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picture of a person on horsebackFinding a Way: Taking the Impossible and Making it Possible
by Siri Lindley ‘91 Foreword by Tony Robbins

Fusing memoir with self-help, Finding a Way: Taking the Impossible and Making it Possible is Siri’s life-giving guide for readers who are feeling stuck between the life they want to live and the life that they’re living now.

image of a pill on a blue backgroundThe Brill Pill
by Akemi C. Brodsky  ‘08

In this near-future speculative novel scientist William Dalal works with brain regeneration patients, trying to fix what is broken. But his research takes a darker turn when he begins doubting their humanity.



solid black cover with the book title at the topThe Observations, Rare Occurrences and Interventions by Death
by Lester Stone II ’10

Join Death as he observes, sometimes interacts, and intervenes with humanity, while witnessing their behavior, all the while discovering Death’s motivations!

misty view of a city with book title aboveBurning Distance
by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman ‘74

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet set right before the first Gulf War.  It’s a journey through family secrets and competing loyalties, contemporary history and the dark world of arms trafficking.

the cover shows an image of MarsCratertown
by Hal Barwood ‘63

The only town on Mars is populated by religious enthusiasts. When an agent arrives to investigate a murder he upends their fragile society, even as he grows to love the habitat and its brave citizens.

a window is pictured next to book title and beneath is a city scapeAn Unlasting Home: A Novel
by Mai Al-Nakib ‘04

Sara, philosophy professor at Kuwait University, is accused of blasphemy—a capital crime. Awaiting trial, she traces the lives of the women who shaped her, charting a map across the Middle East and beyond.

cover shows pictures of Honduran citizensExtracting Honduras: Resource Exploitation, Displacement, and Forced Migration
by James J. Phillips '72 AM, '76 PhD

Beyond the often cited reasons for migration, Phillips provides a detailed account of how the frenzied extraction of natural resources has created massive community displacement, poverty, and vulnerability, while encouraging corruption, violence, militarization, repression of protest, and emigration.

image of  an airplane flyingVagabond Pilot: A Journey of Discovery and Renewal
by Robert J. Young ‘70

Follow along with “Captain Bob” Young as he crosses the USA from Santa Monica to Connecticut and back in his two seater airplane. Jump into the left seat of Two Niner Lima as Bob traverses the country he thought he knew, visiting old friends, making new ones, and searching for himself in a time of unprecedented personal and national crisis. In the course of fulfilling his lifelong dream, Bog ultimately discovers the surprising truth about himself and the country he loves.

book cover with a pink sunsetSpanish Connections:  My Diplomatic Journey from Venezuela to Equatorial Guinea
by Mark L. Asquino ’71 ’78 PhD

This is a memoir about my diplomatic journey to Equatorial Guinea, an ill-fated, Spanish-speaking country, and how I became U.S. ambassador to Spain's only former colony in sub-Saharan Africa.

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That Sounds So Good: 100 Real-Life Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Carla Lalli Music ’94 (Clarkson Potter)

Following up on Where Cooking Begins, this warm and accommodating collection should easily earn a place on plenty of cookbook shelves. Music has sorted the recipes into two main camps: quick weeknight, stove-top, and big salad...

The Home-Scale Forest Garden: How to Plan, Plant and Tend a Resilient Edible Landscape by Dani Baker ’70 (Chelsea Green Publishing)

This is both the story of Baker’s quest to create her Enchanted Edible Forest, with fruit trees forming the canopy, berry bushes in the middle, and wild strawberries for ground cover, and a practical...

The Complete Cookbook for Teen Chefs: 70+ Teen-Tested and Teen-Approved Recipes to Cook, Eat and Share (America’s Test Kitchen Kids, Editor-In-Chief Molly Birnbaum ’05)

This lively, deeply illustrated collection will likely be a hit with not just teens but also pre-teens and even a few parents looking to tweak their repertoires. The recipes here...

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Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father by Nancy Rubin Stuart ’67 MAT (Beacon Press)

In this nuanced look at Benjamin Franklin’s romantic relationships, Stuart writes that Franklin “privately wavered between passion and prudence.” The book centers on Deborah Read, Franklin’s common law wife for 44 years, a sharp businesswoman who...

The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen ’06 (St. Martin’s Press)

Early on in this lively rom-com satire Ursula Bryrne, 35, a single Manhattan brand manager, is lunching with a friend when she wonders, “Is love actually about specificity?” She signs up for
the Arc, a stealthy dating service which for $40,500 will corral all the available data...

The Very Last Interview by David Shields ’78 (New York Review Books)

Always happy to unsettle a familiar form, here Shields, in his 23rd book, takes on the interview. Actually it’s more the idea of the interview as in this brief, entertaining read you’ll find only questions. The book is a winnowed compilation of the 2,700 questions,...

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Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez ’99 (Flatiron Books)

Set in 2017, this rich, intricately layered debut centers on Olga and Prieto Acevedo, Nuyorican siblings who are navigating life in the shadow of their activist mother Blanca, who abandoned them as children. Olga is a successful, disillusioned wedding planner for the 1 percent and Prieto...

Carbon Queen: The Remarkable Life of Nanoscience Pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus by Maia Weinstock ’99 (MIT Press)

Mildred “Millie” Dresselhaus should be famous—that’s one of the major threads in this very readable biography. The longtime MIT engineering professor’s work led to discoveries about the electronic structure of carbon, which led to leaps in nanotech. Born in...

Tiny Dancer by Siena Cherson Siegel ’90, art by Mark Siegel ’89 (Atheneum)

In this lush, purple-hued YA graphic memoir, a collaboration between a husband and wife team who met at Brown, Siena Cherson Siegel follows up on her 2006 memoir To Dance. After her first ballet classes in Puerto Rico in 1974, we head to...