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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.

 

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

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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ISBN: 9780385352567
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Published: Knopf - October 24th, 2017

The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham

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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ISBN: 9781101906187
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Published: Crown - September 12th, 2017

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

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
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ISBN: 9781877741098
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Published: Joshua Odell Editions - August 1st, 1993

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

Although just an afterthought for many, birds are smarter, and more creative and social than most people realize. From the cunning corvids to the thieving jays, the world of birds is as nuanced and interesting as any created by primates. This book may cause you to look up and around and, for the first time, see birds for the complicated creatures that they really are. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780399563126
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Published: Penguin Books - April 11th, 2017

The Sagas of Icelanders by Jane Smiley

I am drawn to works written in ancient days whether they are mythological, religious, fiction, or factual. The Sagas of the Icelanders is a little bit of all these, and contains tales of trial and tragedy that many people have never heard of. Although a tome, those with patience and an adventurous spirit will enjoy these Sagas from the first page to the last. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780141000039
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Published: Penguin UK - February 24th, 2005

The Golden Ass by Apuleius

Just like their architecture, the prose of the ancient Romans still holds up to the present day. In the Golden Ass, the only remaining novel originally written in Latin (first published in the second century A.D), modern fantasy fiction readers will find all the themes they pine for in a novel—sex, murder, and magic. The Golden Ass is sure to please. - Aric

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By Apuleius, E. J. Kenney (Translated by), E. J. Kenney (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780140435900
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 1st, 1999

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Through the eyes of a young filmmaker enamored by a wealthy, foreign family, Rushdie distills and retells the anomalous rise of the president who shall not be named. With long-winded paragraphs and sentences slow and sweet as molasses, The Golden House is not recommended for the reader with a short attention span, but if you enjoy playful language and political satire, this book is worth it. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780399592805
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Published: Random House - September 5th, 2017

Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Bushido is the philosophy of the samurai, and the Hagakure is their bible. The concise collection of sayings and guidelines will teach you all the essentials of the chaste warrior: to keep your speech short, your intentions noble, and remind you to follow through with your sword strokes, lest you be embarrassed by the executed man’s head dangling comically from a shred of skin. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781611801873
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Published: Shambhala - December 2nd, 2014

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

When a warrior reaches a ripe old age and retires, you can bet your sword arm that they were good at their job. And when, after examining their life, they write down the reasons they survived as long as they did, you’d better read it. You may not be a killer, but the philosophy of a successful one can be applied to any discipline. - Aric

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By Miyamoto Musashi, Thomas Cleary (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590302484
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Published: Shambhala - January 11th, 2005

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

There are countless adaptations of Homer’s Odyssey—from Ulysses to O Brother, Where Art Thou—but none tell the epic from Penelope’s point of view. Whether you’re a long-time fan of Atwood’s masterfully-crafted novels, or have just stumbled onto her work after watching the Netflix adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, you’re bound to love The Penelopiad. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781841957982
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Published: Canongate Us - October 1st, 2006

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