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The Circle

The Circle

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. A chilling cautionary tale about the internet, social media, and connectedness with echoes of Animal Farm. The book raises important and timely questions about connectedness, transparency, and the dark side of the internet. More info →
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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. My elementary student loved this magical wonderful story; I didn't read it myself until I was 34 (also loved it!) This is the story of four stubbornly loyal friends: river-loving Mole and Ratty, infuriating (but lovable) Toad, and wise Badger. A. A. Milne said that while the merits of most books are debatable, "one does not argue about The Wind in the Willows." More info →
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What Are People For?: Essays

What Are People For?: Essays

I adore Berry's evocative, deceptively simple style. Reading his poems and essays makes me feel grounded and grateful. This collection applies to all of the small chores and tasks that make up our lives. Berry questions our modern consumer culture and presents proverb-like musings on the nature of work and leisure. More info →
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Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

The New Yorker describes Anne Lamott as "a cause for celebration. [Her] real genius lies in capturing the ineffable, describing not perfect moments, but imperfect ones...perfectly. She is nothing short of miraculous." From the publisher: "New and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace. Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It's an approach that has become her trademark. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us—our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found." More info →
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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

The YA debut from the younger Vlogbrother, the other being John Green. April May (really) is living the starving artist life in NYC, until one night she stumbles upon what may very well be an alien on the streets of Lower Manhattan. When a video capturing the moment goes viral, April gets swept up in an international mystery. Who are these aliens (because hers has company), and what are they doing here? Green says he was inspired to write the story based on his own strange experience with internet fame and the anxiety it brings him. More info →
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The Current

The Current

In the opening pages, circumstance and fate bring two college women together despite their differences—and thanks to bad luck and an impulsive offer, they set out on an ill-fated road trip that will end one life and forever change the other when their car plunges into a Minnesota river. The suspicious circumstances bear an uncanny resemblance to the death of another young girl a decade ago. As the survivor struggles to come to terms with her friend’s death, she discovers the lingering sense of loss for that other girl remains strong, and her own safety—for reasons she can't grasp—remains precarious. And the current doesn’t just refer to the force that swept her friend away, but the pull of unresolved emotions and untold secrets moving just below the surface. Not quite a thriller, not quite a crime novel, but oddly beautiful and completely mesmerizing. More info →
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Followers

Followers

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. Critics are calling this an 'eerie masterpiece" and "a masterful exploration of the dark side of social media." Flash forward to 2050, where for quite a few people, life resembles The Truman Show. Marlow is one of the sponsored celebrities whose entire life is on display, almost 24/7, for all her followers. Her life is paid for by the retailers and pharmaceutical companies that sponsor the show, and in effect sponsor Marlow's life. She cherishes the hour from 3 to 4 am, when the network goes on ad break and she knows she'll be off the air. To get more of the flavor of this book, check out the epigraph. It consists of two quotes: the first is from Nietzsche, the second quote from Kylie Jenner. More info →
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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

The Washington Post says, "If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read [this]...an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness." From the publisher: "The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband, Proctor, are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important." More info →
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A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir

A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir

I recommended this to Jennifer Cordeiro on episode 248 of WSIRN. If you loved Ramona, and Henry and Ribsy, and Mouse and the Motorcycle growing up, the voice you know, but the story is completely different—Beverly Cleary's memoir of growing up in Portland during the Depression and her career as a librarian before she started writing children’s books. More info →
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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers Book 1)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers Book 1)

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is ALSO on sale. My first Becky Chambers experience was an utter delight, and unlike anything I've read before. I've seen her name around for years, then What Should I Read Next guest Emily Van Ark's strong recommendation (in episode 259, "The formula for a 5-star read") moved this up my To Be Read list, then our producer Brenna read it and said YOU HAVE TO READ THIS NOW. I'm so glad I did! This rollicking, big-hearted, constantly surprising space opera told a great story built on big themes—friendship and love, gender and politics, mortality and prejudice. I loved these characters and look forward to seeing how the rest of the trilogy unfolds. More info →
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What Kind of Woman: Poems

What Kind of Woman: Poems

I usually like to go through a poetry collection slowly over time, but I had a difficult time not inhaling this collection all at once—I had to force myself to put it down! By turns witty, tender, snarky, and gutting, always relatable, and never boring. Highly recommended, whether this is your first poetry collection or your hundredth. More info →
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Boyfriend Material

Boyfriend Material

If you enjoy the "fake dating" trope and British humor, this charming romance novel is for you. (I particularly enjoyed it on audio, as narrated by Joe Jameson). As the son of big time rockstars, Luc O'Donnell is reluctantly famous-by-association. Known as a "bad boy" in the press, Luc has seen his fair share of trouble—but he's put that lifestyle behind him. Now that his estranged father is making a big musical comeback, Luc is back in the media and needs to clean up his image in order to maintain his career. Enter Oliver, a straight-laced, super responsible (and handsome) barrister, vegetarian, and good guy. Seemingly polar opposites of each other, Luc and Oliver start fake dating...and if you've ever watched a rom-com, you can guess what happens from there. Full of heart, humor, and endearing side characters, this closed door romantic comedy is completely swoon-worthy. More info →
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My Reading Life: A Book Journal

My Reading Life: A Book Journal

You can order wherever new books are sold, but my next book (!!!) is coming your way this week, and you can find it for 40% off right now on Christianbook.com. You've been asking for a book journal like this for years, and I'm so excited to get it in your hands. Bound in a sturdy (and oh so pretty) hardcover, this compact book journal fits right in your tote bag, whether you're going to the library, to school, or to work. I had a lot of fun creating this journal for book lovers—inspired by my conversations with literally thousands of readers over the years about what makes their reading life better—and what doesn't. Tracking the books you read is one of the best ways I know to improve your reading life. My hope is that this journal will help you both articulate your reading taste and broaden your literary horizons, and help you enjoy the process. More info →
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This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind

This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind

I've been meaning to read Ivan Doig for many years, as he's often compared to personal favorite novelists like Wallace Stegner and Wendell Berry. I wasn't sure where to begin with his work, but then I remembered that Jim Mustich said he thought I'd enjoy this book, a memoir and his debut, in episode 165 of What Should I Read Next. Doig wanted to tell the story of his father's extraordinary life, and his simple and stirring prose is well-suited to the task. This may be a story of one man's life, but he reads like a meditation on family, forgiveness, and survival. (I do wish I'd known that his father's slow death from emphysema occupies the last forty pages; I'm glad I read to the end, but it was tough to get there.) More info →
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Falling Together

Falling Together

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is ALSO on sale. Pen, Will, and Cat met ("met cute," in fact) during their first week of college and were inseparable during their years on campus. After graduation, they hated the thought of their amazing friendship slowly fading, so they decided to end it. Years go by with no contact, until Pen receives a strange email from Cat begging her to meet her at their college reunion. She can't help but say yes, and that's when their journey begins. More info →
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Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird

From the publisher: "A brilliant recasting of the Snow White fairy tale as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries Arturo Whitman, a local widower, and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African-Americans passing for white. And even as Boy, Snow, and Bird are divided, their estrangement is complicated by an insistent curiosity about one another. In seeking an understanding that is separate from the image each presents to the world, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold." More info →
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The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

I'd heard great things about this little handbook, but I couldn't get over the fact that the cover's little gold seal made it look like a cheesy gift book—not the kind of thing I typically read. I checked it out of the library anyway, and finally opened it out of guilt the day before it was due. I was riveted. This pithy little guidebook is devoted to deliberate practice. Skipping over abstract theories, Coyle shoots straight for the practicalities, sharing 52 ways to put more effective practice into your life. This surprisingly readable guide is packed with fascinating insights and practical tips covering diverse fields like sports, music, art, math, and business. This book is a gem. More info →
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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

From the publisher: "For fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Blackthorn Key series comes an award-winning boarding school mystery about twelve year old Emmy, who's shipped off to a prestigious British school. But her new home is hiding a secret society ... and it may be the answer to Emmy's questions about her missing father. When she arrives at school, she finds the strange symbols from the medallions etched into walls and books, which leads Emmy and her new friends, Jack and Lola, to Wellsworth's secret society: The Order of Black Hollow Lane. Emmy can't help but think that the society had something to do with her dad's disappearance, and that there may be more than just dark secrets in the halls of Wellsworth..." More info →
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The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, and Unnatural Death

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, and Unnatural Death

British mystery lovers, rejoice: this is a great deal on a special edition of the first three classic mysteries featuring British aristocrat and sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. I'm a big fan of this series. More info →
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The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. From the publisher: "Timely, compassionate, and filled with practical tips and wise advice, Bruce Feiler’s The Secrets of Happy Families should be required reading for all parents." More info →
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