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At turns, Jim Shepard is funny, quirky, morbid and dark. This collection has a story for everyone, with characters ranging from Vikings to bickering brothers in the suburbs. Perhaps the strength of his storytelling is the oddity of his voice, and his willingness to explore physical and psychological landscapes that seem strange but are ultimately more familiar than one might expect.
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Laura
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ISBN: 9780307277602
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2008

This book destroyed me, and I mean that in the best way possible. Beautiful language, an exquisitely heart-breaking love story, and gorgeous, wistfully descriptive passages about a Paris of a different time. Hands down, my favorite book ever, and my all-time favorite "romance."
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Laura
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$14.00
ISBN: 9780385334587
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Published: Delta - June 13th, 2000

I fell in love with this book once I got over my green envy of its author. I would like to have come up with the notion: what if pain glowed with its light? In a series of wonderfully diverse stories, Brockmeier explores just that in a manner that's much like the light described: painful, but impossible to look away from till it's done.
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Erin
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The Illumination (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307387776
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Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2012

This book has all the best ingredients for a good read: history, characters you wish were your friends, romance, and a built-in love of other literature. It had me ready to pack up and move to the island of Guernsey (now that the war is long over of course.) One of my favorite comfort novels.
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Erin
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press - May 5th, 2009

Sharpening pencils is serious business, people. David Rees, master of the craft, is here to show us how it's done. Full of step-by-step instructions, detailed photographs, and inspirational essays, this indispensable guide should be a bookshelf centerpiece for all pencil-wielding citizens of the world.
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Andrea
How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Con Cover Image
By David Rees, John Hodgman (Introduction by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781612190402
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Published: Melville House - April 10th, 2012

Like Joey on Friends, sandwiches are definitely my favorite food. I could probably live off them alone. Some of the all-stars included in these delicious pages: the Hoagie, Cubano, Monte Cristo, French Dip, Chicken Salad, Hamburger, BLT, Denver, Falafel Pita, and SO MUCH MORE. My only advice: avoid the Doughnut Sandwich on page 78. Everything else: two thumbs up.
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Kimberly
The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches: Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread Cover Image
By Susan Russo, Matt Armendariz (Photographer)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781594744389
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Published: Quirk Books - April 5th, 2011

For anyone interested in growing up in China under Mao Zedong, China's exploding
economy, or the trajectory of modern China, this is the book for you. Hua's ten
essays are each based on different words relevant to Chinese culture. Hua shares
personal stories as well as political ones, and his essays are as hilarious as
they are insightful. A great read!

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Katie
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By Yu Hua, Allan H. Barr (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307739797
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Published: Vintage - August 21st, 2012

George Polk Award winner Robert Whitaker reveals an alarming account of how the American mental health care paradigm has failed to keep those with debilitating diseases from living longer, happier lives. Whitaker presents his argument with no hint of agenda by including historical documents and first-hand accounts to connect the pieces of this puzzle.
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Louise
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307452429
Availability: Backordered
Published: Broadway Books - August 2nd, 2011

Nuzum's dark history will instantly draw you in, making you eager to discover how he finally did "give up" his ghost. His story may, at turns, overcome you with nostalgia, inspire fear, or elicit overwhelming longing. But by the end, you'll feel the unique satisfaction of finishing a beautiful book...and coming to the end of a fantastic journey.
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Laura
Giving Up the Ghost: A Story about Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385342438
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Published: Dial Press - August 7th, 2012

I dove into this thrilling mystery and didn't come up for air for two days, it was that good. Set in Renaissance Italy and filled with political intrigue, occult murders, and a tender love story, one of the most fascinating aspect was how incredibly well-researched the novel was and how much of what drives the plot is actually taken from historical records.
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Nici
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780385536318
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Published: Doubleday - September 11th, 2012

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