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Cultish : the language of fanaticism book cover
Cultish : the language of fanaticism book cover

Cultish : the language of fanaticism

Amanda Montell

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"From SoulCycle to Scientology, we're all obsessed with cults. Linguist Amanda Montell examines the language cults use to draw us in"--

As someone who watched and loved the LuLaRoe documentary series TWICE, this was a comprehensive and interesting overview of the various types of cults throughout history and "Cultish" which is the language used in cults. I am eagerly enjoying the TV, book and podcast trend that dives into this area of pop culture! -Mari

Chef's kiss book cover
Chef's kiss book cover

Chef's kiss

Jarrett Melendez

LGBTQ+, Graphic Novels

Watch things start to really heat up in the kitchen in this sweet, queer, new adult graphic novel! Now that college is over, English graduate Ben Cook is on the job hunt looking for something...anything...related to his passion for reading and writing. But interview after interview, hiring committee after hiring committee, Ben soon learns getting the dream job won't be as easy as he thought. Proofreading? Journalism? Copywriting? Not enough experience. It turns out he doesn't even have enough experience to be a garbage collector! But when Ben stumbles upon a Now Hiring--No Experience Necessary sign outside a restaurant, he jumps at the chance to land his first job. Plus, he can keep looking for a writing job in the meantime. He's actually not so bad in the kitchen, but he will have to pass a series of cooking tests to prove he's got the culinary skills to stay on full-time. But it's only temporary...right? When Ben begins developing a crush on Liam, one of the other super dreamy chefs at the restaurant, and when he starts ditching his old college friends and his old writing job plans, his career path starts to become much less clear.

What an absolute delight to read! I have a lot of feels for looking for a job straight out of college, figuring out young adulthood, all while trying to navigate roommates, identity, and family. Come for the food writing, stay for the light romance. -Frannie

Nothing personal book cover
Nothing personal book cover

Nothing personal

James Baldwin

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"Baldwin's critique of American society at the height of the civil rights movement brings his prescient thoughts on social isolation, race, and police brutality to a new generation of readers"--

Previously published in 1964 with photographs by Richard Avedon, this essay is published here as a stand-alone. Baldwin's ability to analyze, quantify and prophesize American societal constructs are always insightful, honest and ahead of his time. Though written during the Civil Rights Movement, this essay is just as relevant and well-worth reading today. -Victoria

Book of questions : selections = Libro de las preguntas : selecciones book cover
Book of questions : selections = Libro de las preguntas : selecciones book cover

Book of questions : selections = Libro de las preguntas : selecciones

Pablo Neruda

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"This Spanish-English bilingual edition is the first fully illustrated selection of Book of Questions: comprising 70 questions of the original 320, these poems, carefully woven together by theme and accompanying full-page illustrations, invite us to wonder at the natural world and the myriad mysteries it contains. "Book of Questions," written by beloved Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner Neruda, was completed just months before his death in 1973, and is his last great work of poetry. By turns lyrical and cosmic, dreamlike and nonsensical, paradoxical and playful, each of these unanswerable questions asks us to set aside certainty and constraint and to enter into the vastness of the unknown. With riddles like "Where is the center of the sea? / Why don't waves break there?" and "What do you call a flower / that flits from bird to bird?", Neruda inspires us to unravel our assumptions and re-envision our relationship to nature. The only answer that is sure to arise from these questions is a closer observation of and reflection on the world in which we live, and a renewed sense of curiosity and wonder at our shared universe"--

Neruda's expansive poetic questions paired with Valdivia's bold and folkloric illustrations are an exquisite combination. The curiosity of childhood expressed by this beloved poet will appeal to all ages. -Victoria

The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo : a novel book cover
The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo : a novel book cover

The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo : a novel

Taylor Jenkins Reid

FICTION Reid Taylor

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

A great summer read! Evelyn Hugo shares a candid account of her life story, full of many secrets to unpack along the way. -Becky

The lighthouse book cover
The lighthouse book cover

The lighthouse

Horror, Science Fiction, Drama

A hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Do you like your movies weird? How about in black-and-white and in an archaic aspect ratio? Then do I have a movie for you! "The Lighthouse" is incredibly compelling and defies classification. My mind just keeps going back to the movie after watching it. -Brian


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