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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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Lush Life
Lush Life
by Richard Price
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It's a given that fans of Price's earlier novels will rush to read Lush Life. In addition, fans of the HBO series The Wire — or anyone who enjoys a gripping read, period — won't want to miss this fantastic novel, which peels back the shiny surface of... (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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Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
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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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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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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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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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Catch-22
Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
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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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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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Mythology (Ologies)
Mythology (Ologies)
by Hestia Evans and Lady Evans and Dugald Steer
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I wish this book had been published about 25 years sooner! Decorated with little envelopes containing cards, notes, and pop-up scenes, Mythology is a perfect primer for getting fresh minds hooked on Greek mythology. Whether they're Percy Jackson fans... (read more)

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The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn't Know You Need to Know about Making an Independent Film
The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn't Know You Need to Know about Making an Independent Film
by Reed Martin
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What's great about The Reel Truth isn't simply its usefulness, but its thoroughness. Martin doesn't gloss over the difficulties of the medium (filmmaking is a constant, uphill struggle, no matter how successful you are). Nor does he make any attempt to... (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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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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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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Bridge of Sighs (Vintage Contemporaries)
Bridge of Sighs (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Richard Russo
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Russo is a modern master of absorbing characters, brilliantly sharp dialogue, and a warm-hearted yet strangely thrilling storytelling style. The only sighs this elegiac novel produces are of wistful satisfaction.... (read more)

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The Witches
The Witches
by Roald Dahl
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"With their third book for young readers, Gaiman and illustrator McKean are on their way to becoming the post-millennial Brothers Grimm. As visually breathtaking as it is scary, The Wolves in the Walls will delight readers of all ages."... (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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Purity of Blood: Book Two of the Adventures of Captain Alatriste
Purity of Blood: Book Two of the Adventures of Captain Alatriste
by Arturo Perez-Reverte
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This swashbuckler, the follow-up to Captain Alatriste, brings even more gripping thrills and harrowing escapes in the time of the Spanish Inquisition... all with a literary flavor that won't make you ashamed to be seen reading it in coffee shops and on... (read more)

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Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
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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