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Profit Over People by Noam Chomsky

It can be hard to know where to start with Chomsky. I mean, seriously, how many books can a guy write? But fear not! Profit Over People is my official selection for the Chomsky-curious. Slim, straight-forward, and brimming with his trademark intellectual-teddy-bear-ness, this book should be on every radical's shelf, fledgling or otherwise.

Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order By Noam Chomsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9781888363821
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Seven Stories Press - December 8th, 1998

Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

Don't be fooled by the god-awful cover! This is journalism at its most astute. Orenstein casts a keen and humorous light on the disturbing new "princess" culture. Think pink is an innate obsession for tiny females? You might be interested to learn how much the Disney Corporation comes into play. Ew.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture By Peggy Orenstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061711534
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 31st, 2012

Just Ride by Grant Petersen

Love biking but hate spandex? Peterson has put together a useful guide for both the experienced and the uninitiated, casual rider. Full of tips for anyone who loathes, laughs at, or is baffled by fancy frames, expensive accessories, and too many gears. Advice ranges from the tongue-in-cheek “your blinky light can kill you” to wisdom on crank length, chains, and—wait for it—rigging a bike stand from a tree.
Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike By Grant Petersen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761155584
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - May 8th, 2012

A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein

I can’t wait for the release of Kate Bornstein’s memoir! Queer activist, gender outlaw, and all-around stellar human, Bornstein has been one of my heroes since I discovered Gender Outlaw way back in the day. I’ve heard her story in person at many workshops and speaking events over the years, but it will no doubt be a treat to see it recounted in more luscious detail, with Bornstein’s characteristic style, heart, and humor.

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The author of The Men Who Stare at Goats has brought us another unexpected journey, this time into the madness industry. Part mystery, part research project, Ronson’s latest will change the way you view insanity, handing out equal parts entertainment and intrigue as he explores the relationship between madness, deception, and power.

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry By Jon Ronson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594485756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2012

What I Didn’t See by Karen Joy Fowler

I’ll admit it: I was unfamiliar with Karen Joy Fowler before picking up this collection. But as I quickly found out, she is not a writer you need much time to warm up to. Her stories pulled me in with an immediacy and curiosity I rarely experience. Fowler sprinkles just enough details to keep the reader constantly engaged. While I was always happy where I ended up, really, I would have followed her anywhere.

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What I Didn't See and Other Stories By Karen Joy Fowler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931520485
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Published: Small Beer Press - April 23rd, 2013

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

I’ve been a fan of Yoshimoto since stumbling upon Kitchen nearly eight years ago. She remains one of my favorite writers, and The Lake reminds me why. Her prose is uncomplicated and her voice earnest, giving the reader an intimate and delightful vantage point from which to enjoy her quirky characters. With six long years between the Japanese and English versions of this short novel, I’m trying to take it in as slowly as I can.
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