Praveen

Praveen's love affair with Kepler's began in 2002 when he started living in Menlo Park and found himself repeatedly drawn to browsing Kepler's well-stocked bookshelves and discovering many wonderful books. The community's efforts to save Kepler's in 2005 made a lasting impact on Praveen and two years later he found himself quitting his corporate job and teaming up with his wife Christin to acquire the Booksmith bookstore in 2007. Over the next few years Praveen and Christin transformed Booksmith into a award-winning literary destination. In July 2012 Praveen assumed leadership of Kepler's with a bold new vision to transform Kepler's into a sustainable literary institution.

Favorite Genres: 
Literary Fiction
Politics
Sociology
Book Recommendations: 
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Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism Cover Image
By Derrick Bell, Michelle Alexander (Foreword by)
$24.29
ISBN: 9781541645530
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Basic Books - October 30th, 2018

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Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316417198
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Hachette Books - September 8th, 2020

Goldstein is the co-host of the popular NPR podcast Planet Money and a master storyteller. As suggested by the book’s irreverent title, he employs an entertaining style to help us understand how money became the force it is today. The eclectic characters in his story include emperors, gamblers, libertarian programmers and the scenes shift from places like Greece to the first stock market in Amsterdam to modern day central banks. A fascinating read! --Praveen


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The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9781597144797
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Heyday Books - September 7th, 2020

The author of the bestselling California Field Atlas has produced another masterpiece! Kaufmann tells us an epic story spanning millions of years with the aid of his signature watercolor maps and trail paintings woven together with astonishing insights about the rich biodiversity of our great state’s forests.  This book will change the way you think of our forests. --Praveen


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The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781732265141
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Published: Stripe Press - December 4th, 2018

Written by a geopolitical analyst, this book foresaw and spelled out the forces that would go on to produce Brexit, the Trump presidency, and rise of fringe parties and oddball political figures in many parts of the world. The author poses the question - can liberal representative democracy survive? This book has been Marc Andreessen’s #1 handout for anyone seeking to understand the shift in power structures that’s shaking up our world. --Praveen


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Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Paulo Freire, Donaldo Macedo (Foreword by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781501314131
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - March 22nd, 2018

Have you ever wondered why the world keeps generating the same cycles of problems? Or why the oppressed become oppressors once they achieve power? Or why have we ended up with a permanent underclass in urban centers all around the world, including here in the Bay Area? This classic, originally published in 1968, provides the answers that are even more relevant and urgent today. --Praveen


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Stoner: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By John Williams, John McGahern (Introduction by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781681374574
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Published: NYRB Classics - July 30th, 2019

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Trump and a Post-Truth World Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611805611
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Published: Shambhala - August 8th, 2017

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Man's Search for Meaning Cover Image
By Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by), William J. Winslade (Afterword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807014271
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Beacon Press - June 1st, 2006

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Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781468316957
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Abrams Press - April 2nd, 2019

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101980972
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

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Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307453433
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Published: Crown Forum - January 29th, 2013

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Money and Class in America Cover Image
By Lewis Lapham, Thomas Frank (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781944869892
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Published: OR Books - October 2nd, 2018

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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781620973493
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Published: New Press - February 20th, 2018

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Ghachar Ghochar: A Novel Cover Image
By Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143111689
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

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Biloxi: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631497841
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Published: Liveright - June 2nd, 2020

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America: The Farewell Tour Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501152689
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 27th, 2019

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The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads Cover Image
By Tim Wu
$17.95
ISBN: 9780804170048
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Vintage - September 19th, 2017