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Inciting Joy: Essays

by Ross Gay

If the subject matter of his books is any indication, poet Ross Gay has a single-minded focus: making the world a better place. Following on his bestselling 2019 collection, The Book of Delights, Gay returns with Inciting Joy: Essays, a collection of 14 energetic reflections that investigate how to "make joy more available to us" and "how joy makes us act and feel."

In the service of this goal, Inciting Joy surveys an assortment of topics drawn from Gay's own experience that display his

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Life Is Short: An Appropriately Brief Guide to Making It More Meaningful

by Dean Rickles

Dean Rickles is a professor of history and philosophy of modern physics at the University of Sydney in Australia. He's written many profound and enlightening books about the scientific philosophies of quantum gravity, physics, string theory and more. In Life Is Short, he merges his passions to deliver a deeply engaging and thought-provoking study of life and how its finite nature serves hidden depths that can lead to a much more rewarding and fulfilling existence.

People chronically compare their lives to

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A Scatter of Light

by Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo follows up her 2021 National Book Award-winning YA novel, Last Night at the Telegraph Club, with the companion novel, A Scatter of Light, which takes place in 2013 and tells the powerful story of one young woman's life-changing summer of self-discovery.

Eighteen-year-old, half-Asian Aria Tang West was supposed to spend her final summer before college "on Martha's Vineyard with my friends, not in the remote woods [of California] with my grandmother." She expects a few forgettable months, until she

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Shocking: The Surreal World of Elsa Schiaparelli

by Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière et al.

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) and Coco Chanel may have been rivals in the field of 20th-century couture, but one of the ways the former distinguished herself was by incorporating surrealist elements into her work. This is hammered home in the illuminating and grand Shocking: The Surreal World of Elsa Schiaparelli, whose contributors take the position that the Italian designer should assume a place among the surrealist artists of her time.

The book--a companion to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs,

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The Second Death of Edie and Violet Bond

by Amanda Glaze

Jam-packed with sisterly love, 19th-century Spiritualism, romance, mystery and nascent feminism, The Second Death of Edie and Violet Bond is a delicious historic novel for 21st-century book lovers of all stripes.

Seventeen-year-old twins Edie and Violet have inherited their mother's gift of channeling spirits (Violet) and crossing the threshold between life and death (Edie). When their mother dies under mysterious circumstances, the young women run away from their minister father who plans to commit them to

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The Abyss: Nuclear Crisis Cuba 1962

by Max Hastings

In The Abyss, popular historian Max Hastings (Operation Pedestal; Operation Chastise; Vietnam) delivers a magisterial re-evaluation of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis for general readers and a "new generation... outside the defense and academic communities." Hastings, contextualizing the geopolitical situation in 1962 as it existed for the U.S., the Soviet Union and Cuba, addresses one of the main points about the crisis that is often "missed": it was always a "political issue, not a strategic one."

After President

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I'm Ogre It

by Jeffrey Ebbeler

I'm Ogre It is a hilarious and inspiring comic book ode to creative fun without screens, just right for young readers who might need the tiniest boost to become bookworms.

Izzie's big brother Ollie is really, really into video games, specifically Smash Tower, which features monsters, robots and evil fairies with a Stinking Swamp to navigate and a Tipping Tower to climb. He's so into it that he's gotten rid of most of his beloved old toys, much to Izzie's dismay. "That is baby stuff. I am over it," he tells

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Media Heat

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Fresh Air: Maria Ressa, author of How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future (Harper, $29.99, 9780063257511).

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Good Morning America: Lisa Bryan, author of Downshiftology Healthy Meal Prep: 100+ Make-Ahead Recipes and Quick-Assembly Meals (Clarkson Potter, $32.50, 9780593235577).

Also on GMA: Tori Hope Petersen, author of Fostered: One Woman's Powerful Story of Finding Faith and Family through Foster Care (B&H Books, $17.99, 9781087750972).

Drew Barrymore Show: Fat Joe, co-author of The Book of Jose: A Memoir (Roc Lit 101, $28.99, 9780593230640).

The Talk: Paulina Porizkova, author of No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful (The Open Field, $27, 9780593493526).

Monday, November 28, 2022

CBS Mornings: Maria Ressa, author of How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future (Harper, $29.99, 9780063257511).

Also on CBS Mornings: Louise Penny, author of A World of Curiosities: A Novel (Minotaur, $29.99, 9781250145291).

Good Morning America: Kevin Hazzard, author of American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America's First Paramedics (Hachette Books, $30, 9780306926075).

Rachael Ray: Hugh Bonneville, author of Playing Under the Piano: From Downton to Darkest Peru (Other Press, $28.99, 9781635423426).

Kelly Clarkson Show: Natasha Leggero, author of The World Deserves My Children (Gallery, $28, 9781982137076).

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Fresh Air: Steve Lopez, author of Independence Day: What I Learned About Retirement from Some Who've Done It and Some Who Never Will (Harper Horizon, $27.99, 9780785288725).
Today Show: Jerry Seinfeld, author of The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781982112769).

Jennifer Hudson Show: Tabitha Brown, author of Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations (Morrow, $30, 9780063080324).

Kelly Clarkson Show: Alex Aster, author of Lightlark (Amulet, $19.99, 9781419760860).

Monday, November 21, 2022

Today Show: Nathan Chen, author of One Jump at a Time: My Story (Harper, $25.99, 9780063280526).

Fresh Air: Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human (Scribner, $32.50, 9781982117351).

Tamron Hall: Michelle Obama, author of The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times (Crown, $32.50, 9780593237465).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, authors of The World Record Book of Racist Stories (Grand Central, $29, 9781538724552).
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