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March was Made of Yarn by Elmer Luke

History is not a thing of the past, but is being made around us. In 2011 Japan was wracked by a tsunami and an impending nuclear disaster--its present destroyed, future suspect, and the massive cultural history of thousands of years threatened. 22 writers use fiction, prose, and even manga to process and comprehend this historic event, reaching through catastrophe towards hope.

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Jocelyn
March Was Made of Yarn: Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown Cover Image
By Elmer Luke (Editor), David Karashima (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307948861
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012

Operation Mincemeat by Ben MacIntyre

While many battles of WWII have been painstakingly examined and recreated, the less obvious fronts of the War have been neglected. This awesome book chronicles one of the plots within the Allied disinformation campaign. Discover how an unlikely espionage team and a dead man may have tipped the balance. Better than any spy novel–this story’s real.

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Jocelyn
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307453280
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Published: Crown - April 5th, 2011

The Joss Whedon Companion

This amazing collection of essays gives introductions for the new Whedon fan, as well as in-depth analyses of everything from sexuality in Buffy to humanism in Firefly, and destiny in Dr. Horrible, for the diehard Browncoats. Covering comics, movies, internet, fan sensations, and even failed projects-- discover new things about the director/writer you love!

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780857689863
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Published: Titan Books - May 1st, 2012

Q & A: A Five Year Journal

Each day has one question, and a place for you answer it--for 5 years in a row. Questions in this fabulous little volume range anywhere from basic (Are you wearing socks today?) to soul searching (Who are you fooling?). My go-to birthday gift; I firmly believe there is a place for this book in everyone's lives, complementing avid writers and occasional journalers alike.

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Kimberly

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Before Wild became the Oprah-sanctioned bestselling explosion that it is today, Cheryl Strayed wrote an anonymous advice column for the literary website The Rumpus. Her penname was Sugar. Thousands of people wrote in to confess, vent, and beg for advice, and she answered them. But what sets Strayed apart is her format: instead of dispensing clichéd tidbits, she wrote essays in response. Wrenching, soulful, vulnerable essays that somehow reach right in and poke at the heart of what her desperate readers are really asking. By the time I finished it, I was considering three different tattoos from the book. It’s that kind of read.
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Kat
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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

In Blue Nights, Didion again writes about loss and grief—this time focusing in on the death of her daughter, Quintana Roo. Like The Year of Magical Thinking there is an unflinching honesty to Didion’s voice. book groups especially will be drawn in to discuss the complexity of Didion’s narrative structure. Her writing is layered and rhythmic, so we are handed sentences and words that repeat and spiral. It is as if Didion could not help herself, writing in overlapping threads of memories and moments that cannot be separated from the life and love of a person who is so suddenly absent. Blue Nights is haunting and singular—a book whose very inertia is in the complex filter of a life sifted through loss. Didion has handed us a compilation of grief—an assembly that is determined and striking, and will ring familiar to anyone that has had to form their own narrative around holding on and letting go.
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S.M.C.
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$15.95
ISBN: 9780307387387
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

Feed by M.T. Anderson

This book will scare the heck out of you. It will make you want to delete your facebook account. And I don’t say this as a luddite—I have a smartphone, though I mostly use it to take pictures of puppies—but as someone who was genuinely shaken by this book’s eerily prescient description of technology literally taking over human bodies. There is so much to talk about in this book—our roles as consumers, the inescapability of the internet, and how technology alters our lives and what it forces us to give up. Harsh but not gloomy, with crackling dialogue and subtle, precise world-building.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780763662622
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Published: Candlewick - July 17th, 2012

Trapeze by Simon Mawer

Marian Sutro is an ordinary nineteen-year-old living in extraordinary times. She comes of age in England during World War II (yes, another one, but I promise this is good!), and she cannot escape the desire to serve her country. She is accepted into a secretive program, spirited away to a training camp in the wilds of Scotland, and then parachuted into occupied France, where she must work undercover. She does not entirely understand her position, but the stakes could not be any clearer. Despite the over-the-top storyline, this is a quiet book that does not flaunt any James Bond tropes, and that is what makes it so piercing and believable.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9781590515273
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Published: Other Press - May 1st, 2012

Quiet by Susan Cain

For a successful society, thinkers are just important as doers, yet in the last century we have come to emphasize action over thought. This is an eloquent, incisive examination of how our culture came to devalue introversion, and why the suppression of this trait is to all our detriment. This excellent book will empower introverts and educate extroverts.
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Flannery
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307352149
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Published: Crown - January 24th, 2012

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Some people might look at Murakami's running habits and think of him as insane. Most writers (or ordinary people) don't run sixty-two miles in one day or run the original marathon course in Greece for fun. In this book, Murakami provides insight into his training along with its interaction with his other passion, writing.

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Cesar
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307389831
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

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