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What I Found in a Thousand Towns by Dar Williams

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams tackles the sensitive issue of rampant gentrification in the United States in her new book. Using the knowledge she has acquired over her many years touring the country and her experiences in her own community, Williams offers strategies for building a happy, healthy town. She takes the reader all over the country, telling stories from cities that have made strides toward reducing gentrification and detailing the different ways that they are doing so. - Jade

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What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities-One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465098965
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium

I’ve only seen a glimpse of this new collection of Sedaris’s work, but it looks like we’re all in for a treat. The author’s trademark wit and dark, self-deprecating humor are paired with photos and original artwork by Sedaris himself. This big compendium gives the reader a full, three-dimensional experience and is perhaps the closest any of us will ever get to being inside David Sedaris’s head. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780316431712
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

An Odyssey by Daniel Mendelsohn

When the author’s 80-year-old father decided to sit in on his college course on The Odyssey, he wasn’t prepared for how impactful the experience would be for the both of them. Poignant family memories, interwoven with a scholarly analysis of The Odyssey, make for a book that is part college lecture and part autobiography. The result is a truly lovely and unique father–son story. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780385350594
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Published: Knopf - September 12th, 2017

Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson

In the winter of 1952 in London, 12,000 people succumbed to a thick and deadly smog. That death statistic would remain hidden for decades. Meanwhile, an unlikely killer picked off vulnerable women. He lured them into his home before murdering them and hiding them in the walls. Both killers have had a lasting influence on society and have led to changes in environmental laws and criminal justice. An eerie and interesting read. - Jade

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Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316506861
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Published: Hachette Books - October 17th, 2017

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

When mystery author Douglas Preston was offered the opportunity to explore one of the few places on earth still untouched by modern society, he seized it with gusto. Accompanying a team of scientists, Preston helicoptered into the Honduran jungle. There, he encountered snakes, ancient ruins, and a flesh-eating illness. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781455540013
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2017

Best Women's Travel Writing Vol 11 ed. by Lavinia Spalding

While there are definitely many examples of the joy of travel to be found here, there are also occasions of suffering and confusion. From the harsh reality of encountering Syrian refugees whilst on vacation in the Greek isles, to the isolation of not knowing the language in a foreign country, the raw experiences shared here are brave and important and make for a truly inspiring read. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781609521110
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - May 16th, 2017

One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

The summer of 1927 was particularly momentous for America. Major milestones were reached in aviation, baseball, automobiles, and entertainment. Bryson narrates these achievements with his trademark charm and a healthy dose of skepticism. He’s quick to point out that while great triumphs were had, many heroes of the era were deeply flawed. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780767919418
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Published: Anchor - June 3rd, 2014

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

When Christopher Knight was captured from Maine wilderness in 2013, he hadn’t uttered a word in 27 years. Knight was detained for theft, and Finkel was slowly able to establish a written correspondence with the hermit. Their tenuous friendship led the author to examine loneliness, isolation, and how large a role companionship plays in making us human. - Jade

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Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

On the eve of September 9th, 1900, a category 4 hurricane smashed into the town of Galveston, Texas, destroying it completely. Larson pieces together survivors’ accounts and historical records to create an exciting and suspenseful narrative. The similarities between this storm and hurricane Harvey have me pause, and reminded me of how often we allow history to repeat itself. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780375708275
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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2000

A Season With the Witch by J.W. Ocker

When the author moves his family to Salem, MA for the month of October in order to research and explore the town’s dark history and its current culture, he finds a place unlike any other. Ocker has a playful approach to the subject (think Bill Bryson), and this book is a fun, lighted hearted look at a not so fun or light hearted period in our country’s history. - Jade

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A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781581573398
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Published: Countryman Press - October 4th, 2016

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