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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

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

For anyone who loves video games – or is even just interested - this book is a whole lot of fun. Getting to know the people and stories behind some of the biggest (and most infamous) games of the last decade is intriguing and enlightening, and the burdens and joys of being a game developer are now much clearer and easier to relate to. A true-to-life anthology giving you another way to experience your favorite games. - Jocelyn

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Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062651235
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 5th, 2017

This is not a How to Be Alone (though Jonathan Franzen’s essay collection is worth reading); it’s an exploration into loneliness as represented in the art of lonely artists. Laing beautifully examines well-known artists like Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol and introduces us to lesser known and incredibly interesting people like Henry Darger and David Wojnarowicz. After reading this book I found myself wanting more “alone” time with art. The Lonely City is a meditative read. - Ashley

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador USA - June 6th, 2017

Hilarious essays on race, gender, and pop culture by the host of CNN’s United Shades of America. Kamau is a self-proclaimed blerd (a black nerd) who writes as effortlessly about Michael Jordan and Spiderman as he does about being a cisgender male getting woke-schooled by a feminist. This book will inspire you to raise a fist in solidarity as often as it will make you laugh. - Jason

John Powell, a physicist with a master’s degree in music composition, adds another volume to the compendium of obsessive, awesome scientists from different disciplines trying to determine why music affects us so much. In this exploration, though he draws on psychology, Powell takes particular notice of music in the context of daily, regular human experience and how it amplifies an already good life. - a.c.

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Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica--The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316260671
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 2nd, 2017

The quintessential book for lexophiles and logophiles! Lexicographer Kory Stamper takes readers on a delightful tour of Merriam-Webster’s hallowed cubicles and shows us how dictionaries are created and edited. Full of charming, hilarious, and never-pedantic anecdotes—including how in the world the word “irregardless” earned a spot in the dictionary—this is fantastic for any wordsmith. - Kelly

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Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101870945
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 14th, 2017

My mother introduced me to David Sedaris’s work when I was (far too) young. That alone probably says a lot about how I turned out. Sedaris is a master of wicked humor, and during his lecture tours he often reads excerpts from his diaries to the eager crowd. They are funny, insightful, and more than a little snarky, and he is finally releasing some of them for our reading pleasure. I can’t wait! - Ivy

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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780316154727
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

I discovered Negin in her documentary The Muslims are Coming then saw her speak at an event and immediately bought this book. It's a hilarious, but real commentary on race and religion in our culture and society. A must-read in our specific political climate. - Karena

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How to Make White People Laugh Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781455558223
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 24th, 2016

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book that celebrates such a diverse range of creative women with such vibrancy and style. Writers, chefs, artists, designers, musicians, and others who dream of running their own creative businesses will see themselves reflected in this beautiful and powerful book. - S.B.

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In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579655976
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

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