Orchid Muse, by Erica Hannickel

Staff Pick

Hannickel, a master gardener and environmental historian, combines her two skills for an inspiring and fascinating book about that most mysterious plant: the orchid. As her weave of history, research, and hands-on experience demonstrates, there is much more to these "little divas" than their flowers. Telling stories of both the plants and the people who sometimes went to great risks to find, grow, and love them, Hannickel spins a compelling narrative that spans continents and centuries, gives us glimpses of other cultures, and shares tips on choosing, handling, and raising orchids, making this both a delightful read and a practical companion.



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ISBN: 9780393867282
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 20th, 2022

The Big Bang of Numbers, by Manil Suri

Staff Pick

Suri's elegant, readable book demonstrates that you don't have to be a mathematician to appreciate the charm--even the magic--of numbers. Charting a playful course to existence, this novelist/math professor creates a universe made of mathematical ideas that transports us from nothing to infinity, explaining “mysteries of the universe” and prompting questions about “why are we here."



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ISBN: 9781324007036
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2022

Intimacies, by Katie Kitamura

Staff Pick

Starting with its perfect title, this seemingly simple story written in a simple and clear language (one with a European sensibility I can personally relate to) has the power of a remarkable, even magical novel. In it Kitamura explores the gap between getting close to people and really understanding what's going on under the surface--a theme reinforced by the quiet melancholy of a narrative that reflects on the past decade's political and cultural chaos, yet ends with the promise of home and connection.




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ISBN: 9780399576171
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 19th, 2022