2018 Nantucket Book Festival Reading List

The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351644
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2015

Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness." We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and we have even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction.


Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804173735
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Published: Vintage - September 5th, 2017

In Wild Things, Wild Places actress, author, and conservationist Jane Alexander offers a moving first-hand assessment of what is being done to help the planet's most at risk animals. In short reflections on her travels to some of the most remote and forbidding areas, she describes the ways in which human incursions into the natural world are destroying wildlife around the globe.


Fisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634864
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 13th, 2018

An intimate account of life in a West African fishing village, tugged by currents ancient and modern, and dependent on an ocean that is being radically transformed.

The sea is broken, fishermen say. The sea is empty. The genii have taken the fish elsewhere.


Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories (Includes Waiting for the Taliban, Previously Available Only as an eB Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439166505
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Published: Free Press - October 25th, 2011

INCLUDES WAITING FOR THE TALIBAN, PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE ONLY AS AN EBOOK

2011 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION WRITING AND LITERATURE AWARD FINALIST


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385751537
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Published: Ember - October 23rd, 2007

"Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank." --USA Today


The Heart's Invisible Furies Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524760786
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Published: Hogarth Press - August 22nd, 2017

Named Book of the MonthClub's Book of the Year, 2017
Selected one of New York Times Readers' Favorite Books of 2017

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland


Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393249316
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2017

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans.


Deadfall Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101984048
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Published: Dutton Books - July 25th, 2017

Hunting a killer within New York's urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper's career in New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein's latest riveting thriller.


Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781101874370
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 24th, 2017

A delicious romp through the heyday of rock and roll and a revealing portrait of the man at the helm of the iconic magazine that made it all possible, with candid look backs at the era from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and others.


The Rules of Magic Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781501137471
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 10th, 2017

**INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

**REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK**

From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.


Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 *A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017
Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER


Free Food for Millionaires Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781455571673
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 10th, 2017

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST PACHINKO
New York Times Book Review Editor's ChoiceNPR Fresh Air Top Ten Books of the YearUSA Today Top Ten Books of the YearThe Times (London) Top Ten Books of the Year


Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525509714
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Published: Random House Trade - June 26th, 2017

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream--the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy


Afterglow (a Dog Memoir) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802127099
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Published: Grove Press - September 12th, 2017

Prolific and widely renowned, Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work "set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match" (New York Review of Books). This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie.


There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040539
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Published: Tin House Books - February 14th, 2017

A TIME Magazine Best Paperback of 2017 One ofOprah Magazine's "Ten Best Books of 2017"

"This singular poetry collection is a dynamic meditation on the experience of, and societal narratives surrounding, contemporary black womanhood. . . . These exquisite poems defy categorization." --The New Yorker


Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780312541538
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Published: Griffin - September 30th, 2008

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.


Glass Houses Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250066190
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 29th, 2017

An instant New York Times Bestseller and August 2017 LibraryReads pick

"Penny's absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace." --PEOPLE

"Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries." --The New York Times Book Review


$17.00
SKU: 014313209101

Pre-Order a Signed Copy of "Second Wind." (Will ship on its release day of March 6, 2018.)

“There had been something elemental and all consuming about a Sunfish. Nothing could compare to the exhilaration of a close race in a real blow—the wind howling and spray flying as my Sunfish and I punched through the waves to the finish.”

In the spring of 1992, Nat Philbrick was in his late thirties, living with his family on Nantucket, feeling stranded and longing for that thrill of victory he once felt after winning a national sailing championship in his youth. Was it a midlife crisis? It was certainly a watershed for the journalist-turned-stay-at-home dad, who impulsively decided to throw his hat into the ring, or water, again. 

With the bemused approval of his wife and children, Philbrick used the off-season on the island as his solitary training ground, sailing his tiny Sunfish to its remotest corners, experiencing the haunting beauty of its tidal creeks, inlets, and wave-battered sandbars. On ponds, bays, rivers, and finally at the championship on a lake in the heartland of America, he sailed through storms and memories, racing for the prize, but finding something unexpected about himself instead.


The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385537216
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Published: Doubleday Books - May 9th, 2017

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, SMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences--what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"--create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world.


The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143111344
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Published: Penguin Books - October 31st, 2017

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the "inspiring" (People), little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomy

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017