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Momofuku Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307451958
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 27th, 2009

The next time you have 6+ hours to kill, try out the Bo Ssam miracle on pg. 166. It will change. YOUR. LIFE!--Hal 

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ISBN: 9780156453806
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 1978

This one is a series of beautiful descriptions -- make sure your imagination is ready for it.  Afterward, read Einsteins's Dreams by Alan Lighman. Same format, also great. -- New Claire 

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ISBN: 9780345521309
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - February 22nd, 2011

If you enjoyed Loving Frank, this is a book for you. Reading about Hadley and Ernest Hemingway's adventures in Paris, Sweden, and Spain allowed me to be a fly on the wall of the glamorous literati lifestyle of the time.-- Suzy T 

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ISBN: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco Press - February 14th, 2012

Eli and Charlie Sisters kill people. They are very good. But Eli is having something of a mid-life crisis -- just because you're good at something, does that mean you're meant to do it? deWitt's novel has everything you could ask of a Western: wit, violence, treasure. The only trouble is it moves so fast, and you're having so much fun, it's easy to miss the fact that the book is saying some big, important things, too. -- Riley 

The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394746234
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Published: Vintage - November 12th, 1986

The people who will enjoy this trilogy are the people who have to read it. You are not a Civil War nerd if you haven't read these, and you will learn and you will enjoy. -- Sam 

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ISBN: 9780316069885
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

In an informative and equally entertaining fashion, Foer sheds light on the animal farming industry in The United States. Filled with personal stories and anecdotes, this book reads like fiction with all the facts of non-fiction. A great read!-- Karrie 

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ISBN: 9780062020567
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 7th, 2012

Set in rural Montana in the late 1980s, Emily Danforth's debut novel is narrated by the fiesty and remarkably honest Cameron Post, a teenager dealing with her burgeoning sexual attraction to women, as well as her devoutly religious Aunt Ruth, who believes God can "cure" Cameron of her "disorder." Relatable characters and spot-on teenage vernacular make this coming-of-age tale feel searingly real-- and, of course, relevant.-- Derek 

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ISBN: 9780345802903
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage Books - August 21st, 2012

The Pirates! In an Adventure With.. series is hilarious! From the dedications (always to some mysterious woman named Sophie who seems to have broken the author's heart) to the frequent ham references, these books have it all. They share the same spirit of great British comedy as the TV classic, Faulty Towers. If you need any other incentive to pick these up, the guy's name is Gideon Defoe, for Pete's sake!-- Leona 

Contempt (New York Review Books Classics) Cover Image
By Alberto Moravia, Tim Parks (Introduction by), Angus Davidson (Translator)
ISBN: 9781590171226
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Published: New York Review of Books - July 31st, 2004

After becoming briefly obsessed with the Jean Luc Godard film based on this book, I knew I had to read Contempt immediately. It is essentially a love story but the kind of love that turns to hate which of course is the most interesting kind. Told through the desperate and delusional lens of the husband while he tries to adapt The Odyssey for the silver screen, it is as much about the struggles of art and film making as it is about the collapse of a marriage.--Sky 

Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Techno Logy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679764892
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Published: Vintage - November 26th, 1996

One of the strangest and most fascinating books I've read in a while. After stumbling upon a bizarre and obscure museum in LA, Lawrence Weschler's persistent curiosity leads him to a discovery of horned humans, miniature sculptures, and a host of mysterious historical characters who may or may not have existed. All of which becomes a reflection on the history of museums, but at the same time an intimate look at the LA museum's curator, perhaps the most curious aspect of it all. -- Jon 

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ISBN: 9780375703768
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 7th, 2000

Gender, religion, alienation, insanity, hope. This one has it all. It's certainly over-the-top with its various narrators/speakers, not to mention the actual author & editors. Hint: Danielewski is probably laughing at you the whole time you squint down at his pages, ravenously scribbling your intellectual little marginalia. I say this because I wrecked those margins. Badly wrecked 'em. The novel's weight took some time to settle in the belly of my head, but I can truthfully say this is the best time I've had reading all year. I don't even like ghost stories necessarily, but I do love Love stories, and this is both, encrypted in such a way you can believe both actually do exist.-- Chelsea 

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