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Rebecca Romney, rare-book specialist on Pawn Stars, serves up an always spicy—and sometimes scary—collection of stories about books, book people, and book making, including words of wisdom such as “everything’s worse with chlamydia” and “you know you’re involved in a snobby movement when printing Shakespeare is considered selling out.” Gutenberg, Mercator (of map-making fame), Benjamin Franklin, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Dickens all get amazing, and quite often appalling, chapters. - Dave

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Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062412317
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Published: Harper - March 14th, 2017

The first of the two pieces collected here is a draft of an essay that traces a road trip Didion took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, through the south in 1970. The second is a series of “California Notes” which she recorded for an assignment for Rolling Stone (that she never completed) on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. She later expanded them to include her thoughts about San Francisco, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento, and published it as part of her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was From. If you’re a Didion fanatic, as I am, you’ll be gobbling this up. - Rico

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South and West: From a Notebook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524732790
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

As you can tell by its title, Self-editing for Fiction Writers is a direct and fluffless guide to fine-tuning the first or seventh draft of your novel or short story. If you’re like me and pored over the first edition only to strip your work of all telling, this edition cautions against that, and urges authors to strike a balance between showing and telling. - Aric

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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060545697
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 13th, 2004

A nostalgic look back, this book showcases some of the show's most memorable moments and reveals behind the scenes secrets you didn't know you needed to hear. If you miss seeing Jon Stewart's charming smirk on your television every evening, this book is for you. - Jade

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The Daily Show (the Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests Cover Image
By Jon Stewart (Foreword by), Chris Smith
ISBN: 9781455565382
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 22nd, 2016

It turns out that Mary Oliver’s essays are almost as poetic as her poems. Fans of her deep powers of observation, love of nature, and carefully crafted phrases will find themselves well cared for by these pieces. Covering a variety of subjects but never far from the subject of artistic creation, Oliver shares her deepest thoughts on the life of the poet in the modern age.  —Rico


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Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

Truevine is a deeply intimate look at a family’s suffering, faith, and experiences through the loss of two sons, stolen away to the sideshow lifestyle at a young age. George and Willie Muse, their kidnapping having made its way to local legend, travelled the world as their mother fought to find them. Battling through the Jim Crow South, against white managers and the justice system, Harriet Muse was ahead of her time as she demanded rights for her own family. Twenty-five years in the making, this book is a heart-wrenching, empowering read. —Rachel

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Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316337540
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 18th, 2016

My hope is renewed—that being single as I approach 30 is fine, fulfilling, and probably for the best. Reading Liza Monroy’s hilarious new collection of biographical essays about her (many) foiled and fraught romantic endeavors—from cringe-worthy to downright dangerous—is both a pleasure and a relief. Inspired by her controlling yet caring mother (a State Department immigration profiler), Monroy takes a retrospective look at modern love, reaffirming that I’d rather be alone than in a not-quite-right relationship.  —Julia


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Seeing as Your Shoes Are Soon to Be on Fire: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593766498
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Published: Soft Skull Press - October 11th, 2016

“This is a book for anyone who ever underestimated a girl.” Jason Porath, former Dreamworks animator, one day started a conversation about inappropriate “Disney princesses.” Years and an incredibly successful website later, we have a book of unique, interesting, real women not found in history books. Rejected Princesses is illustrated with tongue-in-cheek love and labelled with maturity ratings and trigger warnings. You may recognize a few names. You won’t recognize a lot. But you’ll be glad for all.  —Jocelyn

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Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062405371
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 25th, 2016

The legendary Ursula K. Le Guin grants us a little further insight into a mind that has shaped worlds and readers for decades. Le Guin’s language is remarkable, poetic, and precise, whether venerating another artist or gently mocking literary critics. This collection of essays, speeches, and short nonfiction runs a gamut of subjects and topics, but always does so with the care and passion of an artist who sees the beauty and gravity of everything around her. —Jocelyn


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Words Are My Matter: Writings about Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer's Week Cover Image
ISBN: 9781618731340
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Published: Small Beer Press - October 18th, 2016

Nothing titillates the mind of the modern intellectual quite like a finely crafted essay. In the latest iteration, edited by everyone’s favorite local author and literary icon Jonathan Franzen, The Best American Essays 2016 features excellent nonfiction from the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Oliver Sacks, and a slew of talented others, including Bookshop’s own Richard “Rico” Lange, whose essay stands out among those of the other luminaries.   —Aric

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The Best American Essays 2016 Cover Image
By Jonathan Franzen (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)
ISBN: 9780544812109
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016



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