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Simply put, this is the very best book (among many strong contenders) about the American experience in Vietnan. It’s part autobiography, part history, part novel and all masterpiece. O’Brien’s experience as a soldier clearly haunted him and the book is a kind of sentence-by-sentence exorcism that, in turn, haunts you, the reader.

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Rico
$15.95
ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

In a world obscured by an abundance of data, infographics are the eyeglasses that bring everything into focus. With an introduction by reigning king-of-data Nate Silver (The Signal and the Noise), this mind-blowing collection is educational, entertaining, and journalistic. And seriously, laugh-out-loud hilarious. With graphic representations of “How to be Happy,” “The Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Bay,” and “Beiber, Then and Now,” how could anyone resist?
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Nici
By Gareth Cook (Editor), Nate Silver (Introduction by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780547974514
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 14th, 2014

People have sent Randall Munroe amazingly creative questions, like “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” and he endeavors to answer them with the enthusiastic tenacity of STEM graduate students trying to please their dissertation boards. Fans of Munroe’s wildly popular comic xkcd don’t need any convincing. For the rest of you, think of What If? as the natural extension of shows like MythBusters—except with completely untestable scenarios and much geekier humor. Trust me, it’s transcendent.
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Nici
$19.20
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

Want to cook but don’t have a ton of time? Have no fear, Mark Bittman is here! In the most recent addition to Bittman’s excellent How to Cook Everything series, he provides quick and easy recipes that you can whip up in an evening without having to stress about it. I love how straightforward Bittman’s cookbooks are, and I know this one will be saving my meals for some time to come.
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Flannery
$35.00
ISBN: 9780470936306
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 7th, 2014

I am absolutely fascinated by restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson—both by his life story (chronicled in his memoir, Yes, Chef) and by his multicultural cooking—so I’m really excited to pick up this collection of recipes that he cooks at home. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and now living in Harlem, Samuelsson’s eclectic recipes blend a rainbow of flavors but are always inviting and so delicious.
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S.B.
By Marcus Samuelsson, Rebekah Maysles (Illustrator), Paul Brissman (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780470940587
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 21st, 2014

Set in a fictional town based on Day’s real Indiana home, the chapters melt together in a glittering, nostalgic portrait of the winter home of the Great Porter Circus between 1884 and 1939. Think Winesburg, Ohio plus Water for Elephants. It was a finalist for The Story Prize and was recently made into a musical at Ball State University.
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Julia
$18.95
ISBN: 9780156032025
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Published: Mariner Books - July 6th, 2005

This book is utterly depraved & also brilliant. Dewitt’s narrator is a bartender in a very unhip dive bar. As he shares his attempts to escape his circumstances, he captures the world of the bar and its inhabitants in all their dysfunctional alcoholic glory. Think Bukowski, but from the bartender’s point of view. You will be disgusted and you will laugh like a hyena.
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Rico
$15.95
ISBN: 9780547335711
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Published: Mariner Books - April 8th, 2010

People have sent Randall Munroe amazingly creative questions, like “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” and he endeavors to answer them with the enthusiastic tenacity of STEM graduate students trying to please their dissertation boards. Fans of Munroe’s wildly popular comic xkcd don’t need any convincing. For the rest of you, think of What If? as the natural extension of shows like MythBusters— except with completely untestable scenarios and much geekier humor. Trust me, it’s transcendent.
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Nici
$19.20
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

Inspired by the friendship of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell, this novel imagines two new characters and captures the writer’s life of the late ‘50s, complete with artist colonies, East Village life, and a martini or two. Written entirely in letters, Frances and Bernard ruminates on art, religion, faith, and friendship in a way that only the correspondence between a novelist and a poet could.
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Melinda
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544105171
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Published: Mariner Books - January 7th, 2014

I adore Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking as much as anybody, but Richard Olney’s books about French food are the ones that have made the biggest impact on my cooking. Olney was an American who found his place in the world in Provence, and through his books, brought the joys of French country cooking to American readers. Simple French Food, which Alice Waters credits as being one of her greatest sources of inspiration for cooking at Chez Panisse, showcases seasonal, unpretentious food to perfection.

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S.B.
By Richard Olney, Richard Olney (Illustrator), Mark Bittman (Foreword by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780544242203
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 6th, 2014

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