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Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation by Laura Kipnis

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Certain themes in contemporary news stories are as perplexing as they are prolific: Celebrities and violence, politicians and sex, athletes and drugs, corporate executives and corruption (or any combination of the above). Virtually always, the individuals at the center of these scandals are men. What drives these men to ultimate physical and professional self-destruction?

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

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Just as we in modern society have increasingly removed ourselves from what were once integral aspects of our lives, such as nature and Read more

Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors edited by Julia Scott

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Teen angst. Hyperbolic journal entries. Cloying, sing-songy poetry. Arrogant, rambling job application letters.

A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans

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In December 2003, while walking their dog, Dakotah, on a frozen lake not far from their home in Juneau, Alaska, Nick Jans and his wife, Sherrie, spotted a rare sight - a black wolf standing motionless in the dusk. Suddenly, the wolf began bounding toward the couple, whose dog broke free of Jans's grip on her collar and ran toward the wolf.

what if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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The first question in Randall Munroe's book what if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions may bring to mind R.E.M.'s song, "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine."; you know you're contemplating ultimate death and destruction, but strangely, you're okay with it. So what would happen if the Earth and all terrestrial objects suddenly stopped spinning, but the atmosphere retained its velocity? Why should we care - or worry?

The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm by Tim Ryan

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During the past decade, many individuals have worked to raise awareness about our corrupt and unhealthy corporate food system.

The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic & the Endangered by Michele Raffin

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It all started with the rescue of one bird; a good deed that led to a passion and a calling. Michele Raffin didn't know much about birds when she helped save a small bird from a busy freeway and get it to a vet. Despite the vet's best attempts to save it, the bird died several days later. Raffin was heartbroken.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills

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Despite the enduring legacy of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, its author, Harper Lee, who never wrote another book, for years remained one of the most enigmatic writers to the public.

Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta

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When children's authors mention their profession to inquiring strangers, they often hear, "Oh, that's so sweet!" or something equally cloying. The reality is far from the stereotypical image of cute little animals and happily ever after: Scandal, violence, subversion, rebellion, parody, censorship, and controversy abound.

A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community by Sister Simone Campbell

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Sister Simone Campbell has spent virtually her entire life advocating for social justice. In third grade, for example, after her teacher denied a classmate a part in the class play, Sister Simone wrote and directed her own play in which everyone had a part.