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Staff Pick: At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien

by Lauren

This novel is for anyone who enjoys a bit of gratuitous violence and wonders if they’ve gone slightly mad.

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Staff Pick: The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark

by Sarah

An indispensable book for anyone who loves the English language. A guide, not a manifesto - Roy Peter Clark is no crusading “grammazon”. Covering the basics with brio, Clark utilizes examples that range from Chaucer to Twitter, religious poetry to Rolling Stone. This is a book to turn to again and again for both reference and pleasure!

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Staff Pick: Food Rules by Michael Pollan

by Maggie

A return to common sense when it comes to food. Maira Kalman's vibrant illustrations bring new personality to Pollan's simple rules. Removing the complexity and gimmicks from healthy eating & advocating for simplicity, community, and gusto in the way we eat.

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Staff Pick: Just Kids by Patti Smith

by Olivia

If you are a starving artist, or just want to know what it was like being one in the 1960s and ‘70s.

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Staff Pick: A Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky

by Jake

In this engrossing read, Kurlansky (author of Cod, Salt, and other similarly focused books) applies his gift for anecdotal storytelling to the history, food, and culture of this fascinating and ancient region.

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Staff Pick: Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

by David

When James Ellroy was 13, his mother was murdered in L.A. Since then, he has been clocking mayhem in his hometown. Insanely good.

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Staff Pick: The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson

by Amy

Incredibly accessible poetry with a classical pedigree. If you’ve ever loved a jerk, you’ll relate.

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This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice-29 "tangos" of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects-love-and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.Vintage, $15.00

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Staff Pick: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez

by Lauren

A study of the arctic from all angles. Lopez’s lyrical prose is is somehow adept at describing both the beauty of natural phenomena and the technical mechanisms from which they arise.

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Barry Lopez's National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece.

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Staff Pick: Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland

by Olivia

The quintessential self-help book for every artist, Art & Fear will make you understand how and why you make art, and even why you don’t. If you’ve ever found yourself in an art dry-spell, this is the book you will turn to time and time again for support.

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Staff Pick: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

by Steph

Reminiscent of a 19th century Gothic novel (moors, wolves, mysterious strangers appearing at the door in the middle of the night), Wyld creates an eerie landscape where everyone is suspect. Who knew a sheep farm could be so creepy?

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