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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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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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