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A Balance of Grit and Comedy

I hadn’t heard of Michael Arceneaux’s I Can’t Date Jesus until taking a poll on Instagram for reading suggestions. We asked our followers for suggestions on what to read in 2019, and this came through as an April recommendation. I think mostly because of the title, all of us Bookly Katherines were immediately intrigued. I mean, titles don’t get much better than I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé.

I also hadn’t heard of Arceneaux until reading this, his debut essay collection. But this is one of my favorite experiences, uncovering a new (to me) author and their work. His essays cover a range of raw experiences from flawed family dynamics, growing up in Texas, living in an oppressive culture as a gay black man, dating, to faith and Christianity, etc. I found all 15 essays raw, humorous, self-aware, and immersive. His vulnerability enriched each story. And as a privileged, hetero white female who grew up mostly overseas my life experiences have little in common with Arceneaux’s. But his writing was welcoming and intelligent, leaving the reader more aware and challenged in all the right ways. Not to mention how important it is to read authors we don’t share history with. How else do we grow as readers? Or as people?

I wouldn’t recommend reading this one in one or two sittings. Instead, I’d recommend reading it as I did; chapter by chapter spread out over the course of several weeks. It say on my bedside table where I could pick it up when I needed a respite in between A Game of Thrones chapters. It was a good balance of gritty and comical that kept me coming back. So if you’re a fan of essays, nonfiction, or memoirs I definitely recommend you add this to your list!

May & June Book

This school year has finally coming to a close, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome warmer weather and summer vacations! And as is tradition around here at The Bookly Club, in May & June we like to celebrate with a great YA read.

Although none of us here at Bookly would likely self-profess as YA super-fans, we’ve enjoyed most of our the young adult selections in the past (Salt to the Sea and The Perks of Being a Wallflower among the favorites). Plus, what better time of year to revisit being young and oh so dramatic… signing yearbooks on the last day of school, looking forward to summer reading lists (just us?), and everything in between.

This May & June (we like to combine these months for a little break during a busy time of year) we’ve selected Julie Buxbaum’s Tell Me Three Things. Now the author of five novels (her latest just released May 7th), Buxbaum started her career as a Harvard-educated lawyer. But like so many, her initial path took a welcome turn leading her to a career as an acclaimed author. And after her first two books, she debuted her first YA novel which became a breakout hit ending up on the New York Times best-seller list. That book was Tell Me Three Things.


“Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son, and to start at a new school where she knows no one.

Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?”


 

We’ve been hearing nothing but good things so far, and it seems like just the book we’re in the mood for. Full of angst, drama, humor, and teenage sweetness, we’re all in for this spring read!

And we hope you’ll read with us. How? Read at your own pace and finish up sometime by the end of the June. You can share your thoughts and updates as you read here or on Instagram (don’t forget to use #booklymark and tag us @thebooklyclub). Then on the last day of the month look out for our Instagram discussion post to join in the conversation!

 

Injustice Laid Bare

Since reading The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin nearly 15 years ago, I’d been looking forward to reading more of his writing. In the past, life and other books had gotten in the way, but with If Beale Street Could Talk as Bookly’s March selection I finally revisited Baldwin.

James Baldwin was an author, activist, and queer black man at his creative peak in 1960’s / 1970’s America. His words have a power that’s lasted generations. He wrote works of fiction and nonfiction that channeled the voices of the oppressed. And in his novel If Beale Street Could Talk (1974) he tells the all too familiar story of a young black man in America. Fonny is living his life among family and first love, pursuing his creative passions in New York City. And yet all that, and much more, is stolen away. Framed for a rape he didn’t commit, Fonny is imprisoned with little hope of freedom. Even after discovering that Tish, the woman he loves, is carrying his child, we bear witness to the desperate and near hopeless decay of all the good in Fonny’s life.

Told from the perspective of expectant Tish, Baldwin gives us an unhurried, intimate look as America, diseased with racism and bigotry, eats away at Fonny’s life despite the love that surrounds him. Faced with bringing new life into this world, Tish, her mother, her sister, her father, and one distracted attorney spend months grasping at straws to set this soon-to-be father free.

Baldwin’s writing style felt like reading Tish’s diary. Every thought, her fears, and the actions of those around her are laid bare for the reader. In very few pages Baldwin covers decades, and his deceptively minimalist writing gives us so much of his characters. I was invested in Tish and Fonny, invested in this new life and the family of love surrounding it. At times this made their story that much more painful to read. Their tragedy felt very raw and human. I can’t see how someone couldn’t read this without compassion, and without seeing the pure wrongfulness that is such incarceration.

The only theme that left me a bit confused and uncomfortable was the treatment of women in this novel. Aside from the fact that there was something lacking in Tish’s character (although it’d be nearly impossible for Baldwin to get into the mind of an expectant mother), the violence against Fonny’s mother (both sexually and in a scene of domestic abuse) plays out with what seemed like no acknowledgement of its wrongfulness. Fonny’s father even seemed to be idolized and catered to despite his agressions. Sure, as a character Fonny’s mother was easy to dislike, but the treatment of her, and her daughters, felt normalized which made me uncomfortable. Even at one moment where Fonny seems to express his affection for Tish with a request for dinner while she’s pregnant and in the kitchen made my eyes roll. I will say it did take a bit away from the story for me, like a small black spot on an otherwise beautiful composition.

All of this being said, I consider this a must read. Tragically our country is still sick with stories like these. Fonny’s life may be fiction, but stories like his play over and over again. So if you haven’t yet, read this book… or really anything by Baldwin.

And now I need to watch the movie!

April Book

We’re so glad to finally have a taste of spring! This winter felt much too long, don’t you think? Now it’s time to bring a little life and laughter back into our reading lives for Spring. In April we like to read something with humor and wit to break down any remnants of that dreary winter mood.

And this year we’ve selected Michael Arceneaux’s I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyonce.

Arceneaux is a Houston-born, Howard University-educated writer who started his career writing for various news media like The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Essence, The Washington Post, etc. And this collection of essays, published in July of 2018, is the first book published by Arceneaux (he’s currently writing his second, titled I Don’t Want to Die Poor addressing private student loan debt).


There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux’s is one such story. Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and such fine wit.”  –Roxanne Gay

In this collection, Michael Arceneaux is as vulnerable as he is hilarious, sharp as he is shady, thoughtful as he is THOT-ty. With wit, heart, and keen self-awareness, he allows us to see him in totality and forces us to feel our way through his journey toward contentment, wholeness, and reconciliation with faith and family as an unapologetically black, queer, and Southern man.”    –Janet Mock


 

In this collection Arceneaux shares seventeen different autobiographical essays. He addresses his Houston upbringing within a heavily Catholic family as a gay black man. His ever-present issues around sex, religion, race, and becoming the man he is today is at the forefront of each story he tells. It’s an intimate look at Arceneaux’s life and the paths he’s taken.

We hope you’ll read with us! How? It’s easy! Read your own pace and finish up by the end of the month. You can also share your thoughts and updates as you’re reading here or on Instagram (don’t forget to use #booklymark and tag us @thebooklyclub). Then on the last day of the month look out for our Instagram discussion post to join in the conversation!

Happy reading 🙂

Steam Fest

In true Drew and Alexa form, I’ll get right to it… this one kinda fell flat for me. I think that’s an unpopular opinion, so if you disagree with me you’re probably in the majority.

I had high hopes because I know a lot of others really liked The Wedding Date. But maybe my hopes were too high? Romance or love stories aren’t usually my first pick, but Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren and One Day in December by Josie Silver are two I really liked. And I’d heard Guillory’s debut would be similar. But before reading it I read a review that basically hit the nail on the head:

The book is also unexpectedly raunchy, since Alexa and Drew’s connection starts as a purely physical one and they only later develop deeper feelings. The characters never find a situation that doesn’t turn them on at least a little bit” (Kirkus Review)

I’m fine with some steam and a good love story, but for me things were a bit unbalanced. I liked the story and the characters, but it felt like it was all steam and not enough substance. So I had a problem getting invested in it because it felt like the book was entirely of sex scenes. So I’m sorry to say I wasn’t a fan, but I would still give a different Guillory book a chance.

A Classic Power-house of Women’s History

Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis has been on my list for a few years. I’d heard the name Angela Davis before, but it wasn’t until Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary 13th that I gained better context as to the living legend that she truly is.

As someone who believes in the pursuit of equal rights and social justice, and that we’ve been failing at both for a long time, I also know that my part in that includes continuing my education. As a privileged white female my pursuit of equality and justice comes much more easily than it does to most. But as it’s said, “until we are all free, we are none of us free” (Emma Lazarus). To achieve these goals reading a book won’t do the job. But book after book, and year after year, if we can strive to know more and do more with what we know maybe we’ll get a little bit closer in this lifetime. Don’t you think?

Angela Davis has been a memorable part of my continuing education, and she should be a part of yours. The gaps in the cause for women’s equality are numerous and deeply rooted in history. If you’re ever curious about what people are talking about when they say intersectional feminism, or refer to the suffrage movement as a perpetuation of racism, read this book. The book is organized chronologically starting with the legacy of slavery and ending with a working-class perspective contemporary to the book in the early 1980’s.

This book felt much like a textbook in its wealth of well-cited information, but not at all like a textbook in its passion. I love how much this book taught me, and I love how much Davis told these stories in the words of the women who lived them. To her credit, each chapter has numerous quotes from the women who experienced the full range of issues Davis examines in Women, Race and Class. 

If I haven’t convinced you already, I really hope you’ll read this book. It could be read in bits and pieces, a chapter here and a chapter there. But what you really need to know is that, in my opinion, this is a classic power-house of women’s history that’s not to be missed.

March Book

 

Awards season is always one of our favorites, but the Emmy’s, Golden Globes, SAG awards, BAFTAs, and the Oscars have all come to a close. However in March we celebrate some of the nominees and winners by reading a book that was turned into one of last year’s acclaimed films.

This year we’re reading James Baldwin’s classic If Beale Street Could Talk. Published in 1974, it’s the story of young love, family, injustice, and hope. Tish has fallen in love with Fonny, the father of her child, who’s falsely imprisoned and seeking the justice he deserves. Facing their uncertain futures, the lives of these two characters twist tragedy and joy in ways that make their stories unforgettable. Baldwin is a legendary American author whose writing is a beautiful as it is poignant (and if you haven’t read The Fire Next Time by Baldwin do so ASAP).

 


A moving, painful story, so vividly human and so obviously based on reality that it strikes us as timeless”  –Joyce Carol Oates

If Van Gogh was our nineteenth century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our twentieth-century one.”    –Michael Ondaatje


 

In December of 2018 the movie, written and directed by Barry Jenkins of Moonlight fame, was released to critical acclaim (94% on Rotten Tomatoes people). It was nominated for several awards including Best Motion Picture (Golden Globes, AFI Awards), Best Adapted Screenplay (Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs), and Best Original Score (BAFTAs, Oscars). And Regina King has won Best Supporting Actress at both the Golden Globes AND the Oscars!

We’ll have to read and watch to see how the movie holds up to the book, but either way we’re excited to read this story.

 

We hope you’ll read with us (and maybe watch when it’s released for purchase March 26th). How? It’s easy! Read your own pace and finish up by the end of the month. You can also share your thoughts and updates as you’re reading here or on Instagram (don’t forget to use #booklymark and tag us @thebooklyclub). Then on the last day of the month look out for our Instagram discussion post to join in the conversation!

Happy reading 🙂

An Important History Lesson in Feminism

Angela Y. Davis’ work is historically honest and somehow succinct but incredibly expansive at the same time. Unwrapping the complicated nuances of race and gender narratives and their gross entanglement with societal class structure both historically and in more modern ways, Davis evaluates several dark corners of our country’s past ranging from slavery, education, rape, and reproductive rights. She details how women’s empowerment movement has been dissected internally by complicating issues of race and class. Her book is, in many ways, a love song to the fight for equality but sharply draws into focus the consistent impedance to success.

Historians not only inform our pasts but, when doing their job correctly, should guide our future. By informing our past failings, perhaps we can alter how we choose to proceed going forward. My innate response to historical themes of race and gender had generally been “yep, I know its bad.” That’s not because I don’t care but because I don’t know how to help or admittedly really understand the scope. Davis’ work has given me a slightly less narrowed vantage point with more details and context. Knowing how many individual facets come together collectively to shape into this behemoth elephant in the room is the first step in acknowledging the elephant. Guiding the elephant out of the room requires a collective fight.

That push for the collective fight is the ultimate goal of Davis’ work. I think Women, Race, and Class would easily hold its place in any list of essential feminist reads and is as relevant today as its date of publication in 1983.

February Book

It’s a new year full of new books! Since finishing our December & January book—Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis—February marks Bookly’s official start to 2019. In fact, we’re currently finalizing our list of books for this year, and we’re so excited about all of them!! But anyway, we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Jasmine Guillory

February is the month of pre-fixed candlelit dinners, hallmark cards, chocolate, fuzzy hearts stitched to teddy bears, and romance. So, since we’re a book club that reads what’s fitting for the month we’re reading in, this month we read romance.

This year’s love story is a debut novel published just last year. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. A graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law, Guillory sets this story in her hometown; the Bay Area. Her writing has made her a new favorite go-to romance author of many. And since The Wedding Date she’s published a sequel, and the third in the series comes out in July. So if we love this one we’ll have two more to add to our TBR (to-be-read) lists!

 


 

“The writing is fast-paced, jumping between Alexa’s and Drew’s points of view. The two leads are charming, and both have quirky friends who add flavor to the story… Guillory’s debut is a mix of romance and raunch that will charm rom-com fans.”

Kirkus Review


 

The Wedding Date starts with a “meet-cute” between Alexa and Drew in a stalled hotel elevator. Drew is in San Francisco for a wedding he dreads, and Alexa is stopping by from Berkeley to visit an out-of-town guest. By the time the elevator starts up again, Alexa agrees to go to the dreaded wedding as Drew’s plus one. A spontaneous weekend pretending at boyfriend and girlfriend ends with Drew returning to L.A. (where he’s a pediatric surgeon, of course) and Alexa heads back to her job as the Berkeley Mayor’s Chief of Staff. But they can’t stop thinking about their weekend together, and with geography playing against them, they must figure out how to get what they really want.

We hope you’ll read with us, it’s really easy! Read your own pace, finishing up by the end of the month. Share any of your thoughts or updates as you’re reading here or on Instagram (don’t forget to use #booklymark). And on the last day of the month look out for our Instagram discussion post to join in the conversation! Happy reading 🙂

 

 

A Booklover’s Gift Guide

After years of book gifting, we have a long list of ideas saved up. And since book lovers like us seem to own most books, it’s good to have a stock of book-related ideas on hand.

So, welcome to our complete book lover’s gift guide! Whether you love books and want to share the wealth, or you need the perfect gift for a book lover, we’ve probably got something for you and yours on this list…

B O O K R E L A T E D

  • Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
    A beautifully illustrated love letter to all things books by Jane Mount. From bookstores and their resident pets to gorgeous curated stacks we immediately added to our TBR (to-be-read) list, this book’s the perfect gift for any bibliophile. Also, Mount just released a 2019 Planner that’s equally as swoon-worthy!
  • Ideal Bookshelf
    Jane Mount’s shop of book spine illustrations (and more). There are themed prints to choose from, or you can customize one with your favorites.
  • Out of Print
    They have endless clothes, accessories and housewares all related to books (their library card mugs are a favorite)!
  • Tiny Books
    This year Dutton Books released a set of John Green books in Tiny form. Designed to be held in one hand, maybe it will be the Luddite’s answer to the Kindle?
  • Juniper Books
    A little more pricey, but worth it! Juniper creates stunning book sets and custom jackets to accessorize and beautify your library.
  • Local Bookstore Subscriptions
    Popular destination bookstores (sure, that’s a thing) host their own book subscriptions like Literati Cultura, The Strand’s The Book Hook-up, and Shakespeare & Co. Year of Reading. They have unique categories, great finds and it supports booksellers!

R A I S I N G R E A D E R S

  • Moonlite
    Turning your smartphone into a projector, you can cuddle-up with the lights off and enjoy bedtime stories in a whole new way.
  • Wonderbly
    A great custom book shop we’ve used many times! Using the little one’s name, likeness, interests, characteristics… they can become a Queen in “Kingdom of You,” or a detective in “Where Are You?” and follow their own adventure.
  • Who Done it? by Oliver Tallec
    A great series of little picture mysteries like “who left their coat at home?”
  • Pearl by Molly Idle
    The most charming (and gorgeous) story about how even the littlest jobs can shine bright. As a stay-at-home mom this one definitely spoke to me.
  • Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
    We love anything Jeffers authors and illustrates, but this one especially. A powerful story written as a note to his newborn son about what’s important in this world.
  • Windows by Julia Denos
    Perfect for any city kid (like mine) about a short neighborhood walk and all the wonderful lives behind each glowing window.
  • A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
    We can’t do this book enough justice, it’s amazing, just watch this.
  • Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by Jessica Hische
    A new release by an extremely talented lettering artist and mother, it’s the the story about all the things we wish to be and how if we’re not our best today, there’s always tomorrow.
  • Love Is by Diane Adams
    A metaphor for the ups and downs of parenting as told through a little girl’s love and care for a growing duckling.
  • A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
    Another Jeffers favorite of ours with books, pages, and words used to create whimsical illustrations that tell the story of what adventures await us in the pages of books.
  • Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
    The perfect story for any little one afraid of the dark. Orion is afraid of his dark bedroom, but soon he meets him, Dark, and realizes he’s nothing to be scared of.

F O R T H E R O M A N T I C

  • Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
    A gorgeous edition of the classic love poems of Spanish poet Pablo Neruda
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
    The utterly charming love story of two Londoners; Laurie and Jack. Set in London, and described as Bridget Jones meets Love Actually, it’s the perfect winter romance.
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
    One of this year’s most popular love stories, with a just-released sequel (The Proposal), we’ll be reading this for Bookly in February, so grab a copy and read along with us!
  • How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
    A woman takes over her father’s bookshop in a small English town and she finds friendships, love, and a home she didn’t expect.
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren (not pictured)
    A coming of age love story that jumps time and follows a few twists and turns before reaching its heart-felt ending.

F O R T H E A S P I R I N G C H E F

  • How to Grill Everything by Mark Bittman
    Grilling can be such an easy, healthy way to cook and Bittman gives endless delicious ideas that make you anxious for grilling season.
  • Love and Lemons by Jeanine Donofrio
    What exists as a blog inspired by fresh, italian cooking, this vegetarian cookbook organized by produce is delicious and makes it easy to add any protein along with it (the shredded brussels sprouts salad is a personal favorite).
  • The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
    Better cooking through science, this unique cookbook doesn’t just explain how, but why we cook food the way we do.

L E A R N S O M E T H I N G N E W

  • Life’s Work by Dr. Willie Parker
    An outspoken, Christian advocate for reproductive justice, Dr. Willie Parker chronicles his deeply personal journey as an abortion provider living in the South making a moral argument for choice.
  • The Healing of American: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, Fairer Health Care by T.R. Reid
    Organized by Country, Reid travels the world sharing all that he learns about the successes and failures of the health care systems around the world.
  • On The Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman
    What started as Goffman’s masters thesis turned into years among men and women in a Philadelphia neighborhood plagued by mass, perpetual incarceration and the realities of a justice system gone awry.
  • Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
    Just published this year, Hurston interviewed Cudjo Lewis in the 1920’s and 30’s, who was at the time the last person alive who could tell the story of capture and bondage in the Atlantic slave trade.

T H E D A R K E R S I D E

  • Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
    A completely unique story of “Area X,” a mysterious government property that has scientists baffled, and the all-female expedition team that travels into Area X for answers.
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    This twisty sci-fi thriller takes you through a race of reality and chance to answer the question, “are you happy with your life?” and tell us something about humanity.
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    An American true crime classic. It’s the story of the senseless killing of a family while they lay quiet in their home in Kansas on November 15, 1959, and Capote’s hunt for answers.
  • American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
    The arson started on a cold November midnight in Accomack County and didn’t stop for months. A portrait of the arsonists and America’s history with arson.
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
    With her sarcastic wit and curiosity, Roach tackles another mysterious subject in this unique non-fiction analysis of the supernatural.
  • Lady Killers by Tori Telfer
    A completely fascinating, smart and oddly fun look into the little known history of female serial killers, each chapter a new bizarre story of a frightening femme fatale.
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
    One of this year’s biggest hits, McNamara’s tireless pursuit of The Golden State Killer (as she named him) gave birth to this soon-to-be classic true crime novel (don’t read it when you’re home alone).

E S C A P E I N T O A N O T H E R W O R L D

  • Hyperion Series by Dan Simmons
    A hard-to-explain classic sci-fi series from the 90’s with a devout fan base, the Hyperion series is one you’ll just have to read to believe.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    After only 2% of the world’s population survives as mass disease the stories of characters we’re left with intertwine and weave together in the most beautiful, fateful, powerful ways that it will have you in awe and thoughtful days after it ends.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    The mysterious Night Circus shows up with no warning and only at night. This cult favorite, filled with magical realism, love, and drama is a must read.
  • An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir
    A MUST READ series featuring strong women, great writing, a world that’s ancient Rome meets the middle East, and a story of love, magic, family, power, and justice that’s nothing but enjoyable.

F O R W O M E N ( A N D M E N )

  • Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
    Asked by her friend for advice on how to raise a strong woman, this is Adiche’s response in 15 invaluable suggestions.
  • The Mother of All Questions, Men Explain Things to Me, and Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit
    Read anything and everything by Rebecca Solnit. Her words are powerful, elegant, and perfectly placed. Her essays have a way of saying things exactly how you’ve been meaning to say them but never could.
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
    How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Thought leader Brene Brown is a must read author.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    What if the world were increasingly sterile, and women were kept as, essentially, reproductive slaves? Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once satire, warning, and a tour de force.

S . T . E . M .

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
    What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit? There’s no better guide through these mind-bending questions than Tyson.
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
    Exactly what it sounds like, and thoroughly enjoyable. It teaches us about who we are through the fundamentals of physics.
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this is book about the future of our world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
  • How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
    A math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands.

F O R T H E H I S T O R I A N

  • One Summer: American, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Babe Ruth closed the home run record, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging, and much, much more.
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
    Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories. A great historical fiction story for the YA audience and beyond.
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill
    A man’s estranged mother comes back into his life in an unexpected way launching a journey through different lives and different times (Chicago in the 1970’s) for one amazing story. Rumor has it it’s being made into a Netflix film starring Meryl Streep.
  • Belonging by Nora Krug
    A visually stunning graphic memoir telling the story of Krug’s attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany and comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history.

We hope you found what you were looking for, happy shopping!