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Usually when our buyer brings me a book on contemporary queer theory I have to prep myself by brushing up on my vocabulary and pronunciation skills (it's pronounced Foo-ko, Louise, not Full-calt). Nelson doesn't condescend by oversimplifying her critiques and theories; her approach is practical and lucid, and her arguments about identify politics are fresh to death.

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Louise
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The Argonauts Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781555977078
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2015

Anne Bogart is one of the leading voices and talents of contemporary theatre in the United States. In this one-of-a-kind book she collects 21 conversations with other leading artists and thinkers of our contemporary culture, on topics both intimately personal and farsightedly broad. If you have any interest or concern in the directions that art and story are taking in our society, for good or ill, this is a book you must read.

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Jocelyn
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Conversations with Anne: Twenty-Four Interviews Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559363754
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - April 3rd, 2012

Sir Terry Pratchett was a fantastic entertainer who will be missed for his fabulous worlds and quick wit. But this collection of his work and general thoughts shows the man, incredibly sharp and intelligent, we lost in 2015. Fascinating, funny, and passionate, you sit down with this book like with an old friend, one whom you greatly respect and are absolutely terrified of--but whom you would never miss meeting, had you the option.

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Jocelyn
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A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction Cover Image
By Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804169226
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Published: Anchor Books - September 1st, 2015

What lies beneath our veneer of polite civilization? What happens when we let the truth come out? Yasmin Reza’s brief and powerful play forces a confrontation of the very nature of humanity in the most innocuous of settings: two sets of parents, civilly discussing an altercation between their children. It takes so very little to reveal our primal selves; who is the real god you pray to as you sit down to dinner?

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Jocelyn
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God of Carnage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780571242580
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 28th, 2009

The book is an intimate look into the vast failure of America in dealing with the construct of "race," our failure to acknowledge (let alone attempt to redress) the legacy of slavery and segregation, and our failure to protect and support our citizens. But it is also a tender and touching look at how to be a parent--an imperfect being in an imperfect world--trying to prepare your child for both the best and the worst possibilities.

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Nici
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Between the World and Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gilead, has a new collection of essays focusing on our modern culture and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is drawing on the likes of Calvin or Shakespeare or commenting on the privilege of the American elite, her precision and insight are evident in her prose. With chapter titles like “Memory, Grace, Theology or Fear,” Robinson’s essays reveal her belief in humanity despite our flaws, and the kinship of Robinson and her own protagonist, Gilead’s Reverend John Ames, seems deliciously close.  --S.M.C.

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The Givenness of Things: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374298470
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 27th, 2015

The second installment of the ever-popular Humans of New York series (complete with the quotes and stories we know and love) is a unique look into the hearts and minds of our fellow humans. Entertaining as it may be, hold on to your heart and prepare for it to warm, melt, even break, at some of the stories in this new collection. I’m a big fan of Louis, profiled on page 218. That kid is going places.  --Megan

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Humans of New York: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250058904
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 13th, 2015

In 2015, we have seen the release of many talented authors making connections across disciplines. Writers like Rebecca Solnit and Ta-Nehisi Coates are flanked by the great American voice of Lauret Savoy. In Trace, Savoy laces geography, geology, and critical race and ethnic studies into a meaningful and felicitous dialogue. We are shown that the landscape of the body and mind can mirror Earth’s faults and craters.  --Louise

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ISBN: 9781619025738
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

This is the perfect gift for music enthusiasts, art aficionados. or anyone who delights in life. Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo has created a music diary, outlining his wide-ranging appreciation in 101 profiles. From Bach to Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson to the Ramones, there is much to agree with in Cavolo’s profiles and even more to discover. Overflowing with bright illustrations and hand-drawn commentary, Cavolo makes the musical experience both personal and universal. We can all fall in love with his book.  —Melinda

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101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die Cover Image
By Ricardo Cavolo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781910620007
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Published: Nobrow Press - September 15th, 2015

One of the foremost authorities on film, David Thomson has written thousands of words exploring and critiquing movies, their history, their triumphs and failures. Now he wants to help you do the same, and provides a crash course in the various languages and details that make up film. Thomson’s goal is to ignite a passion through helping people come to a deeper understanding of a medium that is always entertaining but richer and more complex than meets the layperson’s eye.  —Jocelyn

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How to Watch a Movie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101875391
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 3rd, 2015

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