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The Bucket List: Wild by Kath Stathers

This is a gorgeous book, perfect for armchair travelers or those wanting to fling themselves into something great and wild. Organized by location, The Bucket List: Wild shares tips and enticing photographs to whet your wanderlust. Stathers includes a huge range of encounters, from observing plant hoppers (insects) in the United States to watching the world’s largest migration in the Serengeti. - Rachel

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The Bucket List: Wild: 1,000 Adventures Big and Small: Animals, Birds, Fish, Nature Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780789334459
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Published: Universe - October 30th, 2018

How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery (The Soul of an Octopus) has led a rich life, full of good creatures, and she has generously shared her experiences throughout the years. This lovely book describes some of the most beloved and memorable critters she has known and the lessons and knowledge she has gained from them. We’ve all had our lives enriched by animals and for better or worse, we are intricately tied to the nature around us. Montgomery helps us feel what we gain from those connections to animals. - Rachel

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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife

Yeoman warder Christopher Skaife describes himself as being ornithivorous in relation to his job, inhaling all that there is about ravens, no matter the area of study (science, mythology, art, etc.). And while he covers some of those topics in this book, it’s his personal stories that kept me reading late into the night. Skaife’s voice will rumble in your head and you’ll feel like you’re just swapping stories over a pint with a friend. - Rachel

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The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374113346
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018

Operation Columba by Gordon Corera

I will read any book about any animal, and while I was somewhat familiar with homing pigeons and the use of them as messengers, this book caught me off guard with its depiction of the amount of work, dedication, and courage put forth by those involved with the pigeons. As with any good hobby, the amount of jealousy and in-fighting involved also have their place in the narrative. The knowledge produced by the pigeons’ efforts is fascinating. Written more for a military history buff than an animal lover, Operation Columba is perfect for history fans who think they’ve read it all. - Rachel

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Operation Columba--The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062667076
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Published: William Morrow - October 16th, 2018

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

On the day I turned 2, Chernobyl was struck by disaster. Three days later, hidden among the news and chaos, the Los Angeles Public Library was in flames. Two thousand degrees, more than a million books destroyed or damaged, and the source of the fire unknown. Susan Orlean centers her book on the fire and then moves outward to include librarians past and present, the role of a library in a community, and our own relationships with books. Like Orlean’s other books, there is some crime, some travelling, fascinating people, and an amazing tangle of details. - Rachel

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$22.40
ISBN: 9781476740188
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

Let us harken back to the turn of the twentieth century, when coffee was a mix of scorched sawdust and peas, meat was preserved by formaldahyde-fueled additives, and “brown sugar” consisted of ground-up bugs. Let us then meet Dr. Harvey Wiley, who faced a nation that believed people should eat what they want and took the renegade position of “Hey, maybe poisoning ourselves is a bad thing?” While there are shiver-inducing descriptions of the food people were consuming, the more terrifying fact exposed here is that businesses were willing to bribe, lie, and threaten the government in order to save costs and continue manufacturing poisoned food. (Terrifying but not surprising, and an activity that continues to lurk in our politics.) The writing is deft, and I highly recommend this book. - Rachel

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The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594205149
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Published: Penguin Press - September 25th, 2018

Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain & Joel Rose

One thing I loved about Anthony Bourdain was his ability to cross social and cultural boundaries while still respecting all involved, and this collection of his four graphic novels is no exception. The anthology is like a restaurant kitchen, buzzing with curse words and exhaustion, a round of storytelling following a luxurious meal. But these are ghost stories, and not for the faint of heart. The artwork in Hungry Ghosts is gorgeous and horrifying and the recipes look delectable, but I think my favorite part is that I could hear Bourdain’s voice when reading it. The dialogue, the mannerisms—Anthony Bourdain, through and through. - Rachel

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By Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Alberto Ponticelli (Illustrator), Irene Koh (Illustrator), Paul Pope (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781506706696
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Published: Berger Books - October 2nd, 2018

Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien

We’re all familiar with Amelia Earhart, but what about Ruth Elder, who was chided by Eleanor Roosevelt for wanting to fly across the Atlantic? There are mothers and divorcees in this book, from all walks of life, brought together in the desire to push boundaries, fly planes, and to not take no as an answer. The only reason I’m not completely fed up with the trend of describing women as “girls” in book titles, is that so many badass women are being introduced to the public eye and having their successes recognized. Shelve this one right alongside Code Girls and Radium Girls and bathe in the illumination these women have brought to the world. - Rachel

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Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328876645
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 7th, 2018

The Tangled Tree by David Quammen

David Quammen takes on the unraveling and explanation of discoveries in molecular biology, reminding us of what we thought we knew about evolution and the folks who continue to push the boundaries. He’s one of my favorite science communicators, due to his ability to convey complexities to the general public, and in this book, tackles the concept of infective hereditary (getting genes from viral infections rather than direct ancestors). None of that is in my preferred wheelhouse of flora and fauna, but there is a conversational narrative here that made the information easier to take in and process. - Rachel

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781476776620
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 14th, 2018

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

As a bookseller and English major, Nabokov’s Lolita has always been on the edge of my awareness, either through excerpts in class or pop culture references, and I’m happy to stick with just a passing knowledge of the text. I’m more familiar with the variety of true crime reading; despite that, the abduction of Sally Horner was completely unknown to me. It did, however, seem to influence Nabokov and his writing of Lolita (in more ways than some like to admit). The Real Lolita takes on that comparison between the factual and fictional events, but more than that, it gives a voice and identity to Sally Horner, an 11-year-old girl who is kidnapped and held by a Frank La Salle. Incredibly well-written, it strikes a solid balance between historical and case facts and respect for those involved. The Real Lolita is not an easy read, but it is definitely well worth it. - Rachel

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The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062661920
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Published: Ecco - September 11th, 2018

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