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Your Shelf Life: 5 Books to Read in February

A curated list of this month's top reads


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In The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers tells the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Muslim American man from San Francisco who journeys back to his native Yemen to source his new enterprise, Blue Bottle Coffee, only to get caught in a civil war.

Inspired by the legendary film locations for Fitzcarraldo and Apocalypse Now, Ned Beauman’s thriller Madness Is Better Than Defeat takes place in an ancient temple discovered in 1930s Honduras.

Sadness is a White Bird is a beautiful coming-of-age story from Moriel Rothman-Zecher about a young man set to serve in the Israeli army just as he befriends two Palestinian siblings.

Rose McGowan played a prominent role exposing sexual harassment in Hollywood when she came forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein. Her new memoir, Brave, explores her childhood in a cult and rise to stardom.

Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson is a voice of reason in this divisive political climate. Her new book of essays on theology, politics, and culture is called What Are We Doing Here?.

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