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The White Darkness by David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon author David Grann’s latest book chronicles the journey of modern polar explorer Henry Worsley, who attempted a solo traverse of Antarctica in 2015. Grann’s account of Worsley’s arduous expedition—and the expeditions of the explorers who came before him—offers chilling insights into the ruthless reality of polar exploration. I was both fascinated by the extreme lengths that people will go to realize their dream and reminded of the remarkable endurance that humans are capable of. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780385544573
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Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2018

Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas didn’t know he was an undocumented immigrant until he went to get his driver’s license at the age of 16. Vargas’s story is sadly not unusual, which is part of why it’s so important. His writing is emotional, powerful, and full of purpose. More memoir than political statement, Dear America is a truly eye-opening look at the realities of immigration in America. - Jade

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Published: Dey Street Books - September 18th, 2018

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

A journal, a satchel, and an old photograph are all mysteriously connected, and something inside Elodie Winslow needs to know how they fit together. Her search unearths an unsolved crime that has been nearly forgotten in the 150 years since it took place. Morton has created a vivid tale that spans generations and weaves together a large and varied cast of characters. This is the perfect read for anyone who likes a touch of mystery in their historical fiction. - Jade

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Published: Atria Books - October 9th, 2018

Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

Traveling doesn’t always have to be about escaping something or finding yourself, sometimes it’s just about the adventure. Kate Harris always had an urge to explore, and her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut and going to Mars led her instead to cycle the Silk Road. Harris’s journey takes her through countries most people would struggle to find on a map, and along the way she contemplates the absurdity of borders, humanity’s relationship with nature, and, of course, the joy of cycling. - Jade

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Published: Dey Street Books - August 21st, 2018

Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit

In an age of gaslighting and fake news, it’s important to have someone who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, and Rebecca Solnit has a talent for it. Whether you agree with everything she writes or not, there’s a lot to be gained from reading her analysis of the many issues facing our country. Despite her brutal honesty, Solnit still manages to foster a sense of hope in her latest collection of essays. - Jade

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Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2018

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

When journalist Camille Preaker returns to her tiny hometown to report on a local murder, deep-rooted family issues and an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia quickly take hold. I love a good mystery, and Flynn’s character-driven, deeply atmospheric writing immediately drew me in. Suspenseful, original, and subtlety sinister, this kept me guessing until the very end. - Jade

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Published: Broadway Books - July 31st, 2007

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Every ten years, the Dragan––a mysterious and powerful wizard––takes a teenaged girl from a local village as payment for his protection. Agnieszka is certain he won’t choose her, until he does, but she gives the Dragan more than he bargained for. Novik’s narrative drew me right in with its strong female characters, richly detailed world, and trope-defying plot. - Jade

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Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey

Almost everyone has seen Jaws or has some other preconceived notion about Great White sharks. However, it is only recently that scientists have even begun to understand what makes these fish tick. Casey’s immersive account of living on the Farallon Islands and participating in the shark research there is thrilling and horrifying; a truly fascinating read. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780805080117
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 30th, 2006

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Once a person is evicted, they often fall prey to the vicious cycle of eviction and homelessness, perpetuated by a slew of absurd laws and inadequate safety nets. Desmond follows families as they struggle to hold down jobs, provide for their children, resist addiction, and evade eviction in a housing system seemingly pitted against them. Heart-wrenching and insightful - a must-read. - Jade

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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

Tip of the Iceberg by Mark Adams

Although his heart belonged to the Sierra, John Muir had a long-lasting love affair with Alaska. In 1899, he embarked on his sixth and final journey there as a member of the Harriman expedition. In this book, Adams retraces the steps of that voyage. He meets with scientists, speaks with the people living there, and encounters his fair share of bears. But with receding glaciers and towns falling into the ocean, the shifting Alaskan landscape Adams encounters is a much different place than it was in Muir’s time. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781101985106
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Published: Dutton - May 15th, 2018

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