"This is an extraordinary work of social justice journalism, documenting the struggles and humanity of families living in a slum near the Mumbai airport."- Pete
"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
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
" 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
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
"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
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.
"Given today's teen mental health crisis, perhaps it's an apt time to read this unsettling memoir. Kaysen poetically portrays her time in a mental hospital as an 18-year-old in the 1960's. It raises as many questions as it answers."- Pete
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
(This book cannot be returned nor exchanged.)
"This fascinating look at the changes in S.F.'s natural environment explores the shifts in flora and fauna from Ohlone days through the present. See our city through another lens while you're out exploring."- Pete
"There is a quiet beauty in this Norwegian novella Booker Finalist, finally translated into English. On it's face, it tells of an isolated island, attuned to and dependent upon weather, seasons, and the sea. So much goes on below the surface, though I don't know if its the writer, the translation, or a Norwegian way of storytelling, but I thoroughly enjoyed filling in all the blanks."- Pete