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Bruce Berger

Occupying a space between traditional nature writing, memoir, journalism, and prose poetry, Bruce Berger’s essays are beautiful, subtle, and haunting meditations on the landscape and culture of the American Southwest. Combining new essays with selections from his acclaimed trilogy of “desert books” – The Telling Distance, There Was a River, and Almost an Island – A Desert Harvest (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a career-spanning selection of the best work by this unique and undervalued voice. Wasteland architecture, mountaintop astronomy, Bach in the wilderness, the mind of the wood rat, the canals of Phoenix, and the numerous eccentric personalities who call the desert their home all come to life in these fascinating portraits of America’s seemingly desolate terrains.

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Poets Dobby Gibson & Zachary Schomburg

The poems in Dobby Gibson’s new book transform the everyday into the revelatory. Little Glass Planet (Graywolf) exults in the strangeness of the known and unknowable world. In poems set as far afield as Mumbai and Marfa, Texas, Gibson maps disparate landscapes, both terrestrial and subliminal, to reveal the drama of the quotidian. Elegiac, funny, and candid, Little Glass Planet is a kind of manual for paying attention to a world that is increasingly engineered to distract us from our own humanity. In Zachary Schomburg’s own words, Pulver Maar (Black Ocean) “is a collection of poems written between 2014 and 2018. Some of the poems are long, and some of them are short.” These are every bit the poems you’ve come to dream of, long…

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David Bruns

Rafiq Roshed is one of the most wanted men in the world. A terrorist with a virulent grudge against the West, he’s disappeared into North Korea where he quietly launches cyber sneak attacks in service of Kim Jong-un. But now he’s about to unleash his virtual masterpiece – a computer virus that, once inserted into the command systems of a military, not only takes over, but also learns the art of war. First penetrating the Chinese, he has their war machine launch a series of attacks on the U.S. Pacific forces. Don Riley, head of U.S. Cyber Command, discovers that not only have the Chinese lost control of their military, but the same virus has infected the American network. It’s only a matter of time…

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Chelsea Biondolillo in Conversation With Rene Denfeld

From award-winning essayist Chelsea Biondolillo, The Skinned Bird (Kernpunkt) is about all the ways we break our own hearts. In lyric, fragmented essays – full of geological, ornithological, and photographic interventions, with landscapes, loss, and longing – Biondolillo travels the terrain of leaving and finding home, while keeping her sights fixed firm on the natural world around her. Biondolillo will be joined in conversation by Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder.

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Classics Book Group

This month our group meets to discuss Richard II by William Shakespeare. Join us!

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Ed Levine in Conversation With J. Kenji López-Alt

In 2005, Ed Levine was a freelance food writer with an unlikely dream: to control his own fate and create a different kind of food publication. He wanted to unearth the world’s best bagels, the best burgers, the best hot dogs – the best of everything edible. Against all sane advice, he created a blog for $100 and called it… Serious Eats. The site quickly became a home for obsessives who didn’t take themselves too seriously. In Serious Eater (Portfolio), the James Beard Award winner finally tells the moving, mouthwatering, heart-stopping story of building – and almost losing – one of the most acclaimed and beloved food sites in the world. Levine will be joined in conversation by J. Kenji López-Alt, James Beard Award-winning author…

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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in Conversation With Tim Olmsted

At 36 years old, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters and the respected abbot of three monasteries. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning – and his journey took a startling turn. His lifelong meditation practice had prepared him to face death, and he now had the opportunity to test the strength of his training. In his powerful, candid account of the inner workings of a Buddhist master, In Love With the World (Spiegel & Grau), Rinpoche shares the lessons he learned from his near-death…

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Kevin Scott

In The Voice of This Stone (Carpe Diem), a respected volcanologist with five decades of scientific study and boots-on-the-ground experience shares his expert knowledge. Through more than a dozen case studies from around the globe, Kevin Scott offers chilling details about what happened before, during, and after infamous volcanic cataclysms. During his lengthy career as a field geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Scott traveled extensively to visit sites that were dramatically altered by forces within the earth. Scott’s case studies highlight some of the best known events and advance warnings regarding future episodes. By deciphering the histories of other disasters, Scott proposes, lives can and will be spared.

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Erica Bauermeister

Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a captivating coming-of-age novel about how fragrances conjure memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination. Lyrical…

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Poets Kim Stafford, Francesca Bell, & Nastashia Minto

Kim Stafford’s new collection, Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Red Hen), offers a prismatic view of Earth citizenship – with testaments for world community, spells for peace, earth blessings, and family consolations. Unapologetically sensual and forthright, Francesca Bell’s Bright Stain (Red Hen) explores desire, loss, faith, doubt, tenderness, and violence; and sex as experience, metaphor, and magnifying lens for relationships. In her poetic memoir, Naked (Eldredge), Nastashia Minto strips herself of who she used to be and gives readers permission to see her naked – exploring topics of family, faith, race, sexuality, abuse, love, and identity.

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