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Caitlin Doughty is a staff favorite, and I inhaled her latest book in one night. Traveling to experience how other cultures treat death, she finds a variety of practices, ranging from open-air pyres to walls of glowing Buddhas representing cremated remains. Her humor and respect make this a wonderful, inspiring read. Death should be a celebration of a life well lived, not something to fear, and Doughty opens up a world of possibilities about how death can be approached. - Rachel

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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
$19.96
ISBN: 9780393249897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017

I am so excited for the release of this book! Any self-professed wordsmith or etymology nerd should be, too. Paul Anthony Jones looks at 100 words in the English language that have surprising or silly origins (think “tiddlywink”) and traces their journey from their intended use to the definitions we now know. These bite-sized lessons are sure to spice up your small talk and keep you endlessly entertained. - Kelly

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The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781681775692
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 3rd, 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

This book is like the ultimate party companion: it’s funny and smart and it feeds you lines that will make you seem funny and smart. From the creator of the web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (and his super-cool wife) comes a book that will tell you everything you need to know to explain to your smarmy friend why certain technologies aren’t here (yet). Perfect for anyone who loves Bill Nye or just loves looking to the future. - Jax

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Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563829
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Published: Penguin Press - October 17th, 2017

An excellent balance of thoughtful and hilarious, sharp and poignant, Vacationland is a beautifully written collection of essays on getting older, learning how to be yourself, and tricking strangers into thinking they’ve seen a ghost. Hodgman’s unique voice comes through clearly in his matter-of-fact writing style and it feels like he’s right here talking to you (and only you). If you’ve read everything he’s already written and you’re out of episodes of Judge John Hodgman to listen to, get this book. - Megan

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Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780735224803
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Published: Viking - October 24th, 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

Dan Rather spent decades as a newsman and journalist and recently has found a new and unexpected following in social media. No longer bridled by impartiality but still dedicated to facts and exposing truths, he speaks with passion and emotion about the urgent matters of our time (of which there are so many). This collection of essays reminds us of the things that make our country great—from institutions like public libraries and national parks to the struggle for civil rights and the drive toward science and innovation—while also questioning what patriotism looks like. With his plainspoken and hopeful voice, Rather’s reflection on what it means to love America is perfect for readers of any age. - S.B.

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What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781616207823
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

If you are already familiar with the unique Dutch magazine Flow, then you’ll know you’re in for a treat. It’s hard to describe this book, except to say that it is living, breathing inspiration. Part essay and think piece, part action item and resource guide, full of activities, illustrations and more, it’s perfect to flip through, pore over, interact with, and make into your own beautiful, thoughtful creations. - Melinda

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A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780761193777
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 3rd, 2017

I first loved this collection for its incredible range, its humor and sterling intimacies. With Trump’s threats on Iran, immigrants, I see it now as a promise between women: our grace to build and rebuild a life wherever we land should define global history. Women-- not race, not war-- but women, building lives, write the next chapter. - a.c.

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Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora Cover Image
By Persis Karim (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781557288202
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Published: University of Arkansas Press - May 1st, 2006

Whenever I run into the imagined barrier known as Writer’s Block, I do what a good writer does. I read. And what better way to dissolve that creative dam than by reading about writing itself. Zen in the Art of Writing’s eleven essays serve as a testament to the craft, and after reading one, two, or a few, I’m ready to put my pen to paper, and my fingers back on the keys. - Aric

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Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity Third Edition/Expanded Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781877741098
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Published: Joshua Odell Editions - August 1st, 1993

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