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Hieronymus Bosch. the Complete Works Cover Image
ISBN: 9783836538503
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Published: Taschen - May 23rd, 2016

At the risk of distracting one's own interpretation of Bosch's work with my own analysis, I will instead implore you to pick up this book and marvel at the beautiful, small, surreal stories going on in each painting. 

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ISBN: 9780156332255
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Published: Mariner Books -

Memory and time cyclically entwined with mood. It will leave the lasting impression of familiarity. 

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American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143122029
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

Most of us have some sort of a grasp on the excitement and horrific history of the early America's during the European Conquest. Woodward looks at these events from the past and shows why areas in the America's have specific attitudes and outlooks that have carried over into modern times. 

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Downwind: A People's History of the Nuclear West Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496207661
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Published: Bison Books - October 1st, 2018

This book will leave you questioning everything the government has told you about the lasting effects of nuclear testing during the Cold War on the people and the environment. 

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Gyurme Dorje (Translated by), Graham Coleman (Editor), Thupten Jinpa (Editor), Dalai Lama (Commentaries by)
ISBN: 9780143104940
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 30th, 2007

You don't have to belong to any religion to enjoy the imagery and spiritual nature of this book. Beautiful, lyrical and poetic. 

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ISBN: 9780345350688
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 12th, 1987

The most unmcompromising, honest and spiritual autobiography you'll ever read. 

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Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by the Films We Love (Turner Classic Movies) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762460939
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Published: Running Press Adult - December 27th, 2016

I am a sucker for any books published by TCM. This one is their classic dinner and a movie book. Pick one of your favorite classic Hollywood films and see what drinks/entrees pair well with them. Perfect for a romantic night in with a loved one!


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The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images Cover Image
ISBN: 9783836514484
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Published: Taschen - November 30th, 2010

This is the best encyclopedia of symbols and the meaning(s) behind them that you will ever find. This thing is phenomenal for inspiration of all sorts! I highly recommend this. 

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Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691165615
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 27th, 2015

This is a beautiful look into the life of Nikola Tesla and his inventions.  Carlson maps everything out in an intelligent and easily digestible manner. 

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ISBN: 9780735216105
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 8th, 2018

This deep-dive into the mechanics of time will blow your mind. 

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ISBN: 9780062360977
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Published: HarperOne - October 28th, 2014

When an American physicist has a discussion with an Indian philosopher, it's a guarantee that the conversation will be nothing short of thought-provoking. I urge you to read this, if only to get a different perspective on the world. 

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity: 10th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143130147
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Published: TarcherPerigee - September 6th, 2016

Yes, it's a book by the film director David Lynch. Sparse & minimal, Lynch explores the creative process by honing in on the idea of sparking the fire from within. Surrealism & Transcendental Meditation collide!

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Dance Dance Dance (Vintage International) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780679753797
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Published: Vintage - January 31st, 1995

A mystery wrapped in an enigma, smothered in serendipitous secret sauce... Dreams & nightmares dance with reality in this strange and suspenseful tale. A Sheep-Man on a non-existing floor in a eerie hotel. A young girl with psychic capabilities and a love for the Talking Heads (among other musical groups) tries to help the unnamed narrator find his lost love.—Josef

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Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950 (Turner Classic Movies) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762455232
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Published: Running Press Adult - May 24th, 2016

Simply put: This book is packed with absolutely gorgeous black & white stills from the Noir-era of crime films in the 40's/50's. My favorite book in the store. —Josef

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By Saul Bellow, Philip Roth (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780142437292
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

Reflections on past mistakes with friends, enemies, family and lovers through anecdotes and unsent letters, Moses Herzog sifts through the highs and lows of his life in order to understand what has brought him to his current state. Semi-autobiographical, humorous and painful, Bellow writes directly from the heart with bare honesty and emotion. —Josef

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The Occult: The Ultimate Guide for Those Who Would Walk with the Gods Cover Image
ISBN: 9781780288468
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Published: Watkins Publishing - November 24th, 2015

Wilson was an adamant believer in science. In an attempt to take a non-biased look at several historical accounts of occult related incidents, Wilson seems to turn a new leaf in his stance. (Non-Fiction book).—Josef

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By Jean-Paul Sartre, Richard Howard (Introduction by), Lloyd Alexander (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811217002
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Published: New Directions - May 23rd, 2007

When the things you enjoy in life start to make you sick, you are free to choose how to accept or reject everything.—Josef

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Despair (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679723431
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Published: Vintage - May 14th, 1989

A story of doubles & doppelgangers. Pay very close attention to each paragraph, sentence and word with this story because as soon as you think you've figured everything out, Nabokov turns everything upside down. The key is to look beneath the surface. A perfect example of the secrets within the wordplay is held within the title itself.—Josef

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Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented the American Independent Film Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401352493
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Published: Miramax Books - January 1st, 2006

John Cassavetes was a pioneer in American film-making. The way we view contemporary cinema has much to do with his approach to the medium. Risking his career, business connections and even his own home, Cassavetes persevered in order to tell the stories of human relationships in a way that was lacking significantly during Golden Age of Hollywood.—Josef