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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
$17.00
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

My productivity tanked while I was reading this novel; I almost had to stuff beeswax into my ears to resist its call and get anything done. Susan Choi's coming-of-age novel centers around an affair between a student and her professor's enigmatic, sexy wife. I never knew where the story was going, and I never cared. The last page was surprising, satisfying, and devastating—I so wish I could read it again for the first time. This is the lush, brainy novel you've been waiting for. 

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Kat
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125570
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

Junior cartographer T.S. Spivet maps what he sees: translating the world as he knows into diagrams and detailed drawings. His (fully annotated) journey from Montana to the Smithsonian combines, as Stephen King puts it, “Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Little Miss Sunshine.” Like nothing else I’ve read before.

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Kimberly
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143117353
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Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

An obsessive ex-wife and her morning commute bring to life the thrilling magic of Rear Window.  When Rachel spots something suspicious in a backyard from her seat on the train, it brings into motion a series of unsettling discoveries.  As she gets closer to the truth, more questions arise, causing the reader to doubt the narrator. 

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Sara
$21.56
ISBN: 9781594633669
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 13th, 2015

Long a huge fan of E.M. Forster, Smith pays homage with this modern retelling of Forster’s masterpiece Howards End. The results are terrific—a big, old-fashioned novel about class and family. Smith’s writing appears effortless; the plot is just as pertinent now as it was in Forster’s day, and her characters live and breathe like members of your own family. 

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Rico
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143037743
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Published: Penguin Books - September 2006

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