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  • Uncommon Type: Some Stories

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    Yes, this is THE Tom Hanks, who turns out to have some talent beyond just the movie world. This collection comprises 17 short stories that are by turns whimsical, touching, and just plain funny. Some feature the same characters, and in all of them a typewriter makes an  appearance. My favorite review comes from Steve Martin: "It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it."

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    — From Uncommon Type: Some Stories

    November 2017 Indie Next List


    “Wow! Here is a collection of stories that are at times funny, often moving, and really, really good, if not great. 'Welcome to Mars' is perhaps my favorite. It's Kirk's 19th birthday, and he joins his father to go surfing on what turns out to be a defining day in his life. And then there's 'Alan Bean Plus Four,' which is a hilarious telling of four friends' journey to the moon. Read it. You'll be pleasantly surprised by Tom Hanks' writing.”
    — Randy Schiller, Left Bank Books, Saint Louis, MO

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    A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

    A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have.

    About the Author


    TOM HANKS has been an actor, screenwriter, director and, through Playtone, a producer. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. This is his first collection of fiction.


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    ISBN: 9781101946152
    ISBN-10: 1101946156
    Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
    Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
    Pages: 416
    Language: English
  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

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    The story of Ireland from the 1940's to the present, embodied in a most memorable character. Brilliant! 

    - Marion

    — From The Heart's Invisible Furies

    September 2017 Indie Next List


    “This is the novel John Boyne was born to write: A brilliant book of identity and redemption, both heartbreaking and humorous, intimate and expansive. Cyril Avery has been constantly reminded he doesn't belong, first by his adopted parents, then by the church and his country. As we follow him on his journey to acceptance, we are shown the cruelty of fate and the surprising kindness of ordinary people. Boyne perfectly constructs every story told, unveiling the humor and hypocrisy of humanity in each character and illuminating how the arc of Cyril's story is also the arc of modern times. An amazing feat from the first page to the last.”
    — Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

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    Selected one of New York Times Readers' Favorite Books of 2017

    From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland

    Cyril Avery is not a real Avery -- or at least, that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he?

    Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.

    In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

    About the Author


    JOHN BOYNE is the author of 10 novels for adults, 5 for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS was an international bestseller, selling over 7 million copies worldwide and being made into a film, a play, a ballet and an opera. In his native Ireland, he has won three Irish Book Awards and been shortlisted on 10 separate occasions. He has also won or been shortlisted for a host of international literary awards, including a Stonewall Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award in the United States. A regular participant in internationl literary festivals, he has also been a member of the jury for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and, in 2015, chaired the jury for Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize. His novels are published in over 50 languages.
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    ISBN: 9781524760786
    ISBN-10: 1524760781
    Publisher: Hogarth Press
    Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
    Pages: 592
    Language: English
  • Who Reads Poetry: 50 Views From "Poetry" Magazine

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    By Fred Sasaki (Editor), Don Share (Editor)
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    A compelling collection of personal stories about how poetry works in our daily lives and how reading poetry can change the way you view the world. These 50 pieces are a testament to the appeal of poetry for an incredibly diverse audience.

    - Mary

     

    — From Who Reads Poetry: 50 Views From "Poetry" Magazine

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    Who reads poetry? We know that poets do, but what about the rest of us? When and why do we turn to verse? Seeking the answer, Poetry magazine since 2005 has published a column called "The View From Here," which has invited readers "from outside the world of poetry" to describe what has drawn them to poetry. Over the years, the incredibly diverse set of contributors have included philosophers, journalists, musicians, and artists, as well as doctors and soldiers, an iron-worker, an anthropologist, and an economist. This collection brings together fifty compelling pieces, which are in turns surprising, provocative, touching, and funny.

    In one essay, musician Neko Case calls poetry "a delicate, pretty lady with a candy exoskeleton on the outside of her crepe-paper dress." In another, anthropologist Helen Fisher turns to poetry while researching the effects of love on the brain, "As other anthropologists have studied fossils, arrowheads, or pot shards to understand human thought, I studied poetry. . . . I wasn't disappointed: everywhere poets have described the emotional fallout produced by the brain's eruptions." Even film critic Roger Ebert memorized the poetry of e. e. cummings, and the rapper Rhymefest attests here to the self-actualizing power of poems: "Words can create worlds, and I've discovered that poetry can not only be read but also lived out. My life is a poem." Music critic Alex Ross tells us that he keeps a paperback of The Palm at the End of the Mind by Wallace Stevens on his desk next to other, more utilitarian books like a German dictionary, a King James Bible, and a Macintosh troubleshooting manual.

    Who Reads Poetry offers a truly unique and broad selection of perspectives and reflections, proving that poetry can be read by everyone. No matter what you're seeking, you can find it within the lines of a poem.

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    Fred Sasaki edits the "View From Here" and is art director for Poetry magazine. He is also the gallery curator for the Poetry Foundation. Don Share became editor of Poetry in 2013. He is co-editor of The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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    ISBN: 9780226504766
    ISBN-10: 022650476X
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    Publication Date: October 20th, 2017
    Pages: 240
    Language: English
  • Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

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    The beloved New Yorker cartoonist offers up a hilarious (naturally) thank-you note to Manhattan in this graphic memoir inspired by her children, for whom life in the suburbs made a trip to the big city something special.

    — From Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

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    “Having grown up in Mark Twain country on the Mississippi River, New York City was as foreign to me as Cairo, Egypt. Due to the dumb luck of having a very intelligent and ambitious relative, I was able to go to New York City when I was a very impressionable and enthusiastic 14-year-old. The experience changed my life. Roz Chast's Going Into Town reminds me, in one nostalgic and thoroughly entertaining sitting, of the most endearing aspects of the city. From moments of, 'Wait, is this an entire block of stores that sell ribbons?' to 'Humanity is both supremely lovely and frightening,' Going Into Town is a love letter to New York City for natives, newcomers, and wannabes alike.”
    — Nicole Sullivan, BookBar, Denver, CO

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    From the #1 NYT bestselling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast's new graphic memoir--a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan as only she could write it.


    For native Brooklynite Roz Chast, adjusting to life in the suburbs (where people own trees ?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan: its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks, honey-combed streets, and "those West Side Story-things" (fire escapes). Their wonder inspired Going into Town, part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast's laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons.

    About the Author


    Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978, where she has since published more than one thousand. She wrote and illustrated the #1 NYT bestseller (100+ weeks) Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize winner and finalist for the National Book Award; What I Hate: From A to Z; and her cartoon collections The Party, After You Left and Theories of Everything.
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    ISBN: 9781620403211
    ISBN-10: 1620403218
    Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
    Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
    Pages: 176
    Language: English
  • The Hidden Life of Animals: Love Grief, and Compassion

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    "Like The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben's The Inner Life of Animals will rock your world. Surprising, humbling, and filled with delight, this book shows us that animals think, feel and know in much the same way as we do--and that their lives are, to them, as precious as ours are to us."
    --Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus

    Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields.

    Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.

    In this, his latest book, Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in ways that amaze us--and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.

    Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

    About the Author


    Peter Wohlleben is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Hidden Life of Trees. He is a natural storyteller who writes on ecological themes. He manages a municipally owned, environmentally friendly woodland in Germany. When he is not writing books or caring for his trees, he looks after the family dog and his small collection of farm animals. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie about Love. He is fascinated by the richness of the emotional world of animals and by what animals can teach us about ourselves. Jane Billinghurst's career has been in book publishing in the UK, the US, and Canada, as an editor, publisher, writer, and translator. She is the translator of the international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees by German forester Peter Wohlleben.
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    ISBN: 9781771643016
    ISBN-10: 1771643013
    Publisher: Greystone Books
    Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
    Pages: 272
    Language: English
  • Private Gardens of the Bay Area

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    A lush visual tour of more than 35 private gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, illuminating the unrivalled beauty of the region that has beckoned landscape designers and gardeners for generations. Organized geographically—starting with the San Francisco Peninsula, moving north into San Francisco itself, crossing the Bay into Berkeley and Oakland, and finishing in Napa, Sonoma, and Marin—the book encompasses an extraordinary range of micro-climates that foster the cultivation of an equally extraordinary range of plants.

    - Ann L.

    — From Private Gardens of the Bay Area

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    Seasoned garden writers Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner, along with leading landscape photographer Marion Brenner, tour more than thirty-five private gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, illuminating the unrivalled beauty of Northern California--the breadth of the sky, the quality of the light, the sparkle of the Bay, the shapes of the hills--that has beckoned landscape designers and gardeners for generations.

    Organized geographically--starting with the San Francisco Peninsula, moving north into San Francisco itself, crossing the Bay into Berkeley and Oakland, and finishing in Napa, Sonoma, and Marin--Private Gardens of the Bay Area encompasses an extraordinary range of micro-climates that foster the cultivation of an equally extraordinary range of plants. The kaleidoscope of vigorous plants from five continents bursting out of an Oakland front yard is one kind of garden, the clean-lined contemporary composition of drought-tolerant natives and gravel is another, and the garden tucked into the mountain landscape of oaks, manzanitas, and ceanothus is yet another.

    This fascinating tour includes gardens such as Green Gables, where the 1911 terraced design by Greene & Greene is meticulously preserved; Big Swing, with a world-renowned collection of salvias; a vertical garden on a vertiginous site in San Francisco by Surfacedesign; and a romantic landscape of lawns, perennial beds, and stately oaks owned by noted collectors and gallerists Gretchen and John Berggruen. Lowry and Berner describe the goals of each garden owner and the principles behind the designs.

    About the Author


    Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner are a highly regarded garden-writing team, successfully collaborating on Gardens of the Garden State and Gardens of the Hudson Valley as well as Garden Guide to New York City. Berner is a book editor and an editorial consultant to several non-profits. Lowry was a television journalist in Canada and the United States before changing fields and earning a diploma in landscape architecture. Together, they have lectured widely in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut on the subject of urban public gardens. Marion Brenner is acknowledged as the leading landscape photographer working today. Her photographs are widely published in landscape and gardening media and she has documented the work of well-known designers including Andrea Cochran and Ron Lutsko. She is the photographer for Outstanding American Gardens: 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy and The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden.
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    ISBN: 9781580934763
    ISBN-10: 1580934765
    Publisher: Monacelli Press
    Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
    Pages: 256
    Language: English
  • The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

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    One teenager in a skirt.
    One teenager with a lighter.
    One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

    If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

    About the Author


    Dashka Slater has written many books, including Baby Shoes, The Sea Serpent and Me, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection, Escargot, and Dangerously Ever After. She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. She lives in California.
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    ISBN: 9780374303235
    ISBN-10: 0374303231
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
    Pages: 320
    Language: English
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition

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    By J. K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
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    The third installment of this beautifully illustrated series (we have #1 and #2 also!) brings Harry and his cohorts to colorful life.

    — From Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition

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    The third book in the bestselling Harry Potter series, now illustrated in glorious full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay

    For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

    Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts . . . he's at Hogwarts."

    Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

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    J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels, which have sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 79 languages, and three companion books originally published for charity. She has also written The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults, and, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the author of the Cormoran Strike crime series. In 2016 J.K. Rowling made her screenwriting debut and was a producer on the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the Wizarding World and the start of a new five-film series. Jim Kay won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for his illustrations in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Jim studied illustration at the University of Westminster and since graduating has worked in the archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Jim has produced concept work for television and contributed to a group exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He now lives and works in Northamptonshire, England, with his partner and a rescued greyhound.
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    ISBN: 9780545791342
    ISBN-10: 0545791340
    Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
    Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
    Pages: 336
    Language: English
    Series: Harry Potter (Hardcover)
  • Commonwealth

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    Brilliant, funny, and heartbreaking - a story of familes and what connects us. four parents, six children, five decades and the anguish and joy among them.

    - Frayda

    — From Commonwealth

    September 2016 Indie Next List


    “Patchett leaves behind the exotic locales and intricate plots of State of Wonder and Bel Canto for an even darker and more difficult place to navigate -- the interior of a blended family over the course of several decades. While more domestic than many of her previous novels, Commonwealth offers plenty of intrigue and surprises as Patchett explores the interaction of a group of children forced into each other's lives because of their parents' impulsive choices. With keen insight, tears of both sorrow and joy, and some real -- if dark -- humor, Patchett pulls readers into this complex family's world, and we are eager for every detail.”
    — John Christensen (W), Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

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    #1 New York Times Bestseller

    The acclaimed, bestselling author--winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize--tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives.

    One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly--thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

    Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

    When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

    Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.



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    ISBN: 9780062491794
    ISBN-10: 0062491792
    Publisher: Harper
    Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
    Pages: 336
    Language: English
  • Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

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    A fabulous piece of reportage from the longtime rock music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle that tells the story of rock and roll's most infamous concert. Fueled by exhaustive research, this is narrative non-fiction at its best -- just riveting!

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    — From Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

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    In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones' infamous Altamont concert, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.

    In the annals of rock history, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival on December 6, 1969, has long been seen as the distorted twin of Woodstock--the day that shattered the Sixties' promise of peace and love when a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. While most people know of the events from the film Gimme Shelter, the whole story has remained buried in varied accounts, rumor, and myth--until now.

    Altamont explores rock's darkest day, a fiasco that began well before the climactic death of Meredith Hunter and continued beyond that infamous December night. Joel Selvin probes every aspect of the show--from the Stones' hastily planned tour preceding the concert to the bad acid that swept through the audience to other deaths that also occurred that evening--to capture the full scope of the tragedy and its aftermath. He also provides an in-depth look at the Grateful Dead's role in the events leading to Altamont, examining the band's behind-the-scenes presence in both arranging the show and hiring the Hells Angels as security.

    The product of twenty years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, and featuring sixteen pages of color photos, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock's formative and most turbulent decade.

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    ISBN: 9780062444257
    ISBN-10: 0062444255
    Publisher: Dey Street Books
    Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
    Pages: 368
    Language: English

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