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$13.00
ISBN-13: 9780143106968
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Published: Penguin Classics, 9/2012
In 1971, Merle Miller (biographer of Ike Eisenhower and hardly a radical) was fed up with keeping silent in the face of constant slights, slurs, discrimination, and violence...so he came out in the New York Times. If you wonder why we needed a gay rights movement or if you think nothing changes, read this. The foreword is by Dan Savage. Thank you! —Karen

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780393342468
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 5/2012
NPR / On the Media host and journalist Brooke Gladstone wants you to know that the media bias you think you recognize is only the tip of the iceberg. Become a better news junkie (and a better writer about the news) and learn why journalism matters. Told as a graphic narrative and raises some critical issues. —Karen

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780802121448
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Published: Grove Press, 7/2013
It is Kunstler's contention that our notion of sustainability is an illusion technology is not going to save us from ourselves; in other words, we can't solve complexity with more complexity. Dramatic change is coming with end of oil and it won't be pretty. "Rocks are hard and rain is wet..." like it or not, no amount of wishful thinking can change our fate! —Greg

$39.95
ISBN-13: 9781609803766
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Published: Seven Stories Press, 5/2012
An amazing confluence of classic and contemporary! Canonical stories retold and rendered by an unbelievable collection of graphic artists. Whether you are a literature aficionado interested in different perspectives on stories you already know, someone looking for a quick and exhilarating survey of some of the most referenced works in world literature, or an art lover merely enjoying the wonderful diversity of illustrative style, you will he delighted by this combination of classic works with innovative visual storytelling. (Check out Volumes 2 and 3 as well.) —Jamil

Under the Poppy (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781618730275
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Published: Small Beer Press, 10/2012
A brilliantly sinister Victorian narrative that wraps elements of Wuthering Heights and HBO's Deadwood within its cloaks. The gaslight brothel known as Under the Poppy is a place where boots caked with blood and mud clop across the floors causing creaks and groans only slightly less plentiful than those emanating from the beds behind its closed doors. This is an exquisitely crafted tale of love, war, sex, and puppets. —Jamil

$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

Angelmaker (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780307743626
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Published: Vintage, 9/2012
When Joe Spork was a lad he opted out of his father's legacy (crime and mayhem) and instead took after his grandfather, and became a clocksmith. Now he has unwittingly triggered a fantastically intricate clockwork doomsday device designed by an underground sect of religious craftspeople (like Shakers, except they build extraordinary machines instead of furniture). On his quest to save humanity, Joe encounters a truly delightful cast of eccentrics including an octogenarian superspy and her blind dog Sebastian, a rapiertongued lawyer, a delightfully forward receptionist whose sex appeal is rivalled only by her intellect, and a whole assortment of malevolent baddies and goodguy criminals. All of whom teach Joe that Al Capone was right when he said: "You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone." —Jamil

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781416959038
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 1/2012
Before Frederick Douglass was a famous abolitionist, orator, and writer, he was a young boy living in slavery with his grandmother. Lessons he learned about human nature as he learned to read served him well as you’ll see. A classic and a fine book to read out loud. —Karen

$24.00
ISBN-13: 9781451633153
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 8/2012
You may not know the name, or even recognize his face, though Stephen Tobolowsky has had a terrific acting career. I was pleased to find he's also a fabulous storyteller! Lively and visual, funny and profound, Tobolowsky spins tales of growing up to surviving in Hollywood. Having listened to the Tobolowsky Files on NPR, I loved reading his book knowing his story voice. Enjoy! —Seth

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9780751544046
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers, 5/2012
Don't judge this book by its title!! Imagine stepping into a 1950s travel postcard: the scene is of 5 enthusiastic, quickwitted British nurses enjoying the unspoiled landscape of Yellowstone National Park, with their old Ford V8 in the background. This delightful travelogue recounts the many-thousand mile trip taken by these capable but fun-loving women, who often found work along the way, to finance their trip. Invariably they would charm and/or befriend whomever they met and anyone reading about their adventures will be equally enchanted. —Erica

Earthly Powers (Paperback)

$19.00
ISBN-13: 9781609450847
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Published: Europa Editions, 12/2012
You know A Clockwork Orange, but this is his great novel — the sprawling story of two men (a middling but highly popular writer and a priest who goes in to become Pope) the story of art and faith and power in the tumultuous 20th century. Great fun! —Peter

$24.00
ISBN-13: 9780307957887
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Published: Knopf, 9/2012
Yes, we now have marriage equality in Washington, but the struggle is far from over. If your family is wondering why we have to talk about gay marriage (and what about the children, the Bible, and marriage?) — you might find some helpful answers here. —Karen

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780980122763
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Published: Patagonia Inc., 6/2012
An open, flat bottomed vessel that can be trailered and beached has long seemed ideal for cruising not only our Puget Sound and San Juan's waters, but for bombing around any coastal locales. So it was with pure delight that I first opened this gem of an adventure. Beamish builds a Ness yawl in his California garage and then takes off down the coast to Baja surfing every break he can find. Using only primitive means, his experience is rich and varied. This is what life is all about. —Jamie

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781609450946
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Published: Europa Editions, 12/2012
Commissario Ricciard has a curse, he has visions of crime victims moments before their death. He is haunted by these visions, but they serve him well in his work. this is a stunning debut set in fascist Naples with an opera singer's death front and center. —Greg

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781612191621
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Published: Melville House, 10/2012
When a Delhi journalist is nearly assassinated, getting to the bottom of the conspiracy will drag him — largely against his will — through all the contradictions and complexity of modern India. His own story is overtaken by the life stories of his alleged assassins — five men engaged in their own struggles against titanic odds. The best novel I've read in years!Casey O.

Maidenhair (Paperback)

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781934824368
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Published: Open Letter Books, 10/2012
An intoxicating, revelatory masterpiece overflowing with courage and beauty, a living testament to the written word. This book is not a book; it is a boat to carry you across oceans. —Casey O.

$39.95
ISBN-13: 9781934429952
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Published: Ammo Books, 1/2013
Yes, it's me: the barista with the devilish twinkle in my eye; the bartender whose tattoo dives below my neckline — challenging your imagination; the punk chick at the bus stop who gives you a onceover so filthy you'll want a drag of my American Spirit when I'm through. I don't care who you are or what you think. For a measly $39.95, you can take me home, lay me down, and spread me open. I'm usually not that kind of girl, but today's your lucky day. —Jamil

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780786849017
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Published: Disney-Hyperion, 5/2009
Gratuity "Tip" Tucci's mother has been abducted by the Boov, the alien race that has taken over the earth and renamed it "Smek." Now on her own, Tip sets out in her mom's car toward Florida, the state humankind has been banished to because the Boov don't want it. On her way south, Tip befriends a helpful alien named JLo and embarks on a fantastic adventure to not only save her mother but mankind as well. One of the funniest, smart, and heartwarming young adult (or adult) science fiction novels that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Highly recommended! —Casey S.

The Good Father (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307947918
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Published: Anchor, 1/2013
Dr. Paul Allen, a diagnostic physician in a comfortable East Coast family, is confronted with an unthinkable premise, and the most challenging investigation of his life: his grown son, from a previous marriage, has been charged with assassinating a politician. He traces his son's wanderings and analyzes with agonizing detail the childhood of a boy once cherished for his compassion, but who now has left college, changed his name, and inexplicably does not proclaim his innocence. This gripping novel explores the inconceivable truths, and profound emotions found in any family bond. A superb read! —Erica

The Lifeboat (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780316185912
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Published: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books, 1/2013
The Titanic tragedy continues to fascinate us, and this novel, set in 1914, imagines a similar fate for a young, recently-wed woman. She has survived the unimaginable: weeks in a lifeboat on the Atlantic Ocean, but now faces a different captivity — she is on trial for murder. Grace's complex character, the sensibilities of the early 20th century, the intellectual and psychological choices she's faced with, make for a riveting story of endurance, power, and free will. (Good book club title.) —Erica

The Marlowe Papers (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781250017178
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 1/2013
A compelling and intriguing novel of the life and "death" of Christopher Marlowe — in verse! I have a hard time believing I will read a better literary novel this year. —Greg

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781894037624
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Published: Arbeiter Ring, 8/2012
I keep this book in my bag in case of emergencies. In case I need to remember who I am, or who you are, of what the world is like in a blend of poetry and prose. —Justus

$28.99
ISBN-13: 9781606996164
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Published: Fantagraphics Books, 2/2013
Theroux's book is iconoclastic, witty, erudite, encyclopedic, full of digressions, and always engaging. He is passionate regarding the singers, songs, and songwriters he likes and dislikes. Outstanding! —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

Strange Flesh (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781451627589
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 2/2013
A deliciously depraved literary homage to de Sade masquerading in a decidedly 21st Century skin. A suspenseful journey that snakes from the rarefied air of corporate boardrooms through the worlds of cyberspace and into a dildo-packed warehouse in Jersey, with a titillating sojourn into the possible not-so-distant future of human sexual behavior. It also provides a somewhat troubling look at what a mass airing of dirty cyber-laundry might look like. A tantalizing adventure that will tease your brain and then work its way down! —Jamil

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780307739773
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Published: Anchor, 9/2012
Why should you care about copyright, piracy, paywalls, and media conglomeration? Shouldn't "content" be free? (If you produce "content," you’ll have some ideas about this.) And what of the increasing dominance of a multibillion dollar monopoly over book distribution? Read on especially if you think it’s not a big deal. —Karen

$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780918786500
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Published: Lost Roads Publishers, 6/2000
"All of this is magic against death / all of this ends with to be continued," - Frank Stanford. At once an epic poem narrated by a preternaturally streetwise twelve-year-old boy who hops a Freedom bus en route to a civil rights rally in the rural south, while at the same time a surreal incantatory feast of lyric bravado. It reads, as critic Benjamin Kunkel said, as if "Huckleberry Finn had been written by Andre Breton." —John

Tea Rex (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780670014309
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 4/2013
Etiquette. Manners. Courtesy. This picture book provides a hilarious overview of proper tea party behavior...even when a T(ea)Rex is your guest. —Justus

$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

Life After Life (Paperback)

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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

Little Bird (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781592701186
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books, 4/2012
This book is for every reader who find magic in the quiet moments of life. Illustrated with understated elegance, Little Bird explores the beauty present in everyday events and leaves you filled with a sense of wonder. —Justus

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780465028788
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Published: Basic Books, 6/2012
Celebrate the mystery of birds...their origins and ancestry, the evolution of the feather, the physics of flight. These Hanson writes as a scientist and as an enthusiast. Maybe your kind of seasonal read? —Karen

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780670026265
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Published: Viking Adult, 8/2012
Lofgren was a Republican Congressional analyst for 28 years. This is a damning and insightful critique of the GOP and their counterpoints across the political aisle. There are stingers on nearly every page. Lofgren brings real rigor to his critique. This is the book to read before the 2012 election. Cheers. —Greg

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781452110585
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Published: Chronicle Books, 8/2012
Do you have cats?
Cats sure are keen
They fill your life
With pleasantries
... But only if you obey. FUNNY STUFF! —Holly

HHhH (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780374169916
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 4/2012
A Czech and a Slovak parachute into occupied Prague to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, one of the most brutal of the Nazi elite. This is a novel about them, but it is also about the novel Binet does not want to write. The suspense and power of the truth is heightened by Binet's careful examination of what gets emphasized and what gets lost in traditional storytelling. This masterful rendering of history is beautiful, moving, and tragic. —Casey O.

The Orchardist (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062188502
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Published: Harper, 8/2012
It's the turn of the twentieth century in Central Washington. William Talmadge, the lone survivor of a homestead family is selling his fruit at market when two young girls, barefoot, dirty, and visibly pregnant steal his apples, later appearing at the periphery of his orchard. Talmadge's self-imposed solitude is forever altered as he opens his heart to these two frightened runaways. This is a gorgeous debut novel written in crystalline prose by an author whose insights into the haunting legacy of loss and the quiet beauty in redemption took my breath away. — Laurie

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442450271
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 8/2012
This book is fabulous! Olivia declares she is having an identity crisis after being subjected to one too many fairy princesses...so begins her struggle of self-discovery. This book is for anyone who has ever felt like they had to figure themselves out and didn't like the idea of having to choose a mold. —Justus

Concrete Desert (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781590583777
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press, 1/2007
Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton’s David Mapstone mystery is absolutely gripping and very smart. I can’t recommend this first both in the series of six (so far) too highly. —Greg

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781586487515
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Published: PublicAffairs, 6/2011
Small town doctors are a different breed but this doctor (and this practice on Nantucket Island) are something else. Where else would you find a world-class expert on Babesiosis, patients who redefine living off the grid, and of course the rich and famous. What a trip (and tip of the hat to Mitchells in Nantucket). —Karen

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2012
My pick for book of the year. Reads like the best detective, espionage, adventure fiction. The intriguing tale of the pursuit and discovery of the manuscript that helped spark the Renaissance. And then Lucretius' poem!—who was he?—how could anyone possibly be so brilliantly prescient? Miracles are around! —Peter

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780399159015
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 4/2012
This is what you need to read after Bossypants. This book is hysterically funny. It will make you laugh—the deep, hard kind of laugh where you think you might be choking or that you've ruptured your spleen. Quality sh*t. —Holly

$32.00
ISBN-13: 9780670025473
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Published: Viking Adult, 10/2013
The Russian Far East, the Holocaust, immigration to NYC, and the founding of the Modern State of Israel are all part of David Laskin’s family’s story (who knew?). His point is that you won’t know until you ask and start doing the research. Especially love his story of Aunt Itel, founder of Maidenform Bra but so many great stories. - Karen

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780226679822
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Published: University Of Chicago Press, 4/2011
For the sake of his writing, Preib joins the Chicago Police Department, and these essays are the stunning result. City life at its rawest and ugliest, tempered by reflective insight and moving compassion toward our least powerful citizens. Preib has crafted a challenge to our hardened hearts and chilled souls, and a poignant meditation on the writer's craft and purpose in an age morally adrift. —Jesse

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780226173887
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Published: University Of Chicago Press, 9/2009
Re-issued 34 years after its initial publication, this remains THE greatest baseball book of all time, by (arguably) the most colorful personality the game has ever known, Babe Ruth notwithstanding. This guy seemed to be everywhere interesting during the golden era, and the stories tumble one after the other, hilariously. From the 1927 Yankees to "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" to the heartbreak of the '69 Cubs, a happy retrospective from the scrappiest player/manager ever. —Jesse

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780060885618
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Published: Ecco, 11/2012
Spec Lynn and his squadmates stumble into a firefight, and by dumb luck, fame. A great read and a ruthlessly sardonic (and hilarious) skeewering of the pretense and bullshit that typifies so much of American public life. Also a perceptive reflection on our collective priorities, the Walk will have you wondering how and why ... to paraphrase David Byrne, "well, how did we get here!?!" —Jesse

Ready Player One (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780307887443
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Published: Broadway Books, 4/2012
With Ready Player One, Cline has created the virtual reality world that we've always been promised. He has also given us a brilliantly plotted love letter to the Eighties, a stirring look at what our media-obsessed, economically depressed society could become, and an engaging edge-of-your-seat adventure novel. I wanted to read it all the way through in one sitting, but work got in the way. This is The Geek Novel for the 21st Century, and, thankfully, I can read it again without inserting another quarter. —Casey S.

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780545222112
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Published: Scholastic Press, 6/2012
Nuclear holocaust has ravaged the world. Cities have collapsed and have been reborn again as immense traction cities, traveling the scorched earth on wheels, practicing what they call "municipal Darwinism," tracking and consuming other cities for their resources. The story unfolds while the city of london chases another city, and in the chaos Tom Natsworthy, an apprentice guild historian, is thrown from the city, awakening in the great hunting ground with a reluctant companion and his home nowhere in sight. Thus begins the epic adventure of the Predator City Chronicles. Fans of post-apocalyptic YA and steampunk will love Reeve's engaging tale. —Casey S.

Kennedy's Brain (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307385918
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Published: Vintage, 11/2008
A grim and frightening story of death, AIDS, human and animal experimentation, big pharma and corruption on the highest levels. Engrossing, dazzling, and really excellent. —Greg

Delta of Venus (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780156029032
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Published: Mariner Books, 2/2004
Are you one of the hundreds of people who have bought E. L. James’s erotic sensation from us? Or one of the thousands more who read it slyly on an e-reader? If you enjoyed the titillating sexual adventure, but found the writing somewhat wanting, you should slake your thirst for prurient debauchery with one of these classics. All are guaranteed to stimulate both the mind and the nether regions. —Jamil

Sharp Objects (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780307341556
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Published: Broadway Books, 7/2007
Gillian Flynn is my new favorite author. She takes you on a journey into darkness that twists and turns in unimaginable places. If you want a great, fast summer read, this is it—ouch + ahhh. —Tracy

Perlmann's Silence (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780802119575
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Published: Grove Press, 1/2012
From the author of the wonderful Night Train to Lisbon—a funny, sad, infuriating exploration of language, reality, mid-life angst and the ego wars of academic life. —Peter

A Heart So White (Paperback)


ISBN-13: 9780811215053
Availability: Out of Print
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 5/2002
I think Marias's trilogy Your Face Tomorrow is one of the great masterpieces of modern fiction. A Heart So White is the perfect entree to the wonderful looping interior/exterior world of Marias's narrative creation. Read it. Love it. Then move on. —Peter

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

The Submission (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781250007575
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Published: Picador, 3/2012
What happens if, in an alternate reality, a Muslim-American wins a competition to design a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero? The designer (not a saint), the lead judge (a 9/11 widow), and the controversy (will this garden ever be built?) make for a compelling read. —Karen

Bitter Seeds (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780765361202
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Published: Tor Fantasy, 4/2012
The Nazi's have created a team of supermen and are using their unusual powers to cut a swath of destruction across Europe. The British, fearing this unknown weapon, summon the supernatural entities known as the "Eidolons" to help fend off the Fuhrers war machine. But are these new allies more dangerous than the enemy? —Rich

Garbage Pail Kids (Hardcover)

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781419702709
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 4/2012
Sah-Weet!!
These ingenious answers to the odious Cabbage Patch Kids craze were created by legendary artist Art Spiegelman and a crack team at Topps. Their over the top crudity may seem tame by today's standards but they were very controversial in their day. Their irreverent, gross-out humor is timeless and this book will be a wonderful blast from the past for children of the 80's and will introduce Nervous Rex, Doug Plug, Adam Bomb and the rest of the gang to a new generation. —Jamil

The Galley Slave (Hardcover)

$23.95
ISBN-13: 9781564786906
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press, 12/2011
The adventures of a drifter in medieval Europe become a meditation on the relentlessness of the human spirit in all its comedy, tragedy, horror, and insanity. A brave and unique accomplishment: a historical novel that drives straight into the heart of what's at stake in all humanity's struggles. —Casey O.

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780312569372
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Published: Picador, 8/2011
Many have proclaimed this to be the best piece of non-fiction in recent memory, for its historical and personal depth, and emotional candor. After inheriting a Japanese netsuke collection, ceramicist DeWall traces the "travels" of these small carvings, acquired by his great-grandfather's cousin, and then moved from Paris to Vienna, to Tokyo, and now London. He gradually uncovers his family's parallel story; rich both monetarily and culturally, and tragic, as the third Reich seizes the possessions of Jewish families in 1938 Vienna. An absolute jewel, if you like history, memoir, intrigue, art, told with passionate elegance. —Erica

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780307452900
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Published: Broadway Books, 6/2012
Quite fascinating! Delve into the mind of psychotic killer in the midst of Nazi occupied Paris. Was the respected Dr. Petiot, who provided free medical care for the poor, a member of the French resistance or allied with the Gestapo? Police enter a mansion and find the horror of dismembered bodies putrefying. The mansion belonged to Dr. Petiot...Very absorbing in history and crime. —Seth

$59.95
ISBN-13: 9780714843308
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Published: Phaidon Press, 6/2003
This is one of the most amazing books of photographs that I have ever seen. Not only do the photos capture a magnificent array of sights and scenes, but the book covers Erwitt's entire career and features hundreds and hundreds of great photos. Erwitt is a master of capturing the beauty, absurdity, and urgency of simple, everyday events. This is a book that you can look at over and over for minutes or hours at a time. —Jamil

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780761165781
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Published: Workman Publishing, 10/2011
I only read the New Yorker for the cartoons—but these! Good ones I missed. LOL with a gasp or two. —Seth

The Facts of Winter (Paperback)

$13.00
ISBN-13: 9781936365449
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Published: McSweeney's, 11/2011
Dream of Paris, dream of winter. Written after a fourteen year silence, these "dreams" (fiction? memory? koan?) are a delightful companionable and mysterious lot. Written in French, published in French and English. —Karen

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780061934704
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Published: Harper Perennial, 11/2011
Journalist Fariba Nawa emigrated from Afghanistan when she was a child, returning after 9-11 to document what has happened to her country. This account is her own but also includes significant historical detail. And she's one of only a few to link child brides to the narcotic state. This is essential reading. —Karen

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781590174487
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Published: NYRB Classics, 8/2011
Unmoored and adrift after his movie star wife leaves him, the once promising poet Jamie Mangan travels to Ireland to find hi roots and, he hopes, himself. On the trail of a dead Irish poet who may be his great great grandfather (and also his doppelganger), he meets much more family than he bargained for. This is not your lovely picture postcard emerald isle vacation. Moore renders both the ugly and the beautiful with lyrical ease, and the narrative burns with pitch-perfect suspense—sublime and terrifying in its depths. —Casey O.

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ISBN-13: 9780670023004
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Published: Viking Adult, 9/2011
Kathleen Flinn manages to convey the political food message in such a personal way. Along with nine volunteer chefs—each with varying degrees of skill and food needs—she creates a basic cooking curriculum which gives them the knowledge and more importantly the confidence to feed themselves well. This is the perfect gift for newlyweds, newly graduated, or new homeowners (or anyone who wants to break the processed/fast food lifestyle)...A real treasure. -Holly

The Heroes (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780316193566
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Published: Orbit, 10/2011
Some fantasy novels are filled with elves, unicorns, and magical talking tableware. This is not one of those novels! Abercrombie's book is like a kick in the gut to stale, old fantasy and brings the swords back into the swords and sorcery genre. —Rich

The Black Minutes (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780802170682
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat, 5/2010
A marvelous personal account of the influence and impact of sci-fi on Atwood and her writing. Atwood is a contemporary writer I hold in very high regard. The essays are fun and gratifying to read. —Greg

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ISBN-13: 9781416986898
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 8/2010
I could read this book 20 times with all the funny voices. Only haughty, naughty, children (and grown ups) will like this snarky tale. Not for the well-behaved. Really. No. — Karen

Suttree (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780679736325
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Published: Vintage, 5/1992
Cornelius Suttree lives in a dilapidated houseboat on the Tennessee River. He comes from a prestigious and wealthy family, whom he has chosen to forsake. Suttree runs with a rough hobo crowd—most of whom he meets in the slammer. Gene Harrogate, nicknamed the City Rat, is one of many such goons—he's shot with buckshot when he's caught humping melons in the neighbor's field. In many ways, Harrogate is a continuation of mark Twain's Huck Finn—mischievous, poor, and completely unsupervised. He is always waist deep in some heinous scheme.
Though this novel is dark—it is by far Mr. McCarthy's funniest. It's full of white trash shenanigans that involve moonshine, turtle fishing, electrocution, dynamite, visits to witches, vicious bar fights, and the gold old misery and poverty that neglect fosters. —Jake

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ISBN-13: 9781553655725
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Published: Douglas & McIntyre, 4/2011
You've bought rapina and shiitake mushrooms at the Broadway Farmer's Market (p.100) or maybe potatoes and tomatoes (p. 74). Soon, eggplant and fresh beans (p. 128). Make your own paneer (it's easy) and zucchini soup with ginger (p. 81) from Vancouver's famed restaurant, home cooking. Delicious! —Karen

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ISBN-13: 9780307475275
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Published: Vintage, 9/2011
NPR's Michele Norris' discoveries about her family prompted her to write this book (and ask others to share their own family stories). This prompted her six-word Racial Autobiographies Project online. Finding out what you don't know can enrich your life. —Karen

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ISBN-13: 9780393077766
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 5/2011
This early work by Portugal's greatest living writer—newly and beautifully re-translated—is the perfect entry point into Antunes's dark and wonderful world. The book delves into the insanity of war and the brutality of state-imposed mental "health," yet never relinquishes the search for compassion and love —Peter

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ISBN-13: 9780979956249
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Published: Siglio, 2/2011
Wood has some controversial ideas about what a map should be and what it should do. His ingenious Boylan Heights Atlas Project definitely shows his different points of view. Through these fantastic maps that include the practical and seemingly impractical, Wood shows us that maps don't have to be just about finding a place, they can also be about art, social issues, and even radio waves. Maps can get us to a place, of course, but they can also guide us to a different destination entirely. —Casey S.

Annabel (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780802170828
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat, 1/2011
They kept it a secret in the small remote coastal town in which they lived. Neither boy nor girl. Only three people knew. The parents, well-meaning, brought him up as a boy named Wayne, who struggled with the two genders within him. Not written with sensationalism, this debut novel is a beautiful and compelling story of societal labels, identity and our own place in the world. Highly recommended. —Seth

Three Seconds (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9781402785924
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Published: Silveroak, 1/2011
It is a pity that every Swedish crime novel that comes out for the next few years will be compared to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. After all, no one sits around comparing Agatha Christie and John LeCarre because they're both English. In any case, Three Seconds is an excellent thriller! Every time I start talking about this book I get excited and want to talk about it with someone, or convince somebody to read it. If you like a good spine-tingler, you won't be disappointed. Stieg who? —Jamil

The Curve of Time (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781770500372
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Published: Whitecap Books, 5/2011
M. Wylie Blanchet was a woman ahead of her time! widowed in 1927 with five children, she, her children and their dog cruised the unforgiving wasted waters of British Columbia in a twenty-five foot boat. Following the log books of Captain Vancouver, Blanchet sets out each summer into the wilds of the Northwest. Rich with experience, the family then turned their adventures into education by reading about all that they discovered. —Seth

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ISBN-13: 9780803734333
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Published: Dial, 11/2010
This is the feel good book of the year I wish everyone would read and it's not another teen rock-n-roll book. High school senior Piper Vaughn would be voted "Least Likely to Manage a Rock Band" by her classmates—not because Piper is deaf, but because she is the antithesis of rock; staid, safe, practically invisible. So when a bet goes wrong, landing her as manger for the school band, Dumb, Piper is faced with a myriad of challenges—the least of which is her hearing. In the process she learns much about friendship and family and inner strength. Sooo good! —Holly

Bitter Seeds (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780765321503
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Published: Tor Books, 4/2010
The Nazis have created a team of supermen and are using their unusual powers to cut a swath of destruction through Europe. The British, fearing this unknown new weapon, summon the supernatural entities known as the "Eidolons" to help fend of the Fuhrer's war machine. But are these mysterious allies actually trustworthy or are they far more dangerous than anything Hitler could have dreamed up? —Rich

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ISBN-13: 9780316042789
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Published: Back Bay Books, 2/2011
If romantic and culinary passion, in the city famous for love and food, sounds appealing, then you'll find this memoir by an American journalist as deliciously irresistible as I did. Ms. Bard met her husband at an academic conference and writes eloquently about her courtship with the man AND with Parisian cuisine and culture in general. Her observations yield a wonderful portrait of place and of the process of making it one's home. Recipes accompany each chapter! —Erica

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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

Again! (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781442452312
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 4/2013
Ah, the nightly story hour; fraught with pleading one more! one more! For every parent who has memorized a child’s beloved book from countless re-readings -- this bedtime story is for you. - Holly

Never Let Me Go (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage, 3/2006
This haunting and elegiac novel begins in a British boarding school for kids who don’t know why they’re special. Its mysteries unravel slowly but masterfully. You may notice the story’s horrors before the characters do. This is my favorite novel of all time, and I loved it just as much on my fifth reading. - Kenny!

Beautiful Ruins (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780061928178
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Published: Harper Perennial, 4/2013
The story begins in 1962 in a small seaside village south of Cinque Terre where a young Italian innkeeper, Pasquale, provides a room for a mysterious young starlet, Dee Moray, taken ill during the filming of the epic Burton / Taylor film, Cleopatra. Spanning fifty years, and rich with a quirky cast of characters, Walter’s novel is a wonderfully compelling romp. One of my favorite reads of 2012. Highly recommended! - Laurie

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ISBN-13: 9780143123255
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Published: Penguin Books, 8/2012
An absolutely wonderful memoir recounting her early 20s as a midwife in post-war London. Jenny lived in a convent with several other young nurses practicing midwifery with the nuns in the east end. A great companion to the PBS series. - Tracy

Eleanor & Park (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 2/2013
A favorite of Y.A. super-author John Green and a favorite of mine. Lovingly written and deeply truthful. A classic story of outsiders finding each other, but told so well it’s like nothing else. Also: geek love, X-Men comics, The Smiths, and a half-Asian. - Kenny!

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ISBN-13: 9781607744726
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Published: Ten Speed Press, 5/2013
River Cottage is of course known for meat dishes and I was surprised to find that they also have a deep love for vegetable dishes. It’s time to experiment with flavors as all of these good things come into season and this is the perfect guide. - Karen

Rough Day (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781556594342
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Published: Copper Canyon Press, 5/2013
The terrain of Ed Skoog’s Rough Day is dappled with a vastness of intimacy and rawness that is rare in such a likewise singular voice. Or is it that there are so few like him, who so ably traverse the miles of humanity’s interstate among the carpenter, the gutter punk, the fatherly scholar, the grieving old man? Skoog writes with a body rustic and road-weary, but with eyes that see a brilliant spectrum of potential waiting at the arch of every step, the turn of every gesture: a meeting of muscle memory with intellectual abandon. At some point, as childhood wanes, we imagine less the lives that develop outside of our machinations and self-affirming routines. Ed Skoog never let up -- his poems won’t let you either. - Alan

Liar (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781599905198
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 12/2010
Micah Wilkins has a secret and it’s not just that everything she tells you is a lie. The reason behind her lies is not what you think. This novel is about passing in every way. It’s suspenseful and a great summer read for young adults and adults. - Karen

Kafka on the Shore (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage, 1/2006
This is the kind of fiction I love -- brave, strange, and fantastical, with subtle emotion. The alternating storylines are filled with weird and wonder, dovetailing into each other by the end, masterfully. This is my favorite work by one of my all-time favorite authors. (Also: talking cats & Colonel Sanders’s ghost.) - Kenny!

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ISBN-13: 9780804783774
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Published: Stanford University Press, 9/2012
It’s strange enough that the entire world almost got annihilated... Even stranger that most of us still don’t know how the crisis was averted. Who advocated for diplomacy and how? Who advocated to strike first? Closely analyzing the declassified tapes from the EX-COMM meetings, Stern corrects the myths and obfuscations, arriving at the stunning conclusion that only one person consistently pushed for the strategy that secured peace. Lucky for us it was the man in charge. Phew! - Casey O

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ISBN-13: 9781400069804
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Published: Random House, 3/2013
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

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ISBN-13: 9781602391901
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing, 10/2007
The best memoir of men and war I’ve ever read, bar none. Fraser, the master storyteller, vividly recounts the great unknown theater of World War II, and the hearty and sardonic mechanations of his squadmates, memorable characters all. Told with a thought-provoking intergenerational perspective that may be a bit hard for modern readers to digest, but perhaps nourishing nonetheless. Out-rollicks his novels, if you can believe it! - Jesse

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ISBN-13: 9780060587192
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Published: HarperOne, 5/2004
Don’t let the possible implications of the subtitle put you off -- this gem may be the finest modern introduction to the Buddha dharma, and the art of living a thoughtful, considerate, deliberate, contemplative and contented life in a crowded world full of yearning and suffering beings. Long on compassion and insight, light on the mumbo-jumbo … just right for the contemporary seeker. - Jesse

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ISBN-13: 9781616200466
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 3/2013
This book takes a rather “spirited” look at the plants behind some of the best known alcohols. Starting with the idea that liquor stores are “the world’s most exotic botanical garden[s],” Stewart systematically discusses the botany of select plants and details the drink-related history. With recipes scattered throughout and gardening advice towards the end, this book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in alcohol, botany, gardening, or a great read. - Justus

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ISBN-13: 9781934389690
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Published: For Beginners, 6/2013
A documentary resource guide meets comic book in this fantastic, engaging primer on gender and sexuality. Whether you are new to the topics or already well-versed, you’ll find yourself engrossed in this book as it takes you through history, current culture, theory, biology, neuroscience, and other elements of the sex-gender system. Challenging and thought-provoking, this is a book we’ve needed for a while! - Justus

Electrico W (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781590515334
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Published: Other Press, 6/2013
A mesmerizing tale; a mystery within a mystery; a saga of lore found and lost and -- maybe -- found again; and the journalistic tracking of a serial-killer. An atmospheric masterpiece. (If you loved Night Train to Lisbon, you’ll love Electrico!) - Peter

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ISBN-13: 9781250032447
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Published: Picador, 6/2013
Heti uses herself as the main character in this fictional story of identity, philosophy, pop culture, and sex. She also uses her real life friends as characters who get at Heti for using them in her book. It’s meta madness. Highly recommended for fans of HBO’s Girls -- and its haters. - Kenny!

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ISBN-13: 9780374280406
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 6/2013
I struggle to explain why I can’t put this book down. I read it three times the first time I picked it up. It seems a book of frustration, passion, balance -- how do women reconcile desire (hunger) with the need to be good, to be what women are told to be: passive, pleasing? Complicated, intense, playful, and erotic, this book is both personal exploration and social commentary. It leaves your mind (and body) toying with the ideas and words expressed, leaves you questioning your own desires and constraints. It leaves you hungry... - Justus

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ISBN-13: 9781935639442
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Published: Tin House Books, 4/2013
Beau Rosenwald is fat, ugly, hilarious, and charming -- a talent agent of surprising depth and ability. He alternately rules and is ruled by the cutthroat realities of Hollywood. His sons grow up amidst their father’s successes, failures, and mysteries as they struggle to create their own. Werner Herzog points out that the United States manufactures its dreams in Los Angeles, making it the American city with the most substance. Read Matthew Specktor’s incredible novel to find out why this statement is true. - Casey O

Deadman's Road (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781616961046
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Published: Tachyon Publications, 8/2013
Nobody combines cowboys and terror like Joe R Lansdale. Meet Jebidiah Mercer, the most badass, gun-totin’ preacher to stalk the shadowy back-roads and byways of the haunted American West. Awesome. - Rich

The Last Policeman (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781594746741
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Published: Quirk Books, 5/2013
Why solve a murder when everyone is going to be dead in a few months? For Det. Hank Palace, the answer is simple: it’s his job. This is a fantastic, tense mystery set in a world that’s been given a death sentence and featuring the one person who still hasn’t given up. - Rich

$22.50
ISBN-13: 9780307984821
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Published: Clarkson Potter, 7/2013
Fresh, seasonal, light, tasty, and vegetarian. Loved the Eggplant + Black Olive Caviar (p 60), Fennel + Lemon Salad (p 65), and Lebanese Coffee Dessert Jars. A charming cookbook that will freshen up your mealtime repertoire. - Karen

The Secret History (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780449911518
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Published: Ballantine Books, 9/1996
Trading deadend CA for VT’s elite and snowy Hampden College, Richard Papen is absorbed into a tight-knit group of Classics students whose midnight baccanalias spiral into murder, betrayal, and the truth of themselves. Characters so strange and detailed you’ll feel with them walking brick lyceums, drinking liquor from teacups at the country house, disposing bloody sheets. Mysterious, eloquent and suspenseful -- paced like a thriller but with the intelligent, lyrical writing that’s made Donna Tartt (from the same writing group as Bret Easton Ellis and Jonathan Lethem) a lit cult figure since the early ‘90s. A perfect read, just in time for her much anticipated The Goldfinch in October! - Amanda

Bad Unicorn (Hardcover)

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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

The Returned (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780778315339
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Published: Harlequin MIRA, 8/2013
Fifty years later their son returns… Harold and Lucille have missed their son who died tragically when he was eight. Now he stands before them -- still eight -- and healthy. Who is this young boy before them? More are returning to town -- who are they? How will the townsfolk react? Very good!! - Seth

Maleficium (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780889226807
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Published: Talonbooks, 4/2012
Warning: Vicar Jerome Savoie has violated the sanctity of the confessional by sharing these private stories of exotic maladies, secret vices, and the woman with the scarred lips. These stories shine a light on the consequences of human greed and reveal the monsters we create. All readers of these stolen confessions make themselves complicit in the sin of this heretic priest. - Kenny!

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ISBN-13: 9781250007209
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Published: Square Fish, 1/2013
This highly addictive and character-driven story starts as a retelling of Cinderella as a cybor in dystopian China, but is soon filled with more robots, secret powers, a plague, and moon people aiming to take over the world. The whole series is a must-read -- getting better with each book. - Kenny!

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ISBN-13: 9780374515362
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1/1971
These masterful stories by one of the most important writers of all time are shocking, violent, grace-filled, and human -- every word rich with meaning and completely necessary. O’Connor’s work has shaped my worldview, understanding of humanity, and spirituality. Added bonus: a great sense of humor. - Kenny!

Hawthorn & Child (Paperback)

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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

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ISBN-13: 9781451665444
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 5/2013
Great insight into the generation hovering around thirty. I would call this a must-read, as it brings great understanding to why we are feeling the need to buck corporate America and return to our “roots.” - Brandi

Heads or Tails (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781606995976
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Published: Fantagraphics Books, 11/2012
This collection of short comics is peculiar, funny, and beautiful to look at. Carre presents a new and exciting perspective within the comic world. Themes include happenstance, alienation, and the madness of ordinary living. Also notable by Lille Carre: The Lagoon. - Keith

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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)

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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

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ISBN-13: 9781623650346
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Published: MacLehose Press, 10/2013
Italian novelist Longo has written a brilliant novel in which the Eurozone falls into barbarity after the fall of civilization as we know it. One can only hope that this is not our future. - Greg

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ISBN-13: 9781933254975
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Published: Ugly Duckling Presse, 12/2012
**Winner of The Stranger’s 2013 Genius Award for literature!** … and it’s not hard to see why. By turns witty and devastating in his critiques of politics and finance, Zaher’s writing is playful, but sharp -- a dangerous object I can’t resist running with. - Jacob

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ISBN-13: 9780982279885
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Published: Futurepoem, 5/2013
Dana Ward is my antidote for the ills of other poetry. Part of his charm is the sincerity of his voice -- whether “high” or “low” it all forms the most human and humane poetry I know. Ward’s Infinite Worlds reminds us of the singularity of our own world, in its abundance of joys and sorrows and pop songs. - Jacob

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ISBN-13: 9781553655558
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Published: Greystone Books, 7/2010
Rapacious parasitic vandals accurately describes our relationship to oil. To satisfy our addiction we are ravaging the boreal forests of Northern Alberta to line the pockets of a few plutocratic bastards. Bitumen is the dirtiest and most costly hydrocarbon to produce and that doesn’t take into account the environmental and human costs, which cannot be measured in dollars. Nikiforuk has written a powerful indictment of the Tar Sands oil industry and by extension our addiction to oil. - Greg

Perfect Ruin (Hardcover)

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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

The Muse Asylum (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780142000601
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Published: Penguin Books, 12/2002
Czuchlewski’s debut novel is a literary mystery of the highest order. Cleverly plotted and hugely entertaining, Muse Asylum is one of my favorite novels and most people have never heard of it. The book tells this tale of three recent college grads who have become obsessed with a reclusive author named Horace Jacob Little. Insane asylums, love triangles, clever wordplay, conspiracy theories, and more make up this satisfying debut. I reread Muse Asylum every few years because on subsequent readings I always find more to like. If you’re looking for something well written, challenging, but ultimately awesome, look no further than the Asylum. - Casey S.

Wave (Paperback)

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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

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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

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ISBN-13: 9781402786365
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Published: Sterling Epicure, 5/2012
My favorite baking blog is now in book form! Heather is a master at making sugary deliciousness that is also so incredibly visually enticing! If you’re an old hand at baking and want some new inspiration -- buy this! If you’re a novice -- start here! This is the perfect, perfect baking book! - Brandi