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Have you ever thought of something embarrassing you did as a child and cringe? If you’re like me—and Una LaMarche—you could fill an entire book with these humiliating moments. Fortunately for you, LaMarche has done just so in her new book, Unabrow. She pairs her 90’s R&B obsession quite nicely with all the advice you should have gotten from your strange older sister. Tuck this one next to Jenny Lawson on your bookshelf.

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Louise
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142181447
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Published: Plume Books - March 31st, 2015

Public shaming is old news, but in the internet age, it’s taken on a new life. In this fantastic book, Ronson examines the culture of shaming using various examples, and addressing the aftermath of shaming. Funny, engaging, and utterly fascinating, this book will make you think long and hard about shaming, and whether you should be doing it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Plus, he’ll be speaking here on April 10th!

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Flannery
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594487132
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 31st, 2015

Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid offers a collection of succinct portraits and cultural observations on living in New York City, London and Lahore, Pakistan, since 9/11. Even as he details the hyperbolic paranoia, horror and culture shock of his (and our) media- saturated life in the time of terrorism and Internet 2.0, Hamid can't resist the absurd humor of our globalized freneticism.
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Vernon
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594633652
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 24th, 2015

I don't know whether to be relieved that my experience of being female is normal or depressed about how much, um, annoyance is inevitable. Julie Holland unveils the hormonal chemistry behind our feelings and discusses many strategies for living well with our changes. She backs up her information and advice with over forty pages of notes and references. Best of all, she addresses sometimes uncomfortable material with a matter-of-fact writing style that I found very helpful.

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Cat
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594205804
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Published: Penguin Press - March 3rd, 2015

Apparently the heart isn’t the only destination you can reach via the stomach. Pollan uses his expert investigative powers to present the back-story to four meals and his retelling of this digestive narrative changed my mind about how I eat, where I shop, and what I consider “affordable” food. This is an excellent book for anyone who loves food or just appreciates excellent writing.

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Nici
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

More pertinent now than ever, this modern classic is the history of water in the west. Reisner tells the story of the most necessary component of the West’s amazing growth and development—dams. The tale is filled with heroes, villans and a few prescient souls who saw the future but weren’t powerful enough to stop it. Everyone living west of the Mississippi should read this book!

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Rico
$19.00
ISBN: 9780140178241
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1993

The term psychopath instantly brings to mind thoughts of Hannibal Lector or Ted Bundy, but in reality, psychopaths live among us and look like our neighbors and CEOs. In this fascinating book, Ronson examines the world of psychopaths and those who study them. Ronson is such a charming, witty writer that what could have been a terrifying book is instead funny, engaging, impossible to put down, and filled with fodder for discussion. In fact, if you read this, you’ll be desperate to talk to about it, making it perfect for book groups. I absolutely loved this book.

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Flannery
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594485756
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2012

Ever wonder what a Saint Bernard, vampires, overwhelming fear, and Louis Pasteur have in common? Rabies! Did you get it right? Most people who get it (rabies) don't survive without immediate treatment, but by reading this book, you can experience rabies without the risk of death! Rabid: It's what all the cool kids are reading.  

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Rachel
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143123576
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

As a history nerd, I know way too much about the British monarchy and, more specifically, the Plantagenet dynasty, but even I was surprised by Dan Jones's book. The Plantagenets are a fascinating family which helped shape the European world extensively. If you think your family has problems, you've got nothing on the murders and betrayals of the Plantagenets.

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Ivy
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124924
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014

At 17, Eustace Conway moved into the forest to live in a teepee, subsist on wild game (including roadkill) and foraged plants, and to inspire lazy, in-the-box modern Americans into a commune with the natural world. Unlike Christopher McCandless (subject of Into The Wild) Conway isn’t in it for the hermit-status seclusion or even the adventure; he became a tireless teacher, public speaker, land-owner, and camp director, driven by his unyielding and fastidious need to become a “Man of Destiny.” Beyond a play-by-play of his adventures, Glibert explores Conway’s motives and inspirations, his complicated relationship with an emotionally abusive father, and his charming but demanding personality. Most of all, it’s a brilliantly deep, engrossing look at the model of American frontier masculinity that deteriorated at the Industrial Revolution.    

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Julia
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142002834
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 27th, 2003

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