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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.


Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

For all of you who’ve just torn through Neil Gaiman’s new collection of non-fiction, The View from the Cheap Seats, there’s no better time to revisit some of his earliest short fictions. Whether these stories push you to wonder about the imagination’s role in reality, or if the introduction inspires you to put fingers to keys, you’ll be glad you returned to its pages, whether it was your first time or your twenty-third. —Aric
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ISBN: 9780061252020
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 2nd, 2007

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

In this imaginative tale by the master of fantasy, the ancient and fantastic meet the modern and mundane. While most parents keep some secrets from their growing children, none has done so quite like Fat Charlie’s father, Mr. Nancy. Upon his father’s death, Fat Charlie learns a shocking truth about his father and realizes that he, himself, is more powerful than he could ever imagine.  -Aric

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ISBN: 9780061342394
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 22nd, 2008

Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera

In Kundera’s third novel, written in Bohemia in 1972, a cast of eight characters collides in a small central-European spa town in a tale that is both pleasantly humorous and incredibly dark. Through the eyes of each character—a nurse, trumpeter, and an ageing expatriate among them—Kundera examines the intricacies of love, jealousy, artificial insemination, and assisted suicide.     -Aric

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ISBN: 9780060997007
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 21st, 1998

Paper by Mark Kurlansky

Author of the best-selling books Cod and Salt, Mark Kurlansky delves into the history of one of the most ubiquitous human-made materials, paper. He explores how paper has helped to shape societies from ancient to modern times and has spread ideas across the globe. As you thumb through this engaging micro-history, you’ll become hyperaware of your own relationship to the page.  —Aric

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ISBN: 9780393239614
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2016

But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman

Throughout history, there have been a multitude of concrete concepts (light travels through the “ether”) and solid truths (the world is flat) that people have considered fact only to discover that the fundamental principles behind them were wrong and often absurd. In his latest work, Chuck Klosterman looks at a number of unconnected ideas in the modern world from the perspective of someone looking back. With his classic wit and humor, Klosterman will have you questioning everything with a smile.  —Aric


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ISBN: 9780399184123
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Published: Penguin Press - June 7th, 2016

Life by John Brockman

Founder and editor of Edge, John Brockman has brought together a dynamic team of scientific minds to talk about the latest and most compelling research in the field of biology. Some of the highlights of Life include futurist Ray Kurzweil’s exploration of the ever-expanding human lifespan; Harvard University’s Daniel Lieberman discussion of long-distance running and the evolution of the human body; and Pulitzer Prize–winner Edward O. Wilson’s in-depth look at the “superorganism” created by a colony of ants.  —Aric

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ISBN: 9780062296054
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 19th, 2016

The Great Clod by Gary Snyder

This engaging collection of essays about East Asia is written in a style that strikes a near-perfect balance between erudite and poetic, which is no surprise coming from award-winning author and poet Gary Snyder, a long-time practitioner of Zen. The Great Clod is the result of his 20-year love affair with East Asia, from the Pacific coast of Japan to the Great Steppes of Mongolia to the Yellow River of China.  —Aric


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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 10th, 2016

Black Holes and Other Songs From Outer Space by Janna Levin

This latest work from one of the world’s leading astrophysicists explores the decades-long search for gravitational waves. The interactions of these waves create an eerie symphony among the spheres, and these songs have allowed scientists like Levin to better understand the dynamics of the universe. Levin recounts the fifty-year struggle to detect gravitational waves with a humanness and humor that makes Black Holes and other Love Songs from Outer Space a pleasant read.  —Aric

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ISBN: 9780307958198
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Published: Knopf - March 29th, 2016

The Art of Language Invention by David J Peterson

From the creator of the expanded language of Dothraki in the HBO series, Game of Thrones, comes the perfect how-to for the aspiring fictional language creator. By the end of this engaging read, you’ll be dreaming up the exotic tongues of ancient and alien races, and have a grasp of how to bring them to life. –Aric

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ISBN: 9780143126461
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Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2015

The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

While all novels work to transport the reader across time and space, none do so quite like Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake. Set in England shortly after the Norman invasion of 1066, and written in a created language that is a mix of Old and Modern English, reading The Wake is like being immersed in a foreign country where you have an elementary command of the native language, but soon find yourself speaking (or rather, reading) fluently—to your own amazement.  --Aric

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Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015


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