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Outer Space, Politics & Boredom

In addition to all the great nonfiction we wrote about the other week, we’ve got even MORE for you and your patrons:

APOLLO 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our darkest years with a nearly unimaginable triumph. “Readers will relish Kluger’s multisensory prose, and the whole gamut of space flight comes alive in the details. Kluger’s laudable storytelling novelistically conveys the charged politics of the era while revealing difficult technical concepts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

ALIENS: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life by Jim Al-Khalili
“In a series of 20 essays detailing cutting-edge scientific data and theories, renowned researchers expound on the possibility—or probability?—of extraterrestrial intelligence. An incisive and fun collection packed with mind-expanding ideas about our universe and ourselves.” — Kirkus Reviews

GEEK GIRL RISING: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot & Samantha Walravens
With a nod to tech trailblazers like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, Cabot & Walraves introduce readers to the fearless female founders, technologists, and innovators fighting at a grassroots level for an ownership stake in the revolution that’s changing the way we live, work and connect. “This enlightening read reveals many problems embedded in start-up culture, but, more importantly, it is an invigorating call to action and testament to the wide-ranging successes of women in this field.” — Booklist

PANTSUIT NATION by Libby Chamberlain
From the fastest-growing private Facebook group in history—now with nearly 4 million engaged and impassioned members—a beautifully designed, inspiring collection of stories and photographs that capture what it means to live, work, struggle, love, and celebrate in our world.

THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can’t grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body—and explains how parents can encourage them. “Deeply thoughtful, delightfully personal, and bravely ecumenical in scope, Sasse’s guide for stemming the tide of delayed responsibility showcases what is both practical and possible.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Top Titles Kirkus Recommends…

Kirkus Reviews knows which books readers are eager to read and are really worth the time.

Topping their list of books that are “not just popular but pretty great to boot” is Euny Hong’s THE BIRTH OF KOREAN COOL: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture!

The funny, young Korean-American Journalist Hong turns her skewering lens on her own South Korean culture, which Kirkus called, “A pleasing mix of Margaret Cho, Sarah Vowell and a pinch of Cory Doctorow.”
BONUS: check out the Kirkus interview with Euny Hong.

Also on their can’t miss-list is SONG OF THE SHANK by Jeffery Renard Allen.

One of America’s most gifted novelists projects dark and daring speculations upon the incredible-but-true 19th-century story of a child piano prodigy who was blind, autistic and a slave. “If there’s any justice, Allen’s visionary work, as startlingly inventive as one of his subject’s performances, should propel him to the front rank of American novelists.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review. Even the New York Times Book Review gave SONG OF THE SHANK a front page rave review!

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