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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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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
by Matthew B. Crawford
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One of the most engaging, thought-provoking books I've read in a long time. Matthew Crawford has delivered an accessible, carefully reasoned examination of work and America's evolving ideas about it, addressing a host of important subjects — for... (read more)

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The Last American Man
The Last American Man
by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Elizabeth Gilbert first met Eustace Conway in New York City, on the sidewalk in front of her apartment. He'd traveled from North Carolina, dressed in handmade buckskin clothing and "carrying an impressive knife on his belt." Gilbert, a regular... (read more)

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Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
by Paul Hawken
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Feeling crushed beneath the weight of ominous news, borderline-apocalyptic statistics, and global warming alerts that offer no recourse but panic? Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest is the book you've been waiting for. Here is a call to arms with concrete... (read more)

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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
by Ken Jennings
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Ken Jennings's Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks is an intriguing (dare I say, captivating?) look into the realm of maps, geography, and cartophiles. Jennings writes remarkably well, infusing his engrossing subject with a... (read more)

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A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
by Rebecca Solnit
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If, like me, you've ever wondered how people can possibly survive the mental ordeal of a catastrophe like 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina, A Paradise Built in Hell will pique your curiosity — and reward it with a riveting examination of what happens to... (read more)

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Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean
Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean
by Douglas Wolk
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Douglas Wolk writes with a critic's authority, offering penetrating analysis of seminal comics writers and their best-known works alongside introductions to lesser-known talents. But he also writes with a fan's enthusiasm, and it shows through in every... (read more)

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David K Shipler
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The Working Poor is a deeply impressive book, a thorough and balanced study of the millions of Americans living at or around the poverty line. Shipler's varied portraits and interviews are insightful and moving, and his analysis of causes and suggestions... (read more)

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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
by Chuck Klosterman
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Klosterman understands your life. Intimately. Through this seemingly meandering and always hilarious critique of modern pop culture, he exposes how unlikely cultural minutiae make our society tick and dictate how we live our lives.... (read more)

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
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"What we eat has changed more in the last forty years than in the last forty thousand," Schlosser observes, yet most Americans know very little about how that food is made, where, by whom, and at what cost. Fast Food Nation traces the industry's... (read more)

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All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families
All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families
by Rene Denfeld
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This book was an eye-opening look into a culture that Portlanders encounter on a daily basis but know little of. After reading this true-life, page-turning thriller, you'll be looking at the city around you with a leery eye.... (read more)

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A Lifetime of Secrets: A Postsecret Book
A Lifetime of Secrets: A Postsecret Book
by Frank Warren
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Who doesn't love that feeling of looking through someone else's mail without the risk of getting caught? Here, Warren presents another collection of intimate confessions, shared secrets, and endless pleasure for voyeurs and students of the human... (read more)

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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)
by Tom Vanderbilt
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We've all been stuck in traffic and wondered Why me!? Tom Vanderbilt has the answers. If you are wondering why everyone in front of you is braking, or why it’s impossible to merge, he’ll tell you why. Traffic is a compulsively readable book. I could... (read more)

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Taz the Temporary Autonomous Zone 2ND Edition
Taz the Temporary Autonomous Zone 2ND Edition
by Hakim Bey
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"Since the WTO, anarchism is once again a household word. This book introduced a whole new generation to the enticements of the anarchist lifestyle when it was released in the early 90's. Still a password for acceptance in many circles, it is an... (read more)

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Never Drank the Kool-aid : Essays (06 Edition)
Never Drank the Kool-aid : Essays (06 Edition)
by Touri
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Wildly entertaining, Touré's profiles of some of pop culture's superstars penetrate the glitzy veneer offering insight into their truer selves. Fast paced, thoughtful, and often times laugh-out-loud funny, this enjoyable collection successfully captures... (read more)

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Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker
Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker
by James McManus
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This book is the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil of high stakes poker. Author James McManus used his Harper's advance money to immerse himself into tournament poker. The result is an engrossing and bizarre account of Las Vegas gambling. Go ahead... (read more)

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This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go
This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go
by H P Newquist
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We all have to check out sometime, but some of us die more spectacularly than others. HP Newquist and Rich Maloof researched the painful particulars of what it's like to perish from any number of unfortunate events, including a shark attack, burning at... (read more)

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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
by Malcolm Gladwell
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Twenty-two of Malcolm Gladwell's favorite "adventures," all previously published in the New Yorker, come together in this engaging book. Gladwell's contagious curiosity helps us understand how other people feel about the topics of homelessness, ketchup... (read more)

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The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends: A Very Trippy Miscellany
The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends: A Very Trippy Miscellany
by Adriano Sack
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You're sitting at a bar with friends, and the conversation hits a lull. Someone excuses herself to get the next round and buy some time. But you don't need it, because you've read The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends and you're loaded with an... (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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