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Staff Pick: Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

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Halfway through Max Porter's beautiful, complicated book I wasn't sure if I should be laughing or crying. Both would be appropriate it turns out. So much life is captured on so few pages - it's a marvel.

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Staff Pick: Miles by Miles Davis and Quincey Troupe

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If you are reading this book because of Miles' troubles you'll find plenty, but more than anything this book is about a passion for music that will make you want to pick up an instrument and start to play.

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Staff Pick: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

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Angela Davis tells it like it is! She explores the ideologies of security, oppression, and freedom. This is a must read for any aspiring activist!

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Staff Pick: A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

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A beautifully written, brief, very rich, yet spare account of a man’s life in a small village in Austria during the first half of the 20th century. Strong, tender, but unsentimental; a very special reading experience.

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Staff Pick: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

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It’s really a fantastic time warp kinda thing. You’re a child. Lindbergh = Trump parallels throughout, and NAZIS somehow feature in both. It’s good, perhaps his last best novel.

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Staff Pick: Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

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The first in a series, this is an addictively gritty dystopian sci-fi noir that's short enough to read in one go. The perfect endcap to your summer reading list.

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Staff Pick: Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender

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These short stories are fantastically beautiful and bonkers. Bender will challenge what you know about magical realism.

Trust me. She is a masterful chronicler of the human condition.  You gotta pick up this book.

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Staff Pick: Rats by Robert Sullivan

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Robert Sullivan spent a year sitting in a New York alley observing rats every night so that you don't have to. The resulting book weaves a forgotten history of the city together with plenty of gross-out rat facts to impress your friends. A great way to get to know your neighbors!

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Staff Pick: Season of the Witch

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If you were someone who sat in their basement playing with your ouiji board and listening to the Beatle’s White Album backwards, this book is for you.

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This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll -- from the Beatles to Black Sabbath -- and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world.

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Staff Pick: Hard Rain Falling

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Hard-bitten and hard-boiled, but tender too. Young men adrift and searching for meaning in 1960’s Portland, Oregon and Northern California. A nice blend of literary and genre fiction.

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