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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Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525658184
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

Transcendent Kingdom tells a story of family, loss, and growth through the eyes of a young woman trying to figure out where things went wrong through science. Years after her brother dies of an overdose, Gifty works in a lab to study how addictions form. Meanwhile, her mother, bedridden by depression, struggles to continue on. As her mother holds strongly to her religious values and Ghanian culture, Gifty struggles to come into her own as a woman in science in America. Yaa Gyasi leads us through Gifty’s childhood, filled with both great accomplishment and great loss, where her mother sacrificed all to make a life for them in Alabama, into an adulthood where Gifty becomes the caretaker. Gyasi has written an incredibly powerful and emotional story that perfectly captures the struggles of a woman whose past holds her back as she works tirelessly to build her future.


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Tokyo Ueno Station: A Novel Cover Image
By Yu Miri
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593088029
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 23rd, 2020

Tokyo Ueno Station follows a man through love, loss, and his own death. Long after his death, Kazu finds himself trapped at the park near Ueno Station where he once lived. We hear the story of his rather unlucky life, how he lived and worked without his family in order to provide for them, only to lose them when he was able to return. The way Miri writes about Kazu’s losses and struggles perfectly captures his emotions in a way that made me truly empathize with him, mixing in little snippets of Japanese culture and tradition along the way. For me his story provoked thought about what values I hold dear, and was a reminder of how even when we have everything planned out, life doesn’t always go our way. This book may make you want to quit your job to spend time with your family, it might make you want to cry, it'll probably make you thankful for the life you have, but it may just make you want to sit in a park by a train station and eavesdrop on those passing by.


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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735213616
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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
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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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