Robert Langdon is back in what is possibly Dan Brown’s most thrilling and thought-provoking novel yet. In true Dan Brown fashion, Origin wonders aloud whether God will survive science and sends the beloved Harvard professor on another trail of symbols, clues, and heart-pounding danger. The suspense begins when Langdon arrives at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend the announcement of a discovery made by good friend and billionaire futurist, Edmond Kirsch. Kirsch’s announcement is sure to change the world, but it becomes evident very quickly that there are those in Bilbao who want to the keep the world the way that it is. When threat is turned on Langdon, he must plunge himself into religious history to ensure the success of Kirsch’s scientific future. Expertly fast-paced and wonderfully engrossing, Brown’s latest volume is sure to become a favorite along with the likes of The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons.
Growing up as the quiet girl can be hard. There is a constant battle between wanting to be chatty enough to fit in and wishing that everyone would just stop talking. Illustrator Debbie Tung can certainly relate, as is evident in her autobiographical collection of short cartoons, Quite Girl in a Noisy World. Covering three years of Tung’s describes what it’s like to be introverted in an environment that increasingly wants its inhabitants to be beyond extroverted. How is someone who prefers to be alone supposed to navigate school, work, or social engagements? How are we supposed to date, keep a relationship, or get married? An anthem for anyone who has ever felt like the odd duck in the room, Tung’s comical and, at times, heart-wrenching graphic narrative is the perfect volume to help us feel like we’re not alone.
Beer lovers unite in this truly unique volume that celebrates the vibrant and exciting culture of beer drinkers around the world. “A globetrotting journey through the world of beer,” Atlas of Beer (National Geographic, $40) collects maps, timelines, historic and modern photographs, and a seemingly endless parade of facts and anecdotes that dive deep into the process of making, tasting, and appreciating beer. Authors, professors, and passionate beer lovers Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson have conveniently organized information by continent, presenting the ingredients, rituals, and lifestyles throughout each region that revolve around the crisp flavor of fermented hops. Everything you ever wanted to know about Oktoberfest, Trappist ales, home brewing trends, the IPA hype, and even which glass you’re supposed to drink from can be found between these covers. Perfect for the beer drinker or geography and history buff in your life, Atlas of Beer will encourage them to raise their glass to the vibrant, rich, and rapidly growing community of beer!