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It turns out that Mary Oliver’s essays are almost as poetic as her poems. Fans of her deep powers of observation, love of nature, and carefully crafted phrases will find themselves well cared for by these pieces. Covering a variety of subjects but never far from the subject of artistic creation, Oliver shares her deepest thoughts on the life of the poet in the modern age.  —Rico

 

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Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

Truevine is a deeply intimate look at a family’s suffering, faith, and experiences through the loss of two sons, stolen away to the sideshow lifestyle at a young age. George and Willie Muse, their kidnapping having made its way to local legend, travelled the world as their mother fought to find them. Battling through the Jim Crow South, against white managers and the justice system, Harriet Muse was ahead of her time as she demanded rights for her own family. Twenty-five years in the making, this book is a heart-wrenching, empowering read. —Rachel

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Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316337540
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 18th, 2016

My hope is renewed—that being single as I approach 30 is fine, fulfilling, and probably for the best. Reading Liza Monroy’s hilarious new collection of biographical essays about her (many) foiled and fraught romantic endeavors—from cringe-worthy to downright dangerous—is both a pleasure and a relief. Inspired by her controlling yet caring mother (a State Department immigration profiler), Monroy takes a retrospective look at modern love, reaffirming that I’d rather be alone than in a not-quite-right relationship.  —Julia

 

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Seeing as Your Shoes Are Soon to Be on Fire: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593766498
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Published: Soft Skull Press - October 11th, 2016

“This is a book for anyone who ever underestimated a girl.” Jason Porath, former Dreamworks animator, one day started a conversation about inappropriate “Disney princesses.” Years and an incredibly successful website later, we have a book of unique, interesting, real women not found in history books. Rejected Princesses is illustrated with tongue-in-cheek love and labelled with maturity ratings and trigger warnings. You may recognize a few names. You won’t recognize a lot. But you’ll be glad for all.  —Jocelyn

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Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062405371
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 25th, 2016

The legendary Ursula K. Le Guin grants us a little further insight into a mind that has shaped worlds and readers for decades. Le Guin’s language is remarkable, poetic, and precise, whether venerating another artist or gently mocking literary critics. This collection of essays, speeches, and short nonfiction runs a gamut of subjects and topics, but always does so with the care and passion of an artist who sees the beauty and gravity of everything around her. —Jocelyn

 

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Words Are My Matter: Writings about Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer's Week Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781618731340
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Published: Small Beer Press - October 18th, 2016

Nothing titillates the mind of the modern intellectual quite like a finely crafted essay. In the latest iteration, edited by everyone’s favorite local author and literary icon Jonathan Franzen, The Best American Essays 2016 features excellent nonfiction from the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Oliver Sacks, and a slew of talented others, including Bookshop’s own Richard “Rico” Lange, whose essay stands out among those of the other luminaries.   —Aric

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By Jonathan Franzen (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

Using his talent for careful observation and in lyrical and taut language, Chris Dombrowski turns his eye toward fly-fishing for the ever-elusive bonefish in the Caribbean. But the story in this book is not what it seems, and through tales of David, one of the island’s oldest sea guides, comes a story of two men at the opposite ends of life. Together they witness a wounded landscape, an environment that is needing to adapt and survive at a hastened pace; and they find the deep wisdom that can come from sharing nature in its pure form. For fans of Terry Tempest Williams, this is your next read. —S.M.C.

 

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Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Elusive Fish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571313522
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 18th, 2016

Reading In the Company of Women was surprisingly emotional for me, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book that celebrates such a diverse range of creative women—diverse in age, race, size, sexuality, occupation, and philosophy—with such vibrancy and style. Author Grace Bonney (of Design*Sponge fame) sets the tone in the introduction when she quotes Marian Wright Edelman: “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Visibility and women supporting and inspiring each other are so very important. Writers, chefs, artists, designers, musicians, and others who dream of running their own creative businesses will see themselves reflected in this beautiful and powerful book. —S.B.

 

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In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

I often scream “correlation does not imply causation” at the TV, so I’m predisposed to like this book. That said, it’s a delightful explanation of a whole slew of useful tools for critical thinking that will appeal to more people than just those of us who shout statistical clichés at inanimate objects. A Field Guide to Lies describes the ways information can be misrepresented, skewed, or otherwise manipulated to make “the facts” mislead your brain. Even if you think you’re already hip to all these tricks, I think you’ll enjoy Levitin’s charming presentation of the “lying weasels” and the sneaky things they do. —Nici

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A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525955221
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Published: Dutton Books - September 6th, 2016

This is not your typical memoir, but then again, Amy KR doesn’t see the world typically, and that’s exactly what I love about her. Titled Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal not just because it’s formatted and stylized in such a fun way, but also because it can be interactive with text messages and a website community, every reader open to her vignettes and observations experiences her differently, and I find reading her life incredibly reflective of my own.  —Melinda

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101984543
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Published: Dutton Books - August 9th, 2016

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