Perspective Shift - Talia's Favorites of 2022

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

Perspective Shift: What if you allowed your creative relationships to affect you as much as your romantic ones?

Sadie & Sam's thirty-year saga as partners in video-game creation brims with potency. This book is momentous, heartbreaking, impossible to put down. It invites its reader to play, to experiment and create and love and game, with wild abandon. Easily my favorite book of the year; likely one of the best I've ever read.

This Time Tomorrow: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525539001
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

Perspective Shift: What if you could go back in time and purposefully appreciate your parents' youth & personhood more than you did as a child? How would it change your present?

I loved this book. It's funny and warm, sweet without feeling sticky. Emma Straub is brilliant at writing drama where every character gets to keep their humanity, parents are people, and life goes on (though it sometimes circles back around).

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us By Ed Yong Cover Image
By Ed Yong
ISBN: 9780593133231
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Published: Random House - June 21st, 2022

Perspective Shift: What if you could sense the world - or at least attempt to - through the eyes, ears, tongues, noses, glands, etc., etc., of the animal kingdom?

Ed Yong's charming narration turns complex sensory processes (the workings of the optic nerve, for example) into easily-absorbed anecdotes that illuminate the perceptual worlds being experienced in parallel with our own. A brilliant love letter to the senses - the ones we have, and the ones we can only imagine having.

Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning By Tom Vanderbilt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525432975
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Published: Vintage - December 21st, 2021

Perspective Shift: What if you could become an adult beginner, unafraid to dive into learning a new skill without being immediately "talented" or "good" at it?

Inspired by his daughter's constant, unselfconscious skill acquisition, Tom Vanderbilt challenges himself to "begin" five new learning journeys, just for learning's sake. Amidst his new lessons - surfing and singing, among others - he investigates the biological and emotional experiences of learning. What results is a a funny, delightful narrative that will motivate you to try something new - and find joy in beginner-hood.

Nettle & Bone By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250244048
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Published: Tor Books - April 26th, 2022

Perspective Shift: What if you let love of family - chosen or blood - bring out the most selfless side of you?

Taking a seed of inspiration from The Princess and the Pea - what sort of sadistic prince would seek out a wife so easily bruised?? - T. Kingfisher has woven a twisted kind of fairy tale: a princess's quest to save her sister from the clutches of a very powerful, very abusive husband. Via murder, of course. A beautifully told, subversive tale that kicks royal weddings to the curb in favor of something far more magical: devotion to one's chosen family.

The Lifestyle: A Novel By Taylor Hahn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593316351
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Published: Anchor - June 7th, 2022

Perspective Shift: What if you could use a disastrous situation as a call to reevaluate your priorities, reconnect with your friends, and embrace your true desires?

When her perfect marriage falls to shambles, Georgina will do anything to save it, even if it means embarking on a sexual roller coaster ride through NYC's free-spirited swinger community, Hilarious, sexy, and oh-so-fun, The Lifestyle reinvents Austen's Emma to marvelous effect.

Bloodmarked (The Legendborn Cycle #2) By Tracy Deonn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534441637
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 2022

Perspective Shift: What if you could use the tools you already have - community, family history, perseverance - to challenge corrupt institutions?

In an expert feat of worldbuilding, Bloodmarked takes Bree beyond UNC's campus, expanding her personal community and developing the larger political structure of the Round Table. A rip-roaring middle book in what's shaping up to be one of the best YA trilogies of the decade.