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ebooks & Audiobooks
We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory and Migration by Rachael Cerotti (2021)
Rachael Cerrotti’s grandmother, Hana Dubová Seckel, was a Holocaust survivor and the only one in her family alive at the end of World War II. Based on Hana’s recollections, albums, letters, photographs, journals, diaries, deportation and immigration papers as well as creative writings from various stages of her life, Cerroti retraces her grandmother’s story, following her through Central Europe, Scandinavia, and across the United States. Author lives in Portland, Maine.
Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty (2022)
Set in a Native community in Maine, this collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy. In twelve stories, the author, with humor, compassion, and insight-breathes life into tales of family and a community as they struggle with a painful past and an uncertain future. A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance. Author lives in Levant, Maine.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, Winternight Trilogy #1 (2017)
After Vasilisa’s stepmother forbids the family from honoring the household spirits, Vasilisa senses more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows. She must call on gifts she has long concealed in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, Winternight Trilogy #2 (2017)
The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home– but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield (2013)
Having killed a bird with his slingshot as a boy, William Bellman grows up a wealthy family man unaware of how his act of childhood cruelty will have terrible consequences until a wrenching tragedy compels him to enter into a macabre bargain with a stranger in black.
Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun by Elle Cosimano, Finlay Donovan series #3 (2023)
Finlay Donovan has been in messes before—after all, she’s an author and single mom who’s a pro at getting out bloodstains for rather unexpected reasons—but none quite like this. After she and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero accidentally destroyed a luxury car that they may have “borrowed” in the process of saving the life of Finlay’s ex-husband, the Russian mob got her out of debt. But now Finlay owes them. Mob boss Feliks is still running the show from behind bars, and he has a task for Finlay: find and identify a contract killer before the cops do. The problem is, the killer might be an officer themself.
The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise by Pico Iyer (2023)
A journey through competing ideas of paradise to see how we can live more peacefully in an ever more divided and distracted world.
Maame by Jessica George (2023)
A young British Ghanaian woman navigates her 20s and finds her place in the world. This novel deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. Most important, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and culture and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.
On Animals by Susan Orlean (2021)
Examining animal-human relationships through captivating stories she has written over the course of her career, the author celebrates the cross-species connections that grace our collective existence.
What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing From Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo (2022)
Drawing on interviews with scientists and psychologists, and trying a variety of innovative therapies, the author, diagnosed with Complex PTSD—a condition that occurs when trauma happens continuously—investigates the little-understood science behind this disorder that has shaped her life.
Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory by Sarah Polley (2022)
Sarah Polley explores memory and the dialogue between her past and her present in these six essays. Each one captures a piece of Polley’s life as she remembers it, while at the same time examining the fallibility of memory, the mutability of reality in the mind, and the possibility of experiencing the past anew, as the person she is now but was not then.
Black on Black: On Our Resilience and Brilliance In America by Daniel Black (2023)
Acclaimed novelist and scholar Daniel Black has spent a career writing into the unspoken, fleshing out, through storytelling, pain that can’t be described. In his debut essay collection, Black gives voice to the experiences of those who often find themselves on the margins. Tackling topics ranging from police brutality to the AIDS crisis to the role of HBCUs to queer representation in the black church, Black on Black celebrates the resilience, fortitude, and survival of black people in a land where their body is always on display
Drinking Games: A Memoir by Sarah Levy (2023)
Part memoir and part social critique, Drinking Games is about how one woman drank and lived–and how, for her, the last drink was just the beginning. On paper, Sarah Levy’s life was on track. She was 28, living in New York City, working a great job, and socializing every weekend. But Sarah had a secret: her relationship with alcohol was becoming toxic. And only she could save herself. Drinking Games explores the role alcohol has in our formative years, and what it means to opt out of a culture completely enmeshed in drinking. In this memoir, she stumbles through her twenties, explores the impact alcohol has on relationships and identity, and shows us how life’s messiest moments can end up being the most profound.
Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives by Siddharth Kara (2023)
An unflinching investigation reveals the human rights abuses behind the Congo’s cobalt mining operation-and the moral implications that affect us all. Cobalt Red is the searing, first-ever exposé of the immense toll taken on the people and environment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by cobalt mining, as told through the testimonies of the Congolese people themselves.
Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool and Making the World’s Ugliest Sweater by Peggy Orenstein (2023)
The author sets out to make a sweater from scratch–shearing, spinning, dyeing wool–and in the process discovers how we find our deepest selves through craft.
Woman, Captain, Rebel: The Extraordinary True Story of a Daring Icelandic Sea Captain by Margaret Willson (2023)
A daring and magnificent historical narrative nonfiction account of Iceland’s most famous female sea captain who constantly fought for women’s rights and equality―and who also solved one of the country’s most notorious robberies.
Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O’Connell’s Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People by Tracy Kidder (2023)
When he graduated from Harvard Medical School, Jim O’Connell was asked by the medical school Dean to spend one year setting up a program to care for the homeless population in Boston. It became Jim O’Connell’s life calling, to help people known as “rough sleepers.” For the past three decades, Dr. O’Connell has run the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, which he helped to create. Affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, the program includes clinics and a van on which Dr O’Connell and his staff ride through the Boston streets at night, offering outreach of medical care, socks, soup, and friendship to a marginalized community.
Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin (2018)
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account–now updated with new material by the author–Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.
The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics by Tim Harford (2021)
Tim Harford says that we shouldn’t be suspicious of statistics-we need to understand what they mean and how they can improve our lives: they are, at heart, human behavior seen through the prism of numbers and are often “the only way of grasping much of what is going on around us.” Tim Harford is an expert at taking complicated ideas and untangling them for millions of readers. He uses new research in science and psychology to set out ten strategies for using statistics to erase our biases and replace them with new ideas that use virtues like patience, curiosity, and good sense to better understand ourselves and the world.