National Pet Month

Our pets bring us joy, support and companionship. Fluffy, feathery, scaly, or slimy. Pets enrich human lives. Over countless years, in countless ways, our animal friends have shaped human development. The following titles explore the unique interconnection we have with our pets.  

Encounters With Strangers

In these books you’ll find an array of protagonists having their own timelines altered by their encounters with strangers. For better or for worse, embracing the otherness of strangers always lends itself to more interesting stories. 

Hotel Histories

Chateau Marmont, the Plaza, the Ritz, the Savoy: these names denote luxury and excess. These iconic hotels provide a unique way to look at the histories of the cities they inhabit. Take a closer look with these books.

Novels in Translation

The following list includes authors representing countries all over the world: Israel, Peru, Namibia, Chile, South Korea, and Japan. Some of these are debut authors and some have an established career but may be new to American audiences. 

Hear Me Out: Cryptocurrency

Check out these reads to help you explore the fundamentals of cryptocurrency and the questions that it raises for us as consumers in regards to the future of banking, industry, and the digital divide.

Big Ideas

Here’s a list of some accessible, conversational and engaging books on philosophy, no advanced degrees required. Let’s dig in while we have the time. Or, maybe we don’t. Let’s think about what that means… 

Hear Me Out: Artificial Intelligence

Check out these titles that help you explore the current landscape of artificial intelligence, along with our concerns for inequity in the field as well as fears and hopes for future innovations.

Black Joy

Check out these books that highlight the joy, comfort, love, creativity and other positive experiences that are integral parts of the full humanity of Black lives.   

Rap & Hip-Hop Histories

The following is a list of books that look at the artistic importance of rap and hip-hop, highlighting both the high-profile hitmakers and lesser-known artists.