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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
$28.00
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

After reviewing the history of our species in Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari returns with his accessible and intelligent voice to take readers on a journey into the next epoch of human evolution and beyond. From the role of artificial intelligence to the annihilation of death, Homo Deus offers a glimpse into humanity’s near and distant future that is both frightening and fascinating. - Aric

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780062464316
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Published: Harper - February 21st, 2017

This book delivered exactly what I hoped for from the main creative forces behind Broken Lizard. There are about as many “colorful” jokes as one might imagine, including hilarious misadventures with sex, drugs and the comedy high life. But those jokes are very funny, and his writing is honest, engaging and full of good advice about film, comedy, and just living. 

Check it out, right meow. - Jax

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Mustache Shenanigans: Making Super Troopers and Other Adventures in Comedy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101985236
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Published: Dutton Books - March 28th, 2017

If you don’t know about The Moth yet or haven’t been obsessively listening to The Moth Radio Hour—where have you been? Welcome to the legendary live storytelling event that showcases the transformative power of empathy, deep listening, and community. True tales as diverse as you can imagine (told by astronauts, refugees, moms, and celebrities), now in print, that might even give you a spark of hope for this stormy world. - Julia

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The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown Cover Image
By Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101904404
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 21st, 2017

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