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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.

 

Once just an obscure scientist mostly forgotten after his death, the inventor Nikola Tesla has reemerged and his legacy has captured the imagination of those who see the magic in scientific discovery. Munson’s intensively researched biography of the legendary inventor shows us the man behind the myth—an eccentric genius who required 9 napkins at every meal, spoke 8 languages, and devised world-changing devices in his head on his regular strolls through Central Park. - Aric

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Tesla: Inventor of the Modern Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393635447
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 22nd, 2018

New York Times best-selling author and officer of the Order of the British Empire, Simon Winchester this time examines not a person, place, or event exactly, but a concept—precision. In this masterfully written study of accuracy and its role in the Industrial Revolution and beyond, Winchester takes us on a journey through time and across the globe, all the while questioning the obsession with precision and wondering what we may have lost because of it. - Aric

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The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062652553
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Published: Harper - May 8th, 2018

To truly understand the path that ancient peoples made across the Bering land bridge, author and adventurer Craig Childs doesn’t just study their path, he walks it. As he describes his journey and that of our ancient ancestors, he shows us a wild world of mastodons, mammoths, and saber-toothed cats. Written with a sense of poetry and appreciation for the untamed, Childs’s latest work is terrific for the student of history or the adventurer at heart. - Aric

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Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307908650
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 1st, 2018

When life becomes dominated by multitasking, productivity, deadlines, and copious amounts of caffeine, it can be easy to forget about one of life’s more rewarding and necessary activities—doing nothing. In Hampl’s latest contemplative piece, she examines the importance of letting go, lounging, and thinking, and the historical figures that did it best. The Art of the Wasted Day is for anyone needing an excuse to slow down and smell the flowers. - Aric                              

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525429647
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Published: Viking - April 17th, 2018

Inside the Arician forests of Ancient Rome, a freed slave holds a sword and a tree branch. His title is Rex Nemorensis, the King of the Wood, and as long as he holds that branch, he remains so. This tale is just one of many others recounted by Sir William Frasier in his seminal work, The Golden Bough, which is a must-read for all those curious about the oddities of ancient culture. - Aric

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The Golden Bough: Abridged Edition (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Cover Image
By James Frazer, George W. Stocking (Introduction by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780140189315
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 1998

In the age of flat-earthers, climate change deniers, and twitter bots, works like this should be required reading for the general population. Told with Sagan’s easily digestible voice and a reverence for science and intellectualism not found in the present, this book is, sadly, more relevant today than it was when it was first published more than twenty years ago. - Aric

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345409461
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 25th, 1997

Franzen’s darkly comic masterpiece provides us with a microcosm of American life at the turn of the twentieth century—a culture and an economy in transition—a boom on the brink of bust. Exemplified through the lens of a fractured, Midwestern family—an ailing patriarch, his wife, and their three adult children—The Corrections is as engaging today as it was in 2001. - Aric

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Corrections (Recent Picador Highlights) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312421274
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Published: Picador USA - August 27th, 2002

Sacks always had a talent for making complex science accessible to the average reader, and in this work, one of two he was writing before his death, he focuses on the essence of the human experience. The essays in this collection vary by topic—from Darwin and evolution to Freud and physiology—and length and display Sacks’s mastery of the written word. - Aric

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The River of Consciousness Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780385352567
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 24th, 2017

Smartly written, The Far Away Brothers chronicles the lives of two teenage El Salvadoran siblings as they become hermanos lejanos, or “faraway brothers.” Driven from their country, twins Ernesto and Raul brave the Rio Grande and Texas desert and make their way to their older brother in Oakland, only to face all the trials and tribulations of American teenagers, and with their debt to the coyotes constantly looming. - Aric

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The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101906187
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 12th, 2017

Whenever I run into the imagined barrier known as Writer’s Block, I do what a good writer does. I read. And what better way to dissolve that creative dam than by reading about writing itself. Zen in the Art of Writing’s eleven essays serve as a testament to the craft, and after reading one, two, or a few, I’m ready to put my pen to paper, and my fingers back on the keys. - Aric

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Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity Third Edition/Expanded Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781877741098
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Published: Joshua Odell Editions - August 1st, 1993

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