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Staff Pick: The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons

by Adam

In this book, The Sports Guy takes us through the past, present and future of the NBA, touching on every major basketball debate along the way. His humorous asides and frequent pop culture references make this book accessible to everyone, not just the hardcore basketball fan.

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Staff Pick: Blindness by Jose Saramago

by Nicole

Want to see the dark side of humanity? Read this book.

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Staff Pick: The Family That Couldn't Sleep by D. T. Max

by David

From mid-18th century Venice to mad cow in 20th century Britain, an extraordinary and mysterious disease that may be linked to cannibalism. A fun read.

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Staff Pick: The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon

by Kayla

Born in Sarajevo, Hemon wrote his first story in English at the age of 31. If I could write as eloquently in my first language as he does in his second, you’d probably want this blurb to go on forever.

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Staff Pick: Custer Died for Your Sins by Vine Deloria

by Scott

Please read this eye-opening history. It’s an underappreciated classic work; and one you should pass along to Dan Snyder when you’re done.

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Staff Pick: 1914 by Jean Echenoz

by Scott

Any interest in the Great War? Here is a lovely little novel which puts us fully in the trench, but we escape it here too. Echenoz is truly gifted.

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Staff Pick: Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones

by Sam

A handful of phenomenal stories about citizens of Washington by a D.C. native and Pulitzer Prize winner. If you hated the concept of This Town but want to read about the city, check this out.

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Staff Pick: Everything & More by David Foster Wallace

by Greg

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

by Adam

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

by CK

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

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