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The Design of Books: An Explainer for Authors, Editors, Agents, and Other Curious Readers

This title illuminates all that goes into producing and designing a book. A must for authors, editors, designers, and curious readers. Give to those who enjoyed ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter and Nicolas Barker. They’ll love this book too.
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Greasepaint Puritan: Boston to 42nd Street in the Queer Backstage Novels of Bradford Ropes

A well-researched and thorough illumination of a writer who deserves to be better known. For fans, performers, and creators of musical theater.
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The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press

Perfect for those interested in journalism and readers of the New Yorker. This work also offers older readers and Trillin’s longtime fans a chance to reminisce.
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Somerset Maugham and the Cinema

Comprehensive and admirably researched, this is a welcome addition to literature and cinema studies collections.
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Finding a Likeness: How I Got Somewhat Better at Art

A fun chronicle of a writer’s attempt to get better at visual art, which will likely inspire readers to give it a go as well.

Best Literary Fiction of 2023

Best World Literature of 2023

The Minotaur at Calle Lanza

Madu’s book is difficult to categorize but hauntingly effective. It has no fail-safe audience but will reward whoever picks it up.
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Shakespeare’s Sisters: How Women Wrote the Renaissance

This is a very readable but scholarly work on a little-known part of literary history. The inclusion of historical art and texts gives readers the flavor of the Renaissance. Recommended for larger public libraries and audiences who enjoy literary history.
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Good Eats: 32 Writers on Eating Ethically

This collection will entertain and enlighten readers interested in food writing, environmental issues, and BIPOC experiences.
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How To Draw a Novel

Most reminiscent of William Carlos Williams’s In the American Grain or Charles Olson’s Call Me Ishmael, Solares’s book feels fresh and vital, unencumbered by rectitude or solemnity, proposing and digressing with abandon, because, as he reminds readers, in the end, the digressions are the point.
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Fallen Angel: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

This biography will renew an interest in Poe’s life and writings and is an excellent addition to the vast collection of Poe scholarship.
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The Writer as Illusionist: Uncollected & Unpublished Work

A guaranteed delight for fans of Maxwell’s and New Yorker–style writing, but may be a bit too fragmented for neophytes.
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Black Writers of the Founding Era: A Library of America Anthology

Adding to Library of America’s exemplary offerings, Slave Narratives (LOA 114), American Antislavery Writings (LOA 233), and Reconstruction (LOA 303), this extraordinary and unrivalled anthology of compelling primary sources (LOA 366) adds vital and necessary background for the lay reader, recovering an often overlooked early era of the long arc of Black United States history. An essential purchase.
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The Book at War: How Reading Shaped Conflict and Conflict Shaped Reading

The writing is brisk, the scholarship formidable. This is an eminently approachable study that opens a new way of making sense of World Wars I and II.
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Watch Your Language: Visual and Literary Reflections on a Century of American Poetry

Hayes successfully provides a multidimensional work that serves as an outline of American poetry history, a reflection on a poet’s life, and a thoughtful discussion guide for groups or classes.
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Southern Lights: 75 Years of the Carolina Quarterly

An excellent collection, recommended for writing students, book discussion groups, and fans of Southern literature.
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Chasing Bright Medusas: A Life of Willa Cather

For ardent Cather fans only.
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The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture

A fascinating, empowering look at how Black women writers collaborated to move their own needle in the publishing industry and academia.
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C.S. Lewis in America: Readings and Reception, 1935–1947

A careful and modest addition to the scholarly conversation around the life and works of C.S. Lewis.

The Manuscripts Club: The People Behind a Thousand Years of Medieval Manuscripts

This book will fly off the shelves. Once readers look inside, they will be hooked. In every respect, this title is a winner.
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Writings on Yiddish and Yiddishkayt: The War Years, 1939–1945

A solid collection of Yiddish thought from an esteemed writer, at a pivotal time in Jewish history.

The Best American Essays 2023

An excellent compendium of the year’s best writing. Highly recommended for writing students, book discussion groups, and fans of the essay format.
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A Year and a Day: An Experiment in Essays

Lopate’s essays set an example for bloggers who want to provide quality posts. Recommended for journalism and writing students, and bloggers who want to polish their entries so they shine.
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The Devil’s Dictionary

Despite the audiobook’s excellent quality and undeniable jocularity, this is a supplemental purchase; best where interest in historical satire, debate, and cutting humor is high.

The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative

Interspersed with photos, descriptions of pertinent historical events, drawings, and digitized archival documents, this excellent biography will appeal to many readers, especially those interested in genealogy, literature, and African American history.

The Novelizers: An Affectionate History of Media Adaptations & Originals, Their Astonishing Authors—and the Art of the Craft

Packed with photos, this is the perfect reference tool for the publishing genre that launched many lifetime readers.
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Opinions: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People’s Business

Each piece on its own is worthy of attention. Taken collectively, this title is not to be missed.

Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies: How Doubting the Bard Became the Biggest Taboo in Literature

Listeners, however knowledgeable of the Shakespeare authorship question or “his” works, should relish Wong’s engaging performance of Winkler’s spirited look at a hotly debated literary mystery.
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The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet’s Journeys Through American Slavery and Independence

Poetry, history, and politics make excellent bedfellows. This engrossing biography, engaging in audio, is a recommended purchase for all libraries.

A Strange Life: Selected Essays of Louisa May Alcott

Although some essays would benefit from the inclusion of explanatory notes to provide context and historical background, this delightful book is highly recommended for all Alcott devotees.
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Selected Nonfiction, 1962–2007

An eclectic collection of essays for scholars of 20th-century literature.

A Memoir of My Former Self: A Life in Writing

Warm, human, unfailingly engaging, this lovely collection should appeal widely. As usual, she writes like a dream.
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Stalking Shakespeare: A Memoir of Madness, Murder, and My Search for the Poet Beneath the Paint

Anyone with an interest in the Shakespeare author controversy or academic research in general should enjoy Durkee’s colorful account of dark winters spent obsessing over “his homespun collection” of “mugshot bards.”

Amos Oz: Writer, Activist, Icon

Through his elevation of the richness of the Hebrew language, Oz’s legacy will continue to be valued; Alter’s biography is a highly recommended contribution to that legacy.
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Critical insights: C.S. Lewis

These essays beautifully approach Lewis’s writings from a myriad of critical viewpoints. Perfect for literature students wishing to more fully gain an understanding of Lewis’s work.
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Wandering Through Life: A Memoir

Leon's wit and life well-lived will draw in varied audiences, who can live vicariously through her. Fans of her series will certainly enjoy this memoir and the brief letter she includes to dissuade them from trying to find Guido Brunetti at the Questura.

The Darcy Myth: Jane Austen, Literary Heartthrobs, and the Monsters They Taught Us To Love

Feder’s study is a readable, entertaining contemporary analysis that is suitable for students new to Austen’s work and for discussion groups looking for a fresh approach to many readers’ favorite novel.
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The World According to Joan Didion

McDonnell’s starstruck approach to Didion enlivens other well-detailed accounts about her work and life. Best for literary biography sections.
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Love and Industry: A Midwestern Workbook

Huber’s essay collection may first be seen as a regional volume; however, it is a must-read for writing students, who will enjoy Huber’s ability to craft personal narratives into essays to reach larger audiences.

Retroland: A Reader’s Guide to the Dazzling Diversity of Modern Fiction

This book provides excellent analysis of various literary works. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Anglophone fiction.

The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others

This ambitious and entertaining update solidifies Berger’s volume as a must-have title for librarians, booksellers, collectors, and students of the book arts and book history.
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The Marriage Question: George Eliot’s Double Life

An intriguing study of Eliot’s complex and ambiguous life and work as it relates to the institution of marriage. Ideal for literary and philosophy scholars.
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Tolkien in the Twenty-First Century: The Meaning of Middle-Earth Today

Groom, who first read The Lord of the Rings when he was 13, provides a fresh study of the impact Tolkien has on contemporary readers’ and viewers’ understanding of good, evil, war, and conflict.
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Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs

Loftus’s dive into all things hot dog, generously spiced with trivia, cultural critique, and travel tips, is hilarious and heartening. A winner for fans of offbeat food writing, regional travelogues, and irreverent humor.
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A Guest at the Feast: Essays

This absorbing collection, so intimately told, is an excellent choice for any library seeking to expand on its religious and social commentary. Tóibín’s fans will want to dig in.
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Dark Days: Fugitive Essays

Readers interested in Black history, community traditions, self-awareness, and the works of Toni Morrison will enjoy Reeves’s first essay collection, as will those searching for a unique voice to help make sense of today’s chaotic world.

Great Short Books: A Year of Reading—Briefly

Anyone looking to revisit classics or broaden their reading interests will treasure Ojo’s and Nixon’s brilliant performances and Davis’s curated list of outstanding short fiction.
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The Tribe: Portraits of Cuba

Although some of the promises of the revolution did not materialize, these stories of human resilience and ingenuity provide hope for the future. Share with listeners seeking authentic stories of Cuban life; a great fit for fans of Anthony DePalma’s The Cubans or Leila Guerriero’s Cuba on the Verge.
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A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe

A worthy update to any Poe or biography collection, sure to attract listeners who might bypass something headier.
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Romaine Wasn’t Built in a Day: The Delightful History of Food Language

This deliciously fast-paced nonfiction audio will appeal to foodies, history buffs, and lingua-phile listeners alike.

Critical Insights: A Raisin in the Sun

While similar guides to A Raisin in the Sun were published in 1998 and 2001, this carefully considered resource is a great one to have on hand.
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Staging Emily Dickinson: The History and Enduring Influence of William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst

Bursting with anecdotes, personal stories, and careful research, this is an important contribution to American theater history. Readers who cannot imagine a life without stage performances will thoroughly enjoy this book.
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Trickster Tales of Southeastern Native Americans: Stories from the Creek, Natchez, Seminole, Catawba, Cherokee and Other Nations

This fine collection of Indigenous stories from Southeastern U.S. tribes adds a cultural depth to folklore collections, fitting for both scholarly anthropology as well as for use in classrooms.
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Orwell: The New Life

A useful introduction for readers new to Orwell and also illuminating for those who thought they knew everything about him.
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Emily Dickinson Face to Face

With charming anecdotes and moments vividly recalled, Bianchi’s thoughtful account offers the rarest of first-hand glimpses behind Dickinson’s swiftly drawn curtain, conveyed in searching and graceful prose worthy of its subject.
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Agatha Christie: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction

This volume is well-researched, not to mention thorough and well-presented. Given the breadth of Christie’s life and work, it would be a worthwhile addition to an academic or public library collection.
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Reaching Inside: 50 Acclaimed Authors on 100 Unforgettable Short Stories

The book’s subject matter lends it to a literary audience, making this publication most intriguing to authors, teachers and professors of English and to literature connoisseurs. This compilation of articles on important short stories will make avid readers and writers very happy.
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Getting Lost

An interesting choice for libraries where patrons are looking for more of Ernaux’s work, but an optional purchase for most.
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Into the World’s Great Heart: Selected Letters of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Both literary scholars and general readers will appreciate these insightful glimpses into the complex woman behind the poems.

Once Upon a Tome: The Misadventures of a Rare Bookseller

A funny and witty memoir about life in the antiquarian book trade. Avid readers will love it.
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My Man in Antibes: Getting To Know Graham Greene

Mewshaw’s account, especially of Greene’s last years, is moving and perceptive. This lovely book can be read alongside Richard Greene’s The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene.

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Inventing the It Girl: How Elinor Glyn Created the Modern Romance and Conquered Early Hollywood

Narrator Pamela Almand’s consistent and well-paced delivery brings Glyn’s life into focus, highlighting her evolution as a writer and an advocate for women. A perfect fit for biography listeners and those interested in the early days of Hollywood.
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Inciting Joy: Essays

This exquisitely narrated collection of essays allows listeners to feel the poetry running throughout. Brimming with compassion and generosity, this is an audiobook to be savored.
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That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means: The 150 Most Commonly Misused Words and Their Tangled Histories

Libraries looking to acquire this book would be better served by the print version instead of the audio.
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Novelist as a Vocation

Those who are fascinated by the writer and all that makes him tick may enjoy this after warming up to the narrative style, but those seeking guidance in the profession of writing may struggle to mine any gems of wisdom.

You’re Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words—and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse

This audio will appeal to linguaphiles looking for a quick nonfiction listen that is amusing and informational.
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Spring Rain: A Life Lived in Gardens

This ultimately hopeful memoir, with the natural world seamlessly woven throughout, will appeal to gardeners, natural history buffs, and those who relish natural history–framed memoirs like Margaret Renkl’s Late Migrations and Meredith May’s The Honey Bus.
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Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English

Highly recommended for collections supporting communications and sociolinguistics.

Wanting: Women Writing About Desire

Editors Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters offer a thought-provoking collection that deserves to be talked about by readers. Recommended for discussion groups.
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Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror

A collection of autobiographical works that are personal, moving, and frightening, plus some recounted ghost stories, that will likely appeal to both memoir and horror readers.
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More To Say: Essays and Appreciations

Readers of Beattie’s fiction will welcome this opportunity to experience her insights on the works of other creative individuals.

The Questions That Matter Most: Reading, Writing, and the Exercise of Freedom

In this slim yet valuable book, Smiley gives educators, readers, and writers much to discuss. Highly recommended.

Lives of the Wives: Five Literary Marriages

A notable book about remarkable women that could have subsequent volumes. Recommended for readers interested in these authors or in 20th-century literature.
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Theophrastus’ Characters: An Ancient Take on Bad Behavior

Although not a first-tier purchase, this refreshing audio provides an excellent entry to Theophrastus’s work and would be a welcome addition to most nonfiction audio collections.
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My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings

This somewhat uneven but scrumptious essay collection will please foodies and non-foodies alike.

The Wife of Willesden

A triumph of dramatic creativity, this slim volume is a total delight. Highly recommended.
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Black and Female: Essays

Dangarembga’s collection is an essential addition to academic collections on race and gender. The moments where she shares her crisis over selfhood as a child and how that search for identity carried over into adulthood are some of the most powerful parts of the book.
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Zelda Popkin: The Life and Times of an American Jewish Woman Writer

Popkin paints a discerning portrait of a complex matriarch, while adding nuance to the Jewish American experience in the 20th century. Recommended.
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Joan Didion: What She Means

This exhibition catalogue is a mix of art and literature that will be of interest to humanities lovers. If one really wants to know a writer, read their work. If one wants to see how artists perceive a writer and how an exhibition can be used to express a life, read this book.
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Jane Austen’s Little Book of Wisdom: Words on Love, Life, Society, and Literature

Overall this is a valuable resource for any Austen lover to use for quick reference or to read through. Libraries whose works by the author circulate well or whose patrons enjoy titles like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You will find this a welcome addition to their collection.
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Patricia Highsmith’s Diaries and Notebooks: The New York Years, 1941–1950

Readers will get an intimate look at LGBTQ life in the 1940s. A great read for aspiring writers, devotees of LGBTQ history, and those who enjoy reading about an artist’s evolution.
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The Man Born To Be King: Wade Annotated Edition

Readers interested in Sayers’s religious writings or in general religious literature will find this book to be informative and useful.
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The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World

An intriguing, intimate look into what drove this important person’s life and shaped his opinions.

Great Short Books: A Year of Reading—Briefly

Will be of interest to bibliophiles, teachers, and those looking for reading suggestions beyond the traditional recommended reading resources.
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Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

This exceptional resource will be useful for students and researchers wishing to know more about the remarkable works of Asian American artists and writers over the past 150 years. A recommended purchase for large public libraries and all academic collections.
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(Don’t) Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before: and Other Essays on Writing Fiction

Academic libraries that support creative writing programs and those looking for new perspectives and resources on fiction writing and analysis will appreciate this volume.
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But Have You Read the Book?: 52 Literary Gems That Inspired Our Favorite Films

This well-researched book with its 10-page bibliography and addictive compendium will likely inspire movie buffs and literature mavens alike to take her advice.

Chekhov Becomes Chekhov: The Emergence of a Literary Genius

Blaisdell’s incredibly researched work is a treasure trove of insight and information for scholars and fans of Russian literature. For generations to come, it will be a staple for Chekhov studies. Highly recommended for academic libraries and Russian literature collections.

The Waste Land: A Biography of a Poem

Highly recommended for readers interested in the details behind the creation of this literary landmark and the times in which it was composed.
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Remainders of the Day: A Bookshop Diary

This is a charming look at a small-town bookstore, its owner, and the people he meets.
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The Funny Stuff: The Official P. J. O’Rourke Quotationary and Riffapedia

Meant to be thumbed through rather than pored over, this title is recommended for all O’Rourke fans and anyone looking for something fun and clever. Even readers who don’t ascribe to O’Rourke’s libertarian politics will find passages to tickle their funny bone.

Fearless Vulgarity: Jacqueline Susann’s Queer Comedy and Camp Authorship

Young patrons and baby boomers alike will likely enjoy this true story of a larger-than-life gay icon and her influence on pop culture, making it a great addition to all nonfiction collections.
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The Best American Food Writing 2022

Everyone who eats will find some entertainment here, but it’s a must-read for readers of food writing who will not want to miss any of the insights found in these selections.
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My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings

Recommended for lovers of food and essays.
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The Best American Essays 2022

A great resource for high-school and college-age writers and anyone looking for a compelling read that lingers in the mind.
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Young Bloomsbury: The Generation That Redefined Love, Freedom, and Self-Expression in 1920s England

Bloomsbury Group devotees and readers of LGTBQ+ history will likely relish Strachey’s unique perspective.
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Reckoning: Writing into Existence

This is a fierce and empathetic look at the world and its many struggles.
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Jan Morris: Life from Both Sides

Recommended not just for fans of Morris but any general reader looking for an insightful biography of a pioneer who is transgender, a literary great, and who synergistically brought grace and beauty to her times.

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