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Staff Pick: Hollywood Trilogy by Don Carpenter

by Scott

If you loved all the scenes from Mad Men when Don floated off w/ grifters, losers, fallen angels and prostitutes, then Mr. Don Carpenter will provide your re-up.

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Staff Pick: Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden

by Sarah

An unnamed playwright spends time in her friend's, the famous actor Molly Fox, home reflecting on their lives. The narrator ponders not only the nature of her work but her place in the world and role as daughter and sister. Contemplative and emotional without melodrama, this novel combines pathos, humor, and insight to sophisticated effect.

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Staff Pick: Encounters at the Heart of the World by Eliabeth Fenn

by Lynn

This 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner is the thoughtful journey of one historian as she travels the varied paths of archaeology, ecology, and the many fragments of the past to rediscover a fascinating people who cut as deeply into the American landscape as the broad Missouri River itself.

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Staff Pick: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper

by Lauren

The title may not be 100% accurate - as Hopper herself admits - but the pointedness and (necessary) aggression of its tone perfectly captures what this book is: sharp and energetic criticism from someone whose enthusiasm for music is contagious.

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