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The Martian

5

I've never seen such a hilarious suspense story before in my life! I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished. Read more...

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Echo: A Novel

4

A harmonica + four lives = one amazing story Read more...

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The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute

3

You may think it's only about conspicuous consumption, lemming-like behavior and financial ruin, but don't worry, it gets worse. Read more...

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Martha's American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation's Most Treasured Dishes from Coast to Coast

4

IS there anything more American than apple pie? If anyone can answer that, it's Martha Stewart! Read more...

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Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

4

Typhoid Mary, a.k.a. the woman who refused to wash her hands. Read more...

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Get in Trouble

4

These genre-defying stories combine fantasy, sci-fi and literary fiction, bringing surprise and delight to their exploration of realistic themes. Read more...

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Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted

4

You know all that cynicism and contempt you have for Congress? Well, you might want to save some of it for the Supreme Court. Read more...

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A Little Life

5

Haunting, absorbing, beautiful. This book changed me. Read more...

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Dirt: a novel

5

If you can bear the misery, it's well worth the pain. Read more...

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Roller Girl

5

A graphic novel about friendship and identity, all wrapped up in butt-kicking, roller derby girl power! Read more...