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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.


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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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)
ISBN: 9780525534198
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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)
ISBN: 9780804831901
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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
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 22nd, 2018

The Imperfectionists by Simon Winchester

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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ISBN: 9780062652553
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Published: Harper - May 8th, 2018

Atlas of a Lost World by Craig Childs

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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ISBN: 9780307908650
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Published: Pantheon - May 1st, 2018

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl

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

The Golden Bough by William Frasier

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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By James Frazer, George W. Stocking (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140189315
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 1st, 1998

The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

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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ISBN: 9780345409461
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 25th, 1997

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

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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ISBN: 9780312421274
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2002


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