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ISBN-13: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9/2014
How fast would a hockey puck have to go in order to propel a goalie into the net? What if we only have one soul mate? What would happen if all the lightning in the world on any given day struck a single location? In this hilarious book, Randall Munroe, creator of the popular online comic series xkcd, uses the magic of science to answer a collection of blatantly absurd, yet highly entertaining questions submitted by fans to his website. This book is for the curious- and creative-at-heart and is sure to delight anyone who has wondered what if? -Justus

ISBN-13: 9781770893177
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Published: House of Anansi Press, 11/2014
Clive Veroni’s Spin is a riveting examination of the overlap between politics and marketing. Consumers have gone from passively receiving marketing messages to actively transmitting and promoting them. In cases where both marketers and politicians capture the imagination of the masses, whether it’s the Apple versus Mac ads or Obama’s Hope campaign, those masses do much of the advertising work previously relegated to television advertisements, billboards, and news spots. This book is essential reading for anyone remotely interested in what’s being sold to us and how it’s being accomplished and just how politics are revolutionizing the current consumer market. -Justus

ISBN-13: 9780712357661
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Published: British Library, 11/2014
Thomas S. Gowing’s eccentric little book was first presented as a lecture in 1854. This gem of a book is full of erudite and arcane knowledge making the case for the manly virtue of beards. Gowing contends that “the absence of Beard is usually a sign of physical and moral weakness.” He ably and charmingly makes his argument, citing the historical and aesthetic goodness of beards. The beard makes a man, a man. Put away your razors, gentlemen. -Greg

ISBN-13: 9780871404541
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 11/2014
Today, skulls decorate everything from goth boudoirs to hipster coffee tables, having lost the rebel edge they had just a few decades ago. Journeying through Severed, you’ll discover that our obsession with the heads of the dead is nothing new. From memento mori to political statements to scientific inquiry, it’s shocking how infrequently the dead have actually rested in peace and have more often rested in pieces to suit the whims and wishes of others. Expertly researched, easy-to-digest anecdotes about humanity’s obsession with craniums and how they’ve been used to manipulate and shape our world are perfect for the history buff with a love for salaciously morbid tidbits. -Brandi

ISBN-13: 9780714867380
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Published: Phaidon Press, 10/2014
Phaidon’s classic overview of the ongoing lifespan of photography now has a new updated and revised edition. Containing over five hundred photographers, this collection serves as the most comprehensive overview of every major photographic development. Arranged alphabetically (a single image by each photographer is accompanied by a short text on their background, intentions, and context), The Photography Book provides a perfect reflection of how photography exists, functions, and influences both itself and the way we construct and perceive the world around us via the image. Highly recommended as an introduction, reference, or coffee-table decor for any art-inclined enthusiast. -Davor

ISBN-13: 9780393239959
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 10/2014
A six-thousand-mile stretch of rails crosses cities, steppes, and snow. The Trans-Siberian Railroad links Moscow to Vladivostok, and it is the heart of travel for the 1.5 million people living in Russia, the majority of whom live in far-flung towns often hundreds of miles beyond the track. Author and NPR contributor David Greene, who moved to Russia in 2009, embarks on the railroad to better understand Russia’s complicated, diverse history and people. He travels with translator and friend Sergei in a train car crammed with quadruple bunk beds, seeking travelers’ perspectives on history, democracy, sports, and culture. A personal and eye-opening read. -Amanda

Napoleon: A Life (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780670025329
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Published: Viking Adult, 11/2014
Waterloo’s bicentennial rates this magnificent new life of the historical figure nonpareil, stripped of caricature and restored to nuanced character. Based on over 33,000 signed letters published by the Fondation Napoléon since 2004, here is a detailed fundamental reappraisal of “le petit caporal,” arguably the founder of modern Europe, unarguably the founder of modern France, and a man for whom “his crowded hour” is a risible understatement. A bonanza of human background sets this volume apart and underscores Bonaparte’s astonishing genius. For aficionados of history, politics, power, and strategy, this is the pièce de résistance of the publishing season. -Jesse

ISBN-13: 9781570619267
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Published: Sasquatch Books, 9/2014
Seattle restaurateur Renee Erickson (of Boat Street Café and other restaurants) shares her personal aesthetic, food philosophy, and recipes in this beautiful cookbook. Simple and elegant, omnivorous with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, the recipes include preparations for a luscious kale gratin, seared scallops with herring roe, spot prawns with piment d’espelette, roasted marrow bones, and French apple cake. No book inspired by Boat Street would be complete without a chapter on pickling, and its standout is a surprisingly simple pickled chanterelle recipe. As enjoyable to browse as it is to take into your kitchen, this book is a classic. -Karen

ISBN-13: 9780385354042
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Published: Knopf, 10/2014
What do women’s suffrage, Margaret Sanger, the invention of the lie detector, and the creation of the first female superhero have in common? Historian Jill Lepore’s book The Secret History of Wonder Woman connects all of the above in her fascinating and surprising account of feminism, comics, radical politics, and one extraordinary family (William Moulton Marston, Sadie Holloway, and Olive Byrne). Noting that Wonder Woman’s fortunes reflect the triumphs and setbacks of contemporary women (right up to present day), Lepore reminds us that the right to even speak about birth control (among other things) is recent and hard-won. -Karen

An Age of License (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781606997680
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Published: Fantagraphics Books, 9/2014
Inspired by youth and the itch to free oneself from the confines of rooted living through travel, Knisley offers another autobio comic revolving around food, friends, and love overseas. This work is honest and inviting, full of detailed thoughts and accounts of a trip abroad as a young, single artist. Freely formed cartoony images present a collage of information, which Knisley reconfigures and makes new page after page. As a young twenty-something-year-old, I find An Age of License is a great companion and reminder that failing, moving around, and trying new things 
comes with the age, and is absolutely warranted. -Keith

ISBN-13: 9781592408986
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Published: Gotham, 10/2014
If you were flummoxed by the reaction from your posh British pal when you inquired about his father, this charming volume will explain the measure of your faux pas. From expressions familiar and foreign, Moore guides us through King’s English and Cockney slang with this collection of interesting stories about the common (and uncommon) expressions of the English language. The author explores the ideas of home and class and social mores as he explores the phrases that are tied to the ideas. Philologists and Anglophiles alike will be gobsmacked by the provenance of some terms, but Bob’s your uncle! -Holly

ISBN-13: 9781612194080
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Published: Melville House, 10/2014
Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter and the creator of what many consider the first computer program, has been afforded an almost criminal lack of recognition in the history of technology. James Essinger does much to restore the “Enchantress of Number” to her place as a pioneering thinker in the field of computational science, and shows that it was Ada, working alongside Charles Babbage—the inventor of a mechanical computing machine—more so even than Babbage himself, who comprehended the nearly limitless possibilities of a programmable computer, as early as 1843. Ada’s Algorithm is a fascinating biography of a neglected figure in the history of computing, and an ensemble history of Victorian England. It raises the question, if Ada and her work had been appreciated in her own time, might the computer revolution have begun a hundred years earlier? -Jacob

ISBN-13: 9781607745259
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Published: Ten Speed Press, 10/2014
When it comes to good cocktails, drinks need to look enticing and taste even better. The debut book from the New York City cocktail lounge Death & Co. features exactly that kind of cocktail. One of the forerunners of the craft cocktail movement, Death & Co. has compiled a book that features hundreds of recipes, their own unique libations and tried-and-true classics, compiled together with sultry, mood-inducing photographs and general theory on the art of the cocktail. This gorgeous book is the perfect addition for any cocktail connoisseur’s library or a lovely and informative introduction for the fledgling home cocktail maker. -Brandi

ISBN-13: 9781619024250
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 11/2014
Fans of Mary Oliver, William Blake, and Robert Frost will be drawn to this new collection of poems by Wendell Berry. Deeply rooted in nature, these poems are deceptively simple, fun, and lighthearted. One is about tree planting, another about the first man who whistled, and another about a turtle and the space it inhabits, its home that’s never away from home, its shell. And there’s an added bonus: Tom Pohrt’s beautiful illustrations add a sweet and tender intimacy to the poems. -Jake

ISBN-13: 9780375424106
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Published: Pantheon, 12/2014
How to Be Both is a rare kind of novel. It is two separate works, set centuries apart with different characters in different countries, which manage to simultaneously exist apart and together as one. The magic of this book is that these two stories can be read in any order; in fact, there are two versions printed, randomly selecting which story comes first. In concept alone Smith changes the way we think about time and our connections to people and events past, future, and present. This contemplative and unique way to tell a story incites endless shades of meaning. -Keith

The Peripheral (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399158445
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Published: Putnam Adult, 10/2014
Few science fiction writers thrill readers as well as William Gibson does, and The Peripheral is as cyberpunk as books come. Flynne and her brother Burton live in a world where survival relies on one’s ability to eke out a meager existence by taking what jobs are available. When Burton asks Flynne to take his place working a security-type position on a job he accepted, she agrees, but this job isn’t what it seems. Soon, Flynne finds herself immersed in a game she doesn’t fully understand and can’t escape. You really don’t want to miss this one! -Justus

Here (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780375406508
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Published: Pantheon, 10/2014
In Here, comics artist Richard McGuire layers comic panels representing different windows of time to show a history of life seen from one living room. He nonlinearly 
spans billions of years, all from the same point on the earth where this house was built. Mostly we see the lives of residents and friends living there, but we also get glimpses into times before and after the house’s existence. While reading Here, our limited worldview as fixed bodies in a set time is set free. McGuire’s mastery of rhythm, color, and composition makes this a legendary work for comics and the arts. -Keith

The Strange Library (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385354301
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Published: Knopf, 12/2014
Fans of Murakami will rejoice as the cult author puts forward an older work with new, specially designed text and illustrations. The Strange Library (originally published in ’08), tells the story of a boy who stops at a library and encounters an old man who holds him captive, forcing him to read books, hoping to eat his brain and gain his knowledge. There is plenty of magical realism within this taut little novel—underground mazes, a “sheep man,” and of course a strange girl who talks with her hands. A wonderfully creepy tale, just in time for the holidays. -Alicia

Lila (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780374187613
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 10/2014
From this novel’s opening pages, in which four-year-old Lila is rescued from horrible neglect and taken under the wing of Doll, a fiercely protective drifter, you know you are embarking on an unforgettable journey. Revisiting the characters of Pulitzer Prize–winning Gilead, Robinson opens a window into Lila’s hardscrabble childhood and the circumstances that led to her unlikely courtship with the elderly preacher John Ames. Robinson gives extraordinary voice to Lila, one of the most deeply affecting and complex characters that I’ve ever encountered in fiction. This is a powerful tale of loss, hope, and redemption, suffused with moments of quiet grace. -Laurie

ISBN-13: 9781590177662
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Published: NYRB Classics, 10/2014
If you’ve read The Summer Book or The True Deceiver, no need to go any further here—just get the book, and enjoy these morsels of the peculiar genius you already appreciate. If this is your first taste of Jansson, you’re in for a unique treat. Meet in these pages a panoply of thoroughly human, fundamentally alone characters. If this sounds grim—it’s not. In Jansson’s unobtrusive hand, it’s unerringly real—and delightful. And while you’re at it, you may as well save yourself another trip and pick up the aforementioned two volumes. No question you’re going to want them. -Peter

The Trace (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780811223713
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 11/2014
In this road novel for grown-ups, Forrest Gander credits the reader with intelligence and attention, thereby providing a full sensory experience of depth and engagement. Cloaked within the peripheral plot of a drug hustle in Mexico is the more finely nuanced human drama of a marriage struggling to endure a son’s troubled distance. Gander renders the desert landscape with unparalleled specificity, bringing the rich particulars of the natural world into bright relief. With humility, empathy, and a fearless curiosity that is all too rare in contemporary fiction, The Trace is superbly literate fiction. -John

ISBN-13: 9781590516362
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Published: Other Press, 9/2014
French novelist Yannick Grannec finds a compelling example of love in all its bittersweet complexity in the improbable marriage of Adele Porkert, a Viennese cabaret dancer, and Kurt Gödel, a mathematician who today is widely regarded as the most important logician of the twentieth century. Although Adele and Kurt’s lives coincide with the great events in Europe during the last century—the tumultuous years between the two world wars, the Anschluss, emigration, and ultimately exile—the real interest of this novel lies in its unsentimental examination of the way two individuals from markedly different backgrounds grow to love one another. -Graham

ISBN-13: 9781571310903
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Published: Milkweed Editions, 11/2014
Jim Heynen has adopted the Greek philosopher Theophrastus as his model for this slender volume of character sketches. Through these short sketches, Heynen is able to uncover universal themes and motivations. It is a book you needn’t read in any particular order. In “What’s Candy to an Artist?” a baby reveals the fine art of crying, and in “John Doe” a man goes to extremes to disappear into anonymity. One delights in these miniatures of human behavior, and Heynen makes one want to adopt this method of writing. -Greg

The Wilds (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781935639923
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Published: Tin House Books, 10/2014
Elliott’s debut, The Wilds, is a genre-twisting ride through high-tech landscapes, caveman jungles, senior centers, and the wilds of your own imagination. Elliott seamlessly blends science fiction into romance with the story of a self-aware, lovelorn robot. With lips. Sharp and funny, Elliott’s stories are dark satires on the fad diets and self-absorption of modern life. She shines with detailed prose so dense and vivid the settings become palpable. Blending the grotesque with the sublime, Elliott takes the reader on an adventure through modern-day absurdities and the darker side of human nature. I didn’t want it to end. -Alicia

Sometimes the Wolf (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062216915
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 10/2014
As the misty and moody Northwest winter approaches, what better than to cozy up with some local crime fiction? Urban Waite’s latest novel builds a suspenseful and violent past surrounding Sheriff Patrick Drake, who loses his wife and falls on the wrong side of the law in the Pacific Northwest. A dozen years later it is his deputy son, Bobby, who is responsible for his father’s parole and cleaning up the family name amid his own troubles. A fast-paced, dark, and atmospheric plot that is sure to entrance readers with its small mountain town, gritty underbelly, and family drama. -Amanda

All Days Are Night (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781590516966
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Published: Other Press, 11/2014
The latest novel by award-winning Swiss author Peter Stamm is about persistence in the face of uncertainty and instability. It charts the progress and relapses of a woman who survived a car accident that left her husband dead. The entangled emotional circumstances leading to the crash are explored from multiple angles in Stamm’s trademark stark, neutral prose. With it, he creates an atmosphere of simultaneous clarity and disorientation. In a Swiss mountain village, the complexities of human longing are contrasted with the erratic rhythms of an artist’s creativity. The book exudes a compassionate anxiety while deftly exploring the art of self-reinvention. -John

ISBN-13: 9780802123183
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat, 12/2014
Olafsdottir’s novel is an utterly beguiling story of a young woman, age 33, who in one day gets dumped by her husband and her lover. She also has the distinction of winning not one but two lotteries. She decides what she needs under the circumstances is a “summer” vacation in November. Add to the mix a four-year-old deaf-mute son of a friend, and we have a strange and beautiful quest—a pilgrim’s progress on the ring road of Iceland. I no sooner finished than I wanted to begin again. -Greg

A World of Your Own (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780714863627
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Published: Phaidon Press, 9/2014
The only thing I learned in art school was from a class critique where my teacher praised a classmate’s crude drawing as the best in the class. Baffled, my classmates protested about his “clear” inability to draw. My teacher responded that what he possessed no one else in the class did, which was his own “line.” Laura Carlin’s new book encourages children to draw the world as they see it through their own perception and experience. Urging them to express their life on their own terms, Carlin suggests that maybe that line is in fact the beginning of discovering oneself. -Davor

Animalium (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780763675080
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Published: Big Picture Press, 9/2014
It’s a rainy day in Seattle—perfect weather for a day at the museum, or to snuggle down with a good book. With Animalium you won’t have to choose. Immerse yourself in these captivating, fine-lined pen and ink drawings, while learning about the environments, behaviors, and physical details of over 160 species. This beautifully rendered book reminds us of times gone by, like a secret find from your grandmother’s attic. Indulge yourself or bring along a little one for some artful learning about our furry, finned, and feathered friends. I’m delighted to know this is the first in a series! -Seth

ISBN-13: 9780544252301
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Published: Clarion Books, 10/2014
Before we had Morrissey reminding us daily of the savage conditions animals face in the hands of humanity, Ivan the gorilla stood as an early symbol of our complex and fragile relationship to nature. This book perfectly captures the heartbreaking tale of Ivan, who was kidnapped from the Congo and sold to a mall in Tacoma as a public attraction. Through sparse words and moving illustrations, Ivan’s journey flows from tears of initial exploitation and confinement to the highly publicized protests that led to his eventual release. Like Schopenhauer, Ivan offers us another reminder that “universal compassion is the only guarantee of [our own] morality.” -Davor

ISBN-13: 9781449446208
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 9/2014
Phoebe and Her Unicorn, the first book collecting Dana Simpson’s Heavenly Nostrils comic strip between two sparkling pink covers, has been praised as the next Calvin and Hobbes, and I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly. When Phoebe saves Heavenly Nostrils, the titular unicorn—What?! Don’t laugh. It’s a perfectly regal name—from an eternity of staring at her own breathtaking reflection, the unicorn agrees to grant Phoebe a wish. She wishes to have the coolest best friend in the world… a unicorn! Equal parts charm and striking social commentary means you’re buying this one for yourself and your supercool best friend too! -Brandi

ISBN-13: 9780847843961
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Published: Universe, 9/2014
Sixteen books of Sasek’s iconic “This Is” series have at last been collected into one handsome volume. Our itinerary begins in New York City, then jumps across the Atlantic to Ireland, Britain, London, Edinburgh, then off to Paris! A few more stops on the Continent and then on to Greece, Israel, Hong Kong, and Australia. This makes it easy to get across the Pacific to San Francisco and a few more destinations in the United States. The texts have been slightly abridged, and end matter updates many of the facts from the original, but Sasek’s stylized illustrations and content are timeless for the armchair traveler of any age! -Holly

ISBN-13: 9781558618572
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Published: Feminist Press, 11/2014
When you take a moment to stop and smell the roses, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could also listen to their whimsical conversations? In this collection of stories by
George Sand, you can read about everything from the history of the love affair between the Rose and the West Wind to the glorious dresses worn by royal moths to the fairy’s ball. The stories are intricate and delicate, sweet and memorable, woven throughout with a language that harkens back to the bygone era in which Sand lived. Don’t miss this beautiful collection of stories! -Hilary

The Storm Whale (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780805099676
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9/2014
Noi and his father, a fisherman by trade, live by the sea with six cats. Every day Noi’s father leaves early in his boat and doesn’t return until very late, leaving Noi alone. One day, however, after a big storm, Noi discovers a small whale washed up onshore and discovers the pleasures of companionship as he secretly tends to the whale. It is also through this discovery that Noi’s father realizes how much he is away from his son and how much fun they have together. The illustrations in this lovely story are vivid and charming and will captivate young children. -Tracy