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The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

For the last twenty years, record executive and producer Rick Rubin has significantly shaped the course of hip hop, rock, and popular music, among other music genres. Thanks to his impact on the industry, he was named as one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Brave the Wild River by Melissa Sevigny

In 1938, Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter were the first botanists to run the river rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to Lake Mead. At the time women in science were a rarity. While botany was considered acceptable for women, it was news-making and controversial for women to go on the actual expeditions to collect plant samples. 

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

If you enjoy dual narratives, flawed characters, and twisty plots, try The Lost Apothecary (2021) by Sarah Penner. Alternating between the late 18th century and contemporary London, the story is told from the perspectives of three women. In the 1790s, a secret apothecary shop caters to women seeking poisons to rid themselves of men who have wronged them.

Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore

What happened to Violet Volk? Ten years ago, the celebrity magician disappeared during a show. Acts of Violet (2022) is a compelling, suspenseful story that alternates between the perspective of Violet’s younger sister Sasha and a mix of podcast episodes, interview transcripts, emails, and newspaper articles.

Hangry by Mike Evans

Local Chicagoan, Mike Evans, founder of the startup 'GrubHub', brings us his inspiring story in Hangry (2022). He details the grit and determination it takes to be an entrepreneur and build up your business, but along with success comes burnout and disillusionment.

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan, in the book, Dad is Fat (2013) expounds on the challenges of having his hands full with 5 children.  His fertile wife gets pregnant just looking at babies, while Jim wonders if he will be a good father.  To his astonishment he rises to the challenge and finds that having children can be a rewarding experience.  He muses on people who sit around all day and just eat and sleep an