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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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Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101985106
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Published: Dutton - May 15th, 2018

Following a kaleidoscopic thread of psychedelics, shamanism, psychotherapy, Santa Cruz hippies, cultural revolution, and German New Age-ers, Pollan crafts the narrative on psychedelics in the contemporary moment. Extensively researched, and at points laugh-out-loud funny, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence is already in line for nonfiction book of the year. Quarter tab of acid not included with purchase. - Gabe

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Nine years ago, the British Museum of Natural History was robbed of almost 300 birds from its collection. Two years later, Kirk Johnson heard about it while fly-fishing in New Mexico, and decided to look into it, leading him down a rabbit hole of people’s dark obsession with nature. The Feather Thief falls in the very center of my “Books that make my heart sing” Venn diagram. There are microhistories about feathers and fly-tying, bits of Internet drama and true crime, and exotic wildlife and the search to right wrongs. One of my favorite books this year. - Rachel

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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101981610
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Published: Viking - April 24th, 2018

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper is known for his frankness; Obama said he has “a willingness to tell leaders what we need to know even if it’s not what we want to hear,” and he has been highly critical of Trump (“Sounding the treason alarm” is more accurate). While Clapper’s new book is a chronicle of his 50-plus years in intelligence, it also addresses the changes to the intelligence community over the years and asks questions such as “Is intelligence ethical?” and “What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do?” Given Clapper’s characteristic candor, his answers make for fascinating reading. - S.B.

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Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525558644
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Published: Viking - May 22nd, 2018

When life becomes dominated by multitasking, productivity, deadlines, and copious amounts of caffeine, it can be easy to forget about one of life’s more rewarding and necessary activities—doing nothing. In Hampl’s latest contemplative piece, she examines the importance of letting go, lounging, and thinking, and the historical figures that did it best. The Art of the Wasted Day is for anyone needing an excuse to slow down and smell the flowers. - Aric                              

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525429647
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Published: Viking - April 17th, 2018

Suspense fans rejoice! You-jeong Jeong is a master in the genre, translated into English for the first time here. Reading The Good Son, I had the thrilling, stomach-lurching sensation of realizing I had been led somewhere I wasn’t quite expecting, yet the unfolding truth at the heart of the book is chillingly convincing. From the opening scene, when Yu Min wakes inexplicably encrusted in blood from head to toe, this is a gripping, discomforting read. - Ilana

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The Good Son: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143131953
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

Reading this novel is truly a visceral experience. The story is about (of course) loss—of a parent, of a cultural identity, of innocence, of love—but even though it focuses on such palpable grief, you are never left hopeless. Each vignette of our narrator Thandi’s life is so raw and so real that I initially assumed it was a memoir! This debut is surely just the beginning of Clemmons’ literary stardom. - Kelly

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What We Lose: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735221734
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

Waxman returns with a delightful, witty story of people simply trying to make it through another chaotic day of family life. Frances walks in on her neighbor Anne in the midst of a deceitful act, and the entire neighborhood is thrown for a loop as Anne’s family comes unraveled. Allegiances are formed, gossip abounds, and Frances begins to learn that not everything is black and white. A fun, rollicking read threaded with drama (and some familiar characters), Other People’s Houses is full of charm, laughs and insight. - Sara

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ISBN: 9780399587924
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Published: Berkley - April 3rd, 2018

A letter written in 1939 and found 50 years later is the inspiration for The Lost Letter. It’s a modern-day mystery mixed with historical fiction. Katie’s father is in a nursing home; when she takes his stamp collection to be evaluated, it turns out there is a story bigger than the value of this rare stamp. This sets her off to Germany find out the rest of the story. I love a love story mixed with a mystery and I found this one to be a compelling read. - Clytia                               

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The Lost Letter: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399185687
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 12th, 2018

I found a refracted reflection of myself in the lives of the four 20-something musicians at the center of Aja Gabel’s debut novel, The Ensemble. The alienation, hedonism, love, loss, and beautiful music in their lives is depicted with such ferocity that Gabel’s romantic yet sardonic prose began to whirl around in my head during the day’s quiet moments. If you liked Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere or Nell Zink’s Nicotine, you will like The Ensemble. - Gabe

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The Ensemble: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735214767
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 15th, 2018

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