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WHAT TO ADD TO YOUR WISH LIST:

I hope the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid isn’t too mushy, but it’s about time Greg Heffley got (or didn’t get) a girl.

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We’re all familiar with the illustration-per-page Moby Dick, and coming up next is the illustration-per-page Heart of Darkness. Badass.

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Lots of interesting stuff from the Huffington Post recently:

Here is a timeline of the dystopian novel, but can we really make The Hunger Games out to be the most popular dystopian novel ever? Don’t we need a little distance and perspective to make that call?

Julie Gerstenblatt suggests YA books for adults, which is awesome, but her recommendation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower made me want to shout DUH! The YA generation it was written for are adults now… which just made me feel kind of old.

Book series that shaped generations, including THE HARDY BOYS!!! (Those were my childhood books, not that others didn’t apply.)

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I love an interesting biography. However, what makes a biography interesting to me is, well, maybe not something to be proud of. I love the story of Anthony Kiedis’s father getting him a hooker for his birthday. It’s cliche, it’s by far not the most interesting thing that happens over the course of Scar Tissue (which I loved), but this is the kind of stuff I like in a biography. I also watching “Jerry Springer from time to time when I see it on TV – not entirely unrelated.

Here, Joe Daly lists the top 10 rock biographies and Scar Tissue is one of them.

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Flavorwire has the top 10 stories of the misanthropic.

… as well as the Definitive Mad Men Reading List…

… and the 10 Best LGBT Romances. For me, this begins and ends with Giovanni’s Room, but they don’t include another favorite of mine, Joseph Olshan’s Nightswimmer.

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WHAT I ADDED TO MINE:

Sister John’s cloistered life of peace and prayer has been electrified by ever more frequent visions of God’s radiance, leading her toward a deep religious ecstasy. Her life and writings have become examples of devotion. Yet her visions are accompanied by shattering headaches that compel Sister John to seek medical help. When her doctor tells her an illness may be responsible for her gift, Sister John faces a wrenching choice: to risk her intimate glimpses of the divine in favor of a cure, or to continue her visions with the knowledge that they might be false-and might even cost her her life.

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The first English translation of the self-proclaimed Viscount Emilio Lascano Tegui a friend of Picasso and Apollinaire, and a larger-than-life eccentric in his own right On Elegance While Sleeping is the deliciously macabre novel, part Maldoror and part Dorian Gray, that established its author s reputation as a renegade hero of Argentine literature. It tells the story, in the form of a surreal diary, of a lonely, syphilitic French soldier, who after too many brothels and disappointments returns from Africa longing for a world with more elegance. He promptly falls in love with a goat, and recalls the time, after a childhood illness, when his hair fell out and grew back orange a phenomenon his doctor attributed to the cultivation of carrots in a neighboring town. Disturbing, provocative, and mesmerizing, On Elegance While Sleeping charts the decline of a man unraveling due to his own oversensitivity and drifting closer and closer to committing a murder.

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Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

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1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.

Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new “police force.” And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world’s most notorious slum.

One night while making his rounds, Wilde literally runs into a little slip of a girl-a girl not more than ten years old-dashing through the dark in her nightshift . . . covered head to toe in blood.

Timothy knows he should take the girl to the House of Refuge, yet he can’t bring himself to abandon her. Instead, he takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street. Timothy isn’t sure whether to believe her or not, but, as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life.

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Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo tells the story of a cultural moment that’s happening right now-the nexus point where teen culture, music, and the web converge to create something new.

While shallow celebrities dominate the headlines, pundits bemoan the death of the music industry, and the government decries teenagers for their morals (or lack thereof) earnest, heartfelt bands like Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World, and Thursday are quietly selling hundreds of thousands of albums through dedication, relentless touring and respect for their fans. This relationship – between young people and the empathetic music that sets them off down a road of self-discovery and self-definition – is emo, a much-maligned, mocked, and misunderstood term that has existed for nearly two decades, but has flourished only recently. In Nothing Feels Good, Andy Greenwald makes the case for emo as more than a genre – it’s an essential rite of teenagehood. From the ’80s to the ’00s, from the basement to the stadium, from tour buses to chat rooms, and from the diary to the computer screen, Nothing Feels Good narrates the story of emo from the inside out and explores the way this movement is taking shape in real time and with real hearts on the line. Nothing Feels Good is the first book to explore this exciting moment in music history and Greenwald has been given unprecedented access to the bands and to their fans. He captures a place in time and a moment on the stage in a way only a true music fan can.

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Told in shifting perspectives, Absolution is centred on the mysterious character of Clare Wald, a controversial writer of great fame, haunted by the memories of a sister she fears she betrayed to her death and a daughter she fears she abandoned. Clare comes to learn that in this conflict the dead do not stay buried, and the missing return in other forms–such as the small child present in her daughter’s last days who has reappeared, posing as Clare’s official biographer. Sam Leroux, a South African expatriate returning to Cape Town after many years in New York, gradually earns Clare’s trust, his own ghosts emerging from the histories that he and Clare begin to unravel, leading them both along a path in search of reconciliation and forgiveness.

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Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, and even the light fears to travel. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe–just as they know that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch. Alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, she aches for her life to begin.

Then it happens–a stranger appears, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York. Laurel finds him in the woods, nearly stung to death by yellow jackets, and nurses him back to health. As the days pass, Walter slips easily into life in the cove and into Laurel’s heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known.

But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything–and danger is closer than they know. Though the war in Europe is near its end, patriotic fervor flourishes thanks to the likes of Chauncey Feith, an ambitious young army recruiter who stokes fear and outrage throughout the county. In a time of uncertainty, when fear and ignorance reign, Laurel and Walter will discover that love may not be enough to protect them.

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A collection of 300 of the best of Burroughs’s letters from 1959 to 1974 that provides unparalleled insight into the renowned writer’s artistic process and literary experimentation, as well as his complex personal life.