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CHANGING HANDS STAFF PICKS 2018

Room to Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399589195
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Published: Random House - June 19th, 2018

David Lynch has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I was a teenager, you might even say he was partly responsible for my upbringing—which explains a whole lot about me. And the thing I love most about his work is his unbounded creativity and the way in which he seems to expand the horizons of the imagination in his fascination with the unknown; how everything he does is partially shrouded in darkness, in chaotic potential, mystery. Making Room to Dream a perfect title for his autobiography, which details his life, work, personal reflections, and includes comments by friends and colleagues. ~Salvatore


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The Secret of Nightingale Wood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338157475
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Published: Chicken House - October 31st, 2017

If you are drawn in by the eerie delight of the classic Brother's Grimm Fairy Tales you will love this book! The nefarious adults in young Henrietta's life do everything in their power to thwart her efforts to help her family heal from insurmountable tragedy. Even with the deck stacked against her, she meets unexpected and mysterious allies to help her along her treacherous path. Henrietta's integrity and grit in the face of adversity is truly inspiring. ~Rachel


500 Self-Portraits Cover Image
By Liz Rideal (Contributions by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780714875958
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Published: Phaidon Press - March 16th, 2018

The title tells you all you need to know! A collection of 500 artists and their self portraits. There are the iconic images of Van Gogh, of course. But leaf through this volume and check out a few of the other portraits . You will learn a lot about these artists just be seeing how they have viewed themselves. A lovely book in a nice compact size for that niche on the side table. ~Walt


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On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein: My Years with the Exasperating Genius Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781623545277
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Published: Imagine - May 8th, 2018

Charlie Harmon spent four grueling years as Leonard Bernstein's (LB's) personal assistant--a longer tenure than any other assistant to work under the maddening Maestro. Just the pace of the narrative--a single paragraph can take you from New York to Vienna to Tokyo and back--speaks to the breakneck itinerary through which Charlie steered LB, all while trying to keep him on track to finish an opera. During your journey with Charlie and the Maestro, you'll bump elbows with multi-national royalty, fret over the safety of LB's stuffed monkey Moneto, spot the ghost of LB's wife Felicia, stumble out of LB's Gatsby-esque parties, and walk in on the Maestro in bed with one of his young, ahem, "proteges." LB could be magnetically charming one day and grossly inconsiderate the next, but his dedication to musical education never waned. "People love me for what I do, not who I am," he once pined. He was wrong: here is an honest account of LB at his best and his worst, and I find I love him even more. You will too. ~Jalen


God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520108
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Published: Knopf - April 17th, 2018

Prior to reading this book, I only really understood Texas through a pop culture or 24-hour news channel lens. After reading this book, I understood what makes Texas the big, brash Lone Star State that it is. Lawrence Wright encounters stereotypes and then peels back the layers meticulously as he reveals a deeper truth to the state. The Pulitzer Prize winner pushes readers (both Left- and Right-wing) to accept that Texas is more complicated than Friday Night Lights or CNN will lead us to believe with storytelling that makes this bulky book breeze by. ~Adam


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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520221
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Published: Knopf - February 6th, 2018

O'Farrell is such a good writer; her novels, some of my favorites of all time. And this new memoir is extraordinary. Hard to imagine 17 brushes with death in one lifetime but she has had them. The stories are paired with anatomical picture of the part of the human body impacted by the story and those are lovely as well. She unzips herself, lets us look inside to those deep intimate places and then partially zips up again allowing the reader to reflect and identify with the emotions and often terror she felt. We all have had brushes with death but probably didn't have the gall or ability to tell our stories in such a beautiful, heartfelt way. ~Gayle


Be Kind Cover Image
By Pat Zietlow Miller, Jen Hill (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781626723214
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 6th, 2018

A wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated story about how one act of kindness can have a huge impact. This is a great book to read to young ones to teach them empathy and understanding for others. ~Tim


How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220140
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 18th, 2018

Framed as a guide for the stranded time traveler, Ryan North explores how to build a civilization from scratch. Many of the technologies are things we take for granted -- language, math based on reality, etc. -- but it's fascinating to think about them from a different perspective. And because it is Ryan North, the book is as hilarious as it is informative. This guide may not make you a cultural hero in our current timeline, but it will give you plenty of trivial facts to impress (or annoy) your friends with. ~Sarah


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The Female Persuasion: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594488405
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2018

My first foray into Meg Wolitzer fiction blew me away. Insightful, endearing, devastating, remarkable, The Female Persuasion straight up seduced me. The characters are so detailed and nuanced I felt like I lived in their heads. All of them live in the grey, they make stupid, arrogant mistakes and hurt the people they love, yet somehow they're all so relateable and realistic as they grow and try to be better. Everyone should read this book about the disillusionment of getting to know one's heroes. ~Camilla


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The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250189998
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 17th, 2018

Sarah Kendzior reminds me how much work there is to do in this country. This important book of essays takes a clear-eyed look at the steady decline of America, focusing especially on rising income inequality and the lack of choices we have in our economy. Originally published as an e-book, the paperback has new essays on the challenges we face from our authoritarian leadership. In our time of misinformation it’s important to take a look at reality—this book does just that. ~Dan


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The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250176165
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2018

I've always considered myself responsible, but there's an age at which terms like IRA start getting thrown around, and you start to feel a bit under-prepared. You guys, there are SO MANY different types of IRAs! Fagan gives a crash course in financial planning for 20 and 30-somethings, she's never condescending, and always open to doing what's right for your personal financial health. The Financial Diet helps define terms, set organizational habits, and gives tips on how to take care of yourself, your home, your diet (yes, the food kind), and opens you up to having the kind of conversations about personal finance that will benefit you in the long-run. Consider this book a starter-guide for becoming best friends with your wallet. ~Amy


My Lady Jane Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062391766
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Published: HarperTeen - May 9th, 2017

My Lady Jane is the book you didn't know you needed all your life, especially if you love learning history--err, alternate history. There is romance and betrayal! Royalty! Shape-shifting! (stay with me here) And witty dialogue that'll have milk shooting out your nose just like the movies. Experience London in the 1550s like never before! ~Leah


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A Place for Us: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524763558
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Published: SJP for Hogarth - June 12th, 2018

A Place for Us is probably the most exquisite piece of literature I have read in a long time. This debut novel follows the lives of a Muslim Indian-American family living in California as they struggle to balance tradition with the modern world. I found myself drawn to each character and experienced joy, pain, loss, and love as though they were members of my own family. This touching story speaks to all families around the world and the rooftops are not high enough to sing its praises. ~Loretta


Just Kids Illustrated Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062873743
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Published: Ecco - October 23rd, 2018

Patti Smith had infused each page of this book with poetry. How can one person see the world in such an intense and beautiful light? My gosh. There are sentences which have made an imprint on my heart. I feel the weight of her words even now, and know I will not forget the things she wrote, nor will I forget the time in my life when I read something so unapologetic and raw. ~Ryan


Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

This well-written memoir moved me deeply. The author not only relates the hardships which she endured but also exposes her own character flaws which made her incredible journey even more amazing. ~Bob


Leave No Trace: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501177361
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - September 4th, 2018

If you like your settings in wilderness areas or perhaps the occasional mental institution, you might enjoy reading this book! This is a story of disappearance and reemergence, of lost and found, of discovery and rediscovery, of life and death... but only a little blood mixed with plenty of intrigue. Perhaps you'll shed a tear at the end, but I won't tell anybody. ~Dan


The Perfume Burned His Eyes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617756207
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Published: Akashic Books - April 3rd, 2018

An impressive debut coming-of-age novel set in a gritty 1976 New York City. Matthew is 16 and new to the city. Not exactly shy but not particularly outgoing either, he sort of floats in and out of the experiences of those around him. Told from the point of view of an older Matthew looking back on a key year from his youth, it's not until the wallop of an ending that you realize adult Matthew is still trying to make sense of the damage that can be done by a world that chooses to not really see or listen to it's young. This one broke my heart. ~Elisa


Cenzontle (A. Poulin #40) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781942683537
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Published: BOA Editions - April 10th, 2018

"Because the bird flew before / there was a word / for flight // years from now / there will be a name / for what you and I are doing". This is how Castillo opens his debut poetry book. And he's right. It's hard to find the language to describe this collection of poetry. Cenzontle moves across borders, from Mexico to the U.S, from the collective to the personal, from violence and into song. In this movement, Castillo relies on the second person, addressing and acknowledging the reader. But this 'you' is never commanding. Instead, it is inviting and welcoming. Castillo's poetry says that while we may not be able to name all of the possibilities surrounding us, the transformations that are coming are one's we'll do together - like a chorus in a song. ~Connor


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