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My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982114107
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Published: Gallery Books - February 15th, 2022

The story of Anna Delvey is being developed into two series for HBO and Netflix. This recounting, written by one of Anna’s former closest friends, brings you on a tumultuous true adventure as one of New York’s most recent notorious con artists dupes elite socialites and banking institutions alike. Layers of deception as the story unravels it makes it possible to start to understand how one could be deceived so ruthlessly.

-Reviewed by Sam


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Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984824349
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Published: Crown - February 22nd, 2022

Madhouse at the End of the Earth is a no-brainer for anyone that can’t get enough of the terror and mystery that arctic expedition adventures produce. Julian Sancton manages to weave factual history with a form of narrative that helps the reader become intrenched in the moment. Dry humor and a hesitation against exaggeration make this book one that will keep the reader interested in its 300 plus pages.

-Reviewed by Lisa


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Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982158590
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Published: Gallery Books - October 19th, 2021

Even those with major Godfather trivia fatigue will find something to enjoy about this book. Seal leads his audience through catastrophes, creative conflicts, and triumphs with the tone of a museum tour guide who is genuinely really, really into his job. I recommend this to people who know everything about the Godfather, people who know nothing about the Godfather (yet), and people shopping for gifts for their dads.

-Reviewed by Milo


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Getting to Zero: How to Work Through Conflict in Your High-Stakes Relationships Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780306924811
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Published: Hachette Go - October 5th, 2021

This book rocks! It is the best comprehensive resource I’ve come across on relationship conflict. And it’s relatable. It’s clearly written from someone who has deep ‘in the trenches’ experience. I love it and I’m excited to take these tools with me in all my relationships.

-Reviewed by customer Matt Hunter


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The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for a Happier, Stronger Relationship Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984880796
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Published: Penguin Life - February 15th, 2022

By the time you're halfway through this book, you'll wonder about assumptions of math (yes you CAN have a 160% awesome relationship) and love. The Klemps offer more than platitudes and more than a recitation of deep research. Instead, this book is a perfect merger of insight and data that makes you want to act immediately on the observations you'll uncover in this engaging read.

-Reviewed by customer Sue


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Nina Simone's Gum Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780571365623
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Published: Faber & Faber - October 19th, 2021

(Not the comic book writer — the violinist for Dirty Three and Nick Cave's band.) A funny, inspiring, love-inducing rumination on the artistic life and how it largely consists of revering strange moments and sources of curiosity. Ellis is a powerful player whose music makes people feel like they're streaking across desert sands, but here he reveals how that spirit is upheld by obsessive, superstitious tendencies which carry some anxiety.

-Reviewed by Nick


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Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061707810
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2011

A book about matriarchy, war, and relationships, mostly concerned with mythbusting. You will see the early days of anthropology epistemologically fraught with violence, and evidenced dreams of what sex and love can be. Ostensibly
a book about sex, this is a book about our own most subtle myths.

-Reviewed by Micah


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Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525565994
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Published: Vintage - June 21st, 2022

Through her work as a forester-turned-ecologist, Simard reveals the many ways in which trees communicate with and support each other through the mycorrhizal network, not just within but across species. Her groundbreaking research not only informs environmental policy, but also provides clues for navigating our interwoven lives and diverse planet. I will never look at trees the same way after reading this book.

-Reviewed by Lillie


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Models of the Mind: How Physics, Engineering and Mathematics Have Shaped Our Understanding of the Brain Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781472966421
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Published: Bloomsbury Sigma - May 4th, 2021

This tome cuts nicely through the sensationalism epidemic to computer science. It is after all not only computer science, but biology and history, with stop-overs in information theory, the Principia Mathematica, and Pan-demonium.

-Reviewed by Micah


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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

In this pivotal work, Smith visits historic sites associated with the institution of slavery in the United States. His innovative approach blends informative description and analysis, his own emotional experiences, and the voices of a diverse group of tour guides, site visitors, and scholars. These elements combine to reveal an important, understudied history, and also shed light on some of our most complex present debates.

-Reviewed by Lillie


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Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781476732480
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 30th, 2020

When it comes to Castro, scholarly works containing precise information and first-hand documents (Hansen gained access to many of Fidel's personal letters) are invaluable. This book neither exonerates nor vilifies, presenting a portrait of a complex individual whose motives may have been beyond his own awareness, but who exhibited remarkable consistency and charisma, and who performed a number of good deeds under dubious circumstances.

-Reviewed by Nick


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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

Finnegan details his life in the context of surfing, something that he is so passionate about that he made me long for the sea even though I don't surf. In pursuit of the perfect wave, he took a round-the-world trip over several years in the 70s, including a stint on an uninhabited island and a teaching gig in South Africa. This may be one of the best books I've read in my entire life.

-Reviewed by Brad


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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

This series of essays is a true gift. Esmé Weijun Wang chronicles her own diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and in so doing gives us a generous look at a very misunderstood condition. This is a moving look at mental illness from the viewpoint of the diagnosed rather than the one doing the diagnosing, with important lessons for all of us on how to treat others dealing with diagnoses laden with stigma.

-Reviewed by Julia


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