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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

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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David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780316431712
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

Most self-respecting sewers know how to laugh at themselves when a project doesn’t go as planned or doesn’t look quite as chic as they had hoped. With Pattern Behavior, you can laugh at something other than yourself between projects. A crafty version of the classic postcard, with its saucy captions it lets you see what those vintage McCall’s girls are up to when you leave them alone in your pattern drawer. - Megan

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Pattern Behavior: The Seamy Side of Fashion Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780762462742
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Published: Running Press Adult - October 3rd, 2017

Holy heck, this book is gorgeous. Flach’s goal was to portray sameness and otherness between humans and critters, connecting us all together in an emotional burst of “Yes, we must save them because look, they are us.” And he succeeds, with breathtakingly detailed photography (let’s count hippo chin hairs, shall we?) and reminders that we are both the animals’ stewards and the ones endangering them. This lovely book is intimate and grand. - Rachel

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Endangered Cover Image
By Tim Flach, Jonathan Baillie (Prologue by), Sam Wells (Text by)
$65.00
ISBN: 9781419726514
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Published: Abrams - October 24th, 2017

Feeling ambivalent about your spot in the scheme of things? Worried about that one thing gnawing away at your calm? Pick this book up and let its soothing retro artwork reassure you of your tiny spot in our vast universe. Covering the concept of scale through comparisons of mass, area, time, temperature, and more, this is a wonderful book to stimulate your imagination and to help you reacquaint yourself with the massive wonderfulness of our existence. - Rachel

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Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316502917
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - November 7th, 2017

In the way that Oliver Sacks revealed the complexity and deep heart that exists in the world of neurology, Irvin Yalom has long written books that reveal the bravery and nuances that exist within our relationships with one another (Love’s Executioner, one of Yalom’s early works, remains one of the most poignant nonfiction books I have ever read). Now in his 80s, Yalom turns toward a study of self and memory as a means of discovery. In a blend of traditional memoir and funny imaginings between his older and younger self, Yalom speaks with humor and heart about his upbringing with detached parents, his own foibles at becoming a psychiatrist, and the way that aging is an opportunity for an entirely new way of knowing and understanding the world. - S.M.C.

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Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465098897
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Published: Basic Books - October 3rd, 2017

In the same vein as Radium Girls and Hidden Figures, Code Girls delves into the stories of the women working behind the scenes during World War II. From deciphering codes to soldering together the cipher machines themselves, these women were at the forefront of the war and its outcome but unable to tell anyone about their work. Code Girls dragged my emotions all over the place and is at the top of my all-time must-read list. - Rachel

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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316352536
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Published: Hachette Books - October 10th, 2017

Pete Souza (former chief official White House photographer) took more than 2 million images of President Obama during Obama’s two terms, many of which became instant classics (including “The Situation Room” as the Bin Laden raid was happening). I have always loved how Souza’s images both personalized the president and captured the respect Obama had for the office and the seriousness with which he took his job. This new collection of photographs brings tears to my eyes not only for reasons of nostalgia (and the stark difference between Obama and the current resident in the White House), but because Souza captures the humanity of a man who bore so much weight on his shoulders. From the emotional moment the Obamas visited Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island to the president’s reaction to a tiny Spiderman trick-or-treating at the White House, these are images to treasure. - S.B.

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Obama: An Intimate Portrait Cover Image
By Pete Souza, Barack Obama (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780316512589
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

The witch aesthetic has been on the rise, with women looking to this enduring symbol of feminine power to inspire everything from hairstyles to literature. I can’t wait to get my little black-magic hands on Literary Witches, with its great combination of witchery and fantastic female authors. If black cats and writers like Butler, Woolfe, and Dickinson are your jam, then you gotta check this out. - Jax

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Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers Cover Image
By Taisia Kitaiskaia, Katy Horan (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781580056731
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 10th, 2017

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
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316506861
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Published: Hachette Books - October 17th, 2017

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