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Dharma Punx by Noah Levine

Santa Cruz native Noah Levine couldn’t kick. All the punk life had gotten him was high and behind bars, until his dad (Buddhist teacher Stephen Levine) visited him in jail, and said “learn to meditate.” Since then, this bad-boy-turned-spiritual-Guru has started an international movement of Buddhist-based recovery from drugs and alcohol. - Jason

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780060008956
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Published: HarperOne - May 4th, 2004

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

Are you ready to show your art to the world? This book is for writers, painters, and candlestick makers- and any type of artist who just can’t seem to propel their career beyond the status of garage bands genius. Popular blogger and social media ninja Austin Kleon knows what it takes to be a self-promoting artist. This book inspired me to start a blog and send my work to publishers. - Jason

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$12.95
ISBN: 9780761178972
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - March 6th, 2014

The Most Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

This is the optimistic eco-conscious treatise you are looking for. Written by a true radical thinker, and Yale educated philosopher, Eisenstein focuses mostly on the environment and what he calls a societal separation anxiety disorder, offering an alternative of interdependence between humanity and the planet. - Jason

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ISBN: 9781583947241
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 5th, 2013

Everything Matters by Ron Currie

A comet is coming to end the world and only Junior knows about it. Told in Vonnegut-like  short chapters and bursting with dark humor, Currie tells the story in such a unique way (in the first half, the chapters count up to 100, and in the second half they count back down) as the world begins and ends. The book is  a chain letter; once you finish, you hand it to someone else. - Jason

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ISBN: 9780143117513
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Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Don’t let the squirrel on the cover fool you—this is not a vapid summer read. This is quirky, hilariously critical, literary fiction.  It is both a romantic comedy told in present day Palo Alto, which ponders the thresholds of love and marriage—and a critique of the nouveau riche, big pharma and the military industrial complex. Unique and sweet, you’ll fall in love with it. - Jason

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ISBN: 9781101981597
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016

The Religion of Tomorrow by Ken Wilbur

As civilization approaches technological singularity, what role will God play? In this brilliant new treatise, Wilbur lays out how religions need to adjust to remain relevant. Using Buddhism as an example, he explains how faith and reason—that is, “waking up” and “growing up”—must coalesce in order for humanity to truly evolve. Reading this book opens up your third eye. - Jason

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ISBN: 9781611803006
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Published: Shambhala - May 2nd, 2017

Real Love by Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg has been teaching lovingkindness (metta) meditation for decades. In short, easy-to-read chapters on how to be more loving, she manages to teach without preaching. She juxtaposes practical ways to manage everyday disturbances with parabolic short stories, making this the sort of book you can pick up at any time and open to any page for a quick bit of wisdom. Highly recommended for fans of The Book of Joy. - Jason

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ISBN: 9781250076502
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 6th, 2017

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell

Hilarious essays on race, gender, and pop culture by the host of CNN’s United Shades of America. Kamau is a self-proclaimed blerd (a black nerd) who writes as effortlessly about Michael Jordan and Spiderman as he does about being a cisgender male getting woke-schooled by a feminist. This book will inspire you to raise a fist in solidarity as often as it will make you laugh. - Jason

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

A magic school, time travel, hilarious talking birds and the end of the world! Charlie Jane Anders has written a genre-blending, trope-upending coming-of-age tale of two friends—a witch and a time traveler—whose inseparable paths alter the fate of the entire planet. Told in refreshing prose with an unpredictable ending that will leave readers of sci-fi and fantasy satisfied, All the Birds is a futuristic fairy tale for all. - Jason

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ISBN: 9780765379955
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

In one story, a man dies of lovesickness; in another, a man learns of the death of his grade-school crush from an alarming late-night call. This is vintage Murakami: mysterious abandonments that lead to journeys of self-discovery, nostalgic narrators waxing poetic about romantic days of yore. Nods to the Beatles, Hemingway, and Kafka add flavor to this elegant selection of stories. A must-have for all Murakami fans. - Jason

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By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by), Ted Goossen (Translated by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451494627
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Published: Knopf - May 9th, 2017

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