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The world really is getting faster, so be thankful that our brains are built for change. Science-writing favorite Leonard Mlodinow explores neuroscience with an entertaining voice and loads of pop-culture references. I was particularly drawn in by his analysis of the history and development of human thrill-seeking. Elastic is for the novelty-seeker, creator, and explorer within each of us that wants to thrive in a new world. - Clara

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Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781101870921
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 20th, 2018

Recently graduated from Harvard, and with big dreams of changing the world, Kuo moved to the Mississippi Delta to teach. One child in particular captured her heart, a quiet boy named Patrick. Kuo’s writing chronicles her friendship with Patrick and the many lessons they taught each other throughout the years. Full of poetry and self-reflection, Kuo’s story tugs at the heartstrings—inspires and devastates. - Jade

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Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812987140
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Published: Random House Trade - April 3rd, 2018

In David Grann’s latest book, he sheds light on the tragic fate of the Osage people, who, in the 1920s, were manipulated into giving up their immense oil wealth to white men. Those who got in the way were systematically murdered. The masterful prose of Killers of the Flower Moon hooked me by the first paragraph, and I hungrily devoured every subsequent word. The book is, hands down, one of the best I’ve ever read. - Jade

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Disappointment River is a both an historical narrative and travel memoir. In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1,200 miles by canoe—on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name—in a failed search for the fabled Northwest Passage. Join author Brian Castner as he tells the story of Mackenzie’s voyage while he personally retraces an epic journey of discovery some 227 years later. Travel by canoe has never seemed so exhausting, so dangerous, and so doable. - Felicia

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Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385541626
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 13th, 2018

While not a particularly religious person, Magdalena’s words give me faith in a world where it can be hard to come by, especially when it comes to its flora and fauna. Stating that he does not accept extinction as an answer, he goes on to prove that with his methods and approach to saving the world’s rare plants, some of which only have one specimen left. Even if you’re not a plant person, the story telling and adventuring within may convert you, or at least make you pause a little longer at the garden center. - Rachel

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The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385543613
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 10th, 2018

Tara Westover’s memoir is an incredible read, not just because she details a childhood foreign to so many of us, but because she writes with such generosity and honesty to the entire experience. Westover comes of age among religious fanaticism, government distrust (read: no school, no doctors), extreme paranoia and outright danger (read next: child labor in a scrapyard), and yet she rises above to learn herself into university and the world beyond, but always with an eye to her family, both beloved and estranged. - Melinda

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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

At nearly 20 years of age, this book’s use as a travel guide may be a bit outdated, but it still makes for a great read. Gopnik and his young family relocate from New York to Paris so that he can write about French culture. Covering everything from maternity leave to how French people behave at the gym, Gopnik’s observations and interactions are ridiculous, relatable, and full of faux pas. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780375758232
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Published: Random House Trade - September 11th, 2001

A lawyer and social justice advocate, Stevenson paints a devastating picture of the American criminal justice system and the racial biases that permeate it. Drawing on his experiences as a black man in America and those of his many clients, Stevenson beseeches his readers to try and better understand our fellow humans, and to just show some mercy. - Jade

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015

Terry shares recipes, both traditional and “remixed,” that creatively highlight Southern and African diaspora foods and culture. Some, are simple and hearty, others are vegan comfort food, while others still are new takes on tasty greens. I loved everything I tried. Bonus: fantastic music suggestions for each recipe! - Natalie

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Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607745310
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 8th, 2014

A 2010 research dive into six companies that have been alternatively held darling or spurned by CSR hawks. Hawthorne’s work reveals so much about how we oversimplify corporate ethics. Are responsibly sourced yet prohibitively priced items moral? Do organizations with good benefits get a pass for anti-union sentiment? A fun overview to read years later. - a.c.

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Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807000601
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Published: Beacon Press - March 19th, 2013

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