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The Witch and the Tsar By Olesya Salnikova Gilmore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593546970
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Published: Ace - September 20th, 2022

This debut novel is a wonderful convergence of fantasy and historical fiction. Combining Russian folklore and Ivan the Terrible’s reign, it is perfect for someone who is typically a nonfiction reader, but looking to branch out!

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Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard By John Branch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393351910
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2015

Watching the Wild intently growing up, I knew that Derek Boogaard was a major part of the team and our main enforcer; however, I did not know much about his death at the time that it happened. Reading this book gave me insight into professional sports, sports medicine, violence within sport and the painkiller problem that is so prevalent in sport. A really important read for sports fans.  

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Open: An Autobiography By Andre Agassi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307388407
Availability: Backordered - Estimated Re-Stock Unknown
Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

This autobiography delves into Agassi’s upbringing, personal and professional life. He writes a lot about mental health and finding himself outside of sport. A few of my non reader friends even said they loved this one.

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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307408877
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Published: Crown - March 22nd, 2016

Covering the sinking of the passengers ship the Lusitania during World War I, Larson weaves personal stories of passengers with the politics and global events of the time. This reads more like an novel and was a fascinating look into an major event in history that I had known little about. 

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Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life By Lulu Miller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

Part memoir, part history & science. This beautifully written book was so relatable and greatly helped me find hope and peace amongst so much chaos. The illustrations throughout are also amazing. 

cw: suicidal thoughts, racism

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Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel By Louise Penny Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250068736
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - June 30th, 2015

This is the first book in the Armand Gamache series. Penny's writing is stunning as she weaves friendship, murder, culture and history into one storyline. Far from a cozy mystery but nowhere near dark and gorey, this series has become a favorite in my family (my grandpa calls me every couple weeks asking for the next book). I only wish I had found Penny earlier.