Riley

While I've worked at McLean and Eakin for three years now, I've been coming here for as long as I can remember; I grew up in Petoskey, and whether it be as a reward for good grades or because a new book in my favorite series came out, I spent a good portion of my childhood convincing my parents to bring me here for new reads. In recent years, my interests have shifted from YA and fantasy to contemporary fiction and nonfiction. I love any book that can teach me something or expose me to a new way of thinking. 
I am attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. When I'm not reading or studying, you can find me cooking, baking, spending time in the outdoors, or trying out a new craft or hobby. Feel free to email me at riley@mcleanandeakin.com for more recommendations!
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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735213616
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2020

Ever wondered if the way you’re inhaling and exhaling, whether it be slow through your nose or quickly through your mouth, makes any difference? While we rarely think about the fact that we’re breathing, it’s even less often that we think about HOW we’re breathing, and the impact it can have on us. In James Nestor’s Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, we learn how the way we breathe might be a larger determinant of health than any other common indicator. Nestor takes us around the world as he talks to athletes, doctors, and others who are experts in breath in their own fields, and even becomes part of a study himself, in an attempt to understand how the way we breathe can shape our lives. While much of the way we breathe has been predetermined by the evolution of our ancestors, Nestor’s journey makes it clear that making changes to both our conscious and unconscious breathing can transform the ways we sleep, move, and think. From the chronic snorer to the dedicated athlete, Nestor’s fresh look at practices both ancient and modern has a wealth of entertainment and information for all. 


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A Burning: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525658696
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - June 2nd, 2020

Megha Majumdar’s debut novel A Burning tells one story from three unique perspectives. These characters' lives initially intertwine in seemingly mundane ways, but their interactions will later mean life or death for one. When Jivan, a young woman from the slums, is accused of a terrible act she didn’t commit, the testimonies of PT Sir, her former gym teacher, and Lovely, a trans woman whom Jivan has been teaching English, could prove her innocent. Majumdar writes in a way in which the reader feels the emotional turmoil each character faces as their own: PT Sir’s drive to escape his mundane life through political ascent, Lovely’s determination to become an actress despite her “B Class” characterization, and Jivan’s despair as time and time again, chances to prove her innocence slip between her fingertips. Majumdar’s enthralling debut prompts the uncomfortable question we rarely ask ourselves: How much of ourselves and our integrity are we willing to give up in order to achieve our dreams? 


 
 
 
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