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Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780393082067
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 6th, 2013

Put on your thinking cap for this cleverly written tome by one of the world's leading thinkers. Daniel Dennett provides us with a philosophers feast of puzzlers, leading us through some of the thornier issues in modern philosophy: language, meaning, consciousness, evolution, and free will. Written with great wit and insight. A great wat to ratiocinate. More fun than it might sound!


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Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780871403599
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - April 8th, 2013

Have you ever wondered why there is something rather than nothing? Holt sets out to explore what William James called "the darkest question in philosophy" in this profound and fascinating work of research and rumination, tracing the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern times. Irresistible for armchair philosophers.


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The Shining Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345806789
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Published: Anchor Books - August 27th, 2013

The past never really goes away. It always finds a way to come back and
haunt us. Nobody knows this better than King, a master storyteller. In
the closed Overlook hotel, the demons of the past team up with the
demons of addiction to wreak havoc on the Torrance family, staying as
caretakers for the brutal winter season with a son whose gift soon
becomes a curse.


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Thinking in Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316187367
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 15th, 2014

A brilliant collection of essays in which one of the greatest living minds contemplates the subject of life as filtered through the lens of mathematics, helping us to  explore some of the more surprising links between math, science, literature, and poetry. A treasure of wondrous observations from an autistic savant synesthete who possesses a mastery of language.


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Fernando Pessoa and Co.: Selected Poems Cover Image
By Fernando Pessoa, Richard Zenith (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802136275
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Published: Grove Press - April 1st, 1999

Who is Fernando Pessoa? Ask a hundred of his heteronyms (or pseudonyms)
and you'll get a hundred differing impressions of this fractured soul.
Three of his most impressive and prolific literary personas, along with
"Pessoa-Himself," are represented here, with a brilliant introduction by
Zenith, who did the translation.


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Ruefle, a virtuoso poet and essayist, is one of the most talented and respected writers working today. And she's local, living in Bennington and teaching at Vermont College in Montpelier (arguably the best low-residency MFA creative writing program in the world). This volume collects her startling lectures as essays. And check out her selected poems.
Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781933517575
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Published: Wave Books - August 7th, 2012

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Welcome to the bizarre world of the macabre, the world of the gothic, first created by Poe and handed down to the likes of Borges and Murakami, and now governed by the strange and beautiful fiction of Yoko Ogawa. Here, for your creepy enjoyment, are eleven twisted tales to slake your thirst for the strange.
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312674465
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Published: Picador USA - January 29th, 2013

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Doyle's ear for dialogue is without equal. If you appreciate a writer who can weave hilarity and great emotional depth of character within the same story than you might try these stories, many of which first appeared in the New Yorker, by one of the best writers working today.
Bullfighting: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670022878
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Published: Viking Adult - April 28th, 2011

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Gilbert is one of the true masters of verse. His various modes of writing poems reveals the breadth of his singular talent. But it is the intensity of experience -- the poetry of a life lived -- where he truly shines. His collections are awesome!
Collected Poems Cover Image
$40.60
ISBN: 9780307269683
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 13th, 2012

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A brilliant first-person account (eloquently told in the third-person point of view) of how the life of one of our greatest writers became transformed into a surreal nightmare following the call for his death by the Supreme Leader of Iran, in response to Rushdie's novel, which dealt with the interesting and little-known origins of Islam. Gripping and quite terrifying.
Joseph Anton: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812992786
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Published: Random House - September 18th, 2012

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