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The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara

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ISBN: 9781335010131
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Published: Hanover Square Press - March 3rd, 2020

Before this book, I had no idea that I needed to know more about the costume designer behind Creature from the Black Lagoon. Milicent Patrick led a fascinating life, the details of which were kept mostly in the dark until now. Part biography, part memoir, and 100% a deep dive into the sexism that is still rampant in the entertainment industry, this is a must read for monster-lovin’ ladies like myself! —MJ


Untamed by Glennon Doyle

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ISBN: 9781984801258
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Published: The Dial Press - March 10th, 2020

Glennon Doyle had just published her latest memoir about rehabilitating her marriage with her unfaithful husband when she fell in love with Abby Wambach and everything shifted. What followed was a full shedding of the constructs that had been holding her back from trusting herself: her understanding of marriage, religion, parenting, love, and being good, being enough. Untamed is Glennon’s new memoir, her love story, her journey to her true self, and her gift to us – her writing is so light, so intimate, honest, and available that it becomes all of our journeys, and we are all the better for it. —Melinda


Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA by Neil Shubin

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ISBN: 9781101871331
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Published: Pantheon - March 17th, 2020

“Nothing begins where you think it does.” This includes our very existence. Humans didn’t just spring forth fully formed like Athena, but rather through chance and many years of intense evolution. Shubin manages to take the smallest part of us, DNA, and show just why it looms so large in everything we do. My mind was blown more than once and I raced to find the next revelation.  —Ivy


Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch

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ISBN: 9780399589157
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

It’s tempting to say that Yellow Bird is kin to Killers of the Flower Moon, but that diminishes the experiences of everyone involved in said events and books. There is water and oil in Yellow Bird, massive flooding and fracking that loosens the literal roots of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. There is Lissa Yellow Bird — felon drug addict mother daughter frantic — who hunts for the missing while forgetting about her own family. Yellow Bird is a knot of politics and history, culture and crime, and the years of intergenerational trauma threading it all together. I read it in a day, unable to tear myself away from the stories and memories shared within. —Rachel


The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff

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ISBN: 9781541758001
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 3rd, 2020

This book is an achievement—in prose that is engaging and accessible, Zuboff explains the logic and operating principles of major tech companies while clearly tracing the connection between massive profits and the mass collection of user data. Zuboff unpacks major stories you've seen in the news, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal that forced Mark Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress, and provides a thorough analysis of the contemporary moment in order to plan and strategize for the future. Central to this book's analysis is the idea that it is impossible to compare an unprecedented event to something that has happened before, and Zuboff makes the case that the rapid expansion of tech companies collecting behavioral data on its users is an unprecedented event with dangerous implications. This book should be required reading for any user of the internet or participant in a democracy. —Billy


The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

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ISBN: 9780525563389
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

Climate change is overwhelming in its scope, severity, and immediacy. While there are plenty of books out there tackling this pressing topic, Jahren’s work is absolutely worth a read. In just a few short chapters, she’s managed to condense many of the complex aspects of climate change into layman's terms. Jahren describes some of the changes she’s seen in her own lifetime (she was born in 1969) and then applies her expertise as a scientist to offer solutions that actually seem doable. Written in the witty, conversational style that endeared her to readers in Lab Girl, Jahren’s follow-up is an impactful and important read.  —Jade


Surrender: The Call of the American West by Joanna Pocock

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ISBN: 9781487007249
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Published: House of Anansi Press - April 7th, 2020

Growing restless in middle age, Pocock, a Canadian writer and journalist, packs up her husband and daughter, and heads to Montana, looking for…she’s not sure. Trying to find meaning in an increasingly complicated world, she sets out to investigate the modern West, and ends up spending time with people across the spectrum: ranchers, militia members, anti-government wolf trappers, Native-American “rewilders,” spiritual leaders, red-state liberals, sexologists, and even other moms just trying to raise their kids the best they know how. As a sort-of foreigner (I mean, how foreign is Canada, really?), she’s able to both understand the West and offer fresh insight on the country and region we call home. —Rico


The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes

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ISBN: 9780525658771
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Published: Knopf - February 18th, 2020

At its heart, this is the story of Dr. Samuel Pozzi, a late-Nineteenth-Century French surgeon, philosopher and societal figure, and subject of one of John Singer Sargent’s most famous portraits. But it’s really an intelligent, witty re-examination of the Belle Epoque. In addition to the era's glamour and artistic achievements (think Henry James, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Proust, etc.), Barnes shows us its darker side—the prejudice and backward thinking—and the ways it parallels our current era (think Brexit, the broader global swing toward nationalism, and America’s own political situation). A great read for fans of art, literature, history and excellent writing. —Rico


Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Colette Goldbach

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ISBN: 9781250239402
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 3rd, 2020

Great for those who loved books like Educated and Hillbilly Elegy, Rust is a compelling and relatable account of being a woman in 21st century America. Goldbach uses time at a Cleveland steel mill to examine her struggles with bipolar disorder, Trump anxieties, loss of faith, and her feeling of inadequacy in a profession-driven society. While being bitingly honest about herself, Goldbach maintains an inspiring amount of empathy for the world around her. —Tori


Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby

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ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

Samantha Irby’s new collection of hilarious, truth-telling essays has arrived, and not a moment too soon. This is exactly the mirror I need right now, if I dare look in a mirror at all, and I nodded, smiled, and howled my way through her book, basking in the comfort of shared humanity. Whether lamenting middle-aged girls’ nights out, skewering of-the-moment beauty regimens, or critiquing the social media wormhole, Irby has hit her stride; her honesty writ large and funny as hell, her gloriously messy but exactly right observations, her wit and heart, all are balm for our complex, conflicted, all too human souls.  —Melinda


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