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$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780156364652
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Mariner Books, 8/1977
Whatta me and Harold Bloom have in common? Nothin', I thought. I was wrong! We both love Flannery O'Connor. A Good Man is Hard To Find hilights her amazing talents -- for dialogue and dialect, for propriety contrasted with the ghastly, and a rather dark sense of humor.

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781416552741
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Scribner, 5/2012

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780307389046
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Vintage, 5/2011
My favorite book in 2010. {Editor's note: Jeff's original shelf-talker for this book also includes a frightening drawing of a tiger claw.}

How We Decide (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780547247991
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Mariner Books, 1/2010
This look at the role of emotions in decision making has been a hit with everyone I've recommended it to. For such a young guy, Mr. Lehrer is a master at communicating the intricacies of neuroscience to lay-folks like me. Filled with rad and relevant examples, this title's a winner. He also says signs sell items, no matter what the sign says. Right on!

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780143039426
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Penguin Classics, 11/2005
My favorite novel from before the age of television. A classic of French literature, which unlike the rest of it held my attention, this novel is fast-paced, wise, and hilarious. This edition is beautiful! Take that, Leibniz!

The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780385490818
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Anchor, 3/1998

Zelda: A Biography (Paperback)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780062089397
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 11/2011

$29.95
ISBN-13: 9780231153201
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Columbia University Press, 8/2013
Though a scientist, Daniel Loxton is clearly a sympathizer to the cryptozoological quest. In Abominable Science, Loxton and his co-author Donald Prothero examine the evidence, or lack thereof, for the existence of some familiar beasts (Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster). In the process, the pair reveal the vagaries of human perception, including the influence of larger forces such as monster movies and dinosaur exhibits -- as well as A LOT of fakery. 

Get to the root of your favorite cryptid!