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Letters to Memory

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781566894876
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 12th, 2017

Through exploring her family's archive of letters and other documents, Yamashita creates a powerful dialog between herself and her past, including her family's experience in the WWII Japanese internment camps, how they reacted, how they coped, and how they moved on when they got home. More than just a memoir, this book teaches by example a new kind of relationship you can have with your familial, national, and cultural story. This is an important book.

Josh


New World

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New World: An Anthology of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Cover Image
By C. Spike Trotman (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780970873170
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Published: Iron Circus Comics - April 18th, 2017

An exceptional sci-fi comics anthology about first contact, culture clash, and colonialism, from a small indie comics publisher, addressing issues of representation with uniquely fun anthologies. New Worlds is a standout, where new and established talents push the genre of science fiction to do what it does best: show us who we are and who we can aspire to be.

Alexander


The Worm and the Bird

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$24.00
ISBN: 9780143132868
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Published: Penguin Books - October 10th, 2017

If you buy the Penguin classics in hardcover just for the pretty covers then you'll like this: It's the same illustrator/designer! Coralie Bickford-Smith's new book is wonderfully illustrated and I think both adults and children will enjoy. It's darkly humorous, but also thoughtful and insightful.  

Heather


Alone

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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631491320
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 19th, 2017

If you’ve seen Christopher Nolan’s film, Dunkirk, and want to learn more, try Alone. Korda’s book is a compelling and detailed examination of the events leading up to the beginning of World War II through the evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk interspersed with Korda’s own memoir of his illustrious, movie-making, emigre family.

Dale


A $500 House in Detroit

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A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476797984
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 11th, 2017

You'll be equal parts infuriated and inspired reading about the author's quest to rebuild a barely livable house in one of the poorest cities in the country despite threats of arson, lack of money and a municipal bankruptcy that somehow left $25 million for a new football stadium.  As the saying goes, if you can make it there, you can make in anywhere.

John


Infomocracy

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Infomocracy: Book One of the Centenal Cycle Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765392367
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Published: Tor.com - August 8th, 2017

National borders have been eliminated in favor of centenals, geographical groupings of every 100,000 citizens who vote every ten years. The corporate party Heritage holds the majority, but the system may be upended by idealistic Policy1st--or warmongering Liberty, a party playing on old nationalist tensions. I have never been so fascinated by the innards of a fictional election. Complex and compelling.

Rebecca


Protestantism After 500 Years

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By Thomas Albert Howard (Editor), Mark A. Noll (Editor)
$36.95
ISBN: 9780190264796
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 1st, 2016

There is no overstating the significance of the Protestant Reformation, and so its 500th anniversary is an event deserving reflection. In Protestantism After 500 Years, two leading Reformation scholars compile essays devoted to how events of 1517 kick-started history's greatest revolution. A must-read for understanding religion's role in the development of modernity.

Matthew


Apollo 8

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Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627798327
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 16th, 2017

Going to the moon is not a small undertaking. Imagine, it had never been done before, and the mission was planned & executed in sixteen weeks! Apollo 8 is the story of a “wild crapshoot” that will bring you back to that time or open the door to an accomplishment that included a TV broadcast from the moon on Christmas Eve 1968.  

Robert


Extreme Measures

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Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101982556
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - February 21st, 2017

Increasingly Americans face unnecessarily painful or prolonged deaths in hospitals/ICUs. In the event, you may dearly wish you had a kind-hearted ICU/palliative specialist friend. Now you do: Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD. A deft storyteller, she advises from years of experience. An astonishingly revealing, soothing and empowering, must-read book.

Molly


The Accusation

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The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea Cover Image
By Bandi, Deborah Smith (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802126207
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Grove Press - March 7th, 2017

North Korea...It is time to take sobering stock. Bandi (a cover name) has risked everything to tell the world about it in these smuggled stories. He implores: Reader! I beg you to read my words. The gifted writing and politics of the day make it a must read.

Molly


Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

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$39.95
ISBN: 9780393239423
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 28th, 2017

I only knew (or cared,really) of Jonathan Swift as the author of Gulliver's Travels - but John Stubbs work was recommended to me as a sterling example of the biographer's art. I found it a most pleasurable reading experience and an excellent life study.

Gary


There’s a Mystery There

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There's a Mystery There: The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385540438
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Published: Doubleday Books - May 16th, 2017

Highly recommended for anyone interested in children's literature, illustration, or storytelling. In each chapter, Cott speaks with a different expert on Sendak's masterpiece Outside Over There, examining the book through different lenses. Cott did a number of interviews with Sendak and his quotes fill the pages. The result is readable, compelling, and inspiring. (Really, I stayed up late in bed reading because I couldn't put it down.)

 

Marika


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