Donovan Hohn was teaching English in New York City when a student tipped him off to the tantalizing story of a shipping container lost at sea that “liberated” 28,800 bath toys into the Pacific Ocean. Hohn left his teaching job to embark on a hysterical series of adventures—to Alaska, China, and the Arctic Circle—to track down the origins and fates of these plastic duckies (and turtles and beavers and frogs). His investigation unfolds as an accessible introduction to oceanography and the serious issue of plastics in our oceans. Hohn is a lovingly literary narrator with a self-deprecating sense of humor. This book contained some of the most fun and informative science journalism I’ve read.—Emily

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ISBN: 9780143120506
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

I’m a sucker for crime novels and in my opinion, Tana French is the best of the best. Everything she writes is pure gold, and The Trespasser is no exception. The characters are richly developed, the plot is dark and twisty, and the writing is so good you’ll have a hard time putting it down.—Kathleen Fitzpatrick

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ISBN: 9780670026333
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Published: Viking - October 4th, 2016

Ah, that strong-hearted, clear-headed Logan family, with their love for their land and for one another—they could single-handedly teach Dignity 101. I’ve revisited this family many times and I’m still enthralled, still rapidly turning pages. Ages 10 & up. - Ga

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ISBN: 9780140384512
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Published: Speak - November 27th, 2001

One of our Children's Books Department staff's new favorite board books, and a great book to read after Goodnight Moon.

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ISBN: 9781524737160
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Published: Philomel Books - March 7th, 2017

My favorite kind of summer read is an engrossing culinary book, and if it’s about Southern food, all the better. As director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, John T. Edge has credentials to write this “food history of the modern South,” but more than that, he is a terrific writer who cares about the ways that race has shaped what and how we eat. I am particularly interested in reading Edge’s take on how “[Southern] food and eating intertwine inextricably with politics and social history.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review.) - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781594206559
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Published: Penguin Press - May 16th, 2017

Sure, I had dabbled in a little ultimate frisbee in high school, but I had not even scratched the surface of this rich subculture, equal parts rambunctious and competitive but all intensely athletic. Gessner doesn’t just report on the early days of this young sport; he brings them to life. Suddenly you are caught up in the rivalries, crammed into the team vans, swigging the celebratory beers, and reveling in the great layout catches of the day. A perfect Santa Cruz summer read. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780735210561
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

This wonderful book is part memoir, part adventure and nature writing, and fully a tale of inspiration and hope. In 2015, Tommy Caldwell completed what is considered one of the hardest climbs in the world: a free climb up El Capitan’s vertical wall in Yosemite—that’s 3,000 feet of balance and strength using just his fingers and toes. The Push is an incredible account of endurance as well as a deeply engrossing memoir of a once-self-conscious boy finding the obsession and drive to overcome heartbreak and disappointment in order to achieve the seemingly impossible. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780399562709
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Published: Viking - May 16th, 2017

Please freeze, scream a little in the back of your throat, dance wildly, and rejoice with me over Robert Sapolsky’s new book on human behavior! A Stanford professor, lauded neuroendocrinologist, and one of the most brilliant minds in modern psychology, Sapolsky earned renown studying the physiological effects of stress. Now he tackles the big why: Why do you do what you do? - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781594205071
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Published: Penguin Press - May 2nd, 2017

Normally I shy away from memoirs written by poets, afraid that their style of writing won’t translate into a cohesive narrative. But Patricia Lockwood’s clever turns of phrase and eccentric personality are right at home in this book, which is primarily the story of her beer-drinking Catholic priest of a father and how growing up in this paradoxical environment shaped her life. It’s real and irreverent and will delight fans of Jenny Lawson and Mary Karr. - Louise

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ISBN: 9781594633737
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

Hilarious essays on race, gender, and pop culture by the host of CNN’s United Shades of America. Kamau is a self-proclaimed blerd (a black nerd) who writes as effortlessly about Michael Jordan and Spiderman as he does about being a cisgender male getting woke-schooled by a feminist. This book will inspire you to raise a fist in solidarity as often as it will make you laugh. - Jason



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