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As far as celebrity tell-alls goes, this had way more history lessons than most, but was also much more hilarious (and terrifying). Youssef tells his perspective on Egypt’s revolution(s)/coups/turbulence in the last six years, and if you are at all confused at how all of those words apply, then you need to read this book. I promise it is funny, and painfully biting, as it always is with the best satire. - Jax

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Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062446893
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Published: Dey Street Books - March 21st, 2017


My favorite thing about this book is that it leaves you wanting to read more; full of literary references and name-dropping galore! A biography that’s more adventure than simply a book of facts, Hemingway and Dos Passos, saving lives to great effect. Two literary giants inspired by wartime woes, dodging bullets while their writing skills grow. It’s a quick read and lot’s fun, especially if you're like me and into WWI. - Ashley

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The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, DOS Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780306823831
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Published: Da Capo Press - March 28th, 2017


If you don’t know about The Moth yet or haven’t been obsessively listening to The Moth Radio Hour—where have you been? Welcome to the legendary live storytelling event that showcases the transformative power of empathy, deep listening, and community. True tales as diverse as you can imagine (told by astronauts, refugees, moms, and celebrities), now in print, that might even give you a spark of hope for this stormy world. - Julia

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The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown Cover Image
By Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101904404
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 21st, 2017


Anne Lamott wants us to start living like we value forgiveness and humility more than we value being right and winning. Unlikely in these divisive times, you say? Yet Hallelujah Anyway makes a reasonable case that we can, and should, start within our personal lives, weaving lofty spiritual wisdom with a dose of cynicism and silliness. In true Lamott fashion, even the God-talk isn’t dogmatic, but resonates as inspiring and relevant. - Julia

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Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735213586
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of my favorite writers and her new book only solidifies that. In Dear Ijeawele, she offers advice to her friend on raising her child to be a feminist in fifteen suggestions. Adichie is passionate and eloquent in her delivery, making you feel as if she’s talking to you personally. - Karena

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781524733131
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017


I know what you’re thinking: “Another book about Nazi Germany? What could that possible add to our knowledge?” One word: drugs. So. Many. Drugs. This is no sensationalist story, but rather a thoroughly researched examination of the integral role drugs played in the rise and fall of the Third Reich—from the meth that fueled the troops to Hitler’s favorite cocktail of drugs, this book ensures that you will never look at the Third Reich the same way again. - Flannery

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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328663795
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017


Reading The Silk Roads can be like standing in the middle of a planetarium and looking straight up while the universe spins around at high speed. This book will reorient you by placing connections between east and west back at the center. Covering, among other things, religion, trade, war, disease, and agriculture, Frankopan weaves an epic tale dizzying in its re-conception. - Dave

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101912379
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Published: Vintage - March 7th, 2017


Wow, wow, wow, what an incredible story. Christopher Knight walked into the Maine woods at the age of twenty and lived there without human contact for almost three decades. A hermit in the extreme, this is the story of a man who never wanted his existence known, and Finkel writes it with respect, honesty and great care, weaving the astonishing details of Knight’s life (he never lit a fire in 27 years!) into a classic nonfiction narrative. - Melinda

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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$20.76
ISBN: 9781101875681
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017


I hadn’t heard of Lindy West before picking up this book, but after reading it, I felt like I’d known her all my life. Her hilarious but real take on pop culture, body shaming, social justice, and feminism puts her up there with Roxane Gay and Phoebe Robinson in my list of favorite writers with important things to say. - Karena

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Shrill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316348461
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Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017


We all know what they look like, and some of us can even pronounce them correctly on our first attempt. From pop culture to scientific spats, the ink blot test has permeated the world over. The first full-length biography of Rorschach written, The Inkblots delves into his background, the creation of his experiment, and the uproar it causes to this day. A lovely mixture of science and art, just the way Rorschach would have preferred. - Rachel

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The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804136549
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - February 21st, 2017


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