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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.

 

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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$16.99
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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$24.00
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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$30.00
ISBN: 9780393285239
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2016

TIME TRAVEL: A HISTORY by James Gleick

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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$26.95
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)
$14.95
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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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062225559
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Published: Harper - November 22nd, 2016

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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$16.99
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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$15.99
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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$12.99
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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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393239614
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2016

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