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$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780385538657
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Published: Doubleday, 9/2014
Cheeky. Sassy. Smart. I read this book when I want to feel stronger, sexier... and sillier. It will boost your confidence, make you laugh, and give you the space you need to flirt with all the dazzling possibilities of you. - Justus

The Wrenchies (Paperback)

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781596434219
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Published: First Second, 9/2014
"All grown-ups are pirates," or in this case, terrifying demons whose evil permeates the barren world. Gangs of children roam a post-apocalyptic landscape fighting the evil "Shadowsmen" in this deeply affecting and resonant graphic novel. (Note: Not for actual children.) Recommended sountrack: Rituals, Trances & Ecstasies for Humans in Face of the Collapse, by Kithkin. - Jacob

My Struggle: Book 1 (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780374534141
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/2013
"For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops." These are the opening lines to the six-volume, "fictionalized memoir" of Karl Ove Knausgaard. The irony of which is that this is a 3,600 page treatment of the exact opposite: the complexity and misery of daily living. The mundane happenings that make up a single moment, which accumulate into days, weeks, years, and eventually a lifetime are captured here, as Knausgaard spins a web of memory, consciousness, and the present to orchestrate this intoxicating narrative. To read Karl Ove is to become whole; it is to be content with struggle; it is supreme wisdom and understanding through the shared pain that is the human experience. In fact, it is a celebration of it. - Keith

$9.95
ISBN-13: 9780231169547
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Published: Columbia University Press, 7/2014
Based on strong scientific research, Oreskes and Conway posit a speculative view of our all too possible future. The "Carbon Combustion Complex," Neoliberalism, and a strong case of active denial promise our species, and those species we share the planet with, a future of destruction and death, largely because we refuse to employ the precautionary principle, "First, do no harm." And so it goes. - Greg

The Lake (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781612190891
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Published: Melville House, 3/2012
There may be a cabin on a mysterious lake that is the home of telepathic siblings with ominous warnings, but this novel’s flirtations with the supernatural seem small next to the power and emotion the author gets out of her characters. This book is something else—damaged love and its strange discoveries. - Kenny!

$11.95
ISBN-13: 9781608463862
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Published: Haymarket Books, 5/2014
This book makes me laugh aloud even as it makes me terribly sad. Solnit tackles what so often goes awry in conversations between women and men and expands to explore the greater problem of silencing women. This book should be read by everyone. I cannot recommend this book enough! - Justus

Red or Dead (Hardcover)

$30.00
ISBN-13: 9781612193687
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Published: Melville House, 5/2014
The most incredible novel I’ve read in years isn’t just about soccer, though it is a portrayal of legendary Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly. It’s more a portrait of an obsessive personality, a man so dedicated to his work that it consumed his attention. It is a patient novel, thick with repetition, and written with a rhythm like an incantation. The prose style matches perfectly the character it is fitted to, and it is the character of Bill Shankly that I love most of all. Red or Dead is an elegy for a man whose greatest concern was “to make the people happy.” I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it. I doubt we’ll see another character, or another novel, quite like this one again. - Jacob

The Other (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781590175835
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Published: NYRB Classics, 10/2012
When I was a young adult, there was no such thing as “Young Adult,” so we had to nick what we could from the grownups. The Other, by Thomas Tryon, swept like a flu virus among my peers when it was new. I was 12, and the book has haunted me since. Rereading it as an adult, I was struck anew by the author’s skillful style and the book’s eerie sense of foreboding. I can still see my best friend’s face as she read the final pages and the shaking plot twist revealed itself. Nearly forty years later it is still a masterful tale of family secrets. - Holly

1Q84 (Paperback)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage, 1/2013
"Everybody needs some kind of fantasy to go on living, don’t you think?" Murakami’s most thrilling work to date is a world of two moons, assassins, little creatures, and all the weird and the surreal we’ve come to expect in one of his novels, but 1Q84 is even more—a stunningly accurate mirror of our world. Endlessly fascinating. - Kenny!

Ancillary Justice (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit, 10/2013
You know the old story: the musically inclined artificial intelligence of a great space war ship that conquers planets by controlling thousands of dead humans called ancillaries gets separated from her ship and her soldiers and now inhabits one human body and tries to track down the person responsible in order to take revenge. Yes, it’s a tale as old as time and it’s also one of the best science fiction novels that I’ve read in a long time. Leckie’s debut is smart, engaging, and it delves into topics (class warfare, colonialism, gender) of great importance with intelligence and creativity. I can’t wait for the sequel. - Casey

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books, 12/2013
This one reminded me of Murakami, but a little less surreal, and with a little more depth. This story offers a lot: contemporary Japan through a thoughtful teenager’s eyes, her story of rising above bullying at school and depressed parents. There are many grounding forces here, including a 104-year-old grandmother who’s a buddhist nun. - Jake

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781451641981
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 6/2014
Let’s be a little fearless and talk about death. Katy Butler’s heart-wrenching personal story of her own parents’ declining health and inevitable deaths is an unenviable lesson to us all. When do we say enough is enough to Western medicine? How can we have a reasonable conversation not only about health care and the quality of life, but the quality of death? This is a very important book—let’s talk about it. - Holly

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062267405
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Published: Ecco Press, 5/2014
You don’t have to be a life-long Robbins fan to appreciate this fantastic book. Fans will get a deeper appreciation of Robbins and newbies will learn what life looks like through Tom Robbins’ eyes. Hilarious, thoughtful, and full of surprises. - Alicia

Life After Life (Paperback)

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books, 9/2013
Ursula Todd is unlike any other character you’ve ever encountered in fiction. For one thing, she dies. Numerous times. Seen through the eyes of the brilliant Kate Atkinson, Ursula’s lives (and deaths) are fodder for some rich pondering on a host of topics: the tenuous thread that connects us to life, the fact that a single moment in time can alter the path of one’s life forever, the possibility of reincarnation. But beyond that, this is a superbly written book, with sentences that shine, and a story that enchants. - Laurie

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780316256247
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 6/2014
Martins champions the small farmer, advocates for Slow food and yes, for eating meat. He is a strong realistic voice for the humane treatment of domesticated animals.This book is so much more than a book about eating well. - Greg

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781876963460
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Published: Ipicturebooks, 6/2011
Gully Foyle is the lone survivor of the merchant spaceship Nomad. Left to die by a passing ship, Gully vows to live and hunt down those responsible for ignoring his distress call. Driven by his intense rage, Gully survives amid countless obstacles, reinventing himself (in a knowing nod to Dumas’ wronged Count) as a wealthy gadabout and always hellbent on his all-consuming revenge. Telepathy, teleportation, class warfare, revenge, and elaborate face tattoos all figure prominently and really what more could you want from one of the most influential and outstanding works of science fiction ever? - Casey

Metal Cats (Paperback)

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781576876770
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Published: powerHouse Books, 2/2014
Everybody loves cats. Even the thrasher dude who works at the pizza joint. This is a great collection of portraits. Purr. Thrash! - Alicia

State of Wonder (Paperback)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780062049810
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Published: Harper Perennial, 5/2012
Dr. Marina Singh is a researcher for a Minnesota-based pharmaceutical company. She is sent deep into the Amazon jungle to check on the work of secretive head scientist Annick Swenson after a beloved work colleague is reported dead. Traveling by river to the village of the Lakashi Tribe where Dr. Swenson is purportedly developing a new drug, Marina is thrown headlong into a world where nothing is as it seems and her deepest fears are laid bare. Fans of Patchett, and readers discovering her for the first time are in for a treat. This is a lush and spellbinding tale that will grip you from the get-go. —Laurie

To Be or Not To Be (Paperback)

$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780982853740
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Published: Breadpig, 7/2013
Remember choose-your-own-adventure books? Well, Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, has come up with one about Hamlet, and it is AMAZING and HILARIOUS and features art from, like, every internet comics artist, ever. It’s just the best and you should have one. - Hilary

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780812979688
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1/2014
The title says it all. Not only rockstars but we all thrive off of chaos, and Taleb tells us how in his no-holds-barred style. Don’t miss this brave, uplifting book! - Jake

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780812982190
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 3/2014
The perfect companion to Michael Pollen’s Cooked, Michael Moss’s Salt Sugar Fat discloses the perils of processed food. It is truly obscene how the “food industry” has manipulated both consumers and their products. Anyone who hopes to change how food is bought and sold needs to read this. - Holly

The Flamethrowers (Paperback)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781439142011
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 1/2014
Motorcycles, Marxism, and art--this book contains so many of my favorite things, and yet it exceeded even my very high expectations. Kushner writes beautifully and convincingly on the thrill of riding motorcycles, the ins and outs of the New York City art scene in the 70s, the tension of political resistance and violence, and romantic betrayal. From the salt flats of Utah to the streets of Italy, The Flamethrowers is full of subversion and risk, and like all good things, I couldn't get enough of it. - Jacob

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781590170571
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Published: NYRB Classics, 9/2003
It is impossible to describe or explain any part of this seminal work without ultimately revealing it. Even the book jacket has already given away too much… Instead, I will say that both Borges and Paz have called this the “perfect novel.” And that Casares manages to transcend all the literary genres he utilizes (the adventure story, metaphysics, science fiction…), in return creating one of the most influential, unclassifiable, and unforgettable stories of all time. - Davor

Mr. Fox (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781594486180
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Published: Riverhead Trade, 11/2012
Have you ever wanted to step inside your favorite book? What if you did, and things started to go wrong? Oyeyemi crafts a beautiful, whimsical story about an author who steps into his own books to see how his characters feel. - Hilary

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781781683279
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Published: Verso, 3/2014
I have been hoping for a book like this for a long time, and at last, here it is: an accessible, exciting overview of some of contemporary Marxism's major thinkers and theories, written in intelligent, engaging prose. A slim, inviting volume (part of a new series by Verso Books with Jacobin magazine), it's not exhaustive (or jargon filled), but approachable and invigorating. Here is the book I think we need. - Jacob

Alias Grace (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780385490443
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Published: Anchor, 10/1997
This is a story of intrigue and suspense, based on a notorious and true 19th-century murder case. A love quadrangle goes horribly wrong and sixteen-year-old Grace Marks is to blame. The writing is rich with metaphor, and Atwood keeps you guessing ‘til the end. - Alicia

Bad Unicorn (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781442450127
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Published: Aladdin, 4/2013
If the phrase “carnivorous unicorn” doesn’t convince you to read this brilliant, funny, and irreverent debut novel by Platte Clark, then I don’t think we can be friends. Seriously. Read this! - Brandi

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781847088338
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Published: Granta Books, 12/2013
The “mother country’s” reach (through colonization and its literature) continues but now its former subjects reach around and back. A startling little gem of a collection, many of these authors have read here (or will soon!). - Karen

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780143117841
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Published: Penguin Books, 9/2010
Forget Disney, fairy tales used to be straight up NUTS. And creepy. And awesome. This collection of old fairy tales made new is all of those things and more. - Hilary

Bluets (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books, 10/2009
How do you measure blue? In numbered meditations, Maggie Nelson explores desire, loneliness and art through the lens of color. As she pulls from history, science and philosophy, the work still retains its obsessive and intimate poetics. - Amanda

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781933517575
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Published: Wave Books, 8/2012
Ambidextrous and provoking, this collection of lectures visits poetry in realms of fear, secrets, history and the desire to create. Unexpectedly structured, intellectually gorgeous. If you want more out of your reading or writing, this is how to get it. -Amanda

The Orenda: A novel (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780385350730
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Published: Knopf, 5/2014
Set in the mid-1600s, The Orenda tells the story of a time wrought with cultural clashes, conflicting identities, and struggles to determine place in a quickly changing world. Boyden is a rare writer at his peak, and his ability to negotiate this novel's complicated and rich history will leave you in awe. This could very well be the best book you read for years. - Justus

$29.99
ISBN-13: 9781606995839
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Published: Fantagraphics Books, 3/2014
Inio Asano may be the most talented manga artist drawing and writing today. Open this book and you will immediately be taken aback by his unbelievable graphic style. With a little more work you will discover that Asano is a young genius who incorporates stunning visual motifs and constructs complicated narrative structures that demand attention. Part horror, part mystery, part psychological thriller and filled with desperate, lonely, suicidal, and sexually manic characters. This is sure to be the Manga book of the year! - Keith

Stoner (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781590171998
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Published: NYRB Classics, 6/2006
Beginning from his childhood as a farm boy in Missouri, all the way through to his legendary status as a senior university professor, William Stoner is absolutely a life worth reading. Sadness, melancholy, will, desperation, passion and love; Stoner’s life changes like the seasons. The portrait of his marriage, his relationship with academia, his students, his daughter, and his colleagues is breathtakingly authentic. The visceral quality of Stoner will keep this book at the forefront of your mind well into your next few reads. - Keith

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780811221726
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1/2014
The poems collected in Peter Cole's new book are deeply learned, wise, and marvelously constructed. I cannot imagine a more accomplished volume of poems will be published in 2014. - Graham

My Life in France (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780307277695
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Published: Anchor, 10/2007
Julia Child had no interest in cooking until she moved to France at 37 years old. I find that inspiring. This book is part travel memoir, part great love story, and part foodie fantasy. I read this while living abroad and her love of good food and travel hit home. A humorous and delightful read. - Alicia

$12.00
ISBN-13: 9781612192246
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Published: Melville House, 8/2013
Set in Brooklyn in the aftermath of the Great War, this novel has it all: intelligent, insightful discussion about books and bookselling, agents provocateur, a lovely young lady, and a heroic "mustard coloured terrier, named for Boccaccio." If you've ever considered working in a bookstore -- or even if you do -- you'll be charmed by Morley's novel. - Graham

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781476740980
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Published: Scribner, 10/2013
Anne Truitt writes with the spare simplicity familiar to us from her sculptures and drawings, and with insights and observations every bit as penetrating as those created by her works. Back in print for the first time in 20 years, Daybook may prove to be more important for this generation's artists than Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. - Graham

The Panopticon (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780385347952
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Published: Hogarth, 4/2014
I could call this a modern day One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but it's more than that. This book is a brilliant narrative with painfully accurate insight into the mind of fifteen-year-old Anais, who is an addict, and orphan & a cog in the system. Brutal but beautiful. - Brandi

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780312427368
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Published: Picador, 10/2007
Words cannot describe my love for this book, the series it spawned and its heroine, Mary Russell. Beekeeper's is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year, too! Mary Russell is a fifteen year old orphan when she literally stumbles across the retired Sherlock Holmes one day on the Sussex Downs. When she matches wits with him, an invitation to tea follows and both of their lives are forever changed. These are smart Holmes pastiches, but, even better, they are intelligent mysteries, excellent historical fiction and feature a fascinating, whip-smart and charming female lead. - Brandi

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781442434370
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 11/2013
Ever wanted to take a long walk through a snowy pine forest? This book can take you there, and you might get lost, and you might love it. I did. - Hilary

Wave (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780345804310
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Published: Vintage, 12/2013
How do you survive the unthinkable, worst, most tragic loss? I’m still not sure, but Sonali Deraniyagala’s beautiful book made me think it was possible. (Not by trying to be brave or looking for the hidden lesson, either.) A courageous, beautiful, angry book. - Karen

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781439190609
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Published: Scribner, 9/2013
Susanna Sonnenberg’s medication on the cycles of female friendship made me think about my own relationships. Which ones deepen (or fade or blow up) and why? A candid, eloquent, funny, and moving book about our extended “families”: those acquired not by blood but by choice. - Karen

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781612193090
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Published: Melville House, 11/2013
An utterly fascinating and idiosyncratic look at the “horizontal” life. There is more to it than sleeping and the beast with two backs. Some of my best work is done lying down, among which is reading! - Greg

Wizzywig (Hardcover)

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781603090971
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Published: Top Shelf Productions, 7/2012
Meet computer prodigy Kevin Phencile, AKA Boing-Thump, villified and notorious tech-hacker. To some, a threat to national security; to others, a people’s champ. Follow this anti-hero’s rise-and-fall as he tries to dodge and outsmart his government as the world’s smartest computer hacker. - Keith

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781877741098
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Published: Joshua Odell Editions, 8/1993
“Write. Don’t think. Relax.” In these four words Bradbury taught me more about writing than I had ever known previously: write fast, bring all the hate and love you got, and let your subconscious dictate style. In this compilation of essays on creativity, Bradbury Tells us tales of his experience as a writer, imparting gems of knowledge on how to enjoy this craft, R.I.P. - Keith

Perfect Ruin (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442480612
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 10/2013
The first humans were so flawed the god of the earth sentenced them to death and planned to start over. At the last minute the sky god took pity on them and secured them in the sky. All Morgan has known her whole life is Internment, but that’s all about to change forever… - Brandi

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781611457407
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Published: Arcade Publishing, 2/2013
“It’s not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.” Where does my greatest freedom lie? In life? Death? Neither, says the controversial Romanian philosopher. In fact, the greatest freedom of man exists in the space and time before his birth. Written in a series of aphorisms with sheer lyricism and humor, Cioran’s bitter condemnation of existence blurs any real categorization. Instead, he offers a philosophy most important of all: the one of enduring one’s self. - Davor

The Bear's Song (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781452114248
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Published: Chronicle Books, 12/2013
The illustrations were enough to steal my breath…then the story stole my heart. A tale that lets you rediscover the meaning of sweet. - Justus

Hawthorn & Child (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780811221665
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9/2013
Part gritty crime noir and part an exploration of our human need for answers, Hawthorn & Child will leave you deeply frustrated and oddly fulfilled. If you’ve ever wondered “why do we need an ending, why can’t we just enjoy the story?” this is the book for you. - Brandi