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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
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Shattered by Jonathan   Allen
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It's a blow by blow account
of the ill fated Clinton campaign.
You already know without a doubt
that it was all pretty insane.

Hillary somehow snatched defeat
from the patient jaws of victory
Meanwhile we were made sick to see
her opponent's every tweet

Did
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Grocery by Michael Ruhlman
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Food writer Michael Ruhlman takes a fascinating and surprisingly personal look at: grocery stores. Oh they may seem mundane to the untrained eye, but...well OK maybe grocery stores are a little mundane. That said, consider how the grocery business ha ...more
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Swing Time by Zadie Smith
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Sometimes great novelists make their career writing the same type of novel over and over again: Philip Roth or John Updike, say. Zadie Smith is decisively not one of those; every time she writes a new book, it is an ambitious and completely unique pr ...more
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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
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Wilkerson chronicles the experience of African Americans who escaped from the Jim Crow South and streamed to points North and West during the twentieth century. These men and women participated in the greatest peacetime migration in American history, ...more
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The Man Who Heard Voices by Michael Bamberger
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This is a production history of a horrible, groan inducing, completely ridiculous movie: M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water." (It's that mermaid one with Paul Giamatti, which you probably skipped...but you're not the only one, because Warner Bro ...more
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Evicted by Matthew Desmond
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Journalist turned ethnographer, Desmond documents the struggle of the working poor to get decent housing at a fair price. He did his field work in Milwaukee, but its implications can be applied across the US: rent is on the rise, landlords are empowe ...more
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Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
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This is a first class audio book, as read by the gravelly-voiced rock star himself! Lonely poet turned swaggering performer, Springsteen has many fascinating beans to spill.
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A young Nigerian emigrates to America and develops some biting observations about race and American culture that that she then turns into a popular blog. (What is this, 2007?) The book is lively and readable as an immigration slash love story, and I ...more
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Look, the author is obviously a very accomplished wordsmith with an eye for detail, a deep love of old Europe, and a touching story to tell...but this book just bugged me. And it's not just the gauzy magical realism meets WWII stuff: I mean, this is ...more
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