Pete's Staff Picks

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City of Thieves: A Novel By David Benioff Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780452295292
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

"City of Thieves has everything you could want from a novel--quick pacing, a riveting plot, heart, biting humor, and characters that stick with your for years after reading it."- Pete


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Letters to a Young Poet By Rainer Maria Rilke, M. D. Herter Norton (Translated by) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780393310399
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 1993

" I re-read this lovely, hopeful book every five years or so. A great gift for the young seeker or philosopher or sensitive soul in your circle. "Life; how can it not be difficult for us?" indeed."-Pete


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The Seas By Samantha Hunt Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793569
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Published: Tin House Books - July 16th, 2019

I LOVE this ethereal book, but don't just take it from me:

"One of the most distinctive and unforgettable voices I have read in years. This book will linger in your head for a good long time."
— Dave Eggers


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Tenth of December: Stories By George Saunders Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984255
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

This short story collection is the perfect marriage of head and heart.  The stories are sometimes witty or quirky, but always deeply rooted in empathy.  Some of them have stuck with me for YEARS.  Even if you don't normally read short fiction, this will be a balm for your soul. -Pete


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Nudge: The Final Edition By Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143137009
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Published: Penguin Books - August 3rd, 2021

"Nudge is a terrific book for anyone interested in how we make choices, public policy, politics and behavioral science. The way that governments and companies frame choices affects our behavior and well-being, often on a subtle level. A 'nudge': if Americans defaulted to donating organs upon death (with an option to opt out, of course) thousands of lives would be saved annually." - Pete


A Natural History of the Senses By Diane Ackerman Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679735663
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Published: Vintage - September 10th, 1991

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth.


Grendel By John Gardner Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679723110
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Published: Vintage - May 14th, 1989

This classic and much lauded retelling of Beowulf follows the monster Grendel as he learns about humans and fights the war at the center of the Anglo Saxon classic epic.

"An extraordinary achievement."—New York Times