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Every one of Sedaris’s books has made me laugh, but this is the first one to make me cry. Sedaris uses his keen sense of humor to turn mundane activities into sidesplitting stories, and he also applies it as a balm to ease the trials of getting older and the heavy burdens of loss. Most of the stories in this collection focus on his family, all just as funny as he is; because of this, Calypso is Sedaris’s most personal work yet. - Jade

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

Musician, DJ, historian, and writer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson tackles the daunting challenge of investigating creativity. Is it a phenomenon? An in-born characteristic? Something learned? In his humorous and conversational prose, Questlove rallies against the creative self-help book, instead using a series of insightful anecdotes and observations on what it means to be creative in the modern moment. A well-written, funny, and in many ways charming book that is perfect for those trying to understand the creative alter-ego deep down. - Gabe

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062670557
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Published: Ecco - April 24th, 2018

Women have long slipped between the lines of history. Jason Porath has been working tirelessly to right this wrong, first with his book Rejected Princesses and now with Tough Mothers. The stories of these courageous mothers range from delightful to harrowing. The illustrations of each of the women are as excellent as you would expect from a DreamWorks animator. As an expectant mother, I reveled in each of these women’s tales and can only hope to be as badass of a mom. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780062796097
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Published: Dey Street Books - April 10th, 2018

Roxane Gay has put something together here that is almost indescribable. The very essence of rape culture has permeated our society so subtly that we often don’t think of rape other than in the most physical sense of the word. But in this collection of essays, writers of all backgrounds talk about how their lives have been affected by rape culture. It is a masterful collection, unflinching and relatable. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780062413512
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 1st, 2018

It is a treat to come upon writing so lovely and wise as Alexander Chee’s in his new essay collection. Chee’s subjects range from the writing life to tarot readings, a teenage summer in Mexico, and activism during the AIDS crisis, but always they are a thoughtful, personable consideration of being and becoming, of being a gay Korean American in white America and becoming the artist he is today, and it is deliciously well written. - Melinda

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328764522
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Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

When life becomes dominated by multitasking, productivity, deadlines, and copious amounts of caffeine, it can be easy to forget about one of life’s more rewarding and necessary activities—doing nothing. In Hampl’s latest contemplative piece, she examines the importance of letting go, lounging, and thinking, and the historical figures that did it best. The Art of the Wasted Day is for anyone needing an excuse to slow down and smell the flowers. - Aric                              

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ISBN: 9780525429647
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Published: Viking - April 17th, 2018

I treat this book like I would a religious text, if I were religious; I take it with me every time I leave the house, I write all over it, I quote passages back to people, I read it before bed. Part memoir, part love letter, part queer familial ethnography, and part critical theory, Nelson sets an astounding precedent for the newly emerging genre of auto-theory. - Wren

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ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

Don’t let the title fool you – this book is about much more than a happy marriage. Full of reflections on a broad range of topics such as her writing process, her friendship with an elderly nun, and what it’s like to try out for the LAPD police academy, this essay collection contains observations on all the forms of grace, tragedy, and humor that life has to offer. - Jessica

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ISBN: 9780062236685
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 7th, 2014

In a masterful blend of science and storytelling, Rutherford journeys through human history, using DNA as a guide. Rutherford's writing is accessible, informative, and humerous. I found this book absolutely fascinating and learned a lot. If you enjoyed Sapiens and Guns, Germs, and Steel and you're looking for your next great read: this is it! - Jade

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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781615194049
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Published: Experiment - October 3rd, 2017

You might think you're not interested in orchids, or the Hoover Dam, or in Caltrans' creation of the "diamond lane" in LA, but that's because you haven't talked to Joan about it. Insightful, poetic critiques of class and socio-political events combine with compelling portraits of California in the 70's and of Didion herself in this informative and entertaining read. - Wren

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ISBN: 9780374532079
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - November 10th, 2009

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