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Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey by James Rebanks

Is “progress” always a good thing? James Rebanks shows us how dramatically farming has changed in just a few generations. Small, family-run operations have disappeared, only to be replaced by industrial monoliths focused entirely on producing as much inexpensive food as possible. With all eyes on the bottom line, the soul has disappeared from farming. How much does that matter? Pastoral Song may have you thinking twice before you eat your next meal. —Glenn

 

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ISBN: 9780063073241
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Published: Mariner Books - August 16th, 2022

Enchantments: Find the Magic in Yourself by Mya Spalter

Are you looking to add a bit more magic in your life, or have a friend who seems to be collecting crystals at an alarming rate but doesn’t seem to know what to do with them? Look no further than Spalter’s fun and warm introduction to all things witchy! Perfect for the beginners or those looking for a bit of structure in their practice. I especially like that she gives options for those not pursuing the Wiccan path, and the no-nonsense attitude about love spells (just don’t do it!). —Jax

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By Mya Spalter, Caroline Paquita (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780525509677
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 30th, 2022

The Fisherman and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast by Kirk Wallace Johnson

In the years during and following the Vietnam War, many displaced Vietnamese people found themselves on the Texas Gulf Coast, working as fishermen and shrimpers. Many of the white residents did not take kindly to their presence—blaming the Vietnamese for their own paltry catches, which were in fact due to increasing levels of pollution in the Gulf—and initiated an onslaught of harassment and violence that would last for years. Wallace Johnson has taken a mostly forgotten historical conflict fraught with racism, xenophobia, and envrionmental injustice and through careful research, brought it back into our collective consciousnes. —Jade

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ISBN: 9781984880123
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Published: Viking - August 9th, 2022

Asian American Histories of the United States by Catherine Choy

Asian American Histories of the United States by Catherine Ceniza Choy is exactly what it says it is: a concise history book detailing the relationship between America, Asian Americans, and the circumstances that continue to bring the two together. If you’re looking for a novel-esque book that touches on the unique histories of different ethnic groups across Asia, then this is it. —Ian

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ISBN: 9780807050798
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Published: Beacon Press - August 2nd, 2022

A Place in the World: Finding the Meaning of Home by Frances Mayes

A Place in the World is many things—all of them beautiful, rich, and restorative. It is a welcome escape, a travel memoir in Italy, the South, and beyond, a contemplation on place and finding home wherever you are. It is immersive nature writing, a paean to literature, to food, family and friends. There is deep satisfaction here, an enviable pleasure for the life Frances Mayes puts forth and a renewed appreciation of my own. This book is a balm. —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780593443330
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Published: Crown - August 23rd, 2022

Somewhere We Are Human Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings Edited by Reyna Grande & Sonia Guiñansaca

This powerful collection of essays, poems, and art is authored by 41 migrants, refugees, and Dreamers who are all living in the United States undocumented. Their brutal honesty, resilience, hope, anger, fear, beauty, and talent had me turning each page in awe. Every contribution added a layer to the view of what it means to be undocumented in a country that does not always echo integrity back.   —S.M.C.

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Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings By Reyna Grande, Sonia Guiñansaca, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063095779
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Published: HarperVia - June 7th, 2022

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders

George Saunders uses short stories written by four classic Russian authors as a jumping-off point to discuss creative writing, the reading experience, and his philosophies on humanity. Saunders’s love for each writer radiates off the page as he invites the reader to join him in conversing with their stories, asking questions like: What makes a story work? What makes us care about a character? And what role does fiction play in our daily lives?   —Anika

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ISBN: 9781984856036
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 12th, 2022

The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander

In the summer of 2020, poet Elizabeth Alexander penned an essay to her sons in The New Yorker, a powerful and moving portrait of a generation who are victim and witness to countless acts of racial brutality. This seminal essay, as much from a mother as a cultural critic, is now in book form and is accompanied by poetry, art, and reflection on the embedded racism of our institutions, people, and places and how “people make movements and history with the force of creativity” to survive. A slim but affecting statement of our times.  —Casey

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ISBN: 9781538737897
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 5th, 2022

You Are Not Too Late by Nikki McClure

If you’ve been a fan of Nikki McClure’s poster art and calendars, this is your chance to collect them in book form. I’ve enjoyed her always inspiring and often perplexing papercut works for many mystified years. This time we get some enlightening commentary to go along with each, though you might want to just stretch your perplexed muscles instead.  —Dave

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ISBN: 9781419758386
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Published: Abrams - April 19th, 2022

In Praise of Good Bookstores by Jeff Deutsch

Reader first, and director of a very good bookstore, the Seminary Co-op in Chicago, Jeff Deutsch has written my new guide, hymnal, and manifesto for being a worthy bookseller and lover of bookstores. While offering thoughtful and wide-ranging insight on the business and philosophy of bookstores, this erudite anthem is for all of us browsers on our way to our next discovery. What a joyful celebration—may its lasting importance keep us together in the stacks. —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780691207766
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 5th, 2022

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