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On Animals
On Animals
On Animals
Animal-human connections…
On Animals
Orlean has taken readers on deep dives into the intriguing worlds of everything from orchids to libraries to Saturday nights. Now she turns her curious gaze on animals. As long as we’ve shared the planet with animals, they’ve been our dinner, our companions, our employees, and more. In this fascinating collection, the treasured raconteur travels from backyards to the backcountry uncovering compelling animal-human connections.
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The Myths of Meritocracy
The Myths of Meritocracy
The Myths of Meritocracy
Insightful investigations…
The Myths of Meritocracy
Merit means next to nothing when navigating America’s education system, yet the idea of school being a meritocracy persists. This anthology compiles Gladwell’s most insightful investigations of what’s going wrong, from the failure of integration to the farce of college rankings. The truly inspirational anecdote among these otherwise sobering statistics is that Gladwell’s compelling stories have already contributed to significant systemic change.
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The Handmaid's Tale

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American Gods [TV Tie-In]

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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Celebration
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Good Omens
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Good Omens

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s collaboration is a cult classic for a reason. It’s an absurdly funny commentary on good vs. evil, nature vs. nurture, and the true nature of free choice. If you’re a fan of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and haven’t read “Good Omens,” you’ll definitely want to pick it up, especially now that an Amazon adaptation starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen has been released.

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s collaboration is a cult classic for a reason. It’s an absurdly funny commentary on good vs. evil, nature vs. nurture, and the true nature of free choice. If you’re a fan of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and haven’t read “Good Omens,” you’ll definitely want to pick it up, especially now that an Amazon adaptation starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen has been released.

A Reader’s Companion to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye
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A Reader’s Companion to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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Good Omens
Good Omens
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Good Omens

Neil Gaiman
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None
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And Then There Were None

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Arguably the best mystery story ever written. Ten people — all strangers — are lured to a mansion on a private island. Each person has a criminal history. They share their secrets, and one by one, they die.

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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
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Fahrenheit 451

Kristi Hiner
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 481 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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The CliffsNotes study guide on Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. Th

The CliffsNotes study guide on Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. Th

American Gods
American Gods
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American Gods

Neil Gaiman
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Iliad
The Iliad
The Iliad

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The Iliad

Homer
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer’s timeless epic of the Trojan War Composed around 730 B.C., Homer’s Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieg

With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer’s timeless epic of the Trojan War Composed around 730 B.C., Homer’s Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieg

The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar

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The Bell Jar

Beverly Barton
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as

Life of Pi (Illustrated)
Life of Pi (Illustrated)
Life of Pi (Illustrated)

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Life of Pi (Illustrated)

Yann Martel
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 719 ratings

“Will the tiger be menacing; will the ocean be threatening; will the island be something out of Frankenstein or will it be an Eden?”—Yann Martel Life of Pi, first published in 2002, became an international bestseller and remains one of the most extraordinary and popular works of contemp

“Will the tiger be menacing; will the ocean be threatening; will the island be something out of Frankenstein or will it be an Eden?”—Yann Martel Life of Pi, first published in 2002, became an international bestseller and remains one of the most extraordinary and popular works of contemp

Catch-22
Catch-22
Catch-22

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Catch-22

Joseph Heller
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 636 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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This satirical masterpiece brilliantly captures the bureaucratic absurdities of war. With a title that’s become synonymous with an intractable problem, Yossarian and company’s tragicomic plight resonates to this day. The Hulu series stars Christopher Abbott as John Yossarian and George Clooney as Lieutenant Scheisskopf.

This satirical masterpiece brilliantly captures the bureaucratic absurdities of war. With a title that’s become synonymous with an intractable problem, Yossarian and company’s tragicomic plight resonates to this day. The Hulu series stars Christopher Abbott as John Yossarian and George Clooney as Lieutenant Scheisskopf.

How May I Serve
How May I Serve
How May I Serve

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How May I Serve

Karen Mathews
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5/5 - 138 ratings
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5/5 - 138 ratings

How May I Serve is a guide to empower women who are struggling to find a way out of their troubles. I have tortured and abused myself for many years trying to find love, happiness, and peace of mindyet, the more I sought these things, the more they eluded me. Then, I realized that it was an inside job. I had to learn to love myself, forgive myself, and make peace with mys

How May I Serve is a guide to empower women who are struggling to find a way out of their troubles. I have tortured and abused myself for many years trying to find love, happiness, and peace of mindyet, the more I sought these things, the more they eluded me. Then, I realized that it was an inside job. I had to learn to love myself, forgive myself, and make peace with mys

Life of Pi
Life of Pi
Life of Pi

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Life of Pi

Yann Martel
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 882 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 882 ratings

Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship,

Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship,

The Iliad
The Iliad
The Iliad

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The Iliad

Homer
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 118 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 118 ratings

Anger be now your song, immortal one, Akhilleus' anger, doomed and ruinous, that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss and crowded brave souls into the undergloom, leaving so many dead men-carrion for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done. -Lines 1-6 Since it was first published more than twenty-five years ago, Robert Fitzger

Anger be now your song, immortal one, Akhilleus' anger, doomed and ruinous, that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss and crowded brave souls into the undergloom, leaving so many dead men-carrion for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done. -Lines 1-6 Since it was first published more than twenty-five years ago, Robert Fitzger

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

Nicholas Frankel
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 259 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 259 ratings

Nicholas Frankel presents a revisionary account of Oscar Wilde’s final years, spent in poverty and exile in Europe following his release from an English prison for the crime of gross indecency between men. Despite repeated setbacks and open hostility, Wilde—unapologetic and even defiant—attempted to rebuild himself as a man, and a man of letters.

Nicholas Frankel presents a revisionary account of Oscar Wilde’s final years, spent in poverty and exile in Europe following his release from an English prison for the crime of gross indecency between men. Despite repeated setbacks and open hostility, Wilde—unapologetic and even defiant—attempted to rebuild himself as a man, and a man of letters.

The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion

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The Silmarillion

J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 209 ratings
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4/5 - 209 ratings

A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT. Tolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and le

A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT. Tolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and le