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The big conceit of Hiro Arikawa's Traveling Cat Chronicles is that the book is narrated in halves - a third-person account of the protagonist, Satoru, and a first-person narrative from the point of view of his faithful cat, Nana, as they drive across Japan in search of a temporary home for Nana, for reasons that are not entirely clear. It's a premise that feels almost too-cute-by-half at first, gradually growing on you as the book progresses - up until the beautiful and tragic third act, when the rug is pulled out from under the reader and the narrative seems all the more poignant. This is a book to be curled up with in the coziest possible reading space, with, if you're lucky enough, a purring feline by your side.

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By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780451491336
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Published: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018

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Like many other former seven-year-olds, I was once a dinosaur obsessive. With Jurassic Park roosting in the VCR, I would give any grown-up in earshot a rundown of my favorite dinosaurs (this changed daily) and what periods they lived in. If you're anything like me, a page or two into Steve Brusatte's prehistoric masterpiece, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (William Morrow, $29.99), will be enough to bring back the kid in you. A perfect gift for any dino-lover, Brusatte’s book presents the Mesozoic in vivid detail and with an immediacy not often reserved for a period that ended 65 million years ago. From spindly, cat-sized lizards at the beginning of the Triassic to thundering giants at the end of the Cretaceous, dinosaurs were a highly diverse, sophisticated species whose millions of years of earthly dominance help put our world and lives in far greater perspective.

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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062490421
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Published: William Morrow - April 24th, 2018

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The best part of Beastie Boys Book (Spiegel & Grau, $50) is that it's basically a giant Beastie Boys song: wild, unpredictable, and unimpeachably cool—a big, party to which we've all been invited. Just as the Beasties themselves perfected the art of sampling, so too does their book, mixing the Beasties's rise to fame with contributions from the likes of Amy Poehler and Colson Whitehead. There's even a cookbook! Founding members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond gift us with a hilarious recounting of their journey, giving us a tour of hardcore punk and hip-hop scenes of '80s New York City and their initial superstardom with License to Ill, and their subsequent reinvention with their later albums. We get appearances from the likes of Run-DMC and Public Enemy—plus a wonderfully insane story featuring Bob Dylan. At its core, however, Beastie Boys Book is a tribute to the late, great Adam "MCA" Yauch, who endowed the Beasties with both their craziness and their consciousness. As you turn the final page, you'll have a smile on your face and a lump in your throat, and will immediately want to go on the whole ride again.

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$50.00
ISBN: 9780812995541
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 30th, 2018

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