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Book Passage

previous events

  • 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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  • 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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  • Mary Helen Specht - Migratory Animals

    In Migratory Animals, Flannery, a young scientist, is forced to return to Austin after five years of research in Nigeria, leaving behind her fiancé, Kunle, indefinitely. Flan’s homecoming is complicated further when her sister, Molly, begins to show signs of the genetic disease that killed their…

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  • John C. Hampsey - Kaufman's Hill: A Memoir

    A profound and intensely moving boyhood memoir, Kaufman's Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: the author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, one of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the child-narrator is struggling to find …

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  • Hadar Aviram - Cheap On Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment

    After forty years of increasing prison construction and incarceration rates, winds of change are blowing through the American correctional system. The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated the unsustainability of the incarceration project, thereby empowering policy makers to reform punishment through …

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  • Kyle Boelte - The Beautiful Unseen

    At age thirty, Kyle Boelte finds himself living in San Francisco, where the summer fog blows inland off the ocean and the landscape changes moment to moment. Amidst this ever-changing sea of fog, Boelte struggles to remember his brother Kris, who committed suicide in the family’s Denver home when…

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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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  • Michael Shermer - The Moral Arc

    From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific …

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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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  • John McQuaid - Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

    With reporting from kitchens, supermarkets, farms, restaurants, huge food corporations, and science labs, Tasty tells the story of the still-emerging concept of flavor and how our sense of taste will evolve in the coming decades. Tasty explains the scientific research taking place on multiple fronts:…

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  • Marie Mockett - Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

    In conversation with Edan Lepucki Marie Mutsuki Mockett's family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation levels prohibited the burial of her Japanese grandfather's bones. As Japan mourned thousands of…

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  • Gigi Pandian - The Accidental Alchemist

    n The Accidental Alchemist, Zoe Faust, born in 1676 and perpetually 28-years-old, can transform homegrown herbs and veggies into vegan soups and smoothies to die for—an interest that makes her fresh start in Portland, Oregon seem the perfect plan. That is, until she unpacks a crate with a stowaway—the…

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