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All About Love: New Visions
All About Love: New Visions
by bell hooks
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"The word 'love' is most often defined as a noun, yet... we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative and intensely personel, the renowned... (read more)

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Geek Love
Geek Love
by Katherine Dunn
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Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out — with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes — to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There's Arturo the Aquaboy, who has... (read more)

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Never Let Me Go: A Novel
Never Let Me Go: A Novel
by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Set in a (barely?) alternate England in the late 1990s, Never Let Me Go is the sum of Kathy's memories. Kathy is one of many "donors" who have been brought into being for purposes that, while well-intended, can come to no good. Ishiguro's novel touches... (read more)

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To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
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We didn't read this in high school. The assigned book was The Scarlet Letter, which was already a favorite of mine. Recently, however, I decided that I'd ignored To Kill a Mockingbird for too long. If you haven't read it, or if it's been awhile since you... (read more)

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A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
by Howard Zinn
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“Its a wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” —Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and... (read more)

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Disgrace
Disgrace
by J. M. Coetzee
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One afternoon while talking with a friend about books, I wondered how to best describe my experience of reading Disgrace, and this is what I came up with: it's like a finely-crafted, very sharp knife resting gently against your skin. The uneasiness and... (read more)

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Desert Solitaire
Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey
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This memoir by Edward Abbey recounts his years as a park ranger working at Arches National Park in Utah. Abbey's keen eye and sharp writing clearly impart the beauty of the desert and the importance of preserving our limited natural resources. His... (read more)

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Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
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Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwos fall from... (read more)

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A Fighting Chance
A Fighting Chance
by Elizabeth Warren
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An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works—and really doesnt As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an... (read more)

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra
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Life during wartime Chechnya is not easy to read about, but this novel is too beautiful to be depressing, and Marra's skilled plotting pushes you forward heart-first. This is my pick for the best under-the-radar book of 2013.... (read more)

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Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer
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Annihilation is haunting and dreamlike, eerily menacing and appealingly open to interpretation. Immersion in VanderMeer's intriguing and beautifully drawn dystopian world will keep you up at night.... (read more)

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The Queen of the Tearling
The Queen of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen
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“The Queen of the Tearling is destined to be a fantasy classic. Johansens writing is assured, confident and thrilling. I cant wait for the next book.” Amy McCulloch, author of The Oathbreaker's Shadow... (read more)

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
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Forty-two. Now read this classic to see what we're talking about. Sort of. It's pretty complicated — you better read the book. Bring a towel.... (read more)

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Peak
Peak
by Roland Smith
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When 14-year-old Peak Marcello is caught scaling a skyscraper to place his signature graffiti tag, he is offered a choice: spend three years in juvenile detention, or climb Mt. Everest with his long-absent father.  And though the choice might be easy... (read more)

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The Goldfinch 1st Edition
The Goldfinch 1st Edition
by Donna Tartt
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Donna Tartt delivers a beautifully rendered story about a young boy whose life takes a striking turn when an art museum explosion presents him the opportunity to "rescue" a priceless painting that will always hauntingly remind him of his mother.... (read more)

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Lolita
Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov
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Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze... (read more)

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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Vintage International)
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Vintage International)
by Haruki Murakami
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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who have never read Haruki Murakami and those who love his books with feverish devotion. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is a career-spanning collection of short stories guaranteed to amuse, disturb... (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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Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where... (read more)

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Infinite Jest: A Novel
Infinite Jest: A Novel
by David Foster Wallace
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Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our... (read more)

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Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
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Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Where the Wild Things Are Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year The original pictures have never before been as faithfully reproduced as they are in this new edition. Maurice... (read more)

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