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Virtuoso Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937512873
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 14th, 2020

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610396004
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 10th, 2015

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By Hannu Rajaniemi (Editor), Jacob Weisman (Editor), Nino Cipri
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616962913
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Published: Tachyon Publications - November 13th, 2019

Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation Cover Image
By Ken Liu
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250297662
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Published: Tor Books - February 19th, 2019

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By Nona Fernández, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781644450079
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Why I Am Not a Buddhist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300226553
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Published: Yale University Press - January 28th, 2020

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By J. G. Ballard, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781250144805
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Published: Picador - June 12th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780262043069
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Published: MIT Press - October 22nd, 2019

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ISBN: 9781554201518
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Published: New Star Books - February 28th, 2019

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ISBN: 9781101973974
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Published: Vintage - February 6th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781945814938
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Published: Dzanc Books - September 10th, 2019

False Knees: An Illustrated Guide to Animal Behavior Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781449499723
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 15th, 2019

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By Alan Watts, Joan Watts (Editor), Anne Watts (Editor)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781608686087
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Published: New World Library - December 11th, 2018

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By Kamel Daoud, Elisabeth Zerofsky (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590519561
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Published: Other Press - October 16th, 2018

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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316259583
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 15th, 2019

The benefit that Jamison has over most addiction memoirs is that she is a really good writer. Her substance abuse came from a place of aimless depression, romanticizing drunken artists, and a desire to be seen. She describes the experience that addicts knows so well: loving your destroyer. I stopped reading books that I enjoyed in order to devote more time to this one, because it's compelling and true.    


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ISBN: 9781613743416
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Published: Chicago Review Press - May 1st, 2012

Forgotten classic sci-fi alert! I had watched the movie based on this (Stalker) twice, and read several essays on it before I finally read it a few weeks ago, and I was stunned that the book exceeded its legacy and hype. This is weird stuff, nearly surreal, but it all makes sense and respects your intelligence enough not to spoon feed you. It's grimly funny, too, and anyway Le Guin loved it so there you go.


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ISBN: 9780684827070
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 18th, 1997

Imagine: A memoir not based in abject suffering, or narcissistic worship of its author's quirkiness, which somehow manages to cover a nation's total collapse and be filled with hilarious stories. Stefanovic speaks in a clear, honest voice on the ups and downs of family, immigration, and being a kid while nationalism rises and tears apart your homeland. I laughed, I cried, I craved Serbian snack cakes. 


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ISBN: 9780262536608
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Published: MIT Press - September 25th, 2018

This book is much needed in a market filled with amateurish, poorly researched speculative nonsense by happy-go-lucky stoners with names like "Dr. Seymour Kindbud." If you like cited studies, objective descriptions of genetic processes and their interactions with the specific chemicals involved in marijuana, and the cool eye of a neuroscientist who does not appear to be a hippie lobbyist, this book is for you. The best resource available for real facts on the subject.


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ISBN: 9781501165344
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 4th, 2018

It's Gucci! If you love trap music or rap music or tales of insane journeys into darkness and criminal excess and creative drive, then Gucci's story is for you. The Godfather of an entire genre, notoriously not a forthcoming guy in regards to feelings, finally lets us in to his heart and memories. One of the better rap autobiographies to date.


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The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin: A Library of America Special Publication Cover Image
By Lisa Yaszek (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781598535808
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Published: Library of America - October 9th, 2018

A few weeks ago somebody looked at a pile of DVDs I had and said "That's really masculine stuff," and I said "Only because it's sci-fi, and they don't give women budgets for sci-fi movies." Well, the spacey ideas of futurist ladies can't as easily be kept from the written word, and here's a collection that'll open the doors to many queens of the genre. If you get into Joanna Russ from this, it'll already be worth it.


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ISBN: 9781786890115
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Published: Canongate Books - September 3rd, 2019

Yeah, JK Rowling loves it. It's that guy from Peep Show and That Mitchell & Webb Look! One of the finest minds in modern comedy turns inward and provides a hilariously honest (like "oh, I forgot it used to be that way") portrait of upbringing and its confusions. Obviously it's marketed in jest as a companion to Moran's similarly titled book, and in tone/quality that's not far from the truth!  


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ISBN: 9781481497503
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - December 18th, 2018

We've been told many times that many books were the successors to Hitchhiker's Guide, and we both know that it has never been even remotely true (at all). But take it from a zealous Adams fan: This is the one. This is the highest grade of space comedy possible. The jokes, concepts, pacing, characters, and all are exhilarating. "Life is beautiful. Life is stupid." As Levar Burton says, don't take my word for it.