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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.

 

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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African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335141026
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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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$26.95
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

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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$16.99
ISBN: 9780060932145
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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$50.00
ISBN: 9780812995541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - 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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$25.00
ISBN: 9781984819192
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Bantam - October 16th, 2018

Why Religion? by Elaine Pagels

For years, I was obsessed with the Nag Hammadi Library, or Gnostic Gospels, and Princeton’s professor of religion Elaine Pagels is by far the leading authority on the subject. In this memoir, Pagels retells the story of her life and examines the questions she faced her entire career, from others and herself: How can an academic believe in religion, and what place does religion have in the modern world? - Aric

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062368539
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Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2018

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Olga Tokarczuk’s latest work, Flights, is a novel for those who’ve traveled to an unknown world, unsure of what they might find there. Told through more than a hundred short pieces, Flights takes the readers into the minds of some interesting characters from the 17th century to the present. Full of ethereal asides and prose poetry, Flights is great for any reader looking for an escape. - Aric

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By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525534198
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 14th, 2018

The Code of the Samurai by Thomas Cleary

The first and foremost lesson of the Bushido Shushinsu, or Code of the Samurai, is to keep death in your mind at all times. This may seem a bit dramatic, but it allows the warrior to remember that every action is important and all life is precious. With riffs on a broad range of subjects from finance to laziness, The Code of the Samurai is a must read for any modern warrior. - Aric

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By Thomas Cleary, Oscar Ratti (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780804831901
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tuttle Publishing - September 15th, 1999

Tesla by Richard Munson

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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ISBN: 9780393635447
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 22nd, 2018

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