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  • Bich Minh Nguyen - Pioneer Girl

    Bich Minh Nguyen’s previous books—the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and the American Book Award-winning novel Short Girls—established her talents as a writer of keen cultural observation. In Pioneer Girl, Nguyen entwines the Asian American experience with the escapist pleasures …

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  • David Linden - Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind

    Co-Sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind is an engaging and fascinating examination of this critical interface between our bodies and the outside world, between ourselves and others. David Linden explores every aspect of touch: how has touch come…

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  • Mary Doria Russell - Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

    A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed by half the populace. Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands... That was America in 1881. All those forces came…

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  • Slavoj ´i¸ek

    Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse, In Defense of Lost Causes, and four volumes of the Essential Žižek among many others. He is a professor at the European…

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  • Jon Ronson

    Jon Ronson is a Welsh journalist, documentary filmmaker, radio presenter, and author. His books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea and international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats. The later was adapted as a major …

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  • Hannah Nordhaus - American Ghost: The True Story of a Family's Haunted Past

    The dark-eyed woman in the long, black gown was first seen in the 1970s, standing near a fireplace. She was sad and translucent, present and absent at once. Strange things began to happen in the Santa Fe hotel where she was seen. Gas fireplaces turned off and on without anyone touching a switch. …

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