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The Magic Mountain
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In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps--a community devoted exclusively to sickness--as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal...



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We always have a choice, Pema Chödrön teaches: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Here Pema provides the tools to deal with the problems...



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The Year of Magical Thinking
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From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone...



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That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana
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Gadda creates an incredible portrait of Italy in this novel—complex, lustful, mischievous and tragic. His language is sprawling and epic, finding sublime moments in small details. It is no wonder that both Pasolini and Calvino hold this book in such...



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The Magicians
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Ten Years That Shook the City
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The alliances, programs, and goals of a historic decade that continues to shape SF and the world.



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Writing Across the Landscape
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This long-awaited volume provides a panoramic portrait of art and life across the twentieth century, from Mexico to Morocco, Paris to Rome, and beyond.



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I Couldn't Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us
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John Gibler
Harrowing personal narratives describing how Mexican authorities disappeared, killed, and injured scores of students and others in a still-unsolved crime.