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The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
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Best book of 2005, favorite book of the year...Slice the question any number of ways, but the book published last year that I'm most grateful for having read is The Year of Magical Thinking, a devastating affirmation of love and commitment, hope and... (read more)

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Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon
Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon
by Chuck Palahniuk
Staff Pick
Not your typical hotel-gift-shop guidebook, Fugitives and Refugees makes no pretense at objectivity. This is a decidedly idiosyncratic and personal book. Palahniuk's Portland is eccentric, dysfunctional, and perverse. If you're new to Palahniuk's work... (read more)

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Blankets: An Illustrated Novel
Blankets: An Illustrated Novel
by Craig Thompson
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This coming-of-age memoir is told as much through the crisp illustrations as through the text. Thompson's voice and drawings are sweet without being sappy, and despite its unconventional format, Blankets is a very honest, relatable account of falling in... (read more)

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris
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One of these days I'll find the time to construct an actual review of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, but until I do let these words stand as my pledge: You will not regret purchasing this book. Further: You're unlikely to find more pure... (read more)

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Cloud Atlas: A Novel
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
by David Mitchell
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While it was hard to narrow down my list to just five "best of" picks, I didn't have to think twice about what would be my favorite book of the year. In Cloud Atlas Mitchell again uses the format of connecting short stories with recurring motifs into a... (read more)

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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
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"An eco-sustainable manifesto. The next Industrial Revolution will be Green!"... (read more)

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
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True or false: One out of every four items for sale in the average American supermarket contains corn? (Think, think, think...) Believe it or not, it's true. If this unsettles you — or just plain doesn't make sense — pick up a copy of Michael Pollan... (read more)

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The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution
The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution
by Alice Waters
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A new kitchen standby that delivers on the promise of the title, Alice Waters's The Art of Simple Food continues her revolution in good eating with over 250 delicious and easy-to-cook recipes.... (read more)

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
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Once I started this book, I couldn't stop reading. Not only is this young adult book funny and touching — it feels so real. Anyone of any age who has struggled to know themselves and has fought for happiness will find resonance in the words and... (read more)

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Ishmael
Ishmael
by Daniel Quinn
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For those of us who have been in the rat race of modern culture long enough that we have stopped thinking, and for those of us who have never deeply examined our place in the world, this book is an awakening. It just may change the way you think about... (read more)

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The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
by Barbara G Walker
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"One of my favorite ways of reading is to pull a book off the shelf and open it at random. That's the great thing about reference books like dictionaries or encyclopedias. These books are treasure troves — dip in anywhere, let chance take you, lead... (read more)

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Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation
by Sarah Vowell
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Leave it to Sarah Vowell to roam across America in search of the motivations and culture of political murder. Obsessive, edifying, and, of course, witty, Assassination Vacation is unlike any other historical tourism or travel writing book you'll ever... (read more)

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Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
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I admit it; before reading Life of Pi, I thought, There's just no way that Yann Martel can write a whole book about a teenage boy and a tiger stranded together in a lifeboat for 277 days. But, I was so wrong; he pulls it off beautifully. You will love... (read more)

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The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
by Tim Flannery
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Not only is paleontologist Flannery's urgent call to arms about global climate change fascinating and terrifying, it is also the most accessible book on the topic around. Flannery writes beautifully, clearly examining every angle of the debate... (read more)

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The Sea: A Novel
The Sea: A Novel
by John Banville
Staff Pick
Banville's fluid prose glides over the pages of The Sea, a rich story filled with heart and bittersweet longing. I pored over the luminescent descriptions of time and place and the beautiful characters that make up this world. Clearly the Man Booker was... (read more)

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A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
by Simon Winchester
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"If you liked Krakatoa, The Professor and the Madman, or any of Winchester's other works, you'll like this one. He explains geological ideas well, and is well on his way to being the new ambassador of geology's influence on human history. He places... (read more)

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What to Eat
What to Eat
by Marion Nestle
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I thought I knew quite a bit about food — I take flaxseed oil supplements because I'm a vegetarian, try to buy local organic produce, and buy my dairy antibiotic-free. But this information-packed book taught me that there's plenty I didn't realize... (read more)

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Human Nature: The Shooting Script
Human Nature: The Shooting Script
by Charlie Kaufman
Staff Pick
I don't even know how to begin writing anything in relation to the work of Charlie Kaufman. Is he really the most original voice working in Hollywood — or, just an escaped mental patient who has gone undetected amidst the denizens of LA? In either case... (read more)

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Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet
by Jeffrey D. Sachs
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Rather than a grim manifesto on the world's problems, Jeffrey Sachs offers readers what he calls the four key goals of a global society — prosperity for all, the end of extreme poverty, stabilization of the global population, and environmental... (read more)

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The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
by George Saunders
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TBaFRoP has garnered many a comparison to Animal Farm. Fair enough: they're both novella-length, political fables written by men named George. But Saunders is so much funnier — and more playful. If you haven't read his work, here's a perfect place to... (read more)

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