What Bartas is Reading

Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.

-Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Man's Search for Meaning Cover Image
By Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by), William J. Winslade (Afterword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807014271
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Published: Beacon Press - June 2006

How would you react under the incredible suffering of the Holocaust? Psychiatrist, author, and Holocaust survivor Frankl explores his experience in Auschwitz and other concentration camps. Everyone there faced the same fate of suffering and certain death. In spite of this, some people seemed to encounter a transcendental alternative. Quoting Nietzche, Frankl arrives at the conclusion that, "He who has a why for life can endure almost any how." This book will change your life.


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The Impossible Crime (Mac B., Kid Spy #2) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338143683
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Published: Orchard Books - December 26th, 2018

If you liked Mac B's real life story of espionage, the KGB man, and karate in the first book, you'll love the sequel. It's a locked-room mystery, but still a spy story. My favorite character is the Queen of England because she is able to perfectly train all her Corgi's to eat dinner based on age. Amazing. Also, you learn real-life, crazy facts about Irish and English history, like how the crown jewels were hidden away inside a thieve's underpants, or how there are no snakes in Ireland. Or are there?


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Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338143591
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Published: Orchard Books - September 11th, 2018

Hilarious spy thriller packed with action, the Queen of England, Corgis, and the KGB. That's right, the KGB. What more could you want? Mac Barnett is so funny and has so many great 80's references in this, that you just can't help but giggle along (even if you've been a so-called "grown up" for a long time).


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The White Darkness Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780385544573
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Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2018

You're holding a gripping, real life story about a modern day explorer who goes out to recreate Shackleton's Antarctic expedition. Grann's writing is as good as fiction. It's an unputdownable adventure in the harshest environment on earth.


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Virgil Wander Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802128782
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2018

Virgil is a forty-something heir to a movie theater whose life had no sense of purpose. His car goes off a cliff and he barely survives. As he regains his memory, he has the choice to resume his old life or start something new. Hints of romance, a love for kite flying, and the deadly sturgeon inhabit these pages. It's inviting, perceptive, and gorgeously written.


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Miracle Creek: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374156022
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - April 16th, 2019

Miracle Creek is richly written, page turning, and often overwhelming as it looks at a struggling South Korean immigrant family. Heartbreaking, poignant, and laced with razor sharp courtroom drama, this debut explores the topical issues of immigration, mental illness, and the deadly importance of finding one's voice in the world.


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Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781786070654
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Published: ONEWorld Publications - July 11th, 2017

Contrary to the opinions of alarmists and professional worriers, the data on poverty, disease, and education compared to 100 years ago is staggeringly good and keeps getting better and better. For a fact-drenched pick-me-up, read this book.


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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780345816023
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Published: Random House Canada - January 23rd, 2018

The best self help book I've ever read, 12 Rules For Life calls us to the meaningful life and the open eyed embrace of responsibility. Peterson draws from ancient Mesapotamian religion, developmental psychology, and the latest in neuroscience to inspire and warn a generation without direction. It's nuanced, crackling with wit, and life changing.


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Notes from Underground (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679734529
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Published: Vintage - August 30th, 1994

The narrator is a government official who slowly breaks from society. Presented in two parts, you see his resentment taking hold in the first and becoming all consuming in the second. Its an intense, shocking, character driven masterpiece that's impossible to put down.


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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780525427575
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Published: Viking - February 13th, 2018

In the face of populist threats from the left and right, Pinker highlights the need to rediscover Enlightenment values such as reason, science, and progress. So much of the world has been pulled out of slavery, poverty and superstition as countries have adopted these ideas and Pinker argues they are more essential than ever. It's eye opening and easy to read.


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The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Princeton Economic History of the Western World #69) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780691165028
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Published: Princeton University Press - January 24th, 2017

Scheidel's brilliant review of inequality from the stone age to today is essential reading. Humans have tried every political system imaginable to try to reduce inequality. You'll learn about what worked and what didn't in this uniquely fact based exploration of the gap in wealth and income.


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Truck Full of Ducks Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338129366
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 27th, 2018

Kids love this book at story time! Maybe that's because the book is super funny, lighthearted, and something you can read over and over. Zany ducks (and duck vendors), one ridiculous plot, and sugar-sweet graphics make this one an inevitable classic.


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Niblet & Ralph Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735227910
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Published: Dial Books - June 5th, 2018

It's the heartwarming story of two stray cats bringing two families together. I loved the buoyant colors, the rich settings, and how how the two stories spun into one in the end.


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What Do You Do with a Chance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943200733
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - February 6th, 2018

This is a beautiful, inspirational book that we absolutely love. The symbolism touches young and old alike. It's a beautiful story of reaching for your dreams and bearing the adversity along the way. An adventure awaits as one abandons fear and meets a chance!


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Ohio Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501174476
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 21st, 2018

Ohio is pitch black dark, beautiful, and unputdownable. It's an accurate portrayal of post-911 America under the skin. Opiatic teenage love, bittersweet nostalgia, and the pros and cons of war are all amalgamated in this brilliant, shocking mystery.


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Here, George! Cover Image
By Sandra Boynton, George Booth (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534429642
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Published: Little Simon - May 2018

I loved the brilliant drawings, subtle humour, and lighthearted feel of this book. George the dog makes you laugh and melts your heart at the same time. There are guffaws for all ages in these pages.


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Monstrous Devices Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451478580
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2018

Alex and his grandfather race through the streets of Paris and Prague to retrieve a mystical relic from the forces of evil. Beautiful writing, flashes of Indiana Jones, and several mind bending twists round out this well-paced, thrilling adventure.


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The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780061253713
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 7th, 2007

This is the story of Lenin's fairy tale meat grinder. What's that? You never heard about it in school? You'll get a sense of it after you read this masterfully written expose, though. Spoiler alert: It was real communism, you farm-to-table rabbits.


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How to Stop Time Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525522874
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Published: Viking - February 6th, 2018

500 year-old Tom is desperately trying to find his long-lost daughter, one of a handful of people on earth with the same rare condition. While the story takes place across vast stretches of time and place, Matt Haig skillfully weaves everything together into addictive, bite-size chapters.


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Whatshisface Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338200164
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 8th, 2018

Whatshisface is an action-packed, high-tech ghost story. Cooper Vega is at yet another new school because his father is in the military. He has the problem of making new friends and dealing with the school bully. To top it all off he's got to figure out why on earth his smartphone is possessed by a Victorian-era poltergeist! Packed with mystery and a little bit of humor, plus a cool introduction to Shakespeare.


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The Road to Wigan Pier Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780156767507
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Published: Mariner Books - October 18th, 1972

George Orwell exposes the conditions of the English working class in the 1930's in this very well written work. He travels to the north of England and lives with the miners under conditions of absolute squalor, including having to crawl to work every day in pitch black tunnels. A socialist, Orwell wrestles with his own political ideas and the highly problematic middle-class followers of socialism in the second part of the book.


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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780425284629
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Published: Random House - February 27th, 2018

Master of risk management Taleb calls out intellectual yet idiots, pseudo-scientists, and interventionistas. Fans of politics, finance, or uber-complex problem solving will find a treasure trove of insights. Arrogant, yet scathingly accurate.


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The Ensemble: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735214767
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 15th, 2018

Well-timed twists, messy romance, and deeply-flawed characters make Ensemble hard to put down. Gabel lists each chamber piece at the start of a section. As you listen to at least one song from the book while you read, the music melts with the text for an awesome effect.


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The Monk of Mokha Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781101947319
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Published: Knopf - January 30th, 2018

If Mokhtar's coffee is nearly as irresistible as this tale about his adventures, I'm sold. I learned about the ancient roots of Yemeni coffee, the struggle to bring a product to market in the middle of a civil war, and what it takes to realize long-lost dreams.


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The Immortalists Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213180
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

Four siblings learn of their fate from an old fortune teller. This life-changing experience lingers in their minds through adulthood. The characters, settings, and themes are rich and pull you in. The dynamic between friends and family as they struggle between destiny and free will makes for a very entertaining read.


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For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs Cover Image
By Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson (Introduction by), Robert James (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780743259989
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Published: Scribner Book Company - December 2003

Perry Nelson is an average engineer who blows out a car tire and hurtles off the edge of a cliff in late 1930's California. Miraculously, he wakes up in 2086 confronted with a technologically and culturally alien society. Part philosophical experiment, part adventure story, Heinlein's long-lost first novel is a little too old school for some, but hits the right notes for dedicated fans.


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You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780062567581
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Published: HarperBusiness - December 26th, 2017

I finally learned how to make a budget after reading this book. Mecham's process is simple, it's used by thousands of people from all walks of life and it works. While parts of the book are slow, the overall message is solid and you don't have to make huge changes to see a big difference.


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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735210622
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 9th, 2018

Daniel Pink provides a practical time-based toolkit for boosting productivity, performance, and motivation. You'll learn instantly useable science-based life hacks drawn from business, psychology, and chronobiology.


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You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101885802
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

Tannen shows us the many risks and rewards women experience in their friendships with other women. Bringing together a variety of voices across cultures and age groups, Tannen shows the common threads that bind, and common troubles that strain, womens' friendships.


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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781455570249
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 4th, 2017

McRaven's inspirational book is part autobiography, part self-help masterpiece. Drawing from experience at the highest levels in military, his direct style shows us simple ways to improve our lives, starting with the often overlooked morning ritual that's this book's namesake.


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The Golden House: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399592829
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 5th, 2018

When a promising young filmmaker takes an interest in the life of Nero Golden, an enigmatic billionaire who just escaped his far-off homeland and moved into a quiescent street in New York City with his three adult sons, the unthinkable happens. The Golden House will make you shiver when you read it because it's so scary how well it describes the injustices, hope, and vice of our times. Rushdie is daring and absolutely spot on in his appreciation of our modern condition.


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The Golden House: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399592805
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Published: Random House - September 5th, 2017

When a promising young filmmaker takes an interest in the life of Nero Golden, an enigmatic billionaire who just escaped his far-off homeland and moved into a quiescent street in New York City with his three adult sons, the unthinkable happens. The Golden House will make you shiver when you read it because it's so scary how well it describes the injustices, hope, and vice of our times. Rushdie is daring and absolutely spot on in his appreciation of our modern condition.


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The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon #16) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062320223
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Published: Harper - July 12th, 2016

The Poverty of Historicism (Routledge Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780415278461
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Published: Routledge - March 31st, 2002

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780684846842
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Published: Scribner - September 1970

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981605
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

Duhigg explores the mechanics behind the millions of processes that invisibly dictate much of our day-to-day lives. Using studies from science and business, Duhigg shows how these processes are born and why it so often is the case that they continue their course unaltered for the rest of our lives. He also includes an invaluably helpful summary and checklist to help us shape our habits.


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Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (Routledge Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780415285940
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Published: Routledge - August 11th, 2002

How do we know in the realm of science when we have gained knowledge, when we have gone beyond what we currently know? This subtle and deeply fascinating question has plagued the world of philosophy of science for thousands of years. Karl Popper takes on the challenge of answering this question with an impressive breadth of knowledge and mesmerizingly-lucid writing: You might soon forget you’ve just finished reading a philosophy book.


Everything Is Awkward Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780399549847
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

Everything is Awkward is a hilarious and heart-warming look at life's precious, preposterous, and priceless moments.


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Brighton: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062442970
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Published: Ecco - June 14th, 2016

If you like crime novels, you'll love reading this gritty and thrilling novel by Michael Harvey. Set in the streets of Boston's Brighton neighborhood, this book is intense, violent, and full of surprises that all resolve in a heart-pounding finale.


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By Sun Tzu, Thomas Cleary (Translated by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781590302255
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Published: Shambhala - January 11th, 2005

If you like history, military tactics, or psychology, you'll love this book. In this particular translation of the classic, you get the chance to read the thoughts of master strategists as they interpret each section of the book.


The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft (Chartwell Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780785834205
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Published: Chartwell Books - July 2016