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Artificial Intelligence has arrived, bringing with it the very real possibility that we are on the verge of transforming what it means to be human. The first chapter of Life 3.0 reads like a science fiction thriller and then MIT professor Max Tegmark surveys the current state of AI implementation and details the crucial issues that need to be addressed going forward. Well written with exciting ideas and informed speculation, I found myself fascinated from beginning to end. - Trey

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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101946596
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 29th, 2017

I am totally obsessed with this cookbook. I don’t usually like to cook with recipes, but Clark’s instructions and ingredient lists  are both exciting and manageable. I’ve tried several dishes from various sections and I have yet to be disappointed. This book truly has something for everyone! - Jade

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Dinner: Changing the Game Cover Image
By Melissa Clark, Eric Wolfinger (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780553448238
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - March 7th, 2017

This fascinating book starts out with trying to understand how people in other cultures can believe such crazy things. The author interviews people who had their penises snatched in Lagos, and doctors who treated victims in Hong Kong. But he also investigates some of our American maladies that we take for granted as hard science. That’s where it really gets interesting. - Dave

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The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612195568
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Published: Melville House Publishing - April 11th, 2017

My favorite part of this book is the layout: a bamboo-eating panda paired with a ribboned seadragon, leafy green—bits mimicking each other. Or the asymmetrical mirroring of corals and wasps, Asian elephants and an elephant shrew. Sartore beautifully balances each animal’s individuality while showing how interwoven we all are on this planet. - Rachel

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National Geographic the Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals Cover Image
By Joel Sartore, Harrison Ford (Foreword by), Douglas H. Chadwick (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781426217777
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Published: National Geographic Society - March 7th, 2017

It's been awhile since I've laughed as hard as I did reading this. Irby's conversations with her cat are what did it for me as well as her essay on money management or rather lack there of. She is hilarious while being incredibly real about what it's like to be black and fat in this country. - Karena

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Bushido is the philosophy of the samurai, and the Hagakure is their bible. The concise collection of sayings and guidelines will teach you all the essentials of the chaste warrior: to keep your speech short, your intentions noble, and remind you to follow through with your sword strokes, lest you be embarrassed by the executed man’s head dangling comically from a shred of skin. - Aric

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Hagakure (Shambhala Pocket Classic): The Book of the Samurai Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781611801873
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Published: Shambhala - December 2nd, 2014

While many folks are familiar with symbiotic buddies like the clowfish/anemones and rhinos/oxpeckers, Gottlieb delves into the lesser known colleagues of the natural world. With gorgeous watercolor art and clean snarky language, it's one of my new favorites, both to casually browse and to buy for others. - Rachel

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Natural Attraction: A Field Guide to Friends, Frenemies, and Other Symbiotic Animal Relationships Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781632171016
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Published: Sasquatch Books - May 23rd, 2017

This is the optimistic eco-conscious treatise you are looking for. Written by a true radical thinker, and Yale educated philosopher, Eisenstein focuses mostly on the environment and what he calls a societal separation anxiety disorder, offering an alternative of interdependence between humanity and the planet. - Jason

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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781583947241
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 5th, 2013

Get sucked in to these creepy, weird, wonderful, and strange whodunits brought together in this hidden gem of a book. If you love real-life tales that make you go "Whaaa?" then you will certainly enjoy this collection of stranger-than-fiction essays. From sociopathic serial impersonators to the hunt for the elusive giant squid, this book has something for everyone! - Megan

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307275905
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 11th, 2011

When a warrior reaches a ripe old age and retires, you can bet your sword arm that they were good at their job. And when, after examining their life, they write down the reasons they survived as long as they did, you’d better read it. You may not be a killer, but the philosophy of a successful one can be applied to any discipline. - Aric

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The Book of Five Rings: A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword Cover Image
By Miyamoto Musashi, Thomas Cleary (Translator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781590302484
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Published: Shambhala - January 11th, 2005

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