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FICTION

Beautiful World Where Are You book coverBeautiful World Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.

Malibu Rising book coverMalibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, the family drama that ensues will change their lives will change forever.

Circe book coverCirce by Madeline Miller
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Malibu Rising book coverRemarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
A luminous debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium-and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago.

How to Start a Fire book coverHow to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz (ebook)
Shot through with the crackling dialogue, irresistible characters, and propulsive narrative drive that make Lutz s books so beloved, “How to Start a Fire” pulls us deep into Anna, Kate, and George s complicated bond and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we share with the family we choose. 

We Run the TidesWe Run the Tides by Vendela Vida
Teenage Eulabee and her magnetic best friend, Maria Fabiola, own the streets of Sea Cliff, their foggy oceanside San Francisco neighborhood. They know Sea Cliff’s homes and beaches, its hidden corners and eccentric characters—as well as the upscale all-girls’ school they attend. One day, walking to school with friends, they witness a horrible act—or do they?

 

NON-FICTION

Code Girls- the untold story of the American women code breakers of WWII book coverCode Girls: the untold story of the American women code breakers of WWII by Liza Mundy
The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the American women who secretly served as codebreakers during World War II.

Pastoral Song book coverPastoral Song by James Rebanks
The New York Times bestselling author of The Shepherd’s Life chronicles his family’s farm in England’s Lake District across three generations, revealing through this intimate lens the profound global transformation of agriculture and of the human relationship to the land.

In a Sunburned Country book coverIn a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Bryson has traveled across the world and all the way Down Under to Australia, a shockingly under-discovered country with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. In a Sunburned Country is his report on what he found there–a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity.

Life in the Garden book coverLife in the Garden by Penelope LivelyPenelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir.

 

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

Julian is a Mermaid book coverJulian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

Summer by Cao Wenxuan
Under a burning sun on the dry grassland, animals ranging from a tiny field mouse to a large elephant fight over a bit of shade until they learn a better way.

We Are Water Protectors book coverWe Are Water Protectors by Carole Linstrom
Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all… When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.

Honeybee book coverHoneybee by Candice Fleming
Describes the life cycle of the hard-working honeybee.

 

FILMS IN KANOPY

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My Summer in ProvenceMy Summer in Provence movie cover
In the wake of their parent’s separation, three siblings spend the summer in the south of France with their estranged Grandfather. In less than 24 hours, a clash of the generations has occurred between the teenagers and the old man. During this turbulent summer, both generations will be transformed by one another.

The Endless Summer movie coverThe Endless Summer
This classic documentary is the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, two California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime: they live their dream.

An Almost Ordinary Summer movie coverAn Almost Ordinary Summer
Two very different families spend their holidays in the same house at the seaside. What brought such distant worlds together? Only Tony and Carlo, the two middle-aged heads of the families, know! The unexpected announcement of their engagement will disrupt an apparently ordinary summer, and turn the lives of everyone around them upside down.

Honeyland movie coverHoneyland
An epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

 

BEYOND THE LIBRARY: PODCASTS

The No Sleep Podcast coverThe No Sleep Podcast
The NoSleep Podcast is a multi-award winning anthology series of original horror stories, with rich atmospheric music to enhance the frightening tales told around the campfire.

Warning: intended for mature audiences. 

Ologies podcast coverOlogies
Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists’ obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people ‘stupid’ questions and the answers might change your life.

Let’s Make a Sci-Fi podcast coverLet’s Make a Sci-Fi
Can three comedians create a legit sci-fi show? Comedians Ryan Beil, Maddy Kelly, and Mark Chavez are going to find out. Over eight episodes, they’ll try to write a serious, and seriously nerdy, pilot script. When they run into trouble they’ll consult Hollywood experts who have worked on things like Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly and science fiction superstars like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rainn Wilson, Emily VanDerWerff and Neill Blomkamp. And in the final episode, professional actors will read their script, bringing it to life — for better or worse.

10 out of 10 Would Recommend podcast cover10/10 Would Recommend
Overwhelmed by choice in the Peak TV era? Join hosts and IRL friends Tolani Shoneye (of ‘The Receipts’ podcast fame) and Gena-mour Barrett (who works for Netflix) as they discuss what they’re watching, and what they think * you * should be watching too