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These are our must-reads for 2015. Seriously you have to read them. If you don't we're placing a curse on you and your entire family. By reading this description you've agreed to our terms and conditions. Happy reading!

When a prominent member of Personville is murdered, an unamed Continental OP sets out to solve the case. Along the way he uncovers much more than just the murderer; corruption and violence plague the town, making it clear why it’s nicknamed “Poisonville”. He sets his sights on cleaning up the town, but can one man really make a difference? Can he even stay unaffected by its toxicity? What appears at first to be a straightforward murder mystery soon shows itself to be much more complex. In Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett takes a step away from Golden Age detective fiction and brings to life a dark, gritty tale where the initial crime is only the tip of the iceberg. It is a novel completely done in grey-scale. The lines of good and evil are so blurred it forces you to reconsider what has always seemed clear. From capitalism to gender roles, Hammett covers it all, while keeping it tied to an enthralling plot. This novel gives you more than just the fun and thrills of the detective genre, and it’ll get readers thinking far beyond the page. "This book's cover art is insightful and unique- the perfect choice!" - The New York Times
Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle is an intelligently funny and satirical novel that is as relevant today as it was when it was written. The narrator, who asks us to call him Jonah, details his spiritual journey to becoming a member of Bokononism- a strange, new religion that centers itself around one fundamental truth: untruths are the key to happiness. Ironically, the igniter of this journey is scientist Felix Hoenikker, the creator of the atom bomb. When Jonah discovers what seems to be a scientific impossibility just might exist, he goes on a quest to find answers. Along the way he finds himself rethinking no just the scientific world but the spiritual one as well. Vonnegut shows the destructive power of both science and religion, erasing the tired narrative of one needing to triumph over the other. Questions of happiness- how to achieve it and what it costs- are also scattered throughout the book, making this a read for just about any person. “Bokonism is like, the coolest religion ever man” - My stoner neighbor “In a world where science and religion are always pitted against each other, it’s nice to bring them together so we can make fun of both”- Saime Jchoshinski
Have you ever wondered what the life of a steelworker was like? Or a strip miner? Or a factory mechanic? Probably not, but you should. These people have fascinating lives with thoughts and emotions as complex as your own. Now you probably have wondered about the lives of hookers, firefighters, and baseball players, and that can also be found in this book. In Studs Terkel's Working does real interviews with real people across the country, and across social and financial barriers. But it isn’t the differences between these people that will really shock you, it’s the similarities. In a country that lauds individuality above all else, it is easy to forget just how much in common we as humans have. By bringing all these personal testimonies together Terkel does much more than just comment on working in America, he comments on this capitalist, individualist society we now live in and what that means for the average American. “This book is way better than the musical!”- Doug Greenfield
Fast-forward to a time where corporations have taken over everything from jails to highways. To a time where the virtual world is as popular as the real one. To a time when pizza is always delivered in under 30 minutes. This is the world Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash takes place in. Hiro Protagonist, a katana wielding hacker, is a big deal in the metaverse, but in reality he can barely afford the storage unit he lives in. When he meets Y.T., a rebellious, cocky, teenage girl, an unlikely friendship forms and the two team up to learn more about Snow Crash, a mysterious new drug. They soon get sucked into something much bigger than they ever imagined and as the stakes grow, so does the danger. While this story has the exciting adventure feel that most cyberpunk books do, it goes deeper than that. Though this world has technology that can only be dreamt of, racism, sexism, and classism still run rampant. Are these inescapable features of human society? Can we ever evolve past them? Stephenson brings readers to a world that might at first seem drastically different from their own, but that notion is soon brought into question, along with whether this is what the future holds. “There wasn’t a whole lot of snow or crashes but it was still a pretty good book” - “By juxtaposing high-tech gizmos with archaic social barriers, Stephenson questions what really constitutes as human advancement”- The New York Times
Leslie Jamison’s voice in The Empathy Exams is bold and enticing; a combination that reels you in and keeps you there. She begins by describing her experiences as a medical actor- a person who is paid to act out symptoms so that medical students can practice diagnosing patients. Soon, though, the line between her acting and her real life experiences blur. Her candid and unapologetic account of her own physical and emotional issues feels authentic because it is. It allows for a deep connection between the reader and the author and provides real life context for the complex themes she discusses. Of these themes the most prevalent is the one referenced in the title: Empathy. What is empathy? Do you have to understand what a person is going through to emphasize with them? Do people in pain even want others to emphasize with them? Pulling from her experience as a medical actor, and the empathy exams medical students are given to make sure their bed-side manner is sufficient, and her personal problems, Jamison brings these discussions to life and portrays them in a way that had not been done before. “Jamison provides the perfect mix between the narrative and the abstract concepts to keep the reader engaged but also thinking outside the story itself” - The New York Times
Have you just been made the ruler of a large kingdom? Do you have no idea what to do now? Then you’re in luck because this is the book for you. In his book The Prince, Machiavelli lays out what you need to do to be the perfect prince. He covers many topics including becoming a ruler, staying a ruler, conquering new lands, controlling the military, and creating a good relationship with the citizens. Perhaps the most famous question that has arisen from this book is whether you would rather be feared or loved. But this is far from the only philosophical question Machiavelli poses in this book. Do the ends justify the means? How much lasting power does luck have? How do you win people over? Does religion have a place in the ruling class? Even if you’re not planning on ruling a nation one day, the political and philosophical debates in this book are rich enough that it is worth a read anyway. “When my grandmother told me I was princess of Genovia the first thing I did was read this book. 10/10 would use to secure the rule of a nation again” - Mia Thermopolis “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me” - Michael Scott’s answer to Machiavelli
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