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Visions and Revisions is the lyrical new work by author, ACT UP activist, and highly opinionated. It's somewhat like a memoir, but with reportage sprinkled throughout and less linear. This is an intimate and haunting look into how the AIDS epidemic has permeated the consciousness of a generation. The stories told here are beautiful elegies, dense angers, lonesome howls, and loving memories.

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Louise
$25.00
ISBN: 9781616954413
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Published: Soho Press - April 7th, 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

I’ve never wanted children, and I’m not alone, as these sixteen authors prove with their deeply personal, impassioned essays on their decision to remain child-free. Some of the many reasons to opt out of parenthood are explored in these smart, eloquent, and often funny essays. I hope this book gives skeptics a better understanding of chosen childlessness, and provides those of us who have made that choice with a greater sense of community.
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Flannery
By Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum (Editor)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781250052933
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Published: Picador USA - March 31st, 2015

How would you feel if your friend of 15 years turned out to be a con man and a murderer? Walter Kirn knows. This is the true story of Kirn’s friendship with a man who pretended to be a Rockefeller until his arrest for murder and the subsequent trial. This is true crime at its best—personal and shocking, it seems like it must be fiction, yet isn’t. I couldn’t put this down.
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Flannery
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631490224
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 30th, 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

Easily comparable to Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, this book provides a simple set of life tools that shine with genuine charm and a sense of care. Fox gives such good counsel because by now he keeps his priorities and perspective clearly in order, as underscored by his first and last sentence: “When we experience joy in our lives, what else do we really need?”

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Amber
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590791424
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Published: Select Books (NY) - January 21st, 2014

This was a pleasant surprise, a rich collection of funny anecdotes and unbelievably-true accounts of the actors' experiences behind the scenes of The Princess Bride. From the personal history of Andre the Giant and his off-screen antics, to the main actor's attempts to hide a broken foot on set, these stories will have you running back to the movie to spot those hidden gems.

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Sara
By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden (With), Rob Reiner (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476764023
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 14th, 2014

There is something about this British memoir that would not let me put it down—there is grit, honesty, and laugh-out-loud wit—I think it’s the wit that makes this book stay dear.  Andy Miller had always been a book lover, until life got busy and while he found himself talking about literature with the same enthusiasm, he realized that in his recent years he had actually only read one book all the way through.  And so, at the turn of his 40th birthday, he made a deal with himself that he would read 50 books, actually read them, give them time, and discussion, and thought, and when he did, Andy had an entirely new filter in which he viewed his life. This book is Andy's inspirational and very funny account of his expedition through literature: classic, cult, and everything in between. Beginning with a copy of Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita that he happens to find one day in a bookstore, he embarks on a literary odyssey. From Middlemarch to Anna Karenina to A Confederacy of Dunces, this is a heartfelt, humorous, and honest examination of what it means to be a reader, and the soul-searching that comes when we take in others narratives in order to examine our own.

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S.M.C.
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061446184
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 9th, 2014

When I was younger I struggled with the f-word; I wish I had had this book to guide the way. Roxanne Gay is both provoking and soothing--making you think a little harder about the state of the world and letting you know that it's ok to embrace your passions--even if they involve the color pink. This collection is honest while being pointed; it is fresh while being familiar.

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Nici
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

Reading The Disaster Artist is like witnessing the strange, improbable birth of something that should never exist, yet does. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, actor Sestero tells the story of eccentric and lonely director Tommy Wiseau’s film debacle turned cult-phenomenon in a bizarrely human story about the complexity of our relationships. 

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Dillon
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476730400
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 7th, 2014

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