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Most recent staff pick: Impact by Christen Brandt and Tammy Tibbetts

"An incredibly thoughtful and practical guide to structuring your time and resources to make an impact in whatever areas matter to you. Authors Tammy and Christen do not rely on platitudes or vague statements, but rather, drawing on their own experiences as nonprofit leaders, help readers develop a clear plan for how to make a difference. I'd recommend it to anyone who has the desire to shape the world in some way but is overwhelmed about how to do so most effectively. It'd make an excellent grad gift, too, as we approach that season!"

 

 

 

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Augustown: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101974094
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2018

"The best way I can describe this novel is fable-like. Miller's writing is captivating and atmospheric. As a reader, you feel wrapped up in the town's stories and the outcome of a single impulsive action. One of my favorite fiction reads to date!"


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Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316491556
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 7th, 2020

"In this remarkably powerful book written with clarity and honesty, Lacy Crawford recounts her sexual assault while at a prestigious New England boarding school and the dramatic ensuing efforts by the administration to silence her. This memoir is gripping and important. I was floored by her candor and perspicuity."


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How the Post Office Created America: A History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594205002
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Published: Penguin Press - June 28th, 2016

"Fascinating history and a well-argued premise, this book is a winner, especially in the current climate. Gallagher presents a thorough and readable account of the post office, starting even before the Declaration of Independence. And curve-ball: there are daredevil characters reaching out of moving trains and flying the earliest airplanes!"


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014

This book will leave you with your heart in your throat, tears in your eyes, and hope in spite of it all. It’s poignant, affecting, devastating, extraordinary, masterful. I struggle to outright recommend it because it’s such a unique and powerful book, but it will likely not be everyone’s cup of tea. Still, it remains one of the most moving and memorable books I have ever read.""


Underwater: How Our American Dream of Homeownership Became a Nightmare Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250241801
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - July 14th, 2020

"A fascinating look at the 2008 crash / housing crisis as delivered by Ryan Dezember who was both reporting on real estate for the Press-Register and experiencing the rollercoaster first-hand as a homeowner on the Gulf Coast. Interspersing a well-researched report with personal anecdotes, Dezember paints a thorough picture of both the speculation frenzy and the devastation of the crash on Average Joe homeowners. This book was well-written and well-research, terrifying, and wild."


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The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250134769
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 14th, 2020

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Against the Loveless World: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982137038
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Published: Atria Books - August 25th, 2020

"This book is remarkable. Author Susan Abulhawa weaves an engaging story complete with complex characters and gorgeous language. The story follows Nahr, a fiery and determined Palestinian refugee, as she navigates a world that regularly devalues and displaces her kin. Her relationships are intricately woven and believable. The descriptions of Kuwait, Jordan, and Palestine are detailed and immersive. The prose is written with a deep resonance that leaves you feeling both filled and emptied all at once. It's just so good. I urge you to read it!"


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Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781620973103
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Published: New Press - July 21st, 2020

"This well-written, thoroughly-researched book presents the argument that popular prison “reforms” are simply expansions of the prison industrial complex and do not ultimately make us any safer. In fact, for the most part, these alternatives reinforce existing narratives of criminality, personal responsibility, racism, and disdain for the impoverished. They convincingly show that often these solutions cause more harm than rehabilitation, layering on penalties for poverty and systemic obstacles. Ultimately, the adoption of these alternatives expands the net of incarceration, with a narrow, unimaginative focus on control and confinement over true justice and holistic healing. The book is rife with compelling examples. People are left with limited choices, no support, basic needs unmet, and significant stigma, then expected to rebuild their lives or maintain a functioning position in society. This paradigm is broken and unfair. In the final chapter, Schenwar and Law offer a broader vision for moving beyond alternatives, championing community-based interventions and a societal shift from being punishment-oriented to being liberation- and healing-oriented. This book is worth your time. Michelle Alexander wrote the foreword and Angela Davis endorsed it, so if you don’t take it from me, take it from them."


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Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525658184
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

"This affecting novel follows Gifty, an Alabaman daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Her passion stems in part from her brother's death as a teenager due to an overdose. The story is slow-moving, reflective, and tenderly poignant. Gifty spends much of her time attempting to find a bearable balance between her faith and her profession. She struggles with the questions that plague her — first as a girl in youth group, implacable by platitudes but desperately eager to be good, then as a scientist, guarded yet drawn to the beautiful, comforting mystery of belief. Gyasi found a way to engrossingly bring us along on the introspective journey of an earnest, thoughtful, brilliant woman sorting through her pain and grasping at hope."


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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101972670
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Published: Vintage - October 1st, 2019

"Giridharadas covers the philanthropy of the wealthy elite and how in many ways it maintains rather than challenges the status quo. The charity world often turns the rich into heroes without addressing root issues. Giridharadas is a fantastic writer, and I recommend this book all the time."


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Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780593329443
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Published: Portfolio - July 7th, 2020

"This book covers the under-celebrated women who are responsible for one of the most world-changing technologies in our lifetime: the internet. Covering both the physical hardware & the development of internet culture, Claire Evans does a remarkable job shining a light on the women who solved problems, organized information, and envisioned new uses for the nascent technology. I was entranced & fascinated!"


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Killing It: An Education Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101980095
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Published: Penguin Books - July 23rd, 2019

"As a big fan of memoirs, this is one of my top 10 I've ever read. Both incredibly informative and remarkably reflective, Camas Davis offers a compelling account of her induction into ethical butchery and its coincident timing with some major transitions in her personal life. Also, a good chunk of this book takes part in rural France, and it's totally atmospheric and made me want to fly to the farm and lounge with the whole motley crew."


Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579656317
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Published: Artisan - May 2nd, 2017

Winner, James Beard Award for Best Book in Vegetable-Focused Cooking

Named a Best Cookbook of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Bon Appétit, Food Network Magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, USA Today, Seattle Times, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Library Journal, Eater, and more


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It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143128410
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Published: Penguin Books - November 8th, 2016

"Addario writes with clarity about a job that is both meaningful & all-consuming, offering an unglamorous but heartfelt portrait about her life as a conflict photographer. Throughout, she muses on the lessons she learned about the world and herself along the way. This is a memoir that has everything you want: adventure, cultural reckoning, honesty, and reflection."


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Impact: A Step-by-Step Plan to Create the World You Want to Live In Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541756786
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 17th, 2020

"An incredibly thoughtful and practical guide to structuring your time and resources to make an impact in whatever areas matter to you. Authors Tammy and Christen do not rely on platitudes or vague statements, but rather, drawing on their own experiences as nonprofit leaders, help readers develop a clear plan for how to make a difference. I'd recommend it to anyone who has the desire to shape the world in some way but is overwhelmed about how to do so most effectively. It'd make an excellent grad gift, too, as we approach that season!"


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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

"I just loved this book. Girl, Woman, Other follows the stories of twelve loosely connected, wildly diverse Black women throughout the UK as they navigate life's ups and downs. The experience of reading it felt like being at a huge dinner party where everyone knows and loves each other and is telling overlapping stories with lots of laughter. The writing style is like nothing I've ever read before with train-of-thought run-on sentences that really accentuates the storytelling vibe. I was sad when it was over!"