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Upstream by Mary Oliver

A gorgeous collection of autobiographical essays on Oliver's curiosity for her environment and the great writers who kept her company throughout her life. Her vivid descriptions of the natural world are stunning, reminding one to notice and find awe in our surroundings. Few pages were left without folds or underlines and many parts have seldom left my mind. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

How to Date Men When You Date Men by Blythe Roberson

Smart, bold, and funny - How to Date Men When You Hate Men is an array of reflections on the author's personal experience on dating. A playful collection of stories that illustrate the writer's experience with the male species. While heavy on the patriarchy topic, Roberson is full of great information and witty comebacks to misogynistic comments. - SC

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ISBN: 9781250193421
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 8th, 2019

Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman

A compendium of the author’s essays and talks spanning decades, this volume feels nearly as rich and valuable as the folk and fairy tales that Pullman loves. A real treasure for anyone who enjoys meditating on the power of storytelling, with some delightful insights into Pullman’s own creative mindset that have had more of an impact on my own writing than any ‘how-to’ guide. - Ilana

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ISBN: 9780525521174
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

If you loved The Argonauts, read this next. In 2004, while waiting for the publication of Jane, her verse narrative about her aunt’s murder in 1969, improvements in DNA technology helped the Michigan police track down Jane’s alleged murderer, and the case was re-opened. Cautious and nuanced, while simultaneously gripping, this is Nelson’s account of trial. - Wren

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ISBN: 9781555977368
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 5th, 2016

The Sky Is Falling by Peter Biskind

Biskind provides a sharp addition to the analysis of the road through popular cultural narratives to contemporary American politics that he believes primed society for extremism. Fiction reflects reality; does it also shape it? This book is a thoughtful and provocative tour through popular culture that probes the origins of our national myths about power, immigration, justice, and preservation. A fascinating read for anyone who’s ever engaged in a debate about “Magneto Was Right.” - Clara

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ISBN: 9781620974292
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Published: New Press - September 11th, 2018

The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen

“How do we find meaning in our actions when the world seems to be coming to an end?” asks Jonathan Franzen in the opening essay of his new collection. It’s no secret that Franzen is a bird lover, and The End is largely concerned with the plight of birds. But even as he convincingly details birds’ worth and wonder, he also writes of the deeply confounding tension between climate change’s looming results and the maddening lack of preservation of specific systems right now. Luckily, the pleasures of reading Franzen’s essays make dipping into this fraught subject feel like a rich necessity, with intelligence, humility, and even optimism winning out. - Chorel

Don’t miss our event with Jonathan Franzen on November 29th.

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ISBN: 9780374147938
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 13th, 2018

Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman

A compendium of the author’s essays and talks spanning decades, this volume feels nearly as rich and valuable to me as the folk and fairytales that Pullman advocates for in many of the pieces. Pullman includes delightful insights into his own creative process; these have had more of an impact on my own writing than any how-to guide I’ve read. A real treasure for anyone who enjoys meditating on the power of storytelling. - Ilana

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ISBN: 9780525521174
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich

James Mustich, professional bibliophile, has spent over a decade compiling this book for book lovers. Much more than an Internet listicle, each of its entries (which include both the expected and the surprising) is accompanied by an essay, a cover, and a categorization, and includes supplementary facts and photos, information about preferred editions, and (yet more) recommended reading. We can’t seem to get enough of lists of the things we love, but they are so much nicer when they’re done well. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781523504459
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 2nd, 2018

Small Animals by Kim Brooks

When Kim Brooks was arrested for leaving her child locked in her ventilated car for only 5 minutes, her life changed forever as did her experience with parenting. Small Animals is her emotionally honest, often funny, well-researched, thoughtful response, a deep dive into the complexity of parenting today, when anxiety runs high and there is an underlying competition, often without context, control, or empathy. How is fear guiding us and to what extent is it harmful? I devoured this book, feeling both unnerved and grateful. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781250089557
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 21st, 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
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ISBN: 9780062661920
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Published: Ecco - September 11th, 2018

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