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The Unexpected Genius of Pigs Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780008383893
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Published: HarperCollins - June 23rd, 2020

The Unexpected Genius of Pigs is an endearing, informative, and all-out fun book about one British family's experience when the two teacup piglets they adopted turned out to be enormous, earth-tilling, ear-splitting hogs. Part memoir, part scientific research, and part observation - this quick read had me considering whether or not my family had what it takes to become pig-keepers (we don't but I sure wish we did!).


Review by Claudia

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One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder Cover Image
By David James Duncan (Introduction by), Brian Doyle
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316492898
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 3rd, 2019

Brian Doyle spoke more or less exactly the way he wrote, a fact that I always found kind of remarkable. It's easy to imagine him reading - performing, really - any of the short, poignant essays collected here. Doyle died way too soon, in 2017, but he left us with an incredible body of work - sublime, hilarious, tragic, beatific - the very best (non-fiction) examples of which are collected in this volume, with help from David James Duncan. Keep these close and read (and re-read) them frequently - as meditation, as comedy, as guiding beacons in dark times. Thanks, Brian, for everything. 


Review by Sam

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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Expansive collection of the best work from the beloved late poet. You'll find yourself thinking about the images here long after you've read, and it will be difficult to not re-read.


Review by Connor

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Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250178954
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Published: Forge Books - May 28th, 2019

With the same refreshing honesty, wit, and fierce feminism that fans have come to love in their wildly successful podcast, Georgia and Karen present a blueprint for how to stay sexy and stay alive. From mental health to addiction; family, relationships, and loss, these autobiographical essays offer advice and commiseration without sacrificing self awareness and humor. Much of what makes their podcast so popular can be found in these pages-- perhaps most importantly, the gentle yet insistent reminder that we are not alone.


Review by Erin

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The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393357554
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 26th, 2019

This collection of previously published essays establishes Wesley Yang as one of the great cultured observers of these times. Absolutely one of the best collections of the year. 


Review by Kalani

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Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250132215
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Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2017

The premise is as misleading as it is wacky; but beneath the surface, this series of philosophical essays represents nature writing of the highest order: probing, intellectual, alert, funny, and astonishing. His tone is blithe, his style loose and poetic. He doesn't write sentences so much as created little idea nests. 

 

It's  not for everyone - just someone a little eccentric, and full of wonder.


Review by Zak

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Devotion (Why I Write) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300218626
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Published: Yale University Press - September 12th, 2017

As part of the Why I Write lecture series, the legendary New York musician and author shares a short but engaging story she wrote while traveling by train. The story itself is book ended by the different authors of the past, as well as the current surroundings that inspire her writing (including a personal visit to the room where Camus wrote.) A minute but moving must for any fan of Smith's writing.


Review by Sarah C.

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Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

"Teach the children...stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms. Attention is the beginning of devotion." Mary Oliver is the only writer that makes me second-guess killing any rogue spider that comes near me, because her reverence for nature is more than mere observation - her writing becomes a spiritual experience in these essays.


Review by Sarah C.

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White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101970126
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Like a Romantic Larry David, Geoff Dyer travels from Tahiti to the Arctic Circle, meeting humiliation and disappointment on his quest for the Sublime.


Review by Stephen

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Hotel (Object Lessons) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781628924732
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - September 24th, 2015

Part-treatise, part-memoir of a troubled marriage, what begins as a philosophical exploration of the nature and purpose of hotels takes in home, love, marital politics, madness and the Marx Brothers in a witty and insightful stream of associations.


Review by Stephen