023

Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America by Matika Wilbur

Matika Wilbur, of the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington, spent over a decade capturing the people, stories, and cultures of all 562 federally recognized Native American tribal nations for Project 562. Each person she photographed selected their own location, clothing, poses, and props for their portrait, and many spoke about what Indigenous identity means to them. The breathtaking images and moving words made Project 562 one of my favorite nonfiction titles in recent years.  —S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781984859525
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 25th, 2023

How to Tell a Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from The Moth by The Moth

I got the chance to contribute a recipe to a cookbook but didn’t want to kill anyone with my cooking. Instead, I took inspiration and technique from the Moth’s How to Tell a Story and told about my contribution to world cuisine with Ruffles Brie during the Great Santa Cruz Matzo Shortage. Feedback suggests that the lessons of the Moth are effective. 


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How to Tell a Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from The Moth By The Moth, Meg Bowles, Catherine Burns, Jenifer Hixson, Sarah Austin Jenness, Kate Tellers, Padma Lakshmi (Foreword by), Chenjerai Kumanyika (Introduction by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593139028
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Published: Crown - April 25th, 2023

Where Are Your Boys Tonight? by Chris Payne 

This is the perfect gift for anyone who bought—or wanted to buy—tickets to the When We Were Young music festival. As told by the people who were there, Where Are Your Boys Tonight documents the journey of emo from the basements of New Jersey to the biggest cities in America. You may think you knew; you have no idea. Put on your black eyeliner, try to remember your AIM screen name, and travel back in time. 


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Where Are Your Boys Tonight?: The Oral History of Emo's Mainstream Explosion 1999-2008 By Chris Payne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063251281
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 6th, 2023

Bay Curious by Olivia Allen-Price

Whether or not you’re already familiar with KQED’s Bay Curious podcast, this delightful book will expand your understanding and experience of the Bay Area with its quirky array of local trivia, factoids, lesser-known histories, and more. Playfully illustrated and covering people, culture, places, food, nature, and the city, you will learn about Charley Parkhurst, the White Horse Inn, rocky road ice cream, and so much more. Dip into it whenever the mood strikes, or use it as a guide—either way, Bay Curious is a must-have!


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Bay Curious: Exploring the Hidden True Stories of the San Francisco Bay Area By Olivia Allen-Price Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797214368
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 2nd, 2023

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