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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Updated Edition)
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Updated Edition)
by Anthony Bourdain
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When Chef Anthony Bourdain wrote "Don't Eat Before You Read This" in The New Yorker, he spared no one's appetite, revealing what goes on behind the kitchen door. In Kitchen Confidential, he expanded that appetizer into a deliciously funny, delectable... (read more)

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The Known World
The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
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In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in... (read more)

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Brave New World (P.S.)
Brave New World (P.S.)
by Aldous Huxley
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"Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English." —Chicago Tribune Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is... (read more)

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Their Eyes Were Watching God (Modern Classics) (P.S.)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Modern Classics) (P.S.)
by Zora Neale Hurston
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“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who dont know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith One of the most... (read more)

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The Last Season (P.S.)
The Last Season (P.S.)
by Eric Blehm
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In the spirit of Jon Krakauer's bestselling Into the Wild, Eric Blehm's The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada. The... (read more)

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I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir (P.S.)
I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir (P.S.)
by Josh Kilmer Purcell
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The New York Times bestselling, darkly funny memoirof a young New Yorker's daring dual life—advertising art director by day,glitter-dripping drag queen and nightclub beauty-pageant hopeful by night—was asmash literary debut for Josh... (read more)

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Ariel: The Restored Edition: A Facsimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement (P.S.)
Ariel: The Restored Edition: A Facsimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement (P.S.)
by Sylvia Plath
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Sylvia Plath's famous collection, as she intended it. When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel. When her husband, Ted Hughes, first brought this collection to life, it garnered... (read more)

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Little, Big (P.S.)
Little, Big (P.S.)
by John Crowley
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John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood — not found on any map — to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is... (read more)

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Selected Poems (P.S.)
Selected Poems (P.S.)
by Gwendolyn Brooks
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The classic volume by the distinguished modern poet, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize, and recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, showcases an esteemed artist's technical mastery, her warm... (read more)

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)
by Betty Smith
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A book dealer came into Powell's rare book room one day while I was working and bought a beautiful first edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She said it was her favorite book and a birthday present to herself. From the look in her eye and the way she... (read more)

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The Odyssey of Homer (P.S.)
The Odyssey of Homer (P.S.)
by Richmond Lattimore
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Lattimores translation of Homers "Odyssey" into modern English has been called the best translation there is of a great, perhaps, the greatest poet by the "New York Times Book Review."... (read more)

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Wasted (P.S.)
Wasted (P.S.)
by Marya Hornbacher
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Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be "normal," Marya Hornbacher... (read more)

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Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories (P.S.)
Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories (P.S.)
by Ben Fountain
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The well-meaning protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught—to both disastrous and hilarious effect—in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them. Ben Fountain's prize-winning debut speaks to the... (read more)

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Four Spirits (P.S.)
Four Spirits (P.S.)
by Sena Jeter Naslund
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Weaving together the lives of blacks and whites, racists and civil rights advocates, and the events of peaceful protest and violent repression, Sena Jeter Naslund creates a tapestry of American social transformation at once intimate and epic. In... (read more)

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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
by Simon Winchester
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Krakatoa is the eloquent narrative of the cataclysmic destruction in 1883 of the volcanic island of the same name. Killing nearly 40,000 people (mostly from the resultant tsunamis), this violent eruption was "the most violent explosion ever recorded and... (read more)

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Five Quarters of the Orange (P.S.)
Five Quarters of the Orange (P.S.)
by Joanne Harris
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When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous woman they hold responsible for a tragedy during the German occupation years ago. But the past and present are... (read more)

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Lucky Girls, P. S. Edition (06 Edition)
Lucky Girls, P. S. Edition (06 Edition)
by Nell Freudenberger
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First highlighted in the "New Yorker" fiction issue, "Lucky Girls" is a collection of five novella-like stories that take place mostly in Asia--the debut of a new talent and a "New York Times" Notable Book.... (read more)

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Truck: A Love Story (P.S.)
Truck: A Love Story (P.S.)
by Michael Perry
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The author of Population: 485 returns, delivering a truckload of humor, heart, and...gardening tips? Think Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, complete with stock cars, sexy vegetables, and a laugh track. "All I wanted to do was fix my old... (read more)

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Mind of the Raven : Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-birds (99 Edition)
Mind of the Raven : Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-birds (99 Edition)
by Bernd Heinrich
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Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can only be spied on by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father," as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies... (read more)

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Lucky Child : Daughter of Cambodia Reunites With the Sister She Left Behind (05 Edition)
Lucky Child : Daughter of Cambodia Reunites With the Sister She Left Behind (05 Edition)
by Loung Ung
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After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two... (read more)

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