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9 Great Books You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

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Sometimes book recommendations can sound like a broken record, touching on the same combination of popular new books and classic titles. There’s so much more worth reading! Here are nine fantastic reads that are open secrets here in the store.

Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393254433
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 14th, 2017

How does anesthesia work? What is happening to our brains when we undergo anesthesia? In COUNTING BACKWARDS, Dr. Przybylo, a pediatric anesthesiologist for more than thirty years, recounts his experiences erasing consciousness, denying memory, immobilizing the body, and then reversing all of these effects. With explorations into the nature of consciousness, the politics of pain relief, and the wonder of modern medicine, the perfect book for all of us curious about what happens after we lose consciousness.


Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840-1975 Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780500519905
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 7th, 2017

Here’s a gift for the trivia nerd on your list: a survey of fifty countries that once existed but are no longer on the map. The stories of these countries reflect the history of the last two hundred years—wars, ideology, imperialism, and immigration. Exploring fiction depictions and historical accounts, author Bjorn fascinate armchair explorers and history buffs alike.


A Brief History of Feminism Cover Image
By Patu, Antje Schrupp, Sophie Lewis (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780262037112
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Published: Mit Press - August 25th, 2017

Take a dive into the life of feminism with this fun, illustrated book that travels with the movement from antiquity to modern day. Irreverent and informative, this book takes us through some of the defining events feminism and shows us the movement through the lives of many of its heroes and heroines. There is something for everyone to learn and like in this entertaining book!


Music for Life: 100 Classical Works to Carry You Through Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780571329380
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Published: Faber & Faber - December 4th, 2017

A renowned music critic chooses 100 classical music works putting each in its cultural context and making the case for why it is significant.  Classical music novices and aficionados alike will find something new and informative in this book—a wonderful guide to help you curate your classical music collection.


Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940 Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9780307272720
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 24th, 2017

A wonderfully rendered biography of avant-garde artist Alexander Calder, one of the most beloved and widely admired artists of the twentieth century. Calder is known throughout the world for his contributions to modern art, and notably, his invention of the mobile, which helped bring modern art to the masses. This richly-researched life story is compiled from Calder’s letters, papers and scores of interviews. Includes more than 350 illustrations!


Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101906156
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

When Betty Robinson won the gold medal to become the fastest woman in the world at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, it was just her fourth-ever organized track meet. Read the fascinating story of how this ordinary high school student became an athletic phenomenon and the pioneering role that she played for female athletes everywhere for decades after. A truly inspirational story that reads like a page-turning novel.


The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594205811
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Published: Penguin Press - November 7th, 2017

Joseph Conrad shaped our understanding of the world through his brilliant stories of exotic locals and the human condition. Conrad was a world traveler and this biography captures his life and travels in a thrilling investigation of how Conrad’s experiences shaped his books, and the role that his literary production impacted the way that we look at our interconnected world.


The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780812998931
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Published: Random House - October 24th, 2017

A testament to the power of exceptional storytelling, Martin Puchner regales us with the life and time of the people who created the seminal works that shaped our literary world:  THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH, THE TALE OF GENJI, Cervantes’ DON QUIXOTE, as well as more modern novels. A look at the role that stories played in shaping religion, politics, and trade. A lively account of the history of fiction in 16 acts—this will make a great gift for any book lover on your list.


The Secret Lives of Color Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143131144
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - October 24th, 2017

Learn the little-known stories behind seventy-five shades of color. So many colors that we see every day (and others that you may not have ever seen before) have an origin story and a history that will surprise and intrigue you. This unique little book explores colors across art, war, politics, and fashion and in so doing, follows the course of human civilization.