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True Story by Kate Reed Petty

This book screams breakout hit! It’s fun, mysterious, and totally genre defying. Is it a coming-of-age murder mystery? Or literary fiction about female friendship involving serial killers? Kate Reed Petty is an innovator. I loved the way she shifts points of view and deviates from standard forms (an entire chapter told through emails) while never losing the story. Fans of The Goldfinch or Gone Girl will love this dark, beautifully-written tale. —Jason

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ISBN: 9781984877680
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Published: Viking - August 4th, 2020

A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan

This immersive dive into our autistic protagonist’s psyche reveals a judgmental, self-aware, and acerbically observant woman over the course of the night at a party. By turns profound and naive, this book of contradictions pulls you into its orbit and alters your awareness. A Room Called Earth pushed the margins of my comfort zone and left its impression in my mind for days afterwards. —Celeste

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ISBN: 9780143135456
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

Bezoar: And Other Unsettling Stories by Guadalupe Nettel

A man discovers he identifies as a cactus, a model is controlled by an ugly addiction, and an apprentice photographer can’t get one sensual eyelid out of their mind. Overwhelming compulsions and warped relationships with the human body bring bursts of color and tense stretches of loneliness to the desperate souls in these six strange stories translated from the original Spanish. I put Bezoar down and immediately ordered another of Nettel’s books, excited to read more. —Tori

This book is part of our Fall Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9781609809584
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Published: Seven Stories Press - August 18th, 2020

Little Eyes by Samantha Schweblin

In a world eerily similar to our own, kentukis live in nearly everyone's home. Little stuffed animals on wheels with cameras for eyes, you can adopt one and be its "keeper," or you can live in one and be its "dweller." The locales are international and the inhabitants lonely geriatrics, hyperactive kindergarteners, or heroic scammers. Confronting the morality of voyeurism, anonymity behind technology, and intimacy, this smart book asks all the rigjht questions and leaves the readers to other answers. -Celeste

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ISBN: 9780525541363
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 5th, 2020

Cool Beans by Joe Yonan

Many of us have become much more familiar with pantry staples like beans during Covid-19 times. But just when you think you’ve maxed out on them, along comes this terrific book to reignite your love for legumes. Yonan showcases his passion for the humble bean in 125 delicious, modern, vegetarian recipes including Yellow Bean & Spinach Dosas and Harissa-Roasted Carrot & White Bean Dip. 

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ISBN: 9780399581489
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 4th, 2020

Flavors of the Southeast Asian Grill by Leela Punyaratabandhu

Punyaratabandhu’s grilling recipes for seafood, meat and vegetables cooked over charcoal is fantastic. With Filipino Roasted Pork Belly Rolls to Malaysian-Style Grilled Soy Sauce Chicken Wings to Chicken Satay with Coriander and Cinnamon and beyond, these recipes showcase the vibrant flavors of Asian-style barbecue that will definitely tempt you to move beyond burgers. 

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ISBN: 9781984857248
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 31st, 2020

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award–Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

A comprehensive book that brings to light what some have tried to erase from our history. This is a must-read for all ages, powerfully honest and compelling from start to finish.—Shannon

This book should be required reading for everyone. Jason Reynolds is a genius: He takes a complex issue (the history and modern-day manifestations of anti-Black racism in the US) and makes it accessible for any reader. I love the emphasis on how to be actively antiracist. Also a great choice for adults daunted by the 608-page original! —Stephanie

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ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Rebel Chef In Search of What Matters by Dominque Crenn

I tore through this absolutely engaging memoir by Dominique Crenn, whose highly acclaimed San Francisco restaurant, Atelier Crenn, is the recipient of three Michelin stars. Charming, talented, personable, and determined, Crenn found her way in the food world despite the lack of female chefs in chauvinistic France where she grew up. She yearned for America, where she believed anything was possible (except for a decent sandwich). When I started this book, I thought that I might not connect with the world of fine cuisine, but I ended up being mesmerized by Crenn’s descriptions of creating, plating, and serving her food, which engage all of the senses. Not only that, but a great deal of Rebel Chef deals with her family, identity, sexuality, and search for home. This memoir is as tender, bold, sweet, and gracious as the chef herself.

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ISBN: 9780735224742
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Published: Penguin Press - June 9th, 2020

Always Home A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories by Fanny Singer, foreword by Alice Waters

Beyond its title’s unexpected relevance, Always Home is the perfect book to curl up with in these times. Fanny Singer has written a warm, lovely memoir about growing up as the daughter of culinary icon Alice Waters, who raised her to appreciate beauty in the world and to be grateful for good food, family, and friends. Singer writes with humor and grace and an awareness of the privilege she enjoyed growing up at Chez Panisse and traveling the world on culinary adventures. Although she clearly adores her mother, she thankfully does not shy away from including her foibles—such as her insistence on highly curated spaces (leading to hiding clothing and items deemed too garish) and her complete lack of baking talent. This book is a total delight (the description of Fanny’s school lunches had me in stitches) and even includes recipes.

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By Fanny Singer, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781524732516
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Published: Knopf - March 31st, 2020

The Bird Way A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by Jennifer Ackerman

In her new book The Bird Way, Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds, expands on fresh discoveries in the science of birds. Ackerman once again uses her engaging prose to shine a light on the startling ways in which birds are very much like us. Her lyrical and informative depiction of “the bird way” is the most delightful, inspiring, and exciting book I’ve read in ages.
Don’t miss our virtual event with Jennifer Ackerman on June 30th.

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ISBN: 9780735223011
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Published: Penguin Press - May 5th, 2020


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