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Reborn in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062958716
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 28th, 2022

Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told?: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635579611
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 28th, 2022

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Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525565994
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Published: Vintage - June 21st, 2022

Two recent best sellers relied heavily on research pioneered by Suzanne Simard: Richard Power’s Overstory and Peter Wohlleben’s Hidden Life of Trees. Simard’s research proved that clear-cut logging old forests causes virtually irreversible damage to the land. But far more importantly, her research discovered why: the trees live as a community, acting for the good of the forest as a whole. This is accomplished via vast underground networks of roots and mycorrhiza that direct nutrients from healthy to needy trees, send warning signals of coming infestations and disease so trees can prepare defenses, and so much more. Clear-cut the trees, the network dies, and replacement trees won’t grow. Simard pursued her research despite belittlement, false criticism, and even sabotage of her research by a powerful clique of men with vested interests in maintaining existing logging practices in British Columbia. But her research proved popular among fellow academics and students, and eventually became mainstream. Growing up in a multi-generation logging family in British Columbia, Suzanne’s insatiable curiosity started her down this forest road when she was just six years old. I spent several enchanted evenings with Suzanne in beautiful British Columbia as she described her pioneering journey. Thank you for your tenacity Suzanne.

— Kay Wosewick


On Animals Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982181543
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 21st, 2022

Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593184929
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Published: Tiny Reparations Books - June 21st, 2022

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538719350
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 21st, 2022

Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374539184
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - June 14th, 2022

Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062944603
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Published: Mariner Books - June 14th, 2022

How to Catch a Mole: Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771649940
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Published: Greystone Books - June 14th, 2022

Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250849304
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Published: Picador - June 14th, 2022

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Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603095129
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - June 14th, 2022

New Yorker cartoonist Sofia Warren was never that involved in politics. She didn't know who her local officials were, what policies were being passed, or what names would show up on her ballot. That is until Julia Salazar started following her. On every street corner there was a volunteer handing out flyers with her face on it, at every bus stop a poster, and all her friends were talking about her. Salazar, a young 27-year-old democratic socialist, had begun a grassroots campaign for New York Senate in hopes of achieving major rent control and tenant protection policy reform. When she defied the odds and won, she inspired and united a coalition of activists, organizations, and local residents. And left Warren wondering, what happens next? Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator chronicles what came next as Warren follows Salazar and her staff during their first year in office. Warren's graphic memoir is a truly exceptional and unique look inside the world of politics, community organizing, and progressive policy. From candid conversations with Salazar and her whole staff, to attending protests, to speaking with community organizers, Warren creates a compelling and informative story that sheds light on what the political landscape looks like today and what we could shape it into. 

— Parker Jensen


The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316296816
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2022

The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984853851
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 7th, 2022

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Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982141516
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2022

LGBTQ advice columnist John Paul Brammer delivers an earnest and quick-witted memoir with stories about his life, from growing up in rural Oklahoma and being bullied in middle school to moving to New York City and finding his voice. ¡Hola Papi! has that fresh memoir experience where each chapter is a response to a reader's question. Reading this was like being invited in and staying a while; there was a connectedness I felt while reading about JP’s experiences, whether it was being able to relate to growing up mixed race and not speaking Spanish or commiserating with him as meets “the one.” Do yourself a favor and luxuriate in the warmth of each chapter.

— Jen Steele

 

 

Each chapter of ¡Hola Papi! begins with John Paul (JP) asking an important question, followed by a story that describes his personal path to an answer. This is fitting given that JP stumbled into writing an advice column, and quickly surprised himself by giving solid advice drawn from years of irrepressible self-examination. Growing up in small-town Oklahoma at the bottom of the pecking order gave him empathy for outsiders. High school in a larger town proved he could build his identity from inside-out instead, instead of having it defined from outside-in. In college he stumbled through awkward and uncomfortable gay experiences before finding successful ways to move easily through the gay world. JP found a large, needy audience ready to gobble up his advice on such issues. Alas, PJ’s memoir also depicts a society that still contains a staunchly anti-LGBTQ faction. While there is progress, the US sadly has a long way to go to achieve full acceptance and integration of LGBTQ individuals.

— Kay Wosewick

 

 

John Paul Brammer's voice is everything I've been looking for in the many essay collections I've picked up in the last couple of years. Simply put, Brammer's voice is fantastic. He is self-aware in a rare way that allows for the wittiest and most truthful of observations on life, relationships, one's own history, and the world, without crossing into the self-indulgent or self-deprecating. Although, I think he'd say I was giving him too much credit (but I'd wholeheartedly disagree). The essays in ¡Hola Papi! come together to compose a glimpse into the many different phases of Brammer's life, stitching together his coming of age as a gay Mexican boy growing up in rural Oklahoma to the many triumphs and tribulations of life as a gay man across the country and world. As a reader I felt like I was growing up alongside Brammer as he came to reckon with his self, his identities, his past, and his own actions. His own acceptance of the many parts of himself, the many experiences that culminate to make him who he is today, gives me hope and faith. I had to keep sticky notes next to me while I was reading, something I rarely do, to make sure I was saving passages to come back to. Passages that so concisely put into words things I've felt and thought, but so much more beautifully than I could have imagined saying myself. And passages that will stick with me and encourage me to grow. And what marks a better read that something that fundamentally changes the way you think, makes you want to grow, and excites you to see how you too will change and develop in the years to come?

— Parker Jensen


Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324022114
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2022

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062959836
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Published: Amistad - June 7th, 2022

Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of Sports Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324021889
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2022

Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982107710
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2022

Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393881363
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2022

Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399589034
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 7th, 2022

Dear God. Dear Bones. Dear Yellow. Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781642596960
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Published: Haymarket Books - May 31st, 2022

Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316451390
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358699200
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Published: Mariner Books - May 31st, 2022

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Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984879073
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Published: Penguin Books - May 24th, 2022

Shape is the perfect title for this book, which shows that geometry is about more than proving whether two of the angles of an isosceles triangle are congruent. (They are!) Geometry is mapping and game theory and cryptography and artificial intelligence and predicting epidemics. I love Ellenberg's voice. He's such a good storyteller, and no lie, I have already laughed out loud many more times than I have in many a so-called comic novel. Did I sometimes get a little lost reading the book? I did! But it's kind of like falling into a body of water with a life preserver - even if you're only an okay swimmer, you don't have to worry about drowning.

— Daniel Goldin


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The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us Cover Image
By Meg Lowman, Sylvia A. Earle (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9781250849182
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Published: Picador - May 17th, 2022

Meg Lowman is a scientific powerhouse and innovator. She is a pioneer in researching the top of forests where there is a great diversity of life that has barely begun to be recognized. Many natural areas around the world have followed Lowman’s lead and have built systems to convey visitors to treetops to observe entirely new habitats. Lowman’s leadership and creativity have led to significant leaps in understanding this previously overlooked habitat, which she calls the Eighth Continent. Lowman’s introduction to this overlooked habitat is fascinating.

— Kay Wosewick


The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982115869
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2022

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The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone's Legendary Druid Pack Cover Image
By Rick McIntyre, Marc Bekoff (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781771649964
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Published: Greystone Books - April 12th, 2022

I was skeptical that McIntyre could write a second book as beguiling and insightful as his first about the wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone. Wow, was I wrong. This book is equally captivating as The Rise of Wolf 8 (which you must read before 21). 

— Kay Wosewick


The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385348737
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Published: Crown - February 15th, 2022

Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590528
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 8th, 2022

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143127741
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Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015