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The Last Days of Cafe Leila Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616205850
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 18th, 2017

This multi-generational family saga centers on a small neighborhood cafe in Tehran. The American educated daughter returns for a visit and finds vast cultural differences. The descriptions of food will make your mouth water.


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The Refrigerator Monologues Cover Image
By Catherynne M. Valente, Annie Wu (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481459341
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Published: Saga Press - June 6th, 2017

If you have ever wondered about the women who suffer  just because of their relationships to a superhero, this is the book for you. Should be required reading for any superhero fan.


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Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524732684
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 24th, 2017

We all have our Option A plan for life -- that storybook fantasy where we die of old age surrounded by our well-adjusted family.  But when fate deals you a different set of cards, then you need to fall back on Option B.  And when it's a really bad hand, you need a book like this to show you how to be more resilient and once again find joy in life.


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Human Acts Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781101906729
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Published: Hogarth Press - January 17th, 2017

This short novel recounts the death of a boy during the Gwangu Uprising in South Korea with each chapter telling the story through a different narrator.  The prose is beautiful, but brutal and raw and will haunt you long after you finish the story.


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History of Wolves Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125873
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 3rd, 2017

Teenager Linda is living a secluded life in a remote Minnesota town when she begins baby-sitting for her new neighbors.  It doesn't take long before things begin to sour, and the dynamic within the household she works for grows bizarre.  Atmospheric, dark, and tense, this novel will have you guessing all the way to the end. 


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Isadora Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374279981
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 23rd, 2017

Amelia Gray is a writer of extreme skill who displays here an acute empathy and understanding of grief and the creative process. Isadora's many skills, passions, faults and foibles are shown here in letters, set designs for future theatrical pieces, and drunken soliloquies. Cruel and cutting, it maybe my favorite biographical novel of all time.


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You & a Bike & a Road Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781927668405
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Published: Koyama Press - May 16th, 2017

A deceptively simple travelogue, charting Davis' attempt at a solo cross-country bike trip, that muses beautifully on loneliness, belonging, and the deeply humane experience of moving one's body through space.


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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062362599
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Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

It was the book she least wanted to write so she chose to do it as her next nonfiction subject.  The bestselling author of Bad Feminist pens a memoir of her body.  Following a sexual assault, Gay finds comfort in food and refuge in a larger body - until it isn't.


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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631492853
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 2nd, 2017

How did neighboring cities East Palo Alto become majority black and Palo Alto majority white?  UC Berkeley researcher RIchard Rothstein delves deep into the local municipal, county, state and federal policy decisions which led to segregation where none existed before.


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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250080547
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 16th, 2017

This is a riveting mix of true-crime and memoir, a haunting pair of parallel stories. This is a brave examination of the complexities of memory, the law, and how we choose to tell our stories: both to others and to ourselves.


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Why?: What Makes Us Curious Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476792095
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

From Leonardo da Vinci to Richard Feynman to the neuroscience behind curiosity, this meditation on our all-too-human compulsion to ask, "Why?" is as entertaining as it is informative -- a road map for the incurably inquisitive.


The Marriage Pact Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780385343299
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Published: Bantam - July 25th, 2017

A fast paced literary thriller set in San Francisco.  Plot involves a secretive cult with a social agenda. As a bonus, local bestselling author Michelle Richmond has added well researched nuggets about the institution of marriage.


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Strange Contagion: Inside the Surprising Science of Infectious Behaviors and Viral Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062448934
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Published: Harper Wave - June 27th, 2017

Open offices, brainstorm sessions, blue-sky thinking -- countless tropes have been coined from Silicon Valley's unique ability to draw disruptive new ideas out of thin air. But good ideas aren't the only thing that can catch on. Lee Kravetz's new book is an uplifting journey from the tragedy of what happens when a bad idea catches hold of a community and the way forward of how that same community came together to create meaningful change in the lives of the young people most affected.