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The Power of Created Stories in Ivan Coyote’s ‘Tomboy Survival Guide’

Ivan Coyote's Tomboy Survival Guide is full of well-told tales about growing up transgender in the Yukon.

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Former Cure Man Finds Peace On the Road to Recovery

This volume is more than a day-to-day account of life inside the band: It's the story of how Lol Tolhurst came back from the brink and emerged a fuller man.

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Guy Clark Biography ‘Without Getting Killed or Caught’ Is Worthy of the Late Singer-Songwriter

Anecdotes that peel back the curtain from Clark’s neatly arranged processes really add value to his story.

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Tama Janowitz’s Memoir, ‘Scream’ May Leave You Grumbling

You know you're in trouble when the author has eight dogs and isn't a vet tech.

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‘Television: A Biography’ Showcases How TV Is an Insanely Mutative Beast

David Thomson's lucrative and exhaustive biography of television reminds us that the continuously morphing state of TV matches our increasingly digitally-enhanced society.

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‘Ghostland’ Is Found Where the Line Between Fact and Fiction Becomes Irreparably Blurred

America’s relatively short history is long on ghosts and ghost stories -- "white" ghosts, that is.

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M. R. James’ Ghost Stories Work Eerily Well in This Graphic Fiction Form

Leah Moore and John Reppion deliver thrills and chills in a way that M. R. James would surely have approved of -- in shadows and by degree.

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Former OED Chief Editor’s ‘Word Detective’ Makes for Compelling Reading

Dictionaries: "They are the nasty medicine which you are handed when you display even the slightest ignorance about the meaning of a word." Or so we thought.

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‘The Case of Alan Turing’ Gives the Enigma Project the Graphic Treatment

This treatment focuses not just on the technical matters of encryption, but also on the human factors that may prove decisive in breaking a code.

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‘Brief Histories of Everyday Objects’ Ponders, What’s Up With the Toothbrush?

In comic form, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects puts everyday objects under clever ideological scrutiny.

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‘Everything Explained That Is Explainable’ Contains the Intrigue of a Thriller

This is the story of not only the modern accumulation and dispensing of knowledge, but also of early marketing and public manipulation through the impressive power of persuasion.

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The Mystery of ‘All That Man Is’

David Szalay's novel preserves the mystery of modern manhood within an anthology of realism.

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‘Land of Fish and Rice’ and Elegantly Subtle Cuisine

Fuchsia Dunlop leaves the peppercorns behind for the "pure" and "light" flavors of south China.

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Animation: It’s Not Just for Children, Anymore

The inclusive approach in A New History of Animation will have you discovering the work of new animators, and new works by artists already familiar to you.

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‘Wayward Heroes’ and Cold War Iceland

Wayward Heroes, for all its tangled itinerary, endures in this long-awaited translation as a cautionary tale for all who flock around despots or who applaud the cries of die-hards.

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‘Becoming Unbecoming’ and the Toll Extracted From Survivors

This graphic novel offers an incomparably powerful critique of misogyny and male sexual violence against women.

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The Market Knows All and Sees All

Renowned theologian Harvey Cox examines contemporary belief and modern America gods: Market, DOW, Nasdaq, and more in The Market As God.

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A 21st-century Muckraker Pierces the Heart of the Internet in ‘Reading the Comments’

If Eggers' The Circle gave us a glance at the inimical nature of social media via Orwell’s idea of “groupthink”, then Reagle takes us even deeper into why we love to comment on anything and everything.

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The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst Shares His View Behind the Drum Kit

Founding drummer of The Cure Lol Tolhurst explores the creation of the classic band, their meteoric rise, his alcohol-fueled crash, and his personal rebirth.

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Barbara Yelin’s ‘Irmina’ Makes Clear: There’s a High Cost to Ignoring One’s Political Climate

The provocative and visually stunning Irmina explores Nazi-era questions of culpability that resonate eerily with today's world.

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