Staff Picks Acquisitions for September 2017

Here’s the list of 60 STAFF PICKS PROJECT acquisitions for September 2017. There are some exciting new (and old classics) books and DVDs in the September material – several Young Adult selections, some Oregon history and outdoor explorations, beautiful art books, cookbooks, novels and MUCH MORE…

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  TITLE FIRST NAME LAST NAME DESCRIPTION (from unless otherwise noted)
1.       How to Make It: 25 Makers Share the Secrets to Building a Creative Business Erin Austen Abbott This is the ultimate tell-all, show-all guide to making a living by making things. Featuring 25 profiles of illustrators, jewelry designers, ceramicists, painters, clothing designers, and printmakers, How to Make It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the daily rituals and best practices that keep these creative entrepreneurs on track.
2.       In Calabria

Peter S. Beagle From the acclaimed author of The Last Unicorn comes a new, exquisitely-told fable for the modern age. … Lyrical, gripping, and wise, In Calabria confirms Peter S. Beagle’s continuing legacy as one of fantasy’s most legendary authors.
3.       The New Voices of Fantasy Peter S. Beagle (editor) In these nineteen stories, the enfants terribles of fantasy have arrived. The New Voices of Fantasy captures some of the fastest-rising talents of the last five years, including Sofia Samatar, Maria Dahvana Headley, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Usman T. Malik, Brooke Bolander, E. Lily Yu, Ben Loory, Ursula Vernon, and more.
4.       Hello Tokyo: 30+ Handmade Projects and Fun Idea for a Cute, Tokyo Inspired Lifestyle Ebony Bizys Fun and cute in its entirety, Hello Tokyo is a sweet look into Japan’s DIY culture, brimming with clever craft ideas for bringing happiness to the everyday. It will delight any crafter looking to add a touch of whimsy to their DIY adventures.
5.       Heroes & Villains: A Photographic Odyssey into the Fantastic World of Cosplay


Andrew Boyle …a photographic journey into the heart of contemporary pop culture that is New York’s annual Comic Con. Photographer Andrew Boyle captures more than 200 cosplayers from NYCC in a series of stunning photographs and interviews, celebrating the incredible world of expression, talent, inclusivity, creativity and fandom that is the cosplay community.
6.       Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Jessica Bruder 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 … Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. [She] tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy―one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us.
7.       The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey Rinker Buck A major bestseller that has been hailed as a “quintessential American story” (Christian Science Monitor), Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail is an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules—that has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from coast to coast.
8.       Marcovaldo: or the Seasons in the City Italo Calvino Marcovaldo is an unskilled worker in a drab industrial city in northern Italy. He is an irrepressible dreamer and an inveterate schemer. Much to the puzzlement of his wife, his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams-but the results are never the expected ones. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
9.       The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations Liivia Cetti …a host of grander and more intricate flowers and projects—more blooms, more petals, stronger stems, and bigger, bolder arrangements! …Introducing new, neverbefore-seen techniques for dyeing paper and creating moldable leaves and petals, this gorgeous guide is perfect for crafters of all skill levels interested in making realistic and unique home decor, gifts, accessories, and entertaining essentials.
10.    Shipwrecks of Curry County (Images of America Series)


H.S Contino Historically, mariners considered the Oregon coast one of the most dangerous in the world. … There have been many shipwrecks in the area like that of the tanker Larry Doheny, which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during World War II.
11.    The Andy Goldsworthy Project


Molly Donovan This volume traces the development of Goldsworthy’s project at the National Gallery from conception to completion and situates the artist’s sculpture and practice within an age-long tradition of structures. It features the only fully illustrated catalogue documenting Goldsworthy’s permanent installations-more than 120 works dating from 1984 to 2008 and spanning three continents. 260 color and 40 b/w photographs
12.    The Alexandria Quartet (4 Titles: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, and Clea) Lawrence Durrell Lawrence Durrell was one of the best-selling, most celebrated English novelists of the late twentieth century. The Alexandria Quartet is unquestionably his most admired work, at heart a sensuous and brilliant evocation of wartime Alexandria. In this world of corrupt glamour, L. G. Darley attempts to reconcile himself to the end of his affair with the dark, passionate Justine Hosnani – setting alight a beguiling exploration of sexual and political intrigue that the author himself described as ‘an investigation of modern love’.
13.    Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian’s Guide To Traveling in Style

Andi Eaton Wanderful is a stylish lookbook and travelogue for the adven­turous and nomadic at heart. Follow in Andi’s footsteps as she travels the United States to discover some of its most effort­lessly chic destinations—and the fashionable free spirits and wanderers who live there.
14.    William Wegman: Being Human 


William A Ewing William Wegman’s whimsical photographs of his Weimaraner dogs have been celebrated in the art world and enjoyed by pet lovers for nearly four decades. In this entirely new volume, renowned photography curator William A. Ewing presents more than 300 images from the artist’s personal archive, unearthing previously unseen gems alongside the iconic images that have made Wegman—along with dressed-up dogs Man Ray, Fay Ray, and others—beloved worldwide.
15.    Cool: style, sound and subversion


Greg Foley and Andrew Luecke Cool is a compendium of global youth subcultures and street styles—from Flappers to Swing Kids, to Goths to today’s Normcore—that have shaped the fashion zeitgeist.
16.    On Vegetables Jeremy Fox In his first book, Fox presents his food philosophy in the form of 160 approachable recipes for the home cook. On Vegetables elevates vegetarian cooking, using creative methods and ingredient combinations to highlight the textures, flavours, and varieties of seasonal produce and including basic recipes for the larder.
17.    The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook: a Collection of Stories with Recipes Natalie Eve Garrett (editor) …a collection of personal, food-related stories with recipes from 76 contemporary artists and writers.
18.    The Twelve Mile Straight Eleanor Henderson From New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Henderson, an audacious American epic set in rural Georgia during the years of the Depression and Prohibition.
19.    50 Queers Who Changed  the World: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Icons Dan Jones This book will celebrate the lives, work, and unique perspectives of the icons who changed the world. Featuring beautifully illustrated portraits and profiles, 50 Queers Who Changed the World is a tribute to some of the most inspirational people of all time
20.    Portrait Revolution: Inspiration From Around  the World for Creating Art in Multiple Mediums and Styles



Julia Kay Along with [presenting] works in almost every conceivable medium, Portrait Revolution shines a spotlight on different portrait-making techniques and styles (featuring everything from realism to abstraction). With tips, insights, and recommendations from accomplished portrait artists from around the globe, this all-in-one inspiration resource provides everything you’ll need to kick-start your own portrait-making adventure.
21.    Unmasked: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour Donna Kaz This debut memoir from Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn, is a new addition to investigations into abusive relationships and the tradition of feminist narrative nonfiction. It is a memoir of a woman-turned-survivor-turned-radical-feminist who takes off her mask and, by merging her identities, reveals all.
22. An Excess Male Maggie Shen King From debut author Maggie Shen King, An Excess Male is the chilling dystopian tale of politics, inequality, marriage, love, and rebellion, set in a near-future China, that further explores the themes of the classics The Handmaid’s Tale and When She Woke.
23.    Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform


Danielle Krysa Collage has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity during the twenty-first century, resulting in an explosion of creativity. This showcase of cutting-edge contemporary art from across the globe features galleries of collage by 30 practitioners, from the surreal landscapes of Beth Hoeckel to Fabien Souche’s humorous appropriations of pop culture. Each artist has also created a new piece especially for this book…
24.    My Golden Days Le Pacte (DVD) Paul Dédalus prepares to leave Tajikistan and reflects on his life. He has a series of flashbacks including his childhood in Roubaix, France, then a student trip to the USSR and finally he remembers Esther, the love of his life. (French, subtitles) Starring: Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric Runtime: 2 hours, 3 minutes
25.    Things To Come 

Les Films du Losange


(DVD) After a bombshell revelation that her marriage is over, Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) sets out with a sense of liberation and rediscovers herself. (French, subtitles) Starring: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka

Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes

26.    Otherworldly: Avant-garde Fashion and Style 


Theo-Mass Lexileictous, Editor Fashion from another planet. Unwearable, subversive, radically post-human, alien. Otherworldly presents avant-garde garments, styling, fashion photography, and young designers who are a whole galaxy away from the mainstream.
27.    Magnificent Baths: Private Indulgences from Baroque to Minimalist Massimo Listri Featuring bathrooms as never seen before, Magnificent Baths celebrates the most striking and eccentric bathrooms beautifully presented through the photography of Massimo Listri, whose travels have taken him to the most luxurious and idiosyncratic homes, palazzos, and hotels around the world.
28.    Epic Drives of the World: Explore the Planet’s Most Thrilling Road Trips Lonely Planet …showcases 50 of the greatest road trips on Earth, from classic routes in America, Australia and Europe, to incredible adventures in Asia and Africa.
29.    Warcross


Marie Lu In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
30.    Digital Girls: Risk Takers, Rule Breakers, Disruptors: Fashion’s New Tribe Marko Macpherson Today’s leading online cultural influencers—the female bloggers, designers, entrepreneurs, and activists—who are shaping what’s hot and what’s not in fashion, beauty, and personal style.
31.    A Dog Lover’s Companion to the Northwest: The Inside Scoop to Where to Take Your Dog


Val Mallinson … has the inside scoop on the best dog runs, parks, beaches, hiking trails, camping areas, pet-friendly businesses, and much more.
32.    Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests Joan Maloof … a portrait of a beautiful, intricate, and fragile ecosystem that now exists only in scattered fragments. Black-and-white illustrations by Andrew Joslin help clarify scientific concepts and capture the beauty of ancient trees.
33.    The Maker: Crafting a  Unique Space



Tama Maynes The act of creating the treasures you use to adorn your home takes the space to a deeper level; it goes beyond collecting, beyond decorating. The Maker is a gorgeously illustrated love letter to creating an intimate, well-designed, and handmade home.
34.    Cure for the Common Universe


Christian McKay Heidicker From a bright new voice in young adult literature comes the story of a young man with a serious case of arrested development—and carpal tunnel syndrome—who is about to discover what real life is all about.
35.    When the Moon Was Ours


Anna-Marie Mclemore “McLemore’s second novel is such a lush surprising fable, you half expect birds to fly out of the pages… McLemore uses the supernatural to remind us that the body’s need to speak its truth is primal and profound, and that the connection between two people is no more anyone’s business than why the dish ran away with the spoon.”

–Jeff Giles, New York Times Book Review

36.    What Nerve: Alternative Figures in American Art 1960 to the Present Dan Nadel What Nerve! reveals a hidden history of American figurative painting, sculpture and popular imagery. It documents and/or restages four installations, spaces or happenings, in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Providence, which were crucial to the development of figurative art in the United States.
37.    Crafting the Resistance: 35 Projects for Craftivists, Protestors, and Women Who Persist 


Lara Neel and Heather Marano With pictures, step-by-step instructions, bonus patterns, and tips for crafters of all skill levels from beginner to advanced, Crafting the Resistance is the book for women’s rights activists on a DIY path to self-determination.
38.    Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons From  the Native Way Kent Nerburn Native Americans are lauded for their profound spirituality and deep understanding of the land. Kent Nerburn here draws on his three decades living and working among Native peoples to offer stories and reflections that reveal what the ways of Native Americans have to teach us all — about giving, sharing, grieving, and celebrating.
39.    Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity with Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing and Inventive Thinking Emily Neuburger Using words, drawing, collage, and observation-based list-making, award-winning author Emily K. Neuburger highlights the many paths into journaling. Her 60 interactive writing prompts and art how-tos help you to expand your imagination and stimulate your creativity.
40. Autonomous Annalee Newitz Autonomous alternates between the activities of Jack [a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate] and her co-conspirators, and Joe and Paladin [her pursuers] , as they all race to stop a bizarre drug epidemic that is tearing apart lives, causing trains to crash, and flooding New York City [in 2144]. (from Goodreads)
41.    I’m Just a Person Tig Notaro One of America’s most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.
42.    Foraging Oregon: Finding, Identifying and Preparing Edible Wild Foods in Oregon Christopher Nyerges From wild carrot to serviceberries, pineapple weed to watercress, lamb’s quarter to sea rocket, Foraging Oregon uncovers the edible wild foods and healthful herbs of the Beaver State. Helpfully organized by plant families, the book is an authoritative guide for nature lovers, outdoorsmen, and gastronomes.
43.    Dead  Feminists: History Heroines in Living Color Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring A national bestseller, this gorgeously illustrated letterpress-inspired book combines feminist history with a vision for a better future. Dead Feminists is a lushly illustrated and inclusive celebration of inspiring women who transformed the world and created social change.
44.    The Fits Oscilloscope Laboratories (DVD) While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent seizures.

Starring: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da’Sean Minor Runtime: 1 hour, 12 minutes

45.    The Shadows We Know by Heart Jennifer Park In this haunting and luminescent debut novel, a girl’s complicated family life starts to unravel after she finds herself falling for a mysterious boy who lives in the forest behind her house.
46.    Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Phaidon Editors Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images – an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man’s record of the universe – from ancient cave paintings to animation.
47.    Elle SBS Distributions (DVD) Verhoeven’s critically acclaimed thriller about a businesswoman (Isabelle Huppert) attacked in her home by an unknown assailant. (French, subtitles) Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Anne Consigny, Christian Berkel Runtime: 2 hours, 11 minutes
48.    A Brief History of Feminism Antje Schrupp and Patu The history of feminism? The right to vote, Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinem, white pantsuits? Oh, but there’s so much more. And we need to know about it, especially now. In pithy text and pithier comics, A Brief History of Feminism engages us, educates us, makes us laugh, and makes us angry. (from MIT Press)
49.    The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi Elif Shafak In this lyrical, exuberant follow-up to her novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz—that together incarnate the poet’s timeless message of love.
50.    Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists

Julia Sherman …offers a window into how artists approach preparing their favorite dishes. She visits sculptors, painters, photographers, and musicians in their homes and gardens, interviewing and photographing them as they cook. Utterly unique in its look into the worlds of food, art, and everyday practices, Salad for President is at once a practical resource for healthy, satisfying recipes and an inspiring look at creativity.
51. Sourdough Robin Sloan In his much-anticipated new novel, Robin Sloan does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.
52.    Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes Keri Smith …a book that celebrates mistake- and mess-making like never before… Your whole life, you’ve been taught to avoid making a mess… This book asks you to do the opposite of what you have been taught. Think of it as your own personal rumpus room. A place to let loose, to trash, to spew, to do the things you are not allowed to do in the “real world.”
53.    Worn Stories: Sartorial Memoirs Emily Spivack … clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers. … offers a revealing look at the clothes that protect us, serve as a uniform, assert our identity, or bring back the past—clothes that are encoded with the stories of our lives.
54.    Hiking Oregon’s History



William Sullivan Recounted in a fresh style that’s fun for armchair travelers and hikers alike, this guidebook tells the stories behind 56 of Oregon’s most scenic historic sites.
55.    Citizens Creek Lalita Tademy The New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club Pick Cane River brings us the evocative story of a once-enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage.
56.    The Best American Poetry 2017 Natasha Tretheway, editor Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner and nineteenth US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, The Best American Poetry 2017 brings together the most notable poems of the year in the series that offers “a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh, and memorable” (Robert Pinsky).
57.    The Heartbeats of Wing Jones Katherine Webber Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights in this sweeping, warm, arrestingly original novel about family, poverty, and hope.
58.    The Clockwork Dynasty


Daniel Wilson An ingenious new thriller that weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries, written by the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse.
59.    American Street Ibi Zoboi …an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story … author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.
60.    Germinal Emile Zola Zola’s masterpiece of working life, Germinal (1885), exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. By Zola’s death in 1902 it had come to symbolize the call for freedom from oppression so forcefully that the crowd which gathered at his State funeral chanted “Germinal! Germinal!”
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