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Dog Songs

Dog Songs, by Mary Oliver, is a touching collection of poems meant for the soul who thinks their coffee goes best with dog fur and their pillows best shared with wet noses. As an overly obsessed dog person, I loved this book. It is the ultimate, eloquently written, collection of dog commentary, or as I like to call it, 'Dogemmtary.' Dog lovers across the globe can relate to such a set of poems. Beautiful and true, painful and worth it. There is no beauty or misery quite like watching your dog get old. Recommended by Jenna.

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ISBN: 9780143125839
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Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2015

"The popularity of Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming." --The Boston Globe

The Coroner's Lunch

Dr. Siri, the Communist-appointed coroner of Laos, provides a glimpse into the corruption that rattles his country. As a member of the revolution himself, he fights for the rights of his people, both living and dead. Truly funny and fierce, 72-year-old Dr. Siri reminds me of my Nonno, my highly opinionated Italian grandfather. He is kind to those deserving, quick to stand strong in opposition, and boldly offends proudly. Laos is a country we know little about, yet it has such a colorful history.

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ISBN: 9781616956493
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Published: Soho Crime - April 7th, 2015

Laos, 1978: Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old medical doctor, has unwillingly been appointed the national coroner of the new socialist Laos. His lab is underfunded, his boss is incompetent, and his support staff is quirky, to say the least. But Siri's sense of humor gets him through his often frustrating days.

Girl in a Band

STAFF REVIEW: Disclaimer: I don’t listen to much Sonic Youth, but I loved Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band. If you’re looking for tabloid fodder about Gordon’s breakup with Thurston Moore, you won’t be disappointed, but the real draw here is Gordon’s clear, frank portrayal of her long career in art and music. Like any good artist memoir, it’s full of celebrity cameos and funny anecdotes.

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ISBN: 9780062295903
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Published: Dey Street Books - December 1st, 2015


Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story--a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith's Just Kids.

Quiet Power by Susan Cain

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Remember Susan Cain's book Quiet, that beautifully affirmed and absolved the world's introverts. Well, she has written a new book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, A Guide for Kids and Teens, which will help not only them but also their parents, friends, teachers, and other caregivers understand and inspire them.

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ISBN: 9780803740600
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Published: Dial Books - May 3rd, 2016

The monumental bestseller Quiet has been recast in a new edition that empowers introverted kids and teens

Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves.

Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History

Dan Flores in Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History has given us an “illuminating biography of an extraordinary animal.” The coyote has been depicted both in cartoons and as a deity in Native American mythology. Until we began ranching and herding on the plains, they lived alongside humans. After complaints by ranchers, the US. government started eradicating wolves, and when coyotes replaced them, they became the next target.

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ISBN: 9780465052998
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Published: Basic Books - June 7th, 2016

Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
"A masterly synthesis of scientific research and personal observation." -Wall Street Journal

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

LaRose by Louise Erdrich is terrific, and it reminded me all over again why I adore Erdich so much. The book starts with a tragic accident which forces a family to consider a devastating yet traditional apology (to give too much of the plot away will decrease your ability to slide entirely into Erdrich’s well-crafted universe).

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ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Finalist for the 2017 PEN Faulkner Award

Mickey Bolitar Series by Harlen Coben

Harlan Coben, a talented writer of mysteries for adults, whose main character is Myron Bolitar, has written a trio of young adult books, starring Mickey Bolitar, Myron’s nephew. The same intense pace is there, and Mickey has the gift of basketball, just like his uncle.

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ISBN: 9780142422038
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Published: Speak - August 21st, 2012

From internationally bestselling author Harlan Coben comes this first action-packed installment of his bestselling Mickey Bolitar series.

Shrinking the Earth

STAFF REVIEW: Widely recognized as the nation's first environmental historian, KU professor emeritus of history, Don Worster, has just released his latest book: Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance (Oxford University Press). Each chapter charts the history of North Americans' slow realization of the limits of their continent's natural resources.

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ISBN: 9780199844951
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 5th, 2016

The discovery of the Americas around 1500 AD was an extraordinary watershed in human experience. It gave rise to the modern period of human ecology, a phenomenon global in scope that set in motion profound changes in almost every society on earth.

Trouble Boys

Bob Mehr’s Trouble Boys is one of the best rock n’ roll books I’ve ever read. Certainly a book about a band as volatile, destructive, and self-destructive as The Replacements makes for vicarious fun reading. But rock critic Mehr refuses to make Trouble Boys a simple catalog of smashed guitars and shattered hotel rooms. Mehr exposes the darkness and insecurities underlying the tragic story of The Replacements, a band that could’ve made it but never did.

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ISBN: 9780306818790
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Published: Da Capo Press - March 1st, 2016

Based on all-new interviews and including 72 rare photos, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements is the definitive boigraphy of one of the last great rock 'n' roll bands of the twentieth century.


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