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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.


Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky

No one on Earth can see beyond political rhetoric and deliver such an unbiased analysis of the international theatre quite like the linguist and uber-intellectual Noam Chomsky. His latest book, although as sharp and piercing as any of his others, is written with an accessible tone perfect for anyone who is reading his work for the first time, and explores the tough world issues that most of us push to the back of our mind. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781250131089
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Published: Picador - May 2nd, 2017

The Nix by Nathan Hill

We all have something in our past that haunts us and steers our course in life: a missed opportunity, a tragic event, a lost love. Nathan Hill borrows an otherworldly creature  from Norwegian folklore—the nix—to embody this concept. Written with sharp wit and a mastery of language usually unseen in a debut novel, The Nix explores what happens  when the ghosts of our past suddenly come back to life. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Homo Deus by Noah Harari Yuval

After reviewing the history of our species in Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari returns with his accessible and intelligent voice to take readers on a journey into the next epoch of human evolution and beyond. From the role of artificial intelligence to the annihilation of death, Homo Deus offers a glimpse into humanity’s near and distant future that is both frightening and fascinating. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780062464316
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Published: Harper - February 21st, 2017

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

All of your favorites—Aesir, Vanir, giants, dwarves, elves, and big bad wolves—try once again to fit in as many adventures as they can before Ragnarok descends to destroy them all. Translated by master of the fantastic Neil Gaiman, this updated version is reminiscent of the classic Edith Hamilton collection, but with a tang of Gaiman’s dark sense of humor. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780393609097
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

As you can tell by its title, Self-editing for Fiction Writers is a direct and fluffless guide to fine-tuning the first or seventh draft of your novel or short story. If you’re like me and pored over the first edition only to strip your work of all telling, this edition cautions against that, and urges authors to strike a balance between showing and telling. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780060545697
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 13th, 2004

ON LIVING by Kerry Egan

Drawing on her experiences as a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan writes about the long-held secrets and startling revelations of those on the precipice of dying. An examination of the nostalgia that is brought about by mortality and the boundless spirituality that comes with it, On Living is a powerful read that brings our buried fears to the fore and leaves its readers wondering if they are truly living their life to the fullest.  —Aric

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ISBN: 9781594634819
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 25th, 2016

Now: The Physics of Time by Richard Muller

Before the big bang, and arguably before the existence of humans, time did not exist. In this brilliant work, UC Berkeley physics professor Richard Muller chronicles the human understanding of time, and its relentless forward momentum through the lens of quantum physics past into its conceptual evolution into the fourth dimension and beyond. Now: The Physics of Time is the perfect read for any aspiring citizen-physicist. —Aric

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ISBN: 9780393285239
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2016


Although hard to imagine in this future that we call now, the idea of time travel is actually a modern idea. Leading scientific chronicler James Gleick tells the story of this recently invented concept, from its origins in H. G. Wells’ revolutionary fiction to its present state. Told with all the nuance of poetry, Time Travel is a must-read for all fans of speculative science.                             —Aric           

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ISBN: 9780307908797
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Published: Pantheon - September 27th, 2016

Best American Essays 2016 edited by Jonathan Franzen

Nothing titillates the mind of the modern intellectual quite like a finely crafted essay. In the latest iteration, edited by everyone’s favorite local author and literary icon Jonathan Franzen, The Best American Essays 2016 features excellent nonfiction from the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Oliver Sacks, and a slew of talented others, including Bookshop’s own Richard “Rico” Lange, whose essay stands out among those of the other luminaries.   —Aric

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By Jonathan Franzen (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)
ISBN: 9780544812109
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

With clean prose and a candid tone, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon narrates the questionable deathbed confession of a character referred to only as “my grandfather.” Although the ratio of truth to fiction in this compelling tale may never be known, Moonglow is an engaging, existential adventure through the speculative past of an enigmatic figure. —Aric

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ISBN: 9780062225559
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Published: Harper - November 22nd, 2016


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