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The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin
If you can honestly say that a book has never changed your life, then you haven't read The Fire Next Time. Said to have helped "galvanize" the Civil Rights movement, this powerful book beautifully, honestly, and, at times, heart-breakingly confronts the issue of race and racism in this country. Required reading for anyone interested in literature



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The Gospel in Brief
Isabel Hapgood, Leo Tolstoy
The Gospel in Brief is Leo Tolstoy’s integration of the four biblical Gospels into a single account of the life of Jesus. Inspired in large measure by Tolstoy’s meticulous study of the original Greek versions of the Bible, The Gospel in Brief is a...



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In Search of Lost Time
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D. J. Enright, Marcel Proust
In Swann’s Way, the themes of Proust’s masterpiece are introduced, and the narrator’s childhood in Paris and Combray is recalled, most memorably in the evocation of the famous maternal good-night kiss. The recollection of the...



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Timequake
Kurt Vonnegut
Think of Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut's 19th and last novel (or so he says), as a victory lap. It's a confident final trot 'round the track by one of the greats of postwar American literature. After 40 years of practice, Vonnegut's got his schtick down...



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History as Mystery
Michael Parenti
Essays on how history's victors distort and suppress the documentary record in order to perpetuate their power and privilege, and how historians are influenced by the professional and class environment in which they work."Michael Parenti, always...



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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
David Foster Wallace
An exuberantly acclaimed collection -- twenty-two stories that combine hilarity and an escalating disquiet as they expand our ideas of the pleasures fiction can...



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The Last Time I Saw You
Rebecca Brown
In The Last Time I Saw You, author Rebecca Brown returns to the obsessive, darkly humorous voice that has earned her comparisons to Samuel Beckett and Djuna Barnes. Some of the tales in this collection are told in the scrappy, breathless voice of a...



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Sometimes a Great Notion
Ken Kesey
Following the astonishing success of his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey wrote what Charles Bowden calls "one of the few essential books written by an American in the last half century."



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Time Was Soft There
A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co.
Jeremy Mercer
This is for all travelers of the world. Mercer captures the essence of living and working at the historic bookstore Shakespeare and Co. These tales of laughter and woe will entertain you and make you want to travel—or at least visit Paris and meet the immortal George Whitman, and hope he invites you to tea. —Recommended by Don, City Lights Books



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Local Girl Makes History
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Dana Frank
A Bay Area historian's nostalgic journey to childhood tourist attractions reveals their hidden stories and universal relevance.



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Invisible History
Afghanistan's Untold Story
Elizabeth Gould, Paul Fitzgerald
A fresh and comprehensive analysis of Afghanistan's political history emphasizing the impact of US interventions



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The Black History of the White House
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The untold history and politics of the White House from the perspective of African Americans



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Dreams in a Time of War
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Born in 1938 in rural Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o came of age in the shadow of World War II, amidst the terrible bloodshed in the war between the Mau Mau and the British. The son of a man whose four wives bore him more than a score of children, young...



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A Time of Angels
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A poetic fable, illustrated by one of Mexico's most prominent artists, describes a dreamy contemplation of the reign of angels.



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Time of Useful Consciousness
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first book since Poetry as Insurgent Art, a new call to action and a vivid picture of civilization moving towards its brink. New Directions is proud to announce a riveting and galvanizing new book by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.