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Paper Love by Sarah Wildman

Twenty-something Sarah Wildman stumbles across a secreted cache of photographs during the clean out of her late grandparent’s family home in New England. Sarah’s grandfather, Karl Wildman, emigrated from Vienna during the war establishing a family medical practice in Pittsfield, Massachusetts before marrying Sarah’s grandmother during the early 1940’s. These photographs, featuring a beautiful young woman and prominently signed “Your, Valy,” signal the beginning of Sarah’s odyssey to learn the story behind the woman her grandfather loved and left behind in occupied Berlin.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham

Even if you’ve never heard of the hit HBO show “Girls” or its creator & star, Lena Dunham, there is much to enjoy in this collection of biographical essays. Focusing on sex, love, friendship, and work, Dunham happily shares all the details of her privileged NYC upbringing, awkward sexual encounters & her lifelong struggle with her body image. Some of the most enjoyable stories are about her mother, a well-known artist who may or may not have invented the selfie.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

This is the story of the House of Romanov: Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, the wealthiest monarch in the world who ruled over 130 million people; his powerful wife; their friend Rasputin and his influence on them; and their five children. Included throughout are pictures and diary entries of the family, as well as those of the peasants who were just trying to survive.

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

On July 8, 1879, George Washington De Long led an expedition that set sail on the USS Jeannette headed for the North Pole. After journeying north of the Bering Strait, they became trapped in ice and the Jeannette sank to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. Marooned with three open boats, the crew began a long fateful march across the frozen sea to the Siberian coast. A spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth. 

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The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein & Jonathan Krisel

Food plays a very special role in Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s gently satiric sketch comedy Portlandia. In this spin-off, various characters from the show share their recipes (and yes, they are real recipes) from cult-raised chicken and Stu’s stews to pickled veggies and foraged green salads. Imagine an issue of Cook’s Illustrated edited by Patton Oswalt, and maybe you’ll get an idea of the flannel wearing flavor of Portlandia. And yes, there is much more to it than just “Put an egg on it!”

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The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick

William Bostwick’s compulsively readable book takes us through the history of western civilization through the lens of beer and its brewers. He keeps the focus on the human side of beer, with complete reverence for the process and creative mind behind the beverage. Each section looks at a historical period through a specific type - from saisons, to abbey ales, to IPAs - by examining the social, economic, and political factors that brought about the new brew.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso loved to shop for vintage clothes, little did she know that she could turn her pet-project ebay shop into a top grossing online retailer in just a few short years. Her eye for style has allowed Nasty Gal to flourish and her no-nonsense attitude is seriously inspiring for entrepreneurs and misfits alike!  Not quite memoir, not quite self-help nor how-to, #Girlboss is simply the story of Amoruso's success and her particular brand of can-do attitude.

 

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Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

If only all food memoirs were this funny and truly heartwarming!  An ode to her childhood and her relationship with food, Kathleen Flinn (author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry) gives loving and hilarious family memories that ring true to those who’ve grown up appreciating the art of food. In 1960s rural Michigan, her family’s struggles to make ends meet on a farm with five constantly famished children strikes a chord of familiarity with many of her Midwestern readers.

Life by Keith Richards

Richards of the Rolling Stones may not be quite as famous as his “glimmer twin” Mick Jagger, but his life has been in the public eye and scrutinized for decades.  Countless articles and books and documentaries have attempted to infiltrate the true rock and roll lifestyle of the Rolling Stones and their decades spent making music and on tour, but nothing comes close to the amazement of hearing it straight from Richards himself.  The audiobook version of Life is a masterpiece, hearing the voices of Johnny Depp, rocker Joe Hurley, and an aged Keith Richards himself adds a

World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat by James Bowen

James Bowen and Bob are back with this moving sequel to the New York Times bestseller Street Cat Named Bob. In the continuing tale of their life together Bowen is now living in his own apartment but is still selling the Big Issue magazine on the street. He writes with brutal honesty of his struggles as recovering addict barely making ends meet. Bob is at his side and James shares the many ways the ginger tom cat has been his guardian angel through hardship, serious illness and threatening  danger. As the book draws to a close James writes humbly about the publicatio

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