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Aric Sleeper is a bookseller and journalist who is always looking for the next great story. You may recognize his work from local publications like Good Times and Santa Cruz Waves, among others.

 

A Dash of Style by Noah Lukeman

In every writer’s prose, you find their favorite punctuation marks: commas, ellipses, em-dashes, etc. Lukeman’s guide to the tools of the trade teaches what your underuse, or overuse, of each mark says about your writing. You’ll also learn how to hone and master your usage (because let’s be honest, your writing could use some work). An essential reference for all writers. - Aric

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780393329803
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2007

America Before by Graham Hancock

While many scientists cling to the idea that humans didn’t inhabit the American continents until fairly recently, evidence proving the contrary continues to build. In his latest, unorthodox analysis of human history, Hancock parses this evidence to prove that technologically and socially advanced humans inhabited the Americas for 10,000s of years before European conquest. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781250153739
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 23rd, 2019

The Human Swarm by Mark W. Moffett

Called a “daring eco-adventurer” by Margaret Atwood, biologist Mark W. Moffett draws on a range of disciplines, from sociology to anthropology, to analyze the way humans organize and look at what causes societies to rise, conquer, and ultimately fall. Comparing humans to their closest relatives in the animal kingdom such as bonobos and chimps as well as distant cousins like insects, gives The Human Swarm an intriguing take on history akin to titles like Sapiens and Guns, Germs, and Steel. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780465055685
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Published: Basic Books - April 16th, 2019

The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder

Told with an adroit, almost poetic style, this work of contemporary history is far from textbook. In The Road to Unfreedom, Yale professor and award-winning author Timothy Snyder analyzes the rise of populism and authoritarianism across the globe, with a focus on Russia, Europe, and the United States. Snyder’s analysis gives the reader a concrete map of events that led us to the present, and is a must-read for anyone concerned with the future of liberal democracy. - Aric

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Published: Tim Duggan Books - April 9th, 2019

African Samurai by Thomas Lockley & Geoffrey Girard

Kidnapped in northeast Africa as a boy and sold off into slavery in the 16th century, the man who would later be known as Yasuke made a long and brutal journey across the world. He served as a soldier in India and later as a bodyguard to Jesuit priests, who brought him to the place he would eventually call home, Japan. Told with the insight of a historian and the skill of a seasoned author, The African Samurai is the perfect historical tale for any modern-day warrior thriving in a foreign land. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781335141026
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Published: Hanover Square Press - April 30th, 2019

The Last Job by Dan Bilefsky

In the world of professional criminals, there’s always one last job, and it’s always a bad idea. In 2015, a crew of aging criminals called the Bad Grandpas almost pulled off one of the biggest heists of their lives—stealing $19 million in cash, gold, and jewels—almost. Former New York Times correspondent Dan Bilefsky weaves this tale from the testimony of the Scotland Yard detectives who busted the crew. A must-read for all fans of true crime. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780393609516
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 23rd, 2019

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl

With an incredible collection of stories ranging from the fantastic to the macabre, told by established and emerging authors alike, New Suns is a book that you’ll have a hard time putting down. From the first page of the introduction by Lavar Burton to the afterword by the collection’s editor, Nisi Shawl, the reader will find tales of intergalactic tourism, interspecies erotica, and creative retellings of fairy tales. A fun read for all fans of Sci-fi and Fantasy. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781781085783
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Published: Solaris - March 12th, 2019

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

Like Kundera, this novel originated in the Czech Republic and migrated to France. Twice translated, this version of Kundera’s first international hit is superior to the original according to the author himself. The seven fantastic yet grounded tales within its pages are told with the skill of a linguistic master, and leave one feeling there might be a little magic in the mundane. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780060932145
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - April 7th, 1999

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz

When I was growing up in the 1990s, the Beastie Boys were always there for me, like the big brothers I never had. The Beastie Boys Book, like their music, defies genre, with pictures, contributions from other artists, a graphic novel, and even some of their favorite recipes. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780812995541
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 30th, 2018

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

In his last message to the people of Earth, the late Stephen Hawking uses his prodigious intelligence and signature wit to explore the biggest questions we have. As A Brief History of Time painted a picture of the past, Brief Answers to Big Questions projects into the future. Told in an accessible and insightful way, Hawking’s farewell is a terrific read for all Earthlings interested in the fate of the universe. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781984819192
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Published: Bantam - October 16th, 2018

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