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Hilarious, honest and inspiring, this comic takes a look at what it means to run recreationally. Runners will appreciate the spot-on humor about their chosen sport, while those who have just started will find comfort in his stories of failure and triumph. Full of really great advice and humor, and it inspired me personally to take up the habit. A perfect gift for anyone remotely interested. 

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Jax
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449459956
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 30th, 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

Thoughtful, truthful, and wry, Rebecca Solnit's essays are the kind that make enjoy nonfiction, a rare occasion for me. This collection spans a vast number of subjects and settings: the west coast's dwindling water supply, California's punk scene in the 70s, flora and ruins in the Arctic circle. Each essay is a little dark jewel that will open your eyes to something strange and new. 

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Andrea
$25.95
ISBN: 9781595341983
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Published: Trinity University Press - October 28th, 2014

Some birds are good birds, some birds are definitely not. In this hilarious guide, the talented Mincing Mockingbird presents the troubled birds, and boy do they have issues. Funny captions and character backstory, paired with the Mockingbird’s beautiful bird paintings, make this the perfect gift for any bird lover (or hater). 

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Flannery
$15.95
ISBN: 9780399170911
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 12th, 2014

This book hit me hard. Solnit’s fierce, impassioned essays make me want to be a stronger person. Their fact-littered, precisely worded sentences make me angry and inspired. They make me want to be stand up and scream for equality. Everyone should read it, and as this new edition contains two new essays and is reasonably priced, now’s the time. It’s worth it.

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Flannery
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608464968
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Published: Haymarket Books - November 11th, 2014
I love the “By The Book” section of the New York Times Book Review because the casual interview format provides authors a forum in which to reveal quirky and often surprising things about themselves (e.g., David Sedaris used to do most of his reading at IHOP; of all the characters in Shakespeare, Ian McEwan would like to be Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream). And now I can read the best of these in one book.
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Rico
By Pamela Paul (Editor), Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Scott Turow (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781627791458
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 28th, 2014
I’m a bit jealous that I haven’t gotten to be one of Lynda Barry’s students, but this book/syllabus/work of genius is the next best thing. It’s like having one of your favorite authors/artists/teachers look right at you and beam down the light of creativity into your soul. The handwritten, fully illustrated syllabus instructs students on which Emily Dickinson poetry lines to memorize (with an illustration of Emily Dickinson) and why literature-scholar-turned-psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist holds the key to imagination, and even how researching one portion of the brain and only answering to the name “Amygdala” for weeks on end is in fact life changing and creativity producing. This book really is a dream come true—unless you actually got to take a class from Lynda and then, well, don’t tell me about it.
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S.M.C.
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770461611
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - October 21st, 2014
What a delightful literary treat! Pericoli draws the views from writers’ windows across the world, evoking such a sense of place that only writing it can rival. Lovelier and more nuanced than a photograph, then paired with essays by the writers themselves, this collection makes you want to read the world through each destination, and is a reminder of how vast and rich our literary landscape is.
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Melinda
By Matteo Pericoli, Lorin Stein (Preface by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594205545
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Published: Penguin Press - November 13th, 2014
“Forget Strunk and White’s rules—cognitive science is a surer basis for clear and cogent writing, according to this iconoclastic guide from bestselling Harvard psycholinguist Pinker (The Language Instinct). Every writer can profit from—and every reader can enjoy—Pinker’s analysis of the ways in which skillfully chosen words engage the mind.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670025855
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Published: Viking Books - September 30th, 2014

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