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Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas by Harley Rustad

A look at the unsolved disappearance of an American backpacker and social media travel influencer in India.

In a sort of present day “Into the Wild” (Jon Krakauer) for the Instagram age, BC author Rustad has crafted a riveting work of narrative nonfiction exploring the fate of just one of dozens of tourists that have vanished in the remote Parvati Valley, which has come to be infamously known as something of a Bermuda Triangle for solo travelers. As with Krakauer’s book, the central character here is a charismatic free spirit and inveterate traveler on a personal quest. This book has broad appeal, as a mix of travel literature, true crime, the biography of a magnetic personality and a look at the myriad ways we all seek fulfillment in life.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr6452950

How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur

A guide to moral philosophy and guide to living an ethical life, by the creator of The Good Place and cocreator of Parks and Recreation.

While Schur does explain  and explore weighty concepts such as deontology and utilitarianism, along with difficult ethical questions, the style of this book is extremely breezy and humorous. It’s easy to imagine staff arguing about where it should go in a retail bookstore: the Philosophy section, or Humor? Just imagine if your Philosophy 101 course was taught by Amy Poehler.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr6492595

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