Ronnie's Staff Picks

ISBN: 9780679783473
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Published: Random House Trade - September 20th, 2011

What if the right direction was one step to the left? What if that step in the left direction hurdled you on a journey through a world not unlike a video game fantasy, with levels filled with obstacles and diversions? Join young Luka on an adventure through the World of Magic, filled with mythical creatures and deceptive illusions in search of the fire that will save his father’s life. Meet up with familiar characters from myths, legends, and fables who guide Luka in the right (and wrong) direction, down the River of Time, through the Sea of Stories, and up the Mountain of Knowledge to steal the Fire of Life!

ISBN: 9781455501373
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 12th, 2015

Questlove (The Roots) possess an unbelievable wealth of knowledge about the history and business of music, from the birth of hip-hop to the cultural evolution of African Americans in mainstream music. Beyond that knowledge is a true passion for creating and listening to music.
He writes as though he's still in awe over the revolutionary music from 30-40 years ago (such as Prince's 1999 and when Stevie Wonder introduced the world to sampling while guest starring on The Cosby Show). All the while, he chronicles the albums that defined the ups and downs of his life in music. His humorous and candid writing makes him a lovable and inspiring character in the mean music world.

ISBN: 9780062295897
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Published: Dey Street Books - February 24th, 2015

Really, there isn't a way to preface a book like Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band." She might be best known as the bassist and co-lead singer of Sonic Youth, but Kim is also an icon in fashion and art. Gordon tells her stories with little restraint and unflinching fearlessness. Just read it already!

ISBN: 9781596435735
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Published: First Second - February 3rd, 2015

From Scott McCloud, the author of the highly praised, Understanding Comics, comes the tale of a young sculptor who trades his life for his art. 

David has 200 days to live.

What happens in 200 days? 

Boy meets death.
Death cuts boy an irresistible deal.
Boy agrees.
Death abides.
Boy meets girl.
Girl is damaged.
Boy owes money to tough Russians.
Girl hides boy.
Boy creates beautiful misunderstood sculptures. 
Girl confuses boy.
Boy confuses girl.
Things come together.
Things fall apart.
Death keeps his promise.

A great story for those who do and do not read graphic novels, The Sculptor ties together word and image so perfectly that the story leaps from the pages and into the heart of the reader.

ISBN: 9780385722193
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Published: Anchor Books - July 29th, 2003

Ever heard of a culling song? It’s a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The lyrics of a culling song kill, whether spoken or even just thought. You can find one on page 27 of Poems and Rhymes from Around the World, an anthology that is sitting on the shelves of libraries across the country, waiting to be picked up by unsuspecting readers.

ISBN: 9780761177395
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 10th, 2013

Become an oneironaut - a conscious traveler in a dream - and explore* a world outside of waking life. Learn how to lucid dream!

*I found the best part to be the flying!

ISBN: 9780307745309
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Published: Vintage Books - November 5th, 2013

The Basis For The New HBO Documentary. A National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.