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Retrograde by Peter Cawdron

12/7/2017
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Mankind has long dreamed of reaching out to live on other planets, and with the establishment of the Mars Endeavor colony, that dream has become reality. The fledgling colony consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they’re protected from the harsh radiation that sterilizes the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality except one—what happens when disaster strikes Earth? Book Cover and Author headshot images...

Duration: 01:01:11


The Last Cigarette on Earth: A Book of Poems by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

11/30/2017
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Winner of the Pen/Faulkner and Lambda Awards for Fiction, this is Sáenz' first book of poems in years. Eileen Myles, Poet and Novelist, says of this collection: "Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s poems are ballads. They’re stories but they also have a whiff of the life sailing by from the car just passing with the radio on. It’s music in stores selling stuff and suddenly it's inside your heart too painful to ignore. His tunes are wild and brave." Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the...

Duration: 00:52:15


The Apparitionists’ by Peter Manseau

11/23/2017
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In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized America’s imagination. A “spirit photographer,” William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling, including Mary Todd Lincoln, who arrived at his studio in disguise amidst rumors of séances in the White House. Peter Manseau brilliantly captures a nation...

Duration: 00:51:50


‘A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf’

11/16/2017
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N: Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world’s best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author...

Duration: 03:33:09


Jessica Yu — Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves

11/9/2017
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The problem by most lights is overwhelming: at least 5,000 children live on the streets of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. Some forget the names of their villages. The youngest may not know the names of their parents. But Gladys Kalibbala—part journalist, part detective, part Good Samaritan—does not hesitate to dive into difficult or even dangerous situations to aid a child. Jessica Yu delivers an acutely observed story of this hard-nosed and warmhearted woman, the children she helps,...

Duration: 00:46:57


Hugh Howey - Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories

11/2/2017
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Hugh Howey is known for crafting riveting and immersive page-turners of boundless imagination, spawning millions of fans worldwide, first with his best-selling novel ‘Wool,’and then with other enthralling works such as ‘Sand’ and ‘Beacon 23.’ Now comes ‘Machine Learning,’ an impressive collection of Howey’s science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and fifteen additional...

Duration: 01:01:39


Tova Mirvis - ‘The Book of Separation: A Memoir’

10/26/2017
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Born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family, Tova Mirvis committed herself to observing the rules and rituals prescribed by this way of life. After all, to observe was to be accepted and to be accepted was to be loved. She married a man from within the fold and quickly began a family. But over the years, her doubts became noisier than her faith, and at age forty she could no longer breathe in what had become a suffocating existence. Even though it would mean the loss of her...

Duration: 00:52:07


Dr. Sean Wise - Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job (2nd Edition)

10/19/2017
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Startup Opportunities is the go-to guide for anyone with a great business idea. Whether it's your first business or your fifth, realistic assessment from the outset can save you a lot of time and money; why pour your heart and soul into a venture that is doomed to fail? Instead, position yourself to win from the very beginning. In this book, accomplished venture capitalists share their insight on startups and entrepreneurs: who will fail, who will succeed and why, and what you should do to...

Duration: 00:51:01


Marcus Wicker - Silencer: Poems

10/12/2017
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A suburban park, church, a good job, a cocktail party for the literati: to many, these sound like safe places, but for a young black man these insular spaces don’t keep out the news — and the actual threat — of gun violence and police brutality, or the biases that keeps body, property, and hope in the crosshairs. Continuing conversations begun by Citizen and Between the World and Me, Silencer sings out the dangers of unspoken taboos present on quiet Midwestern cul-de-sacs and in stifling...

Duration: 00:52:03


Bob Sutton - The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt

10/5/2017
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Help, I'm dealing with an asshole! What can I do?" Since his book The No Asshole Rule became a national bestseller a decade ago, Robert Sutton has heard that question asked in a thousand different ways. He answers the question in a new book that shifts focus from building civilized workplaces to providing relief for anybody who feels plagued and pushed around by assholes. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Intro 02:18 - Book Talk Intro:...

Duration: 00:46:31


Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams - Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat

9/24/2017
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Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. One of five children, Pat watched as her mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At twelve, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior. By thirteen, she was pregnant. By fifteen, Pat was a mother of two. Alone at sixteen, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job...

Duration: 00:43:03


Ann Powers - Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music

9/17/2017
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In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art form. Powers takes us from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth century rock-and-roll to the cutting-edge adventures of today’s web based pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge and insights on gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy-shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural...

Duration: 00:57:55


Vanessa Grigoriadis - Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, & Consent on Campus

9/10/2017
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A new sexual revolution is sweeping the country, and college students are on the front lines. Women use fresh, smart methods to fight entrenched sexism and sexual assault even as they celebrate their own sexuality as never before. Many “woke” male students are more sensitive to women’s concerns than previous generations ever were, while other men perpetuate the most cruel misogyny. Amid such apparent contradictions, it’s no surprise that intense confusion shrouds the topic of sex on...

Duration: 01:01:03


Angelica Baker - Our Little Racket

9/3/2017
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On September 15, 2008, the world of Greenwich, Connecticut, is shaken. When the investment bank Weiss & Partners is shuttered, CEO Bob D’Amico must fend off allegations of malfeasance, as well as the judgment and resentment of his community. As panic builds, five women in his life must scramble to negotiate power on their own terms and ask themselves what — if anything — is worth saving. In the aftermath of this collapse, Bob D’Amico’s teenage daughter Madison begins to probe her father’s...

Duration: 00:52:16


Benjamin Percy - The Dark Net

8/27/2017
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The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret, far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world unless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew: Twelve-year-old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her...

Kate Quinn - The Alice Network

8/20/2017
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1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London,determined to find out what happened to the...

Duration: 00:49:03


Kristopher Dukes — The Sworn Virgin

8/13/2017
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When eighteen-year-old Eleanora’s father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, Eleanora must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her step mother Meria. Nearing starvation, Meria secretly sells Eleanora into marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Intent on keeping her freedom, Eleanora takes an oath to remain a virgin for the rest of her life — a tradition that gives her the right to live as a...

Duration: 00:53:32


Dr. Richard Barager — The Atheist and the Parrotfish

8/6/2017
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Cullen’s bitter disbelief in the afterlife is tested when Ennis begins to exhibit tastes and characteristics uncannily similar to those of his female organ donor — whose first name Ennis inexplicably knows. When Ennis becomes convinced that the donor’s soul has inhabited him, Cullen sides with Ennis’s psychiatrist, who tells Ennis he has subconsciously confused his emerging transgender personality with the imagined characteristics of his female donor. While his psychiatrist coaxes forth...

Duration: 00:45:33


Rachel Kadish - The Weight of Ink

7/30/2017
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As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive “Aleph.” Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in...

Duration: 00:43:10


Drew Knowles: Route 66 Adventure Handbook: High-Octane 5th Edition

7/23/2017
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This road trip season, Drew Knowles releases Route 66 Adventure Handbook: High-Octane 5th Edition (Santa Monica Press/May 2017), which contains tons of new and interesting facts as well as maps to guide readers down the multiple paths of Route 66, displaying the exact locations of points of interest. This updated and expanded fifth edition also includes hundreds of beautiful new photographs and dozens of new attractions. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s...

Duration: 00:44:41

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