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The Concise Oxford American Dictionary
The Concise Oxford American Dictionary
by Erin McKean
Staff Pick
As Erin McKean, editor in chief, remarks in the preface, "A dictionary should be a tool for daily use, not a dreaded last resort." I am here to confirm that McKean and Oxford have produced a dictionary that is anything but dreaded. In addition to clear... (read more)

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Used - Hardcover

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Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading
Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading
by J. Peder Zane
Staff Pick
Ask just about any author why they write and you're likely to hear a story about a book they once read. In Remarkable Reads, thirty-four accomplished authors each remember one such book. Together, these short personal essays deliver a fascinating glimpse... (read more)

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The Lifespan of a Fact
The Lifespan of a Fact
by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
Staff Pick
Though listed as a reference book, The Lifespan of a Fact is really a heated and often hilarious battle between essayist John D'Agata and his fact checker at the Believer, Jim Fingal. John's flippant responses frustrate Jim so much that he retaliates by,... (read more)

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Adventures in the Screen Trade
Adventures in the Screen Trade
by William Goldman
Staff Pick
"Nobody knows anything." William Goldman has given us these three simple words to sum up the backroom chatter and deal making that goes on between studio executives trying to figure out why one movie becomes a hit and another tanks. Of course there is no... (read more)

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Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry
Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry
by Sage Cohen
Staff Pick
Ever wonder if you have what it takes to write a poem? Sage Cohen says, "Yes, you can!" Cohen, a Portland-based teacher and author of the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World, insists that poetry is available to anyone and everyone. She offers a... (read more)

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How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew
How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew
by Erin Bried
Staff Pick
This cute collection draws on the wisdom of 10 real grandfathers, with advice on how to grow and maintain a beard, change a flat, tie a bow tie, season a cast-iron skillet, and more. A charming, back-to-basics resource for young gentlemen and ladies... (read more)

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More Show Me How: Everything We Couldn't Fit in the First Book Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic
More Show Me How: Everything We Couldn't Fit in the First Book Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic
by Lauren Smith
Staff Pick
Is this a strangely entertaining reference book or a reference book of strange entertainment? I'm not sure, but I know this much: you'll laugh just as often as you'll learn, whether it's how to divide a unibrow, paint a car, shoot sexy home movies, or... (read more)

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The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong
The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong
by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
Staff Pick
This book should be titled "It's Not What You Think." Because practically every answer in the book could begin with that phrase. What a great collection of facts about our world! Find out the truth about all kinds of things, from the first animal in... (read more)

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In the Company of Angels
In the Company of Angels
by Thomas E. Kennedy
Staff Pick
It's a rare book that can both haunt and inspire. The lead characters' efforts to recover from shattering events are traced with compassion, deep intelligence, and an almost miraculous hope. As if that weren't enough, the home life of the psychotherapist... (read more)

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The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time
The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time
by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson
Staff Pick
The Great Typo Hunt is the hilarious tale of the adventures and misadventures encountered on a quixotic cross-country trek to correct grammar and spelling mistakes. Over-the-top heroic tone and witty wordplay make this book endlessly amusing, without... (read more)

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Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature
Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature
by Daniel Levin Becker
Staff Pick
Ebullient to those already under the Oulipian spell and likely befuddling to those ingenuity intolerant, Daniel Levin Becker's Many Subtle Channels is a fascinating, engaging, and well-researched account of Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle... (read more)

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True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
by Mark Salzman
Staff Pick
"In this important and powerful book, Salzman invites us inside LA's Central Juvenile Hall where he teaches a writing class for violent juvenile offenders. Through classroom conversations and through the boys' own writing we get an overwhelming and... (read more)

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Thinking like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction -- and Get It Published
Thinking like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction -- and Get It Published
by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato
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"A former Powell's employee who has published many magazine articles recommended this book to me, and I in turn recommend it to anyone who has ever had the vague thought of writing a nonfiction book. Thinking like Your Editor will help sweep away the... (read more)

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The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus
The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus
by Oxford
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Used - Hardcover

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