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A WRETCHED AND PRECARIOUS SITUATION by David Welky

From my cozy home, I am unsure how anyone survived early Arctic explorations or why they kept going back, but I certainly love reading about them. This book follows a two-year expedition that becomes a five-year expedition and involves a drunken ship captain, a murderer, and all sorts of other disasters. If you enjoy reading about disastrous polar expeditions from the comfort of your armchair as much as I do, this is for you.                                                         —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780393254419
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 1st, 2016

BOLSHOI CONFIDENTIAL by Simon Morrison

Simon Morrison uses the recent scandal and violence in Russian ballet to introduce us to the ballet, then takes us back to the 18th century and the first government contracts of Russian performance. He then brings us forward to the present day via in-depth stories and vibrant vignettes about the colorful figures who shaped the Russian ballet. Bolshoi Confidential takes not the idealized vision or techniques but the historical events, buildings, and most of all, the people of the Bolshoi, as subjects in this full-bodied history.      —Jocelyn

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Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780871402967
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Published: Liveright - October 11th, 2016

Now: The Physics of Time by Richard Muller

Before the big bang, and arguably before the existence of humans, time did not exist. In this brilliant work, UC Berkeley physics professor Richard Muller chronicles the human understanding of time, and its relentless forward momentum through the lens of quantum physics past into its conceptual evolution into the fourth dimension and beyond. Now: The Physics of Time is the perfect read for any aspiring citizen-physicist. —Aric

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ISBN: 9780393285239
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2016

THE TIDE by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

The audio version of The Tide should be read by that extreme-movie-preview voiceover guy—you know the one—because this writer is More Intense About the Ocean Than You. Melville, eat your heart out! Challenging, intellectual, flowery, and epic, the book opens with 13 hours of the author watching the tide go in and out. Thereafter, The Tide takes us on a tour of Greek mythology, classical history, the art of Andy Goldsworthy, and the linguistics of water…for crying out loud, people die tied to stakes on the shore! Delightful madness.                                                                 —a.c.

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The Tide: The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393241631
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2016

Collected Poems: 1950–2012 by Adrienne Rich

To me, Adrienne Rich is the beautiful, brazen, contemplative, powerful, deeply complex feminist heroine of all modern poetry. I pass on her poems to struggling friends like a missionary trying to woo converts—give them as gifts to embolden and uplift—and carry her collections for courage during long travel. I wish this complete edition of her poetry, beautifully bound, could be passed out to young women everywhere.  —a.c.

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By Adrienne Rich, Claudia Rankine (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780393285116
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 21st, 2016

Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin by Phil Cushway & Michael Warr

Of Poetry and Protest is a testament to the power of the written word to heal and connect. Some of America’s most treasured poets write candidly, sometimes with sadness, about anti-blackness in their lives. This is a really solid collection of poetry that makes an important addition to the Black Lives Matter movement, one that celebrates art as a medium for change and healing.  —Louise

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By Phil Cushway (Compiled by), Victoria Smith (Photographs by), Michael Warr (Editor)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780393352733
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 21st, 2016

Grunt by Mary Roach

Oh, the places Mary Roach has gone! She’s floated in zero gravity, she’s stuck her hand inside a cow, and she’s gotten busy in an MRI machine. Now she’s on to something completely different: the military. Turns out there is a lot of science that goes into equipping our men and women in uniform, and much of it is quite bizarre. I cracked up twice during the first chapter alone. Don’t miss our event with Mary Roach on June 24th. See page 17.  —Kat

 

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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393245448
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2016

Paper by Mark Kurlansky

Author of the best-selling books Cod and Salt, Mark Kurlansky delves into the history of one of the most ubiquitous human-made materials, paper. He explores how paper has helped to shape societies from ancient to modern times and has spread ideas across the globe. As you thumb through this engaging micro-history, you’ll become hyperaware of your own relationship to the page.  —Aric

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Paper: Paging Through History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393239614
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2016

Words Without Music by Philip Glass

Back when Philip Glass’ father owned a record store, record companies would take back broken records for a deposit. The Glass family regarded music instruction as part of a rounded education, so Philip and his brother took weekly music lessons. They would also smash records for their father’s business. In this autobiography, Glass explains the trajectory of his illustrious career, with charming details that clue us in as to how he became not just a talented composer but a groundbreaking and controversial artist.  —Molly

 

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Words Without Music: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631491436
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Published: Liveright - May 3rd, 2016

"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" by Annette Gordon-Reed & Peter S. Onuf

History is cyclical. Jefferson in one era is different in the next. Our modern sense of Jefferson, especially with the redemption of Sally Hemings, is of him as a divisive man fraught with contradictions. This book strives very hard to find the middle ground between demon and saint. Before I began reading it, I believed in Alexander Hamilton’s characterization of Jefferson as a villain, but “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” paints a more nuanced picture of a man who strove to serve his country well.  —Ivy

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780871404428
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Published: Liveright - April 13th, 2016

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