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Staff Pick: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee

by David

Perhaps the finest prose of the 20th century.

Sample pages 41-42.

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Staff Pick: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

by Jake

Road trip! Perfect summer reading – flat out funny, full of quirky characters, and laced with a deeper poignancy than your average beach book.

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Staff Pick: Life by Keith Richards

by Scott

Keith’s advice is two-fold: Buy only the best drugs and don’t go chasing the higher high. My advice: enjoy this autobiography.

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With The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the songs that roused the world, and he lived the original rock and roll life.

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Staff Pick: LoveStar by Andri Magnason

by Greg

Satire demands detachment and Iceland screams detachment. Magnason uses that isolated lens to skewer our technological consumerist lives. From ad-howlers and murderous Mickey Mouses to overly protective Bid Bad Wolves, you'll cringe with laughter.

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Staff Pick: The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan

by Maggie

Everyone wants to eat good food. McMillan goes undercover as a minimum wage worker to explore & understand the U.S. food system, shedding light on the largely privatized industry whose priorities determine the accessibility and affordability of our food & which dramatically influence how all Americans eat.

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Staff Pick: This is Running for Your Life by Michelle Orange

by Jake

A smattering of essays that veer from pop culture, to family history, to war-torn travelogue. Orange is an important and captivating new voice – just check out “The Uses of Nostalgia and Some Thoughts on Ethan Hawke’s Face” (the title says it all) if you don’t believe me.

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Staff Pick: Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

by Georgia

The black sheep in a family of circus freaks, Olympia trips down memory lane when confronted with her own audacious offspring. Never mind said lane is a twisted romp through the entrails of a depraved beast­. Freaky and funny, you’ll stay glued to this train wreck.

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Staff Pick: The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

by Rebecca

It's gambling, it's love, it's lies. Evocative language gives this book subtlety and beauty, and the line between truth and fiction will pull you in.

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Staff Pick: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

by Kelly

An irreverent and fantastical epic that explores the unique connection between immortality, scent, sex and, lest we forget – beets.

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Staff Pick: Darkness Sticks to Everything by Tom Hennen

by Nancy

I love reading Hennen’s poetry on the bus. Each poem is short but quickly delivers you into an isolated, eerie landscape. A few of my favorites: A Note to My State-Appointed Job Counselor (p40); Landscape of Night (p62); Love for Other Things (p78)

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