Staff Reviews

Greek to Me

Mary Norris's Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen is an extended love letter to ancient Greece and its language. Like the best of the genre, this pithy memoir takes readers from the idiosyncratically personal–her teenage identification with goddesses–to the universal–the linguistic and psychological debt we all owe to the ancients. You'll take a time-traveling tour of a founding civilization without ever leaving your armchair. Recommended by Kelly

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker's celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.


Wall of Birds

The Wall of Birds is a beautiful celebration of all the world's bird families and their evolution across the continents. Filled with gorgeous illustrations and thought-provoking essays, this would be a great gift for a novice or long-time bird lover. Recommended by Kelly

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Published: Harper Design - October 23rd, 2018

A celebration of the diversity and evolution of birds, as depicted in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's magnificent 2,500-square-foot Wall of Birds mural by artist Jane Kim.


Deep Creek

It's quite a feat to make a reader cringe in sympathy and laugh uproariously in the same chapter, which is just what Pam Houston does in her new memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. Best known for her 90's break-out short-story collection, Cowboys Are My Weakness, Houston tells her own story this time--of a rotten childhood, ill-fated romances, publishing rises and falls--and of the Creede, Colorado, ranch and its creatures she could barely afford but that has saved her sanity and her soul time and again.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants.


The Traveling Feast

The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes by writer Rick Bass borrows its title from Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, also a food memoir, but that's where the similarities end. In each chapter, Bass travels to a writer friend and recounts a meal, sometimes simple, sometimes sumptuous and catches himself and readers up on their lives. Though many are Western writers, such as Doug Peacock and Barry Lopez, he travels afield, even as far as David Sedaris's door. It's a culinary and literary treat! Recommended by Kelly

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 5th, 2018

Acclaimed author Rick Bass decided to thank all of his writing heroes in person, one meal at a time, in this "rich smorgasbord of a memoir . . . a soul-nourishing, road-burning act of tribute" (New York Times Book Review).

"Exuberant . . . A classic . . . This is a rich bounty of a book." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Binstead's Safari

Binstead's Safari is a wild ride. I was reminded of in part of Jean Renoir's film, 'The Rules of the Game,' along with a dash of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Tropical Malady' (which, if you haven't seen, you should). An American couple, marriage on the rocks, finds themselves in Africa, woefully unprepared in a number of ways for what they encounter there - whirlwind love, endless landscape, transformation, and wildness. Stick around for the twist at the end - I devoured the last twenty pages the way a lion might eat a kill. Recommended by Katie

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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 26th, 2019

"Only now had she found her life"--and also her destiny, which may, this being Ingalls, take the form of a Lion God.


Deaf Republic

Ilya Kaminsky’s poetry collection Deaf Republic is a deeply affecting parable-in-verse. In an unnamed village in an unnamed country, invading soldiers kill a deaf boy. As an act of resistance, the entire town enacts deafness. The story charts two puppeteers and their theater’s owner as they navigate resistance, love, and tragedy under occupation. Kaminsky’s sharp poetry is by turns ribald, tender, and elegiac. Deaf Republic calls to mind some of the best Russian political writers, from Bulgakov to Tolstoy, from Dostoyevsky to Anthony Marra.

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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

Ilya Kaminsky’s astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence?


Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson invites readers not to speak but to shout in her new poetry memoir, a long awaited follow-up to her bestselling YA novel, Speak, which centers around a survivor of sexual assault. In Shout, Anderson shares memories from her young adulthood — when she herself was raped — and how she found the strength to keep going. Between autobiographical poems lie fierce rants about rape culture and censorship, as well as love letters and encouragement to survivors of sexual assault.

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Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.


Lot

Bryan Washington’s Lot is an ambitious debut collection from an exciting young writer. Each story occurs in Houston, and half of them follow teenage Nicolás as he navigates the violence of street and family life while discovering his own sexuality. One story details the hilarious and poignant escapades of two friends discovering a strange bayou creature they call a chupacabra. Another short elegiacally traces the dissolution of a pickup basketball crew.

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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2019

"Phenomenal" --Justin Torres, author of We the Animals
"Brilliant" --Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun
“A profound exploration of the true meaning of borders.” —The New York Times Book Review


Woman Talking

For years, the women of the Mennonite settlement, Molotschna, had been violated at night by demons punishing them for their sins. After discovering that they had actually been drugged and raped by men from their own colony, the women decide to meet in secret to discuss plans for the future while the men are away in the city for trial. Based on true events, Women Talking features a colorful cast of women contemplating their own basic rights.

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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019

National Bestseller


Holiday Gift Recommendations from the Staff of the Raven

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book) Cover Image
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 18th, 2018

100% of Last Week Tonight's proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children's picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.


Your Guide to the National Parks, 2nd Edition: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781621280675
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Published: Stone Road Press - January 2017

"Your Guide to the National Parks"provides step-by-step itineraries, kid-friendly activities, and the most popular ranger programs to help plan your family vacation. Thousands of hotels, restaurants, and attractions beyond the parks and 11 suggested road trips make it the ultimate dashboard companion.


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Published: Clarion Books - October 3rd, 2017

Welcome to the irresistible world of Greenglass House, where thirteen-year-old Milo is spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem.


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Published: DAW - April 2008

Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
 
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks


Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter Cover Image
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 5th, 2018

WINNER of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

Washington Post "50 Notable Works of Nonfiction"

Science News "Favorite Science Books of 2018"

Booklist "Top Ten Science/Technology Book of 2018"


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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

**Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History**

*Winner of the Bancroft, Parkman, Los Angeles Times (biography), Lincoln, Plutarch, and Christopher Awards*

Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Time

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