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The Art Book by the Editors of Phaidon

My old edition of The Art Book has gone through many evolutions as a part of my library, beginning as an incredibly user-friendly reference book. Eventually I became so enamored with some prints that they made their way into tiny frames and onto my walls. Later on, other pieces became starting points for collages and various art projects of my own. That small book managed to last me for probably a decade and was a constant source of inspiration. Now it’s time for a new one to replace my tattered copy on the shelf, and there’s a beautiful new edition out just in time! A wonderful gift for art lovers and appreciators of all kinds.
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Laura
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$59.95
ISBN: 9780714864679
Availability: Backordered
Published: Phaidon Press - September 10th, 2012

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

Neil Young is one of those musicians who seems to transcend time, trends, and generations; he has been loved equally by both of my parents, as well as by my brother and me, and continues to enthrall young music appreciators from all backgrounds as well. Not only is it his music that has appeal, but the man himself is fascinating in his own right. The story of his life, and the events that have highlighted his career and his rise to fame, is one that would be undeniably intriguing to any rock and roll fan, and perhaps the best part is that it comes straight from the source.
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Laura
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ISBN: 9780399159466
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Blue Rider Press - September 25th, 2012

Like You’d Understand Anyway by Jim Shepard

At turns, Jim Shepard is funny, quirky, morbid and dark. This collection has a story for everyone, with characters ranging from Vikings to bickering brothers in the suburbs. Perhaps the strength of his storytelling is the oddity of his voice, and his willingness to explore physical and psychological landscapes that seem strange but are ultimately more familiar than one might expect.
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Laura
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$15.95
ISBN: 9780307277602
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2008

The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's last and supposedly unfinished work is often overlooked, but I was mesmerized and haunted by this unique and sparsely beautiful tale of a relationship rapidly disintegrating for bizarre and mysterious reasons. Easily read in one sitting, and well worth every moment.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780684804521
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Published: Scribner - September 6th, 1995

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

This guy's writing is electrifying; it sizzles with life and carries you along on a journey that is at once breathtaking, devastating, and inspiring. A history lesson and an all-consuming adventure with one of the most endearing characters I've ever encountered.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781594483295
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

This book destroyed me, and I mean that in the best way possible. Beautiful language, an exquisitely heart-breaking love story, and gorgeous, wistfully descriptive passages about a Paris of a different time. Hands down, my favorite book ever, and my all-time favorite "romance."
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$14.00
ISBN: 9780385334587
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Published: Delta - June 13th, 2000

Faith Instinct by Nicholas Wade

As a "non-believer," I'm always looking for new ways in which to think about or
explain the phenomenon that is FAITH. While Wade's perspective, that we are
essentially genetically programmed to embrace religion, may in some ways raise
more questions than it answers, he adds another voice to what I consider to be
an extremely important discourse.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143118190
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Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2010

Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum

Nuzum's dark history will instantly draw you in, making you eager to discover how he finally did "give up" his ghost. His story may, at turns, overcome you with nostalgia, inspire fear, or elicit overwhelming longing. But by the end, you'll feel the unique satisfaction of finishing a beautiful book...and coming to the end of a fantastic journey.
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Laura
Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385342438
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 7th, 2012

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

I waited for what seemed like an agonizingly long time for the new book from Diaz to make its appearance. When an advanced copy finally landed in my hands, it was as if it had a halo around it...I dove right in and was instantly swept away by the energy and pace of his voice. His language literally sizzles, his style is electric, his use of dialogue is seamless, and his characters are immediately alive and utterly loveable, despite, or perhaps because of, their quirky yet endearing faults. The short story format may not appeal to all, but this is a must-read for anyone as enamored with Diaz as I am!
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Laura
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781594487361
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 11th, 2012

A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi

Could sanity in fact be a "handicap" in times of crisis? Ghaemi combines historical evidence with current psychiatric research to arrive at an interesting conclusion: certain types of "insanity" may actually be beneficial when navigating through difficult circumstances. A provocative assertion, and a new and refreshing perspective with which to view mental illness.

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ISBN: 9780143121336
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

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