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Staff Pick: Life by Keith Richards

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Staff Pick: Bleeder by Shelby Smoak

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This gripping, poignant and at times poetic memoir of a man who was diagnosed with hemophilia as a child and HIV as a late teen. He struggles with life in every sense of the word. Unforgettable.

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Staff Pick: A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

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In 1933, when the author was eighteen, he traveled from Rotterdam to Istanbul on foot. This book recounts and reflects upon the first part of that journey. Fermor, a WWII hero and subject of a recent biography, walked through a Europe that would soon cease to exist. A great cast of characters passes through these pages and Fermor turns these strangers into friends.

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