Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: by Ransom Riggs
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: by Ransom Riggs

Jacob’s grandfather told strange stories, but he had every reason and every right to exercise his yarn-spinning eccentricity. As a boy, Abe Portman was shipped off to England…

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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (Vol. 1): by Francis Fukuyama
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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (Vol. 1): by Francis Fukuyama

When you’re penning a two-volume series ambitiously titled The Origins of Political Order, every word counts. When it comes to the word count of political philosopher Francis Fukuyama’s…

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Go the Fuck to Sleep: by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés
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Go the Fuck to Sleep: by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés

Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés Rating: 5.0/5.0 Publisher: Akashic Books Today I told a drinking straw to go fuck itself. Pulling…

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Cleopatra: A Life: by Stacy Schiff
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Cleopatra: A Life: by Stacy Schiff

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff Rating: 4.0/5.0 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Cleopatra has been mythologized, demonized and immortalized but for all the wrong reasons, according to…

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My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top: by Jon Glaser
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My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top: by Jon Glaser

My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top by Jon Glaser Rating: 4.6/5.0 Publisher: Harper Perennial Jon Glaser has always been a funny guy, and after over a decade…

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A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America: by Ernest Drucker
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A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America: by Ernest Drucker

A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America by Ernest Drucker Rating: 4.3/5.0 Publisher: The New Press In June of 2011, the Global Commission on…

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I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon): by Richard Polsky
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I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon): by Richard Polsky

I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) by Richard Polsky Rating: 4.2/5.0 Publisher: Other Press I touched a Warhol once. I know it was the wrong thing to do…

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Incognito: by David Eagleman
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Incognito: by David Eagleman

Incognito by David Eagleman Rating: 4.3/5.0 Publisher: Pantheon I first heard about David Eagleman earlier this year in a feature run in The New Yorker. In it, the…

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The Warmth of Other Suns: by Isabel Wilkerson
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The Warmth of Other Suns: by Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson Rating: 4.4/5.0 Publisher: Random House The Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Act may stand as touchstone moments in African-American…

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Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles: The Authorized Adaptation: by Ray Bradbury, illustrations by Dennis Calero
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Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles: The Authorized Adaptation: by Ray Bradbury, illustrations by Dennis Calero

Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles: The Authorized Adaptation by Ray Bradbury, illustrations by Dennis Calero Rating: 4.0/5.0 Publisher: Hill and Wang I get nervous around adaptations. I suppose…

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