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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

Katherine May · Riverhead Books
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself. . . . This is truly a beautiful book. - Elizabeth GilbertAn intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances...
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Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now

Evan Osnos
Format: Hardcover

Former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been called both the luckiest man and the unluckiest - fortunate to have sustained a fifty-year political career that reached the White House, but also marked by deep personal losses and disappointments that he has suffered. Yet even as Biden's...
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A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff You See Every Day

Spike Carlsen · HarperOne
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The bestselling author of A Splintered History of Wood uses a walk around his hometown to explore how every part of our urban landscape - from manhole covers and recycling bins to pedestrian crossings and bike lanes - impact and shape our lives in this fascinating work of popular science....
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I Wanna Be Where the Normal People Are

Rachel Bloom · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal."In a collection of laugh-out-loud...
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The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket

Benjamin Lorr · Avery
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The miracle of the supermarket has never been more apparent. Like the doctors and nurses who care for the sick, suddenly the men and women who stock our shelves and operate our warehouses are understood as 'essential' workers, providing a quality of life we all too easily take for granted....
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Olive, Mabel & Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs

Andrew Cotter
Format: Hardcover

The story of Olive and Mabel, Labrador retrievers who rose to internet fame as the subjects of Andrew Cotter's BBC sports parodies. When sporting events were put on hold in March 2020, commentator Andrew Cotter shifted to working from home. The one-on-one competitors? His two Labrador...
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A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection

Steve Martin
Format: Hardcover

"I've always looked upon cartooning as comedy's last frontier. I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances, and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me. I felt...
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Negotiations

Destiny O. Birdsong · Tin House Books
Pages: 152
Format: Paperback

What makes a self? In her remarkable debut collection of poems, Destiny O. Birdsong writes fearlessly towards this question. Laced with ratchetry, yet hungering for its own respectability, Negotiations is about what it means to live in this America, about Cardi B and top-tier journal publications,...
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Black Futures

Kimberly Drew · One World
Pages: 544
Format: Hardcover

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work - images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more - to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world...
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A Place for Everything: The Curious History of Alphabetical Order

Judith Flanders · Basic Books
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

A Place for Everything is the first-ever history of alphabetization, from the Library of Alexandria to Wikipedia. The story of alphabetical order has been shaped by some of history's most compelling characters, such as industrious and enthusiastic early adopter Samuel Pepys and dedicated...
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Toxic Farts, Brain-Eating Amoebas, Mosquito Assassins & More: 297 Terrifying Ways Nature Is Trying to Murder You

Editors of Media Lab Books · MEDIA LAB BOOKS
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

If you think the biggest threat to humanity is our fellow humans, think again. From flesh-eating fiends and parasitic pests to icicles just loose enough to impale from above, we as a species have innumerable enemies and not nearly enough places to hide. With this book, you can prepare yourself...
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The Little Book of Life Skills: Deal with Dinner, Manage Your Email, Make a Graceful Exit, and 152 Other Expert Tricks

Erin Zammett Ruddy · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

We all have areas of our lives that make us feel disorganized, unprepared, or stressed out. From creating a calmer morning routine to setting yourself up for a good night's sleep, and everything in between, there are easy and proven ways to do things better. Whether you need advice on how to end an argument,...
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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Emmanuel Acho · Flatiron Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

"You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have." So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. "There is a fix," Acho says. "But...
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5,203 Things to Do Instead of Looking at Your Phone

Barbara Ann Kipfer
Format: Paperback

Put down your phone, close the lid on your laptop, and get back in touch with the wonders of the world around you. With thousands of ideas for simple, beautiful things to do instead of scrolling down the rabbit hole of cyberspace, this healing little book offers the opportunity, 5,203 times,...
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Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Selection

Corey Brettschneider · Penguin Classics
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback

Penguin Liberty is a newly curated series of classic historical, political and legal classic texts relevant to constitutional rights. This collection includes key concurrences, dissents, and selected writings by Justice Ginsburg that address gender equality and women's rights, reproductive...
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I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf

Grant Snider · Abrams ComicArts
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover

A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider It's no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves...
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Survival of the Thickest: Essays

Michelle Buteau · Gallery Books
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

If you've watched television or movies in the past year, you've seen Michelle Buteau. With scene-stealing roles in Always Be My Maybe, First Wives Club, Someone Great, Russian Doll, and Tales of the City; a reality TV show and breakthrough stand-up specials, including her headlining...
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Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live

Nicholas A. Christakis MD · Little, Brown Spark
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Apollo's Arrow offers a riveting account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it swept through American society in 2020, and of how the recovery will unfold in the coming years. Drawing on momentous (yet dimly remembered) historical epidemics, contemporary analyses, and cutting-edge...
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Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution's Mysteries Solved

Kenneth Catania · Princeton University Press
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

From star-nosed moles that have super-sensing snouts to electric eels that paralyze their prey, animals possess unique and extraordinary abilities. In Great Adaptations, Kenneth Catania presents an entertaining and engaging look at some of nature's most remarkable creatures. Telling...
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Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

Michael Eric Dyson
Format: Hardcover

The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 43-year-old Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a white cop suffocated him. The video of that night's events went viral, sparking the largest protests in the nation's history and the sort of social...
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The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

Roman Mars · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Have you ever wondered what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on the sidewalk mean? Or stopped to consider why you don't see metal fire escapes on new buildings? Or pondered the story behind those dancing inflatable figures in car dealerships?99% Invisible is a big-ideas podcast...
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Warriors, Witches, Women: Celebrating Mythology's Fiercest Females

Hodges, Kate · WHITE LION PUB

WARRIORS, WITCHES, WOMEN is a guide to awe-inspiring mythic female creatures worldwide; from feminist fairies to bloodsucking, seductive succubae, half-human half-bird harpies created from the wind, or protective and seductive voodoo goddesses who still impact on African-American cultural...
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Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic

Alice Quinn
Format: Hardcover

As the novel coronavirus and its devastating effects began to spread in the United States and around the world, Alice Quinn reached out to poets across the country to see if, and what, they were writing under quarantine. Moved and galvanized by the response, the onetime New Yorker poetry...
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Swimming Lessons: Poems

Lili Reinhart
Format: Hardcover

Fingers lingering on me so you don't lose your place.Swimming Lessons explores the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion. Relatable yet deeply intimate, provocative yet comforting,...
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Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett Ph.D · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

From the author of How Emotions Are Made, a myth-busting primer on the brain in the tradition of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Let renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett demystify that big gray...
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