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Chris Bolton


Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

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Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
Staff Pick
If you've ever wondered what so-and-so had that you didn't, you need to read Outliers. Gladwell's writing is always engaging, especially when he illuminates the mysterious elements that allow one person to succeed beyond all others.... (read more)

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Catch-22
Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
Staff Pick
If your only experience with Catch-22 was reading it for a class in high school — or if you haven't even read it at all — you owe it to yourself to revisit this book. It's a comic masterpiece, yes, but more than that: Catch-22 is a blast of anarchic... (read more)

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A Series of Unfortunate Events #13: The End
A Series of Unfortunate Events #13: The End
by Lemony Snicket
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All good things must come to an... (read more)

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City of Thieves
City of Thieves
by David Benioff
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Set during the Germans' brutal siege of Leningrad in World War II, City of Thieves is a harrowing, surreal, and surprisingly funny odyssey through a land ravaged by war, where two young soldiers on an impossible mission encounter the best and worst of... (read more)

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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
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To be honest, I could not finish this book. It made me too angry. These are the stories about our country you don't want to know. Naomi Klein has cast a spotlight on the dark secrets lurking beneath the surface of the American dream. The Shock Doctrine... (read more)

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Tree of Smoke: A Novel
Tree of Smoke: A Novel
by Denis Johnson
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Ambition doesn't always translate into success, which is why some books that take authors nearly ten years to write become massive paperweights. Then there's Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson's first novel in nine years and an unconditional masterpiece. This... (read more)

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Odd and the Frost Giants
Odd and the Frost Giants
by Neil Gaiman and Brett Helquist
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A Neil Gaiman story at any length is a treat. Odd and the Frost Giants is like the perfect finger food: brief but intensely, deliciously satisfying. If you aren't a fan of Norse mythology when you open the cover, you will be by the time you close it.... (read more)

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A Most Wanted Man
A Most Wanted Man
by John le Carre
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With A Most Wanted Man, legendary spymaster John le Carré tackles the "War on Terror" with this incisive critique that doubles as a stunning thriller. Espionage fans — and people who question the stories we're fed on front pages — will be riveted.... (read more)

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The Ruins
The Ruins
by Scott Smith
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Twelve years after his staggering debut, Scott Smith returns with The... (read more)

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Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (P.S.)
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (P.S.)
by Neil Gaiman
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Fantasy author Gaiman is at his best in this short story collection, which contains an embarrassing riches of storytelling that is at times dark, funny, terrifying, beautiful, and always brilliant.... (read more)

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Bicycle Diaries
Bicycle Diaries
by David Byrne
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Talking Heads fans will flock to this book. Bicycle enthusiasts will shove each other out of the way to get the first copy. But it's the cyclists who are also Talking Heads fans that you really have to watch out for, because they're going to be... (read more)

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The Brass Verdict
The Brass Verdict
by Michael Connelly
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Thriller writer extraordinaire, Connelly combines his two most indelible series characters for one white-knuckled novel. The Brass Verdict finds Connelly's storytelling bravado in first-rate form.... (read more)

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Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities
Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities
by Jeff Mapes
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Mapes's fantastic and inspiring Pedaling Revolution deserves to be read by everyone, from the cycle-curious to the cycle-phobic. Love it or hate it, the pedaling revolution is upon us — read all about it!... (read more)

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Peter and the Shadow Thieves
Peter and the Shadow Thieves
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
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A perfect adventure for a lazy summer day, Peter and the Shadow Thieves is Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's thrilling follow-up to Peter and the Starcatchers. The new book is every bit as clever and exciting, as it sweeps us from the fantasia of Neverland... (read more)

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The Given Day: A Novel
The Given Day: A Novel
by Dennis Lehane
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After Mystic River, it's no surprise that Lehane is capable of writing a brilliant historical novel. This unforgettable tale is populated with absorbing characters and incidents that are so astonishing you'll swear they're... (read more)

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Lavinia: A Novel
Lavinia: A Novel
by Ursula K. Le Guin
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A living legend who leaps fearlessly across genre boundaries, Ursula Le Guin offers one of her very best novels to date in this retelling of Virgil's The Aeneid, told from a perspective that very often got lost in even the most compelling Greek myths... (read more)

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Moonlight Mile
Moonlight Mile
by Dennis Lehane
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Dennis Lehane revisits his Kenzie-Gennaro series, and the result is a leaner, more adult novel that casts these characters in more complex shades of grey. Moonlight Mile is a whodunnit and a white-knuckled thriller that shows Lehane at the peak of his... (read more)

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Gods and Heroes
Gods and Heroes
by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda
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Pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart bring mythology vividly to life with their intricate, eye-popping, jaw-dropping designs. Witness the rise and fall of Atlantis, the voyage of the Argo, the majesty of the Norse gods, and so much more... (read more)

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Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way
Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way
by Bruce Campbell
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Evil Dead star Bruce ("Hail to the king, baby!") Campbell follows his memoir, If Chins Could Kill, with a hilarious "autobiographical novel" about the B-movie king's unexpected starring role in an A-list production directed by Mike Nichols, co-starring... (read more)

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Fight Club
Fight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk
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A modern classic. I devoured Fight Club in one day several years ago and its impact hasn't been lessened in subsequent rereadings. Palahniuk's style is punchy, fast-paced, and often hilarious. It may be difficult to read the novel today without picturing... (read more)

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