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The Madhouse at the End of the Earth by Julian Sancton

There is no shortage of tales of polar expeditions gone awry. The voyage of the Belgica isn’t famous but it is remarkable. Led by a Belgian aristocrat and populated with an international cast of sailors, scientists, and adventurers, the Belgica’s journey to Antarctica was doomed from the start. A combination of lack of funding, shoddy leadership, and naïvete all but ensured disaster. Trapped in the ice for over a year, the crew were the first people to winter in Antarctica. Drawing from the journals of the men aboard the ship, Sancton does a remarkable job transporting the reader to the dark, freezing, rat-infested ship. On par with works from the likes of Erik Larson and David Grann, this is narrative nonfiction at its finest.  —Jade

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ISBN: 9781984824349
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Published: Crown - February 22nd, 2022

Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World by Barry Lopez

This final collection of essays from the renowned author, environmentalist, and world traveler Barry Lopez cements his legacy as a truly great writer. Lopez’s beautiful woodland home, which he wrote about often and fondly, was badly burned in 2020, just months before Lopez himself succumbed to prostate cancer. From the ashes of the fire many precious items were saved, including five of the essays in this collection. Opening with a touching introduction from fellow essayist Rebecca Solnit, this collection, like much of Lopez’s work, is both autobiographical and far reaching, striving at once to convey an inner truth and a larger, global perspective.  —Jade

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By Barry Lopez, Rebecca Solnit (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780593242827
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Published: Random House - May 31st, 2022

The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures by Paul Fischer

Thomas Edison is credited with many great inventions: movies, electricity, and the phonograph, to name a few. His integrity isn’t without question, however, and many people are aware that Edison may have stolen his “invention” of the incandescent bulb from Nikola Tesla. Less well known is that he was not the first person to successfully film a motion picture; that credit goes to Louis Le Prince. After a decade's worth of work and several experiments, Le Prince was on his way to the US to showcase his invention when he disappeared. In this careful and thoroughly engrossing account, Fischer makes the case for Le Prince, shedding light on a long-obscured mystery and once again bringing Edison’s honor into question.  —Jade

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ISBN: 9781982114824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2022

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

Instead of telling you about Douglas Stuart’s stellar sophomore novel; the vibrant working class, religion-torn community it paints; the lyricism of Glaswegian dialogue; the big-hearted, finger-biting coming–of–age story, complete with budding queer romance and subsequent danger; instead of all this, can I just tell you how much I adore the protagonist Mungo Hamilton? That we get to know him, love him, and fretfully want the best for him? This is complicated, scary, wonderful humanity expertly distilled. 

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ISBN: 9780525539001
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

Three by Valérie Perrin

Nina, Adrien, and Etienne are inseparable from the moment they meet on the first day of 5th grade. Unalike in every obvious way, the three children share an unbreakable bond that they cement with a blood pact, promising to always be there for one another. Thirty years down the road, the three of them are no longer on speaking terms. Their separate lives are suddenly intertwined once more when an old car is pulled from the local lake, containing bones and secrets that only the three know. This follow-up to Fresh Water for Flowers delivers more of the same fluid, beautifully translated prose, rich with nostalgia and longing.

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ISBN: 9781609457556
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Published: Europa Editions - June 7th, 2022

Taste by Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci was born and raised in upstate New York by Italian American parents and their extended family, in a household in which food played a central role. His mother was an accomplished home cook, and he conveys an intense nostalgia for the meals of his childhood. Determined to pass his love of cooking and food in general along to his children and share it with his loved ones, Tucci makes dinner for his family whenever he can and loves to host dinner parties for his friends. His recent battle with oral cancer—which left him without a sense of taste for two years—has only deepened his appreciation for a good meal. Packed with amusing anecdotes and peppered throughout with mouth-watering recipes, Tucci’s memoir will delight fans of his films and food aficionados alike.  —Jade

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ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

Fuzz by Mary Roach

Mary Roach is back and is proving once again that she truly is “America’s funniest science writer.” In her latest book, Roach delves into the world of human–nature conflict. She travels the world, speaking with experts and joining them in the field as she learns about everything from invasive rodents to trampling elephants. With her trademark wit, Roach investigates the many ways that people have tried to change the course of nature for their own comfort and/or profit, generally with disastrous results. As always, she excels at taking unfamiliar scientific concepts and presenting them in a way that’s both easy and enjoyable to absorb. —Jade

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ISBN: 9781324001935
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

On Animals by Susan Orlean

On Animals is a collection of animal writing from throughout the career of accomplished writer and life–long animal lover Susan Orlean. The essays here are all over the map, from diary-entry-like tidbits on her experiences with backyard chickens to a true-crime-esque story about a tiger hoarder in New Jersey to reporting on the use of mules in the military. Ranging in length and tone and spanning several decades, Orlean’s writing is personal, informative, and infused with an unselfconscious sense of humor.—Jade

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ISBN: 9781982181536
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 12th, 2021

Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolver

Like so many people around the world, I felt like I really knew Anthony Bourdain despite never having met him. His open and honest writing style and magnanimous TV personality are charismatic, endearing, and—according to his friend and longtime assistant Laurie Woolever—not too far off from how he actually was. Woolever spent years interviewing 91 people, from his mother to Anderson Cooper, who knew Bourdain at different times in his life and she has managed to weave these many interviews into a narrative that will hold your attention from start to finish. Fans of Bourdain will not be disappointed, and even those who have read and watched his entire body of work will find something new within this book.—Jade 

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ISBN: 9780062909107
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Published: Ecco - September 28th, 2021

You Got Anything Stronger? by Gabrielle Union

In the follow-up to her much-loved memoir We’re Going to Need More Wine, Union shares her thoughts on marriage, motherhood, and feminism, and reflects on her career and how she has changed in the four years since her previous book came out. I only had a short sample of this book so I can’t speak to its entirety, but the parts I read were powerfully honest and inspiring, with a strong focus on family, vulnerability, and Black joy. No doubt the rest of the book is heartfelt and empowering, just like its author.—Jade

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ISBN: 9780062979933
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 14th, 2021


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