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Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City

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Moses' 11th commandment: Don't Trifle with Jane Read more...

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

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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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Role Models

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His heroes have never been cowboys. Read more...

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Government Issue: Comics For The People, 1940s-2000s

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There's nothing funny about these funny papers. Read more...

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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

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From now on, all my friends are going to be strangers. Read more...

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

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So what's more pleasant than deterioration, dementia and death? Read more...

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Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman, King of the B-Movies

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Never mind the teddy bear and blankie. These are my precious childhood memories. Read more...

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I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp

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The brilliant/stupid diary of a jerk-genius. Read more...

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Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons

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Honestly, girls, I don't see what the problem is. Read more...

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The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi With Her Bare Hands and 143 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Past Year: The Best of the New York Times Obituaries

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It doesn't live up to the greatest title since "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-up Zombies," but how could it? Read more...

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You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story

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It's chock-full of stalking, snark and antidepressants. What more could you ask from a classic romance? Read more...

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The Onion Presents: Christmas Exposed

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Ho, ho, ho? I don't think so. Read more...

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Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour

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Nothing will help you channel your inner Elvis like this pop-up, pop culture extravaganza. Read more...

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Flashman on the March

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Horatio Hornblower? Wimp. Richard Sharpe? Peasant. When it comes to fictional British military figures, accept nothing less than Sir Harry Flashman. Read more...

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Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia

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When the American Dream goes horribly wrong, sometimes merely getting out of Dodge isn't enough. Read more...

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Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 800 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More

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It's summer and a middle-aged man's fancy turns to love...of barbecue. And home fries. And enormous stacks of pancakes. Read more...

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Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench

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This memoir is rambling and child-like and a must-read for OSU hoop fans. Read more...