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Abel's comic timing made me a coffee-snorting spectacle in public, because I laughed through every page. In unveiling the creative process behind hit nonfiction podcasts like This American Life, Abel makes something incredible: a graphic novelization about radio storytelling that is, itself, effortlessly enjoyable to read. Ideal for anyone responsible for telling a good story well.

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Amber
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385348430
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Published: Broadway Books - August 25th, 2015

Get sucked in to these creepy, weird, wonderful, and strange whodunits brought together in this hidden gem of a book. If you love real-life tales that make you go "Whaaa?" then you will certainly enjoy this collection of stranger-than-fiction essays. From sociopathic serial impersonators to the hunt for the elusive giant squid, this book has something for everyone!

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Megan
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307275905
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 11th, 2011

Tired of picking up digs at Sears? Get started on your custom wardrobe with the mix-and-match style of this cool pattern book. With basic overviews of different design elements, this book is the perfect intro for the budding dress designer. My first project will be the Zigzag Shirt Dress on page 125, no alterations needed. So cute!

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Megan
$29.99
ISBN: 9780770434946
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Published: Potter Craft - June 16th, 2015

A wonderful introduction to Muir's work, this book focuses on his animal observations. The artwork reflects his work: simply stated, but rich with details. Well-paired, it includes a variety of his adventures, from dogs and salmon to domestic sheep and bears.
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Rachel
By John Muir, Lisel Ashlock (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781597143189
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Published: Heyday Books - October 2015

James Loewen, who spent two years at the Smithsonian Institute reviewing the country’s leading textbooks on U.S. history, tears apart both the general view of history as “fact,” and the myths our education system has built to create the story of our country. Using select case studies, Loewen reveals both how and why you have been lied to--and gives you tools for how to approach--and love--history now.

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Jocelyn
$17.99
ISBN: 9780743296281
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 16th, 2007

Anne Bogart is one of the leading voices and talents of contemporary theatre in the United States. In this one-of-a-kind book she collects 21 conversations with other leading artists and thinkers of our contemporary culture, on topics both intimately personal and farsightedly broad. If you have any interest or concern in the directions that art and story are taking in our society, for good or ill, this is a book you must read.

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Jocelyn
$22.00
ISBN: 9781559363754
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - April 3rd, 2012

Sir Terry Pratchett was a fantastic entertainer who will be missed for his fabulous worlds and quick wit. But this collection of his work and general thoughts shows the man, incredibly sharp and intelligent, we lost in 2015. Fascinating, funny, and passionate, you sit down with this book like with an old friend, one whom you greatly respect and are absolutely terrified of--but whom you would never miss meeting, had you the option.

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Jocelyn
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804169226
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Published: Anchor Books - September 1st, 2015

What lies beneath our veneer of polite civilization? What happens when we let the truth come out? Yasmin Reza’s brief and powerful play forces a confrontation of the very nature of humanity in the most innocuous of settings: two sets of parents, civilly discussing an altercation between their children. It takes so very little to reveal our primal selves; who is the real god you pray to as you sit down to dinner?

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Jocelyn
$14.00
ISBN: 9780571242580
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Published: Faber & Faber - April 28th, 2009

Your brain was built exceptionally well for the everyday challenges of centuries ago-- just like the TRS-80 was built really well for the computer information needs of the 1980s. Time for an update! Whip-smart and incredibly relatable, Levitin shares current research along with practical suggestions to simplify modern living, so that even the naturally disorderly among us can survive the information age.

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Amber
$17.00
ISBN: 9780147516312
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Published: Dutton Books - September 1st, 2015

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

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