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Update 2: Just got a new hat. Please compliment him on it. A white baseball cap with black rim. 

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship, A Toltec Wisdom Book By Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills Cover Image
ISBN: 9781878424426
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Published: Amber-Allen Publishing - March 30th, 1999

This is a very basic guide to the fear-based reactions and assumptions that can undermine "love" in all relationships (including with onself). This was a paradigm shifter for me. The language he uses is so much more digestible than your typical "self-help" book, it's almost as if he is writing to an adoluscent audience.

No Country for Old Men (Vintage International) By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375706677
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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2006

A modern western set in south Texas. Having seen the film adaptation beforehand, it was my first stereotypical "the book is better than the movie" experience. Raw and stark, in McCarthy's unique, nearly punctuation-less style.

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356182
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 6th, 2018

A selection of nine separate stories from the classical Norse myths. Equal parts dark, playful, and suspenseful. Brilliant narration and humorous dialogue betweenn the gods that makes for a gripping read.

Pastoralia By George Saunders Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573228725
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 1st, 2001

These stories produced more audible laughter than any book I’ve read. Saunders is a master of self-conscious inner dialogue and uncomfortable interpersonal communication. The stories vary widely.

The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

First released at the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, these eloquent and passionate writings gave a voice to the emerging Civil Rights Movement of the mid 60's and remains painfully relevant today.

The Buried Giant (Vintage International) By Kazuo Ishiguro Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455796
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Published: Vintage - January 5th, 2016

A mystical tale set in medieval Britain following an elderly couple on a journey to find their son. The more people they meet along the way, the more sinister the plot becomes, all revolving around a mysterious mist in the land that affects all individuals' memory.

The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel By Paul Beatty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312280192
Published: Picador - May 4th, 2001

A coming-of-age story of a nerdy black surf bum who relocates with his mother from the beach of Santa Monica to urban west LA. Beatty has the ability to morph dark realities into hilarious dialogue.

A Little History of the World (Little Histories) By E. H. Gombrich, Clifford Harper (Illustrator) Cover Image
By E. H. Gombrich, Clifford Harper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780300143324
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Published: Yale University Press - October 7th, 2008

Written in 1935 by a 26-year-old who had just finished his PhD in art history. 60 years later, Gombrich translated it himself from German to English in his early 90's. I just recently found out that it was actually meant to appeal to kids. Not sure what that says about my reading comprehensionj skills, but I'm still keeping it on my shelf cuz it's good.

Other Voices, Other Rooms (Vintage International) By Truman Capote Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679745648
Published: Vintage - February 1st, 1994

Capote's first novel. A semi-biograpical story of a boy sent off to live with his father on a former plantation in rural Mississippi after his mother dies. A lil spooky.

Matty Matheson: Home Style Cookery: A Home Cookbook By Matty Matheson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419747489
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 29th, 2020

I find Matty very humorous, and his cooking is powerful. I love the comprehensive list of stocks at the beginning. They kind of become the backbone of the book. This book is geared toward more everyday cooking enjoyers as opposed to his first book which seemed to assume I had a culinary arts degree...

The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East By J. R. Irvin (Introduction by), Carl a. P. Ruck (Foreword by), Jan Irvin (Introduction by) Cover Image
By J. R. Irvin (Introduction by), Carl a. P. Ruck (Foreword by), Jan Irvin (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780982556276
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(This book cannot be returned)
Published: Gnostic Media Research & Publishing - November 12th, 2009

When Allegro, a scholar on the Dead Sea Scrolls, released this book in 1970, it cost him his role as a collegee professor. These are his theories on early Judeo-Christianity's origins after years of research and deciphering of the Scrolls. This is a 2009 revised version after public reconsideration of his studies.