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NB Picks - Sci Fi for the Deep Thinker

Do you often find yourself contemplating the inevitiable rise of the automatons? The potential for colonization of other planets? Corruption in science leading to frightening outcomes in the future? 

If this sounds like you, than this list is your jam.  Elayna is our book buyer and an avid Sci Fi reader,  and this week she shared a few of her recommendations for sci fi reads that will give you plenty of food for thought, and possibly some good conversation topics at your next Philosopher's Guild meeting. 

Anathem Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061474101
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Published: Harper - August 25th, 2009

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Anathem is perhaps the most brilliant literary invention to date from the incomparable Neal Stephenson, who rocked the world with Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle.


Red Mars (Mars Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780553560732
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Published: Spectra - October 1st, 1993

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel • Discover the novel that launched one of science fiction’s most beloved, acclaimed, and awarded trilogies: Kim Stanley Robinson’s masterly near-future chronicle of interplanetary colonization.
 


I, Robot (The Robot Series #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553382563
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Published: Del Rey - April 29th, 2008

This classic science fiction masterwork by Isaac Asimov weaves stories about robots, humanity, and the deep questions of existence into a novel of shocking intelligence and heart.
 
“A must-read for science-fiction buffs and literature enjoyers alike.”—The Guardian


Stories of Your Life and Others Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972120
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

An award-winning book from the author of Exhalation, this short story collection “blend[s] absorbing storytelling with meditations on the universe, being, time and space. . . . raises questions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human.” —The New York Times


NB Picks - Postmodern Fiction Must-Reads

Bookseller Paul shares his thoughts on the postmodern fiction genre: "Though it's difficult to pin down exactly what postmodern fiction consists of, I take it as a general playfulness with, and textual awareness of, narrative form. Where an author breaks down barriers between character and author, fiction and non-, the realities within art and reality per se."

The Crying of Lot 49 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060913076
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2006

Thomas Pynchon's classic post-modern satire, which tells the wonderfully unusual story of Oedipa Maas, first published in 1965.


The Melancholy of Anatomy: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385721202
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Published: Anchor - April 2nd, 2002

Amusing, touching, and unsettling, The Melancholy of Anatomy is that most wonderful of fictions, one that makes us see the world in an entirely new light.


Lost in the Funhouse Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385240871
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Published: Anchor - March 1st, 1988

John Barth's lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction. Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in the context of this collection.


White Noise: (Penguin Orange Collection) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143129554
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 18th, 2016

Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback

Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition

 


The New York Trilogy: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Paul Auster, Luc Sante (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143039839
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

The remarkable, acclaimed series of interconnected detective novels – from the author of 4 3 2 1:  A Novel


Labyrinths Cover Image
By Jorge Luis Borges, Donald A. Yates (Editor), James E. Irby (Editor), William Gibson (Introduction by), André Maurois
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811216999
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2007

The classic by Latin America's finest writer of the twentieth century—a true literary sensation—with an introduction by cyber-author William Gibson.


Ava (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781564780744
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - May 1st, 2002

Ava Klein, thirty-nine, lover of life, world traveler, professor of comparative literature, is dying. From her hospital bed on this, her last day on earth, she makes one final ecstatic voyage. People, places, offhand memories, and imaginary things drift in and out of Ava's consciousness and weave their way through the narrative.


The Flame Alphabet (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307739971
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Published: Vintage - November 13th, 2012

In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a novel about how far we will go in order to protect our loved ones.
 


Infinite Jest: A Novel -- 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By David Foster Wallace, Tom Bissell (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780316306058
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 23rd, 2016

This deluxe paperback edition -- featuring flaps, new cover art, and a new foreword by Tom Bissell -- celebrates the 20th anniversary of the original publication of Infinite Jest.

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to co


If on a winter's night a traveler Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780156439619
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Published: Mariner Books - October 20th, 1982

Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.

 

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense.


NB Picks - Short Stories to Chill Your Bones

Halloween is just around the corner, and that got us to thinking: What's scarier than ghosts, goblins, and witches? The endless 'Frozen' costumes! (Just us?) In case that isn't enough to bring a shiver down your spine, we asked bookseller Raul to share a few of his favorite spooky short story collections, and quicker than a zombie pulls a beating heart out of a chest cavity (hint: super fast), he had a list compiled. 

The Tell-Tale Heart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553212280
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Published: Bantam Classics - February 1st, 1983

Edgar Allan Poe remains the unsurpassed master of works of mystery and madness in this outstanding collection of Poe's prose and poetry are sixteen of his finest tales, including "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "William Wilson," "The Black Cat," "Th


Fen: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977740
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2nd, 2017

A collection of dark tales that talk about the wild and humanity. The stories are satisfyingly creepy and weird.


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Cover Image
By Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062682826
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017

Spooky tales for kids based on ghost stories and urban legends. Read them around a campfire or at a sleepover!


The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories Cover Image
By H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi (Introduction by), S. T. Joshi (Notes by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142180037
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 1st, 2001

Dark, suspenseful, intense and chilling! There is a reason why H.P. Lovecraft was one of the best horror fiction writers ever...


NB Picks - Best Yoga & Meditation Books for Children

Yoga and meditation are wonderful tools we as adults can use to calm our minds and move our bodies in safe and respectful ways. What better gift for our children than to pass on these same tools, allowing them to take full advantage of their natural flexibility (long lost to most of us 'grown-ups'!) and inquisitive nature? Naomi, our owner, bookseller and a former schoolteacher, tracked down these 7 amazing books that will help start your little ones on their journey of mindful living. 

Animal Asanas: Yoga for Children Cover Image
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ISBN: 9783791372754
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Published: Prestel Junior - April 25th, 2017

This colorful menagerie of yoga poses featuring animals will help kids take part in the age-old practice and enjoy yoga’s benefits in a fun and engaging way.. Yoga reduces stress, increases the sense of well being, and encourages mindfulness—and it can also be fun. This book features double-page spreads of 15 animal asanas—animals in yoga poses.


Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story (Good Night Yoga) Cover Image
By Mariam Gates, Sarah Jane Hinder (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781622036028
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Published: Sounds True - March 1st, 2016

Calm and awake, "I can do this!"



is all I need to say.



A deep breath in, a long breath out—



I am ready for the day!



Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story Cover Image
By Mariam Gates, Sarah Jane Hinder (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781622034666
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Published: Sounds True - April 1st, 2015

Kids love yoga—and it’s great for them, so much so that the President’s Council has added the practice to the fitness activities in the annual President’s Challenge. For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep.


Yoga Bunny Cover Image
By Brian Russo, Brian Russo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062429520
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Published: HarperCollins - December 6th, 2016

Share this gentle picture book with your little bunnies to help them relax and unwind. Great in the classroom for groups of yoga bunnies or at home.

Yoga Bunny helps readers wind down as they learn beginning yoga poses, from downward dog to tree pose. Brilliant author-illustrator Brian Russo shows readers just how relaxing yoga can be.


Meditate with Me: A Step-By-Step Mindfulness Journey Cover Image
By Mariam Gates, Margarita Surnaite (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399186615
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Published: Dial Books - August 29th, 2017

This accessible and fun guide to meditation and mindfulness is the perfect introduction for young children


I Am Yoga Cover Image
By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781419726972
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 26th, 2017

Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones (Yoga Bug Board Book Series) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781622039791
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Published: Sounds True - August 1st, 2017

Flutter, wiggle, jiggle—it’s never too early to introduce children to the fun and healthy joys of yoga

Flutter like a butterfly.
Twist and turn like a grasshopper.
Wiggle, jiggle, and giggle like a beetle.

Kids love bugs—and what better way to get them excited about yoga than with the help of our multi-legged friends?


NB Picks - Five Best Spy Novels

Michelle is one of our booksellers, and though her main interests lie within literary fiction, she often finds herself in the mood to get lost in a well-crafted spy novel. The twists! The turns! The secret files! Here's her recommended TOP FIVE: 

 

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143124757
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2013

The first of the George Smiley trilogy. Fairly scathing look at espionage during the Cold War. Cynical British Intelligence officer is commanded to take part in a plot against East German spies by feeding them misinformation, only to find himself on the outs and struggling to unravel the threads. Fantastic read - be prepared to head down the blind alley more than once. 

Le Carre just released his newest book in the Smiley series, A Legacy of Spies - available now in hardcover


Our Man in Havana Cover Image
By Graham Greene, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142438008
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 31st, 2007

The ever-wonderful Graham Greene created this just after his work with British Intelligence. A former vacuum salesman turned spy finds his assignment so dull he ends up faking reports of activity - with interesting consequences. 


From Russia with Love (James Bond 007) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781612185477
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - October 16th, 2012

You simply can't leave a classic James Bond novel off of this list - and this one is the best. 


The Gun Seller Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780671020828
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 1st, 1998

A witty send-up of the spy genre, written by the brilliant, talented Hugh Laurie (yes, Dr. House). A "freelance" soldier of fortune has a change of heart when ordered to assasinate an American businessman - which soon brings down the house as intelligence agents from all over the world are looking for him. 


The Bourne Identity: A Novel (Jason Bourne #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553593549
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Published: Bantam - January 5th, 2010

Full disclosure: I started this series because of how much my husband LOVES the Matt Damon movies. Luckily, this first in the Bourne series is just as fun as the films indicate, though they do differ in some major plot points. Jason Bourne is a man suffering from amnesia, though soon finds that he possesses a lethal set of survival skills. He is soon led down the garden path by former and current CIA, and discovers he is also the target of a skilled assasin named Carlos the Jackal. Good character development, and I do recommend the next in the series (The Bourne Supremacy).