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Atlas of the Heart
Brené Brown

Brené Brown unpacks the complex web of emotion, behavior, and thoughts that are triggered by our experiences and gives us the nuanced language to fully understand our feelings and express them.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
Oliver Burkeman

An entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management. Drawing on the insights of philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers.

Owls of the Eastern Ice
Jonathan C. Slaght

Join a small team for late night monitoring missions and mad dashes across thawing rivers. Drink vodka with hermits, listen to fireside tales of Amur tigers, and remember the beauty of the natural world.

Peng Shepherd
A fun and different novel about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible deadly secret.

The Christie Affair
Nina de Gramont

A fictionalized account of Mrs. Christie and her disappearance, told by Agatha’s husband’s second wife.

Lessons in Chemistry
Bonnie Garmus

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, this is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost
Rebecca Solnit

This essay collection by one of our greatest thinkers covers topics as diverse as the use of color in Renaissance painting, indigenous history, and Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

E.R. Nurses
James Patterson and Matt Eversmann

Short articles by nurses about their experiences on E.R. duty. A real look at what an emergency room visit can be like.

Kathryn Miles

Part true crime, part history, part author’s experience delving into a decades old cold case of two women killed on the Appalachian Trail.

Karen Joy Fowler

A fictionalized historical account of the Booth Family, with and without the famous murderer.