Ronnie's Staff Picks

Luka and the Fire of Life: A Novel By Salman Rushdie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679783473
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - 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!

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove By Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Ben Greenman Cover Image
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.

Girl in a Band: A Memoir By Kim Gordon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062295903
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Published: Dey Street Books - December 1st, 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!

The Sculptor By Scott McCloud Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596435735
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.

Lullaby By Chuck Palahniuk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385722193
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Published: Anchor - July 29th, 2003

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of the New York Times bestseller Choke and the cult classic Fight Club, a cunningly plotted novel about the ultimate verbal weapon, one that reinvents the apocalyptic thriller for our times. 

"A harrowing and hilarious glimpse into the future of civilization.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics By Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel, Thomas Peisel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761177395
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - 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!

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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief By Lawrence Wright Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307745309
Published: Vintage - November 5th, 2013

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST •  From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower comes “an utterly necessary story” (The Wall Street Journal) that pulls back the curtain on the church of Scientology: one of the most secretive organizations at work today.