Brad's Recommendations

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Elmet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208424
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 5th, 2017

So far, my favorite of the books from the Man Booker Prize shortlist for 2017. A family (two children and a bare-knuckle brawling father) living in the woods on the fringes of British society, but eventually regular society finds a way to infiltrate their happiness. The last scene is one that will be burned into my memory for a long time to come.

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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse: The Story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI's War on the American Indian Movement Cover Image
By Peter Matthiessen, Martin Garbus (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780140144567
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 1992

I read this when I was in Badlands National Park, right near the reservation where the events took place. The killing is told from both perspectives, what the Native Americans have disclosed and what the FBI suspects happened. Most importantly, the history of the Pine Ridge Reservation is compelling and haunting, pointing out the historic and systemic racism that has plagued Native American culture.

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Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062690968
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Published: Harper - February 6th, 2018

Part coming of age story, part revenge tale, a family living on the edge of civilization in backwoods Australia must do whatever they can to survive. This book reads like a Western, but the race relations of the outback are a central focal point of the story, something that reads relevant even today. The scenery is described in sparse details that bring the whole story together. Expertly written.

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ISBN: 9780312427566
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Published: Picador - March 4th, 2008

What did it take to become an astronaut in the 1960s, when the term was being defined? Tom Wolfe went in-depth researching the incredible bravery and courage of those who became the first in space, from the experimental rocket-plane pilots, to the training grounds, to the flights of the Mercury series itself. This is a great read for any lover of space, or for anyone who likes a good adventure.

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By Carsten Jensen, Charlotte Barslund (Translated by), Emma Ryder (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780547737362
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Published: Mariner Books - May 22nd, 2012

This title was recommended to me by a local when I was in Denmark. I’m overjoyed that I took their advice! This saga tells the stories of a small fishing village over the span of 100 years, with all of the relationships and fights that come when everyone knows everyone else, and has forever. Beautifully written.

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Reincarnation Blues: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey - August 22nd, 2017

A soul is given 10,000 attempts to achieve perfection, but no one tells Milo this until after attempt 9,995. Milo revisits some of his former lives, both historical and futuristic, and falls in love with Death along the way. I found this book to be enjoyable, humorous, and philosophical all at once. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for Michael Poore's next work.

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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618446872
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Published: Mariner Books - April 5th, 2004

Theroux is one of the authors who got me into travel writing. Theroux was with the Peace Corps in Africa in the 60s and 70s. In Dark Star Safari, he returns to the Green Continent and travels by land through Egypt and the Western countries, eventually winding up in South Africa to see more of the place he grew to love, and to see how much the world has changed, and how much he has changed as well.