This summer has been an outstanding season for middle grades titles. Before your 8 to 12 year old reader heads back to school, make sure these books are on their radar!Read More
If you still haven't purchased a gift for Father's Day, then chances are good it's because you can't decide what to get. Our booksellers put our heads together to brainstorm how a last-minute shopper might be able to express their gratitude for any important parental figures or partners. Find a selection of reads for a variety of interests below, and let us know if there's a recent release we ought to add to the list!
For the futurist: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harai
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers?
For the outdoorsman: Look Big by Rachel Levin
As humans encroach on wild places, encounters with animals--from bears, bees, mountain lions, and mice to turkeys, ticks, and raccoons--have become commonplace. But what are the rules for facing a moose up close? Do you run from a coyote or curl up and play dead? How deadly. really, are black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, and jellyfish? Packed with expert tips, fascinating animal facts, and harrowing true tales, Look Big is a must-have survival guide for hikers, campers, and owners of skunk-sprayed suburban pets everywhere.
For the hophead: Great NC Beer Map by EDIA Maps
Beyond listing and mapping out over 180 craft breweries in the state, The Great NC Beer Map provides all the practical information for getting you there and finding the exact brewery experience you're looking for. Aside from basic information, such as addresses, hours, and phone numbers, details are provided on brewery tours, special release days, beer distribution, food availability, game availability, pet-friendliness, and hours for those 21 and over. Forty-three craft beer festivals are also listed.
For the sports fanatic: Upon Further Review by Mike Pesca
Upon Further Review is a book of counterfactual sporting scenarios. In its pages the reader will find expertly reported histories, where one small event is flipped on its head, and the resulting ripples are carefully documented, the likes of: What if the U.S. boycotted Hitler's Olympics? What if Bobby Riggs beat Billie Jean King? What if Bucky Dent popped out at the foot of the Green Monster? What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt? Upon Further Review takes classic arguments conducted over pints in a pub and places them in the hands of dozens of writers, athletes, and historians. From turning points that every sports fan rues or celebrates, to the forgotten would-be inflection points that defined sports, Upon Further Reviewanswers age old questions, and settles the score, even if the score bounced off the crossbar.
For the politically frazzled: What Unites Us by Dan Rather
At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.
For the historian: Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
Based on interviews with the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, featuring Cudjo’s unique vernacular, and written from Hurston’s perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon brilliantly illuminates the tragedy of slavery and one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.
For the recent father: Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon
Everyone knows that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies' first word is "Dada!" But how does it work? One of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC's The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, shows you how.
Give your funny bone a tune-up before David Sedaris takes it for a test drive on May 31st with these five humor essayists.Read More
Your soon-to-be-graduate is stellar in every way and beloved by all, including Beyonce. They rescue kittens trapped in trees, extinguish fires, and write A+++ papers in their spare time. Which poses a challenge to you: with everyone in their orbit heaping presents upon them in celebration of their great accomplishment, what can you give that they won't also receive from seven other people?
We have some ideas.Read More
May these books give you the nudge you may need to go outside, take advantage of the warming temperatures and longer days, and revel in the natural beauty of our shared planet. Adventure awaits! Or, if you find yourself trapped inside on a beautiful day, may you find vicarious pleasure in these pages.Read More
If you haven't read these five books, then you may want to consider wedging them into the top slots on your to-be-read list, not just during Black History Month, but each month until you've soaked up every last thought-provoking letter.Read More