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This coalition of authors have created a moving collection of essays, short stories, poetry and more. The result is as varied and difficult to encapsulate as the American experience itself. From gentrification in the Bay Area, to eking out an existence in rural Michigan, each contribution is unique and powerful, and I was left deeply moved. - Jade

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Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143131038
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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2017

I'm 25, frugal, and I generally can't distinguish much about a wine beyond whether it's red or white, but Bianca Bosker really drew me in to the wine world with her funny, straightforward approach. Follow her journey from civilian to sommelier as she tries to discern what makes a good wine, and why. - Jade

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Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128090
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2017

"Why write? Life is a cage of empty words" (pg 41) - Edward the Hamster

Thankfully for us, Edward keeps writing, giving us insight to the tormented mind of a uniquely unconventional household pet. Through his suffering, we become enlightened. And could you ask for anything more? - Rachel

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The Diary of Edward the Hamster, 1990-1990 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780399165979
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Published: Blue Rider Press a Member of Penguin Group (U - September 26th, 2013

I'm such a huge fan of Eddie Izzard's that when I found out he had an autobiography coming out, I'm pretty sure everyone in the store heard me squee. It lives up to the hype! Eddie tells his story in typical Eddie fashion, with humor, but also intelligence and heart. His footnotes are amazing. - Karena

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399175831
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 13th, 2017

This charming, funny story tells of a widow and her struggle to continue life with her two young daughters. Lilian, an illustrator, is tasked with drawing vegetables for an upcoming book, and so enrolls in a gardening class. There she meets a group of very different​ strangers, all of whom touch her life. This quirky novel is full of humor, joy and hope. - Sara

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The Garden of Small Beginnings Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399583582
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Published: Berkley Books - May 2nd, 2017

A comet is coming to end the world and only Junior knows about it. Told in Vonnegut-like  short chapters and bursting with dark humor, Currie tells the story in such a unique way (in the first half, the chapters count up to 100, and in the second half they count back down) as the world begins and ends. The book is  a chain letter; once you finish, you hand it to someone else. - Jason

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Everything Matters! Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143117513
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Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010

Don’t let the squirrel on the cover fool you—this is not a vapid summer read. This is quirky, hilariously critical, literary fiction.  It is both a romantic comedy told in present day Palo Alto, which ponders the thresholds of love and marriage—and a critique of the nouveau riche, big pharma and the military industrial complex. Unique and sweet, you’ll fall in love with it. - Jason

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The Portable Veblen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101981597
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016

I have a very meta love of books about books and The Weird Sisters is very much about that love. It follows three complex (and often at odds) sisters who come home to care for their ailing mother. Told in first person plural narrative you feel instantly a part of their story. - Karena

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The Weird Sisters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425244142
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - February 7th, 2012

I am such a fan of Eddie Izzard that when I saw he had an autobiography coming out, I think I squee'd. His brand of humor saturates his writing and is an utter delight to read. - Karena

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399175831
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 13th, 2017

Helena is the child born of kidnapping and captivity, until she and her mother escaped. Thirteen years later, her father has broken out of prison and Helena must use the skills he taught her to catch him. Woven around Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Marsh King's Daughter, and alternating between Helena’s childhood and her hunt for the man she both loves and hates, this fiendishly paced psychological thriller completely floored me. Think Room, but with vengeance. - Flannery

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The Marsh King's Daughter Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

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