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Such Small Hands Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492006
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Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

It's Annie meets Lord of the Flies in this haunting story of a young orphan girl who becomes alienated from the other girls in her foster home. While it is a quick read, it is terrifyingly memorable and beautifully translated, and every sentence is truly worth the price. 
 


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Head in the Game: The Mental Engineering of the World's Greatest Athletes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062455932
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Published: Dey Street Books - February 28th, 2017

A fascinating exploration of the many cutting-edge techniques and technologies that are making our top athletes (Steph Curry, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, and many others make cameo appearances throughout the book) even stronger, faster, and better. Not just for athletes, this book is a great introduction for anyone looking to improve their mind and focus using the absolute newest methods out. Chapters highlight advancements in wearable technology, new apps that connect to your brain, sensory-deprivation chambers, and even wild ayahuasca trips. 

Read chapter 1 to get inside the brain of Russell Wilson during the high pressure '15 NFC Championship game when the Seahawks were down 19-7 late in the fourth quarter and still WON THE GAME!


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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419718779
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Published: Abrams Comicarts - March 7th, 2017

This illustrated memoir tells the story of a family that is forced to flee their home country in the midst of the Vietnam War. Debut author Thi Bui intimately shares her unique point-of-view as a 2nd-generation Vietnamese-American in simple but beautiful illustrations. This is simply a must-read to better understand the perspective of refugees and the many obstacles they face.


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Pachinko Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

 

Multi-generational sagas don't get better than this beautiful story of one poor Korean family that moves to Japan. Spanning the years 1910 to 1989, this book describes the immigrant's experience in a way that is completely relevant today. Min Jin Lee has found the perfect image, the pachinko board, to represent the uncertainties in life. I haven't read a novel with such emotion since Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance. 

 

 


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Difficult Women Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125392
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

Many of these collected stories detail sexual trauma, a subject Roxane Gay has personally discussed in the past. Needless to say, this collection makes for an uncomfortable read. Each story additionally explores themes of motherhood, gender, class, and race all while detailing intricate, difficult women. Roxane Gay is an incredible writer for being able to pack such an emotional punch in each of these short stories. This is a deeply powerful collection of short fiction at its very best. 


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Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451685855
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 18th, 2016

I’ve always found the endurance sports to be underrated, but after reading this book, I’m more convinced than ever that long-distant runners are superhuman and that the major marathons should be televised events that everyone should watch. The early review of this book as “Hoop Dreams for runners” is as good as anything I can say about it. I’m just amazed that within our lifetime, we are going to see a human being run 26.2 miles in under two hours!


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Approaching Ali: A Reclamation in Three Acts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631491153
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 23rd, 2015

So many writers (Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, and others) have written about Muhammad Ali, yet Miller might just be the greatest at writing about the iconic boxer. Told over several decades of Ali's post-boxing career, this book truly captures what an incredible individual Ali was, going much further than being a great athlete, Ali is a fascinating human.


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Inside Moves Cover Image
By Todd Walton, Sherman Alexie (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780988172517
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Published: Pharos Editions - June 2013

Sherman Alexie said that this was one of the greatest sports novels ever written and I would have to agree. This is a great story of basketball and friendship in the run down streets of San Francisco.


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Last Words from Montmartre Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590177259
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Published: New York Review of Books - June 3rd, 2014

This is technically a novel in letters that tells the story of a broken heart but it really serves as the author's actual suicide letter. Needless to say, this is a difficult read knowing that the author was revealing a lot about her own personal struggles before her tragic suicide at the age of 26. An unforgettable reading experience. 


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The Rider Cover Image
By Tim Krabbe, Sam Garrett (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781582342900
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 12th, 2003

I've spent a little time in the world of competitive athletics and I must say, this novel depicts "race day" better than I've ever seen. The first page is the cyclist getting his bike ready for the race and the last page is the cyclist leaving to go home, the pages in between are full of pure adrenaline. 


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Killing and Dying Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781770462090
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - October 6th, 2015

I only discovered Adrian Tomine recently and have been reading everything he has ever published with a vengeance. His latest collection shows his maturation as both an illustrator and a master of short fiction (the comparisons to Raymond Carver are quite accurate). Still only in his early 40s, Tomine will be making great graphic stories for a long time!


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By Don Lee
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ISBN: 9780393345421
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 8th, 2013

Asian-American characters have never been more multi-faceted than they are in this novel that defies racial stereotypes while giving us a glimpse of the struggles of being a starving artist. Our central character gets hit by a car and dies on the second page. It is impossible to stop reading from there as we rewind several years back. 


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My Face for the World to See Cover Image
By Alfred Hayes, David Thomson (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590176672
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Published: New York Review of Books - July 23rd, 2013

Alfred Hayes was known primarily as a screenwriter but this fantastic short novel proves that he was just as great writing fiction as he was for writing for film. This is absolutely the perfect novel about Hollywood - involving a mysterious aspiring actress and a cynical writer who hates Los Angeles. 


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Out of the Line of Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781922182555
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Published: Text Classics - March 15th, 2016

This brilliant work of metafiction has everything! Unreliable narrators, exotic world locations, sex, drugs, murder, family secrets, and a bunch of philosophy!?! Fans of Italo Calvino will love this book (just read the first two pages to get hooked). This hidden Australian classic was an absolutely great reading experience for me and I look to reread this someday. 


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All the Ways We Kill and Die: An Elegy for a Fallen Comrade, and the Hunt for His Killer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781628726541
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Published: Arcade Publishing - March 2016

Castner, a former Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer who served three tours of duty in Iraq, has written a book that brings readers backstage, intimately unveiling modern warfare in a way that is completely fresh. By asking the question "Who is the man who killed my friend?" Castner becomes a detective searching for the man who built the bomb that killed his EOD-brother.


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The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: A True Story about the Birth of Tyranny in North Korea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143108023
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2016

Harden masterfully tells the story of good versus evil in this dual biography of two very different North Korean men. Told primarily in the time of the Korean War, this book gives us proper context as to why North Korea is so out of touch in today's world. This is an important story (just like Harden's previous "Escape From Camp 14") that shows the complexities of living under the brutal North Korean dictatorship.


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The Vegetarian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553448184
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Published: Hogarth Press - February 2nd, 2016

The central character of this book has an unsettling dream, wakes up and becomes a strict vegetarian. Things rapidly spiral out of control and soon the reader begings to feel as if this very book is a dream itself. This is a very strange, dark book that is depressing, yet very memorable and beautiful.


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The Sellout Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

This is what absurdist social commentary is all about! Beatty tackles the always hot-button issue of race beautifully in this satirical masterpiece of a black urban farmer who attempts to resegregate his hometown. This is as funny as it is deeply thought-provoking. One of the best, most entertaining novels I've read in awhile.


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The Face: A Time Code Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632060525
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Published: Restless Books - March 1st, 2016

Novelist Ruth Ozeki stares into a mirror for 3 hours - not exactly an exciting premise, yet somehow, she makes this experiment absolutely riveting. By studying the lines on her face in moment-to-moment detail, Ozeki reflects upon her upbringing and her life today as a bestselling author, revealing more about her true self in this short book than in any of her novels.


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In Other Words Cover Image
By Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781101875551
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 9th, 2016

This is a fascinating exploration of Lahiri's love of language. No, not the English language (the one that made her the youngest Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner in 2000), but the Italian langauge that she learned as an adult. Written 100% in Italian (then translated into English by Ann Goldstein), this is a deeply introspective book that is Lahiri's most revealing and intimate. A must for Lahiri lovers and linguaphiles!


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Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250049940
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 12th, 2016

Packing an emotional punch on the level of Spiegleman's Maus, this graphic novel explores grief and hope after a little girl's sudden death. Tom Hart gives us an incredibly raw look at his experience dealing with an unimaginable circumstance. Deeply powerful read.


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Katherine Carlyle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590517383
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Published: Other Press (NY) - October 6th, 2015

Instead of going off to college, Katherine Carlyle throws her cellphone in a river and disappears. Her journey in search of her true self takes her across Europe into the Arctic Circle. Never predictable, Katherine is a deeply unique character. Thomson's writing is full of emotion and intrigue. One of my favorite new release novels of the year.


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Brooklyn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501106477
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 8th, 2015

Eilis Lacey is one of the greatest young adult female characters I've read. Taking place in 1950's Ireland and Brooklyn, this coming of age tale quietly sneaks up to you leaving an unforgettable mark. This is one of the great novels about American immigration. 

Read the book first ...then go see the movie!


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Purity Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374239213
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 1st, 2015

This was my first experience reading a Franzen novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it, ripping through this fast-paced 600 page novel. Reading this book sooner than later is a must due to its topical placement in the world of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden-type figures in current global politics. It's not hard to keep track of the slew of characters as each one of them is written so memorably. 


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War of the Encyclopaedists Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476775432
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 5th, 2016

A young Seattle hipster moves cross-country for grad school while his best friend goes to fight in the Iraq War. The generation-y apathy is perfectly captured in this fantastic coming of age/war story from a pair of first-time writers. Our two protagonists become more complex with every page as they battle with both Boston's intellectual pretentiousness and Baghdad militants.


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Spoiled Brats: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316368650
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 26th, 2015

This hilarious collection of stories proves that "millennials" really are just spoiled little brats! The gem in this collection is the novelette-length "Sell Out" which features a time travelling 1914 Ellis Island immigrant in competition with his 2014 Brooklyn-hipster great-great grandson. Truly LOL! 


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Binary Star Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781937512255
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 13th, 2015

Partially a meditation on addiction and partially an astronomy lesson (*also partially a road trip novel, of sorts), this stream of consciousness novel is an absolute gut punch of a read. Tackling heavy subjects like anorexia/bulimia, alcoholism, obsession with celebrity, big-agriculture/big-pharma. An excellent debut novel. 


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Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547450483
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 10th, 2014

This is more a biography of an entire group of people rather than an individual. Tizon writes about growing up as a Filipino-American, yet it is a highly recognizable tale other Asian-Americans (like myself) can fully relate to. This bio becomes more of an investigative study on the concept of masculinity and a criticism about an overlooked aspect of American culture.


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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385352956
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 27th, 2015

An Indian man who has never before left his tiny village travels to a Parisian Ikea. Hilarity ensues. This is an absurd comedy-adventure but features enough heart and sincerity to make one a little teary-eyed. Already a #1 bestselling hit in France, this book is sure to make anyone smile - I mean just look at the crazy title!


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Widow Basquiat: A Love Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553419917
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Published: Broadway Books - November 4th, 2014

Told by people who were actually part of the NYC art scene and knew Basquiat. This book captures the raw energy of the 1980s counterculture. Written by an accomplished Mexican-American poet, the story blends prose. poems, and transcriptions in telling the often heart-breaking love story of TWO larger than life artists. Understanding Basquiat's work is not necessary to enjoy this quick read. 


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We Live in Water: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061926624
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 12th, 2013

Walter's collection of stories brings the small-town Northwest region to life with an array of down on their luck characters (hobos, gamblers, thieves, etc.). The opening story, my favorite, "Anything Helps," is about a homeless panhandler who wants to buy the new Harry Potter book. Funny but sad yet frighteningly realistic.


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Never Let Me Go Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 14th, 2006

Knowing as little as possible about this book makes for the optimal reading experience. Let's just say there is a mysterious boarding school for young and talented British children... No, it has nothing to do with wizards or Harry Potter, but this book is chillingly magical and a great example of perfect narrative flow.


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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143122913
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2013

A truly one of a kind story of the only known person to escape a North Korean prison camp. Shin Dong-hyuk was born in the prison and had no idea of what life was like on the outside. This devastating story is what led to my own involvement with the "Liberty in North Korea" (LiNK) advocacy group for North Korean refugees.


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The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307950871
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Published: Anchor Books - April 9th, 2013

Brian Castner is courageous for serving three tours of duty in the Middle East with the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit. Yet, he is even more courageous for sharing his true story and allowing readers to get deep inside the mind of a soldier fighting a physical war in Iraq and an emotional war with himself upon returning home.