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How to See the World: An Introduction to Images, from Self-Portraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, and More Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465096008
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Published: Basic Books - April 12th, 2016

Mirzoeff explores more than just imagery in his new tome on visual culture. Connecting the history of the world, current events, science, and art through the way we as both global and individual cultures see the world, Mirzoeff tells a vibrant story of how humanity's vision of both itself and the world around it has changed over time. Part history lesson, party visionary manifesto, Mirzoeff has provided the reader with the tools to examine both themselves and the world around them in terms of vision, and to change that vision for the better. -Mariah's April Staff Pick, 2016


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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626722491
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Published: First Second - May 3rd, 2016

Lucy Knisley's graphic novel is a great exploration of what it's like to be a feminist and get married. She talks about her relationships with her family and her husband both before, during, and after the wedding, but more than that, she discusses why it is difficult as a feminist and someone who doesn't necessarily believe in status symbols to "buy into" the wedding frenzy. Her compromise: to do as much of the wedding diy as was possible. Endearing hilarity ensues (as well as righteous indignation at times). -Mariah's May Staff Pick 2016

 


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The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385343596
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Published: The Dial Press - March 8th, 2016

Roiphe explores the deaths and the months leading up to the deaths of 5 authors:  Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, and Maurice Sendak.  Not only this, she explores these authors' relationships to death and their dealings with death both in their writings and in their lives.  For such a morbid subject, the book felt not at all maudlin, leaving the reader hopeful.  A great read for lovers of memoir. -Mariah's March Staff Pick, 2016


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West of Eden: An American Place Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812998405
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Published: Random House - February 9th, 2016

West of Eden is comprised of five fascinating tales of some of the biggest families in Hollywood, one of which being the Steins, the author's own family.  Told entirely in interview form, Stein's histories are riveting.  She does a great job of threading together the narratives through quotations from interviews she performed with key players over the course of more than three decades.  As the stories come directly from primary sources, there is also, in many cases, an air of mystery:  places where the narrative was lost, destroyed, or covered up.  West of Eden was a thoroughly absorbing look into the sometimes glamorous, sometimes odd, sometimes deadly culture of the once reigning giants of the Hollywood world. -Mariah's February Staff Pick, 2016


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Shame and Wonder: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993943
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Published: Random House - January 5th, 2016

Searcy does a wonderful job of imparting philosophical notions onto the seemingly mundane, while still staying accessible to the reader.  he tackles big ideas beautifully in this collection that you won't want to put down.  If you still need convincing, turn to page 176 and read part one of his essay "An Enchanted Tree Near Fredericksburg," my personal favourite of the bunch. -Mariah's January Staff Pick, 2016


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The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book (Time Adult Coloring Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607749615
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Published: Watson-Guptill - October 13th, 2015

Song's beautiful follow up to The Time Garden is another adorable story about the red-haired fairy who lives in the clock.  You won't be able to stop colouring!  A great gift for any artist on your list, or an older child (ages 10-99).  -Mariah's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015


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Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143108993
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Published: Penguin Books - October 27th, 2015

Another beautiful adult coloring book from Johanna Basford, this time ocean-themed.  80 pages of gorgeous illustrations for you to color and enjoy.  A great gift for any artist on your list, or an older child (ages 10-99).  -Mariah's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015

 


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The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062296009
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2015

Ridley takes a look at the history of nearly every human system as a bottom-up evolution, as opposed to a top-down directed cause and effect.  He argues that "revolutions" in each system are the culmination of many circumstances and smaller discoveries and that the "Great Man" theory is an illusion, as someone else surely would make a similar if slightly different discovery had the great man been prevented.  A great overview of this way of thinking for anyone interested in learning about our world in a different and, dare I say, more accurate way. -Mariah's November Staff Pick, 2015


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Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385348379
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Published: Crown - October 13th, 2015

Nonsense is a very interesting look at the science of what our brains do when something doesn't make sense.  Holmes looks at both how we make decisions in these situations and how both in the past and in the future we have and can exploit these processes for good and for ill.  A great read for anyone who enjoys reading about the psychology of decision making. -Mariah's October Staff Pick, 2015


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ISBN: 9781250075550
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2015

This book will grab you and not let you go until you reach the last page.  No, that's not true, it still had me after I finished it.  Without giving too much away (the suspense is half the fun), Yates' Black Chalk is about a group of friends studying at a fictional college at Oxford who decide to play an entirely new game with high stakes and a rather large pot.  A game with consequences for doing poorly which escalate in levels of embarrassment and psychological intensity.  The book jumps between the past, when the group are attending university and playing the game in the 90's, and the present, with one of the key players who has left the game not unscathed psychologically.  Unpredictable and surprising, Black Chalk will keep you guessing and guessing and guessing...-Mariah's September Staff Pick, 2015


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Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455554591
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 23rd, 2015

Sarah Hepola's memoir Blackout  is a heartfelt look into why some drink too much.  Full of hope, Hepola recounts the story of how she became an alcoholic and how she found the road to recovery.  A great read for anyone who enjoys memoir. -Mariahs' July Staff Pick, 2015


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The Sunlit Night Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632861122
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 2nd, 2015

The Sunlit Night is a beautifully written tale deeply rooted in place.  Dinerstein's description of the Far North will make you want to visit, while also providing the perfect backdrop for a story of two young people becoming adults. -Mariah's June Staff Pick, 2015

 


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The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419714955
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 12th, 2015

When I picked up The Rise & Fall of the Gallivanters, I expected a simple young adult black comedy.  What I actually got was so much more.  Of course, there was the black comedy I was looking for, but the heart of the novel actually tells the story of Noah, a teen punk guitar player, and his struggle to come to terms with the traumatic death of his abusive father, the chronic illness that is affecting his best friend Evan, and the disappearances of several girls from 1983 Portland, all while trying to get the old band back together for a battle of the bands at the evil PfefferBrau Haus brewery.  Hints of magical realism help the story come to life, but Noah’s inner struggles are what kept me reading. -Mariah's May Staff Pick, 2015


 


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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316247764
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 12th, 2015

Hold Still is an unflinching look at Sally Mann’s life.  Not only that, though, Mann’s tale weaves through her family’s history to tell a rich, at times dark, recounting of several lives.  However, one expects no less from the photographer, whose most famous body of work is Immediate Family.  Throughout, Mann provides a brilliantly curated series of accompanying photographs, both hers and others’, as well as historical documents and even her childhood drawings.  Photography buffs and memoir enthusiasts alike won't want to miss this one. -Mariah's May Staff Pick, 2015

 


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Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385347136
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

Kate Bolick's Spinster is an intelligent look at the social mores imposed upon women (and men) when it comes to the institution of marriage and the active choice not to participate in said institution.  As well as this, she explores the lives of Neith Boyce, Maeve Brennan, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Edith Wharton as single women writers in America.  Part memoir, part history, part feminist manifesto, Bolick's book is a must read. -Mariah's April Staff Pick, 2015

 


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Get in Trouble: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804179683
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Published: Random House - February 3rd, 2015

Kelly Link's newest collection catches the reader by surprise, as if to say, "You weren't paying attention, there."  The stories were so engrossing that almost immediately after finishing each of them, I wanted to re-read them, certain that there were hidden gems there just waiting to jump out at me.  Riddled with superheroes, fair-folk, and Egyptian mythology (among others), these stories are entertaining but also impart the reader with new understandings of the human condition, without seeming like morality tales. Those familiar with Ms. Link's earlier works won't be disappointed, and Get in Trouble is likely to bring many more readers into the fold. -Mariah's March Staff Pick, 2015


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The Room: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804139984
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Published: Hogarth - February 17th, 2015

Jonas Karlsson’s novel is a psychological trip for the reader, who won’t want to put it down. An unreliable narrator to the nth degree, Björn seems at turns neurotic and at other times quite brilliant.  Reminiscent of Melville’s Bartleby and Dostoyevsky’s Underground Man, Björn’s neuroses make him oddly easy for readers to relate to, but the fact that his claims are constantly in question gives him the air of an antihero.  -Mariah's February Staff Pick, 2015

 
 


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The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062340610
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 4th, 2014

The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus is blasphemously funny.  In a series of comic strips where bad puns meet dad humor, Dan O'Shannon portrays the conversations that Jesus and his wife have while he is on the cross.  Some notable appearances include:  Edvard Munch’s Scream, the little drummer boy, and The Bible (in the form of a journalist).  Hilarity ensues. -Mariah's January Staff Pick, 2015

 


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So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316230070
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 9th, 2014

Maureen Corrigan’s So We Read On is a brilliant tumble through the creation of The Great Gatsby, the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and why his novel is, quite literally, the greatest American novel. Corrigan expertly dissects the American philosophy in regards to Gatsby and his ill-fated end. Also hidden among these pages are such gems as the fact that Gatsby was printed as an Armed Service Edition, or ASE, during WWII and a spectacular instance where Corrigan calls the novel out for what it truly is: weird. Any fan of Gatsby, Fitzgerald, and/or NPR is sure to love this gem of Fitzgeraldania. -Mariah's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015

 


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The Wilds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781935639923
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Published: Tin House Books - October 14th, 2014

Julia Elliott’s short story collection The Wilds blends genres beautifully.  Tapping into realism, fantasy, and sci-fi, she carefully crafts 11 stories that never fail to keep the reader on the edge of one’s seat.  Whether reading the tale of a woman receiving a newly developed technological treatment for dementia in “LIMBs” or following the adventures of three girls at a birthday party/sleepover at the least popular girl’s house in “The Rapture,” the reader won’t regret following Elliott through these fantastically dark tales.  A must read for fans of stories like Kelly Link’s “Water Off a Black Dog’s Back.” -Mariah's November Staff Pick, 2015

 


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How to Build a Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062335975
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Published: Harper - September 23rd, 2014

Caitlin Moran's How to Build a Girl was a true delight to read.  Everyone who's ever been an awkward adolescent will likely recognize a bit of themselves in Johanna.  I could regale you with a list of books that How to Build a Girl brings to mind (the Georgia Nicolson series, Are You There, God, etc.), or I could tell you that Johanna reminds me of Daria, albeit a bit more grounded in reality (although, not much more) . . . but I don't think that would do Moran's novel much justice.  The truth is that the comparisons above are only apt because of this:  Moran's novel, like the other works, does something truly unique within the female Bildungsroman, something that defies summation.  I can only say this:  You will not regret the read. -Mariah's October Staff Pick, 2015