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Starting off with opioids and paralyzed legs, Fry’s biography is a rollercoaster ride through his childhood to the present day. Criss-crossing the globe in search of critters, venom, and shenanigans, Fry buddies up with Komodo dragons, milks stonefish, and collects scorpions, all in the name of venom. Dun dun dunnnn… - Rachel

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Venom Doc: The Edgiest, Darkest, Strangest Natural History Memoir Ever Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781628726992
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Published: Arcade Publishing - October 4th, 2016

In this harrowing autobiography, Ali boldly narrates the journey from her violent and impoverished upbringing in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, to a career in Dutch politics. At times horrifying, her tale is especially poignant today, as refugees are so frequently being turned around at the threshold. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780743289696
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Published: Free Press - April 2008

This fascinating book starts out with trying to understand how people in other cultures can believe such crazy things. The author interviews people who had their penises snatched in Lagos, and doctors who treated victims in Hong Kong. But he also investigates some of our American maladies that we take for granted as hard science. That’s where it really gets interesting. - Dave

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The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612195568
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Published: Melville House Publishing - April 11th, 2017

Though Claire doesn’t understand what a cult is, she knows her childhood isn’t normal. She learns meditation in school and her mother believes she can fly. Reflecting on her unusual upbringing, Claire Hoffman muses on its influence on her life and struggles to find a balance between the utopia she was conditioned to believe in, and the reality she is ultimately faced with. - Jade

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Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062338853
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 6th, 2017

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! - Megan

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307275905
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 11th, 2011

I’ve got a soft spot for stories about librarians fighting to save their libraries and this hits it for sure. One man builds a library to save centuries of Islamic manuscripts. A world famous Tuareg blues musician inspired by Al Qaeda may help to destroy them all. Can they be spirited away before the bonfire? - Dave

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476777412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017

An engaging read about not just volcanoes, but also the American logging industry, environmentalism, and people’s staggering ability to ignore what’s right in front of them. Olson offers up the deeply personal experiences of the people near the volcano when it burst, those who survived, and those who didn’t. - Jade

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Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393353587
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2017

This is a spirograph of a story, with genres, storylines, and people weaving in and out with no obvious path in mind. True crime, philosophy, history, poetry: this cannot be contained in a single genre. And then the book ends, loose ends connecting, and you are left with something gorgeous and confusing that needs pondering and admiration in the softest of ways. - Rachel

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At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250111401
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - January 17th, 2017

It's rare to find a memoir that fundamentally changes you. This is undoubtedly one of my favorites. Hope Jahren's enthusiasm about plants and science is infectious. Her expert storytelling—of growing up in Michigan, of motherhood, and especially of her best friend and lab partner, Bill—drew me in the most. You will leave this book fulfilled and inspired. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

I'm such a huge fan of Eddie Izzard's that when I found out he had an autobiography coming out, I'm pretty sure everyone in the store heard me squee. It lives up to the hype! Eddie tells his story in typical Eddie fashion, with humor, but also intelligence and heart. His footnotes are amazing. - Karena

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399175831
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 13th, 2017

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