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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822581
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Published: Crown Archetype - October 2nd, 2018

Idle's whirlwind life is so star-studded, so wild, so unlikely that it reads like a legend written with his characteristic wit and sharp humor. He willingly bares his skeletons, but is quite glad of any opportunity to polish his trophies in front of you too. A must read for any Python fan, for anyone in need of the boost his classic song can always provide, or for those of you in the mood for something … completely different.

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Everything's Trash, But It's Okay Cover Image
By Phoebe Robinson, Ilana Glazer (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780525534143
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Published: Plume - October 16th, 2018

These days, everything truly does feel like a giant dumpster fire. Non-intersectional feminism? Trash. Being an underpaid workaholic? Trash. Relationships? Duh, garbage dump. Luckily, Phoebe Robinson shows you how to laugh through all of that. Written in her stream of consciousness style with so many damn hashtags per page they should have their own footnote, this book is relevant, witty, and #phoebulous.

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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780393249897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017

Caitlin Doughty has written a book that compares all the bizarre, morbid, and fascinatingly gruesome ways that we as human beings handle death. Kicking off right here in Colorado with the nation's only open air pyre, this book is uncomfortable and entrancing — its descriptions of our treatment of the dead highlight numerous ways we approach the human condition, and how we live when others move on.

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The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills Cover Image
ISBN: 9781615192410
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Published: The Experiment - July 31st, 2015

This book squeezes in every tidbit of useful information it can. Written plainly and clearly, with illustrations to help you along the way, it sparked a new eagerness for exploration in me. Though I love hiking, I never realized just how much of the land's story I was missing until I read this book. Dog-ear it, mark it up, throw it in your backpack, and haul it along on every adventure you undertake henceforth.

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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316551243
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 7th, 2018

Brutally transparent, Beth Macy's look at the opioid epidemic sweeping America will leave you reeling and furious. She walks you through the experiences of addicts, the corporate selfishness and lack of empathy that channeled opioids into communities, and the vicious struggle of those who try to change anything for the better. Cheery? No, but given how quickly this crisis has grown and spread, a necessary read.

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ISBN: 9780393609097
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

I've read my fair share of Norse mythology, but what makes this book so fantastic is that it's written by Neil freaking Gaiman. This means the prose is approachable while still being beautifully crafted, so it reads like one of his works of fiction. He also characterizes the gods in a way that almost makes you   guilty for getting a fly-on-the-wall perspective of such mythical figures. Just read it. You know you want to.

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Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep Cover Image
ISBN: 9781622034598
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Published: Sounds True - July 1st, 2016

Most books I found on lucid dreaming tended to be based in western thinking — until I came upon this one. Andrew Holecek blends the pragmatic approach of western tradition with the philosophical ideas of eastern practices. If you want to learn how to improve skills while you sleep, resolve issues with people who may not be alive, or create a dream body that transcends physical limitations, you need this book.

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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501133091
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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

Writing in with a clear, often tender tone, Sarah Smarsh takes us through five generations of her family's impoverished middle American existence. She explicates the endless issues her family faced, like unsafe work conditions and lack of insurance, or the impossibility of achieving the American dream. This book challenges the myths about people who earn less, but should not be thought of as lesser.

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Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062697714
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Published: William Morrow - October 23rd, 2018

In a prequel that would make L.M. Montgomery proud, Sarah McCoy takes us back before Anne into the life of her beloved Marilla. Taking you from when Marilla was 13 all the way through to when Anne arrives, the story quenched my thirst for the reasons neither Marilla nor Matthew married, and the tale behind Marilla's failed relationship with John Blythe. If you hold Avonlea close to your heart, read this book.