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Staff Pick: Everything & More by David Foster Wallace

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Say the name David Foster Wallace, and people automatically think fiction. Respected for his large and ambitious novels, in this book Wallace focuses all his analytic and humorous powers on the biggest conceivable topic around: infinity!

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Staff Pick: The Sports Gene by Adam Epstein

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Are some athletes genetically predisposed for greatness or is their culture and upbringing responsible for their success? Read this book and find out.

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The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?

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Staff Pick: The Time Traveler's Almanac edited by Jeff Vandermeer

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960 pages of mostly unfamiliar time travel stories, chosen by the editors of The Weird. “Time keeps on slippin’…”

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Staff Pick: At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien

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This novel is for anyone who enjoys a bit of gratuitous violence and wonders if they’ve gone slightly mad.

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Staff Pick: The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark

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An indispensable book for anyone who loves the English language. A guide, not a manifesto - Roy Peter Clark is no crusading “grammazon”. Covering the basics with brio, Clark utilizes examples that range from Chaucer to Twitter, religious poetry to Rolling Stone. This is a book to turn to again and again for both reference and pleasure!

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Staff Pick: Food Rules by Michael Pollan

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A return to common sense when it comes to food. Maira Kalman's vibrant illustrations bring new personality to Pollan's simple rules. Removing the complexity and gimmicks from healthy eating & advocating for simplicity, community, and gusto in the way we eat.

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Staff Pick: Just Kids by Patti Smith

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If you are a starving artist, or just want to know what it was like being one in the 1960s and ‘70s.

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Staff Pick: A Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky

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In this engrossing read, Kurlansky (author of Cod, Salt, and other similarly focused books) applies his gift for anecdotal storytelling to the history, food, and culture of this fascinating and ancient region.

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Staff Pick: Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

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When James Ellroy was 13, his mother was murdered in L.A. Since then, he has been clocking mayhem in his hometown. Insanely good.

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Staff Pick: The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson

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Incredibly accessible poetry with a classical pedigree. If you’ve ever loved a jerk, you’ll relate.

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This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice-29 "tangos" of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects-love-and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.Vintage, $15.00

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