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This beautiful guide to classic and popular card games (blackjack, gin rummy) plus lesser-known ones (dou dizhu, suicide) would be an excellent addition to your vacation cabin or board-game nights this summer. Each of the 50 games is presented with rules and variations, with the objective and course of play clearly laid out. You’ll want to read it cover to cover before deciding which game to try first.    

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Andrea
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062385833
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Published: Harper Design - June 16th, 2015

With his combination of meticulous research and captivating writing, Jon Krakauer is my nonfiction hero. I’ve loved all his books and have been hoping for a new one. My wish has been answered with this painstakingly thorough exposé of a series of rapes and the failure of justice at the University of Montana. Infuriating, deeply human, and addressing an absolutely necessary topic, this is by far my most anticipated book of the year.

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Flannery
$23.16
ISBN: 9780385538732
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 21st, 2015

With keen intelligence and an exceptional elegance with words, Kate Bolick examines the pleasures and uncertainties that accompany her life-long “spinster wish”: an insatiable craving for solitude, independence, and self-knowledge, more powerful than the desire (and pressure) for romantic partnership. Spinster charts the perception of unmarried women through history, wondering why, still, an unmarried woman past child-bearing age must be making a statement.  —Julia

Simultaneously memoir, social commentary, and biography, Spinster made me seriously consider my own desires and the impact society has on them, and inspired me to start reading the work of the women discussed within. I loved this book.   —Flannery

$26.00
ISBN: 9780385347136
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

The Wild West has always captured our imagination, and few writers have evoked its magic like Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner, two very different people who presented distinctive sides of the West and worked tirelessly on conservation efforts. This readable book balances the life of both authors with the author’s Western travelogues, history, and the passionate argument for the need to continue the conservation that Abbey and Stegner fought for.                                                                                      

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Flannery
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393089998
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 20th, 2015

What makes a hero? McDougall’s surprising thesis: Anyone can be a hero, if you care about the people around you and attune yourself to your own natural movement. Tap into that, and you can accomplish extraordinary things. Spanning from Ancient Greece to Bruce Lee, from the history of parkour to World War II, this book is an epicly enjoyable ride. I learned so much and am so inspired, I have to tell everyone: go read this book!

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Jax
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307594969
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 14th, 2015

In 2006, Reggie Shaw was 19, on his way to a nice college career and a Mormon mission, when he caused a horrific car crash that killed two rocket scientists. He has no memory of what happened; records would show that he was texting. Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times correspondent Matt Richtel follows the aftermath of that life-altering morning, Reggie’s desperate search for redemption, Utah laws that first banned texting while driving, and the alarming neuroscience that reveals how social technology is rewiring our brains. (Shortly after publication, an entrepreneur bought and delivered a copy of A Deadly Wandering to every member of Congress—this riveting book is that compelling and that important.)        

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Julia
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062284075
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 2nd, 2015

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

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