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From the author of Psychic Soviet comes another collection of essays that will make you wonder: is this satire? Well dude, you wish this was f***ing satire.  –Molly

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Censorship Now!! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617754098
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Published: Akashic Books - November 3rd, 2015

This book has a chapter called “The Cheddarpocalypse”. If that doesn’t make you want to read it, I can’t help you. –Flan

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Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America S Most Iconic Cheese Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603585651
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 23rd, 2015

As the world prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympics, all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro to see if they can pull it off. Journalist Juliana Barbassa, originally from Rio, wondered as well, so she moved back and began to investigate life in the City of God. This is an eye-opening, fascinating look at a turbulent place and the proud people fighting for their city and way of life. –Flan

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Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476756257
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Published: Touchstone Books - July 28th, 2015

This lovely little book takes excerpts of John Muir’s writing on animals and presents them with absolutely beautiful illustrations. Muir’s writing is some of the best nature writing ever, and the watercolor paintings are a lovely homage. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves animals, the wild, or John Muir. –Flan

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By John Muir, Lisel Ashlock (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597143189
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Published: Heyday Books - October 2015

You remember the saga of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days beneath thousands of feet of rock, and the massive operation that went into rescuing them, but until you read this book, you don’t know the whole story. UCSC grad Tobar is the man the miners chose to tell their story, and it is a riveting account of their time underground as well as the aboveground battle to save them. –Flan

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Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250074850
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Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2015

This is such a charming little book! It’s perfect for lovers of tidepool or really anyone who is fond of lovely illustrations paired with science. I love the local aspect, and that all of the creatures described herein can be found as close as Natural Bridges. Take a peek, who knows what you might find! –Jax

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Fylling's Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tidal Pools Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597143028
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Published: Heyday Books - June 12th, 2015

This is an amazing look into what happens to the human body when it is struck by lightning. After being struck by lightning for the second time, this chronicles the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of this event. She also examines the fascinating ecosystem of the human heart. This is one you won’t forget. –Clytia

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A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140179378
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1995

From the creator of the expanded language of Dothraki in the HBO series, Game of Thrones, comes the perfect how-to for the aspiring fictional language creator. By the end of this engaging read, you’ll be dreaming up the exotic tongues of ancient and alien races, and have a grasp of how to bring them to life. –Aric

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The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143126461
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Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2015

Another beautiful offering from Timber Press, this combines the fun of coloring with a look at the world’s ecosystems. From banana slugs to the Great Barrier Reef, this book has all the critters you’ve ever wanted to color! (Except unicorns. Sorry.) –Rachel

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Color the Natural World: A Timber Press Coloring Book Cover Image
By Zoe Keller, Zoe Keller (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781604697186
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - November 18th, 2015

Tempted to jump in on the cupcake craze but feel that it’ll clash with your weekend (day?) drinking habits? Never fear, Prohibition Bakery has your back! With a wide range of recipes and ingredients, even the pickiest livers will leave sated. –Rachel

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ISBN: 9781454916963
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Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - October 6th, 2015



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