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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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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385534260
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Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2023

King: A Life by Jonathan Eig

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holds an almost mythical place in the American consciousness. While there’s no dearth of literature on him, he remains frequently (often deliberately) misrepresented and misunderstood. Drawing on recently released FBI documents, personal letters, and other historical records, Jonathan Eig endeavors to present Dr. King as he really was: flawed, radical, and deeply complex.  —JADE

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780374279295
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 16th, 2023

Who Killed Jane Stanford? by Richard White

In this fascinating, Gilded Age true crime story, Richard White digs through diary entries, letters, and various published records to discern who poisoned Jane Stanford, the wife of Stanford University’s founder, and why they did it. Through his meticulous research, White weaves facts together to illuminate a tale of greed, betrayal, and secrets. While this isn’t a book I sped through, I enjoyed the meandering journey and historical detail. More than just a mystery, Who Killed Jane Stanford is a great read for those interested in Bay Area history.   —JADE

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781324064428
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 4th, 2023

The Rise and Reign of the Mammals by Steve Brusatte

I was drawn to this book after reading and enjoying Steve Brusatte’s previous work, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. I learned so much from this new book and kept pestering my boyfriend with random mammal facts (did you know bats are the only flying mammals, ever??!!). Brusatte’s writing is intelligent and unpretentious and imbues a freshness into a field that often comes across as stuffy and archaic. I think it's fair to compare this to The Dawn of Everything but instead of focusing only on humans, it’s about all of Mammal-kind.  —JADE

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780062951557
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Published: Mariner Books - June 6th, 2023

America the Beautiful? One Woman in a Borrowed Prius on the Road Most Traveled by Blythe Robertson

From the author of How to Date Men When You Hate Men comes another comedic memoir. Blythe Roberson is a millennial and her humor and writing style are very much geared toward others of her generation. After quitting her job and borrowing her stepdad’s Prius, she hits the road in search of a greater sense of freedom and purpose. A combination of her internal musings, national park factoids, and social commentary make for an interesting read that had me chuckling.  —JADE

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780063115514
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 18th, 2023

El viento conoce mi nombre (The Wind Knows My Name: A Novel) por Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende ha escrito una novela de múltiples generaciones que alumbrara tu corazón. La novela sigue las trayectorias de un joven judeo en la ciudad Viena ocupada por Nazis, a una inmigrante Salvadoreña que cruzó el Río Grande sobre la espalda de su padre, y una niña ciega de siete años quien fue separada de su madre al no poder cruzar la frontera. Allende narra los obstáculos y triunfos de sus personajes, retratando la dualidad de la humanidad.  —JADE

Isabel Allende has written yet another sweeping, generational historical fiction that will tug at your heartstrings.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781644738313
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Published: Vintage Espanol - June 6th, 2023

Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond

In this follow-up to his previous book, Evicted, Desmond tackles the complex, often misrepresented topic of American poverty; what causes it and how can we remedy it? Bastioned by statistics, testimonies, and his own extensive research, the author presents a compelling case for what he terms “poverty abolition.” Excellent and infuriating, Desmond’s book is a must read for anybody who craves a better understanding of modern America. —Jade

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593239919
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Published: Crown - March 21st, 2023

A Window to Heaven by Patrick Dean

A Window to Heaven is a well-written and detailed account of the first group of climbers to successfully summit the southern peak of Denali (known for a time as Mount McKinley) in Alaska. Led by a British Episcopalian named Hudson Stuck, the expedition included four other men of varying backgrounds. Dean uses a number of sources, including the journal entries of the climbers, to tell the story. Packed with historical facts, this is an informative read for anyone interested in mountaineering.

—JADE

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781639363032
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Published: Pegasus Books - August 9th, 2022

Go-To Dinners: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

Ina Garten—also known as the Barefoot Contessa—is a household name across generations, and with good reason: Her recipes are easy-to-follow, delicious crowd pleasers. Her latest cookbook contains everyday go-to recipes that she turns to time and again. Garten dreamt up the theme for this cookbook during the pandemic, when she spent all her time at home and cooked dinner every single night. This practical cookbook includes lots of helpful tips for meal prepping, repurposing leftovers, and just generally simplifying dinner without sacrificing on flavor. 
—JADE

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781984822789
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 25th, 2022

The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee

In his new book, physician, biologist, and lauded author Mukherjee displays more of the depth, humanity, and approachable intellect that readers have come to expect from him. Having previously tackled the topics of cancer and genetics, Mukherjee now focuses on cells. While some of what he covers is fairly rote, his personal stories and anecdotes about lesser known historical figures make for a thoroughly engaging read. I found the sections on the latest advances in cellular medicine to be particularly intriguing, Mukherjee’s passion for his work leaps off the page, and it’s infectious.

—JADE

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$32.50
ISBN: 9781982117351
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Published: Scribner - October 25th, 2022

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