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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.

 

Above the Clouds: How I Carved My Own Path to the Top of the World by Kilian Jornet

From climbing the highest mountain in the Pyrenees at the age of 5 to scaling Mount Everest unaided twice in one week at 3, Kilian Jornet has lived an extreme life, and in his memoir, Above the Clouds, he chronicles the ups and downs of his journey. Told in a humble voice, Jornet’s memoir is an engrossing read for amateur adventurers and those who are enticed by the concept of sky running but are unaware of what it actually entails. — Aric

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By Kilian Jornet, Charlotte Whittle (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780062965035
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Published: HarperOne - August 25th, 2020

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham

There are very few who deserve their story to be told as much as the freedom fighter John Lewis. In this chronicle of Lewis’s life, Pulitzer Prize– winning biographer Jon Meacham describes how Lewis was first inspired to fight for civil rights as a student organizer, the struggles he faced as one of the original Freedom Riders, and  his election to Congress and his work to maintain peace and bolster civil rights for all. A great, cursory examination of a truly great human being. — Aric

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By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781984855022
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Published: Random House - August 25th, 2020

Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck by William Souder

Forged as a writer by the Great Depression, John Steinbeck is one of California's most beloved literary icons. In this biography, Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Souder examines the years that Steinbeck cut his teeth as a young writer and his evolution into a voice for the poor and oppressed. Off the page, Steinbeck was an alcoholic and womanizer, and Souder gives equal time to his darker side. — Aric

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ISBN: 9780393292268
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2020

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan Observations and Provocations by Pico Iyer

Like a timeless literary novel, the depth and complexity of Japanese culture only becomes apparent when one immerses themselves in it. In A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, the companion to Autumn Light, the celebrated journalist Pico Iyer shares his thoughts and observations about the land of the rising sun and its people in short, contemplative vignettes that touch on a multitude of seemingly disparate aspects of Japanese culture, from vending machines to sex to grammar. 

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ISBN: 9781101973479
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2020

Alaric the Goth An Outsider’s History of the Fall of Rome by Douglas Boin

In his latest historical analysis, professor and author Douglas Boin weaves the intricate tale of Rome’s mysterious sacker, Alaric the Goth, with prose that is readable and engaging. Far from a barbarian, Alaric was a complex leader who grew up on the border between his Gothic kin and the aging Roman Empire. As Boin describes the fall of Rome and the rise of the Dark Ages, it is easy to draw parallels to our own decaying empire.

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ISBN: 9780393635690
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 9th, 2020

Civilized to Death by Christopher Ryan

In this engaging analysis by Christopher Ryan, one of the coauthors of the bestselling book Sex at Dawn and the host of the podcast Tangentially Speaking, Ryan poses the question: With all of the health problems inherent in modern society, was the lifestyle of prehistoric humans worse than that of today or was it in a way more suited to the human race? In these imperiled times, Ryan impels readers to examine the myth of the savage, the positive effects of psychedelics, and the real price of progress. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781451659108
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

Medallion Status by John Hodgman

John Hodgman (Vacationland, The Daily Show) wants you to know that for a while there, he was famous, but not that famous. In his latest book, Hodgman uses his razor wit and strong sense of irony to teach some of the lessons he’s learned as a guy who is kind of famous, like the finer points of wearing a nude suit, the pain of being typecast, and the perks of having Platinum Medallion Status. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780525561101
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Published: Viking - October 15th, 2019

On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux

The highly acclaimed novelist and master of travel writing Paul Theroux goes south in his latest chronicle to observe the rippling tensions around the U.S.–Mexico border. Beginning in the town of Nogales—separated by a 40-foot steel fence—and traveling further into Mexico, Theroux explores the people and culture and the atrocities that occur on both sides of the border. On the Plain of Snakes is a testament to Theroux’s skill as a travel writer. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780544866478
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 8th, 2019

On Writing by Stephen King

Told with the signature, self-deprecating wit of the old master, Stephen King's On Writing is required reading for anyone who considers (or wants to consider) themselves a writer. In these pages, King reviews all the writing tools he's developed over the years and stresses the importance of reading, rewriting, and devoting to one's self to a life of rejection. But it's not all hopeless, he also stresses that the road to literary success is paved with perseverance. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2010

Silver, Sword, and Stone by Marie Arana

From the very first line, Silver, Sword & Stone instantly drew me in and transported me to a Latin America I never knew: from the heights of the Peruvian Andes, into the depths of violent revolutions, and into what it means to be a Catholic in Central America. Widely published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and National Geographic, among others, Marie Arana describes the lives of contemporary Latin Americans with exacting prose and a conversational tone. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781501104244
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 27th, 2019

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