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    • Insomniac City, Hayes,  Bill
    Insomniac City
    Bill Hayes

    Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, and he fell in ... read more

    • Lost Connections, Hari,  Johann
    Lost Connections
    Johann Hari

    Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult he discovered research uncovering eviden ... read more

    • Story of Shit, Dekkers,  Midas
    Story of Shit
    Midas Dekkers

    We are very discreet. We disappear into a small room, perform the task, flush, wash and reappear as if nothing happened. But in all this hygienic discretion have we lost touch with an integral part of ourselves - something as much a part of living as ... read more

    • The Line Becomes A River, Cantu,  Francisco
    The Line Becomes A River
    Francisco Cantu

    Francisco Cant. was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012. He worked the desert along the Mexican border, at the remote crossroads of drug routes and smuggling corridors, tracking humans through blistering days and frigid nights across a vast te ... read more

    • The Melody, Crace,  Jim
    The Melody
    Jim Crace

    Alfred Busi, famed and beloved in his town for his music and songs, is now in his sixties, mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days alone in the large villa he has always called home. One night Busi is attacked by a creat ... read more

    • The One Inside, Shepard,  Sam
    The One Inside
    Sam Shepard

    This searing, evocative narrative opens with a man in his house at dawn, surrounded by aspens, coyotes cackling in the distance as he quietly navigates the distance between present and past. More and more, memory is overtaking him- by turns, he sees ... read more

    • The Only Story, Barnes,  Julian
    The Only Story
    Julian Barnes

    Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question. First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, h ... read more

    • This Time: Australia's Republican Past and Future, Jones,  Benjamin T.
    This Time: Australia's Republican Past and Future
    Benjamin T. Jones

    In This Time, Benjamin T. Jones charts a path to Australia finally becoming a republic and having an independent future. He reveals the fascinating early history of the Australian republican movement of the 1850s and its larger-than-life charact ... read more

    • Age Of Anger, Mishra,  Pankaj
    Age Of Anger
    Pankaj Mishra

    Seeking to understand the great wave of paranoid hatreds that have become part of our politics, of our media, our nations and our communities Pankaj Mishra casts back to the Eighteenth Century and shows that as the world became modern, those who were ... read more

    • Ashland & Vine, Burnside,  John
    Ashland & Vine
    John Burnside

    Kate, a grieving, semi-alcoholic film student, invites an elderly woman to take part in an oral-history documentary. Jean declines, but makes her a bizarre counter-offer- if Kate can stay sober for four days, she will tell her a story. If she can sta ... read more

    • Cage, Jones,  Lloyd
    Lloyd Jones

    In Lloyd Jones's unsettling new novel two mysterious strangers appear at a hotel in a small country town. The townspeople want to know where they've come from, who they are and why they are fleeing, but the strangers are unable to speak of their trau ... read more

    • Deadly Woman Blues, Walker,  Clinton
    Deadly Woman Blues
    Clinton Walker

    Part art book, part comic book, part biography and fully deadly, Deadly Woman Blues is a unique graphic history of the black women who made Australian music. Traditional Indigenous music, spirituals, vaudeville, post-war jazz, country, gospel, soul, ... read more

    • Exit West, Hamid,  Mohsin
    Exit West
    Mohsin Hamid

    In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, Saeed and Nadia become friends, then lovers. They try not to notice the sound of bombs getting closer every night, the radio announcing new laws, the public e ... read more

    • Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, Andersen,  Kurt
    Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
    Kurt Andersen

    Fantasyland is a journey that joins the dots between the disparate crazed franchises of true believers - America's endless homespun rebooting of Christianity from Mormons to charismatics, medicine shows to new age quacks, conspiracy theorists of ... read more

    • Feel Free: Essays, Smith,  Zadie
    Feel Free: Essays
    Zadie Smith

    From social media to the environment, Tarantino to Jay-Z to Knausgaard, Smith's curiosity and insight drives the essays in this new collection. Pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate are all dissected with razor-sharp intellect ... read more

    • From Bacteria To Bach And Back, Dennett,  Daniel C.
    From Bacteria To Bach And Back
    Daniel C. Dennett

    Exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains, and human culture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett's legendary career at the forefront of philosophical thought. Dennett shows how culture enables reflection by inst ... read more