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Staff Pick: The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio by Hubert Wolf

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Seemingly the stuff of fiction, this is an all too true tale of illicit sex, poisonings, and the Inquisition. Wolf beautifully recounts the spiritual crisis of a woman in a time of social and political upheaval.

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Staff Pick: Sous Chef by Michael Gibney

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A typical day in the life of a chef. Reminiscent of Tony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. Anyone considering culinary school or a life on the line or “in the weeds” should read this first.

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"The back must slave to feed the belly. . . . "

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Staff Pick: Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman

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Isn’t it odd how 80s movies have more to say about real life than anything made in the last 25 years? At least that’s Hadley Freeman’s contention, and she’s pretty convincing in arguing that the women and girls in such films as Dirty Dancing, Pretty in Pink, Steel Magnolias, and Baby Boom are, unlike today’s movie characters, fully realized human beings. Oh, did I mention that Freeman is a snappy, genuinely funny writer?

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Staff Pick: Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

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Kelly Link's subtly dark and mystical short stories will make your day to day life feel slightly more interesting and fantastic than it typically seems. Bits of horror and magic are sprinkled throughout these stories, and Link's voice navigates them with a modern candor that will appeal to literature fans and fantasy readers alike. She is probably a wizard, and the book has a ferret on the cover. You wish that you had a ferret, because it's like if a rat ate a slinky. Reading this book will let NASA take you into outer space without having to undergo any of the training.

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Staff Pick: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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There are knights, dragons, ray-guns, and lines like: “unhand that science!” What more could you ask for? Nimona opens with simple yet funny chapters about a shapeshifting girl with aspirations of villainy and gradually escalates (in both art and story) into a sweeping narrative exploring corruption, identity, betrayal, and forgiveness. Dedicated “To all the Monster girls,” and featuring a titular character who is both monster and girl (or perhaps neither) Nimona is a poignant must-read for all ages.

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Staff Pick: Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

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Halfway through Max Porter's beautiful, complicated book I wasn't sure if I should be laughing or crying. Both would be appropriate it turns out. So much life is captured on so few pages - it's a marvel.

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Staff Pick: Miles by Miles Davis and Quincey Troupe

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If you are reading this book because of Miles' troubles you'll find plenty, but more than anything this book is about a passion for music that will make you want to pick up an instrument and start to play.

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Staff Pick: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

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Angela Davis tells it like it is! She explores the ideologies of security, oppression, and freedom. This is a must read for any aspiring activist!

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Staff Pick: A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

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A beautifully written, brief, very rich, yet spare account of a man’s life in a small village in Austria during the first half of the 20th century. Strong, tender, but unsentimental; a very special reading experience.

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