Check out Josh's Best in Shelf for 2020!
Sarah Stewart Johnson's Sirens of Mars is a wonder - a natural history of a place no person has ever visited. In her debut, Johnson skillfully blends memoir with the history of our fascination with one of our closest planetary neighbors.
Bro! In this new translation of Beowulf, Maria Dahvana Headley breathes verve and wit into one of our oldest stories. Headley is an adept translator, and the alliterative and onomatopoeic work vibrates with life. It also offers new perspectives on the female characters, particularly Grendel's mother. If, like me, you struggled to get through more traditional translations, give this one a shot.
In her debut work, emergency room physician Michele Harper puts readers in the scrubs of an African American woman in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white. Harper writes with stunning beauty, and imparts lessons learned from her work - and specifically from ten of her patients - through her career.
Since forming 40 years ago, Bad Religion has seen the rise and fall ...and rise... and fall... of punk music. In this authorized biography, author Jim Ruland tells the story of California's greatest and most enduring punk outfit. With full access to the band (excepting former guitarist Greg Hetson) this reads more like an oral history then a straight biography, and comes out better for it. Just try to resist putting on one of the bands 20+ albums while tearing through this book. Yeah hey!
I’ll admit this up top - I have far too many cookbooks. I have, for example, ten different pie cookbooks. I say this not to brag, but to emphasize that in this large library McDowell’s THE BOOK ON PIE is the best of them. Written in a fun mix-and-match, improvisational style, the book captures Erin’s winning voice and drives you to get in the kitchen and get some flour on your hands (and shirt, and pants…).