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A customer recommended this book to me, and I’m so glad she did! Horowitz and his wisecracking, alcoholic friend follow the same course as the legendary sailor Captain James Cook. Horowitz’s journey helps him strike a balance between admiration for Cook’s achievements, and an acknowledgement of the irreversible catastrophes he unintentionally wrought on the native cultures he encountered whilst circumnavigating the globe. - Jade

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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312422608
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Published: Picador USA - August 2003


Santa Cruz native Noah Levine couldn’t kick. All the punk life had gotten him was high and behind bars, until his dad (Buddhist teacher Stephen Levine) visited him in jail, and said “learn to meditate.” Since then, this bad-boy-turned-spiritual-Guru has started an international movement of Buddhist-based recovery from drugs and alcohol. - Jason

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Dharma Punx Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060008956
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Published: HarperOne - May 4th, 2004


In this harrowing autobiography, Ali boldly narrates the journey from her violent and impoverished upbringing in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, to a career in Dutch politics. At times horrifying, her tale is especially poignant today, as refugees are so frequently being turned around at the threshold. - Jade

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Infidel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743289696
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Published: Free Press - April 2008


Though Claire doesn’t understand what a cult is, she knows her childhood isn’t normal. She learns meditation in school and her mother believes she can fly. Reflecting on her unusual upbringing, Claire Hoffman muses on its influence on her life and struggles to find a balance between the utopia she was conditioned to believe in, and the reality she is ultimately faced with. - Jade

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Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062338853
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 6th, 2017


Grief has a powerful influence over art. When Tom Hart lost his daughter at a young age, he poured out a gorgeous attempt at healing. Rosalie struck like lightning as her name implies and the following thunder will reverberate in Hart forever. This book got me through a really tough time and opened up much needed flood gates to cry. Have tissues handy. - Ivy

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Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250049940
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 12th, 2016


This is the optimistic eco-conscious treatise you are looking for. Written by a true radical thinker, and Yale educated philosopher, Eisenstein focuses mostly on the environment and what he calls a societal separation anxiety disorder, offering an alternative of interdependence between humanity and the planet. - Jason

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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781583947241
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 5th, 2013


This is a spirograph of a story, with genres, storylines, and people weaving in and out with no obvious path in mind. True crime, philosophy, history, poetry: this cannot be contained in a single genre. And then the book ends, loose ends connecting, and you are left with something gorgeous and confusing that needs pondering and admiration in the softest of ways. - Rachel

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At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250111401
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - January 17th, 2017


It's rare to find a memoir that fundamentally changes you. This is undoubtedly one of my favorites. Hope Jahren's enthusiasm about plants and science is infectious. Her expert storytelling—of growing up in Michigan, of motherhood, and especially of her best friend and lab partner, Bill—drew me in the most. You will leave this book fulfilled and inspired. - Natalie

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Lab Girl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017


Guy Delisle is a master of the graphic novel form and this is no exception. When a man working for Doctors Without Borders is kidnapped in Chechnya, what follows is a harrowing tale of solitary confinement. Beautifully rendered, this story breaks down what it means to be human. In my opinion, this volume will be listed among the classics in no time. - Ivy

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781770462793
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - April 25th, 2017


I’ve been assigned this book for three classes, and each time I’ve read it cover to cover. Moody is an eloquent, thoughtful writer. Recounting her childhood growing up in Mississippi under Jim Crow and her college years in the Civil Rights Movement, she offers an engrossing personal look at the fight to end segregation. You’ll see how far we’ve come, how we’ve regressed, and how far we still have to go. - Flannery

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Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385337816
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Published: Delta - February 3rd, 2004


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