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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.


Pacific by Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester’s historical treatise Pacific takes a hard look at the effect of the Pacific Ocean on human history and prognosticates the ways it will influence humankind’s future. With long, sing-song sentences and verbose verbiage, Winchester’s voice may seem at times self-indulgent, but it is worth taking the time to understand his style and appreciate the vast amount of research he did to construct the book and help us develop a more thorough understanding of the Pacific Ocean.  --Aric

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Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062315410
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Harper - October 27th, 2015

Black Dragon River by Dominic Ziegler

In the first book by the Economist’s veteran Asia correspondent, Dominic Ziegler, the longtime journalist weaves two tales: one, the story of the greatest leader ever born in northern Asia, Temujin (or as he was later dubbed, Ghengis Khan); the other, of Ziegler’s own arduous journey down northern Asia’s Amur River. Ziegler’s ornate words build like the strokes of a paintbrush and draw the reader into a world mostly unknown to Westerners.  —Aric

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Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594203671
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Published: Penguin Press - November 10th, 2015

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

Many die­hard fans of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series don’t know that the series, which began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was intended to have ten installments, but was cut short by the unfortunate death of Larsson in 2004. Legal issues have stunted his unfinished manuscripts and outlines from being used, but in 2013, Swedish journalist David Lagercrantz was chosen by publishers to write the fourth installment in the haunting series of mysteries.  --Aric

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The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385354288
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - September 1st, 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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The Wake: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977177
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015


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