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Bookshelf by Alex Johnson

With e-books on the rise, bookshelves may seem obsolete--but for booklovers like myself, there's nothing like holding a physical book in your hands that you can flip pages and hug. This is for people like you and me who need creative ways to store all of the books! Marvel at these bookshelves that are shaped like trees, or hold books upside down, or can even walk!
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780500516140
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 1st, 2012

Lemons and Lavender by Billee Sharp

Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook for revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality in life. This book is loaded with fab recipes and environmentally friendly tips for people seeking a greener and more sustainable lifestyle. It's so useful!
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By Billee Sharp, Anneli Rufus (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781936740109
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Published: Viva Editions - March 13th, 2012

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

When I finished this book, I turned it over and read it all over again. Seriously. Every chapter of this early 20th century period piece left me with a hauntingly beautiful image of life at the turn of the century. From the perspective of a lonely laborer named Robert Grainier looking back at the events of his life, there is a feeling of wonder and discovery in the realization of the American frontier. Really, though, I loved this book.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250007650
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Published: Picador - May 22nd, 2012

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Set in the near future, in a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of women in subjugation. The character is one of a class of individuals kept as ‘handmaids’ for reproductive purposes in an era of declining births. The images of emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel-the effect is chilling.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Focusing on a 15 year old runaway, Kafka, and the old man Nakata, whose childhood trauma deprived him of his memory, Murakami weaves these characters towards each other in a magical world where cats talk and fish fall from the sky. None of the characters in Kafka on the Shore is as powerful as the forces of fate that drive them, and none even try to resist.

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ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

Lamb by Christopher Moore

Biff, the childhood friend of Jesus who was then known as Joshua, provides the long-awaited gospel of Jesus’ life before he became Christ. The story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. This book had me laughing so hard I had to calm myself down before reading further!

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ISBN: 9780380813810
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 25th, 2004

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

A heart-wrenching and beautiful novel that surrounds a South Carolina family over four decades. The novel surrounds Tom Wingo, a man stuck in New York with his sister’s therapist trying to resolve the troubled past that haunts both Tom and his sister Savannah. The drama and intrepid themes make this a wholly engrossing novel which I continue to reread again and again.

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ISBN: 9780553268881
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Published: Bantam Books - December 1st, 1987

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

This is a tremendous saga about a family surviving in the Australian Outback. The lavish descriptions of the wild setting are background to the incredible and impossible love story between the beautiful red-golden-headed Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph de Bricassart, the ambitious priest. The Thorn Birds has made a great impact on my ideas of what a great book should be.

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ISBN: 9780061990472
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 11th, 2010

Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith (audio)

Self-proclaimed "whore to hear his own voice" Kevin Smith (known formerly as Silent Bob) reads aloud his newest memoir Tough Sh*t. Not only does Smith give a riotous outline of his own life but he also gradually gives advice based on his own successful experiences. Smith has a particularly funny and poignant perspective on life. I've loved listening to this!

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By Kevin Smith, Kevin Smith (Read by)
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ISBN: 9781611760613
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Published: Penguin Audiobooks - March 1st, 2012

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