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Read: Karan Mahajan's The Association of Small Bombs ... We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama ... W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose ... Roxane Gay's Difficult Women ... Chip and Joanna Gaines's The Magnolia Story ... Malcolm Nance's The Plot to Hack America ... Listen: La La Land Soundtrack ... Tony Bennett ... Run the Jewels ... Regina Spektor ... Watch: Sully ... Sherlock ... The Birth of a Nation ... New Year Closeout Sale and more.


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The Association of Small Bombs
By Karan Mahajan

National Book Award Finalist

News of bombs exploding in markets and stadiums and busy streets seems to pop up every day, but Karan Mahajan's novel picks up where the headlines leave off. Set in Delhi, the novel begins with the death of two young brothers in a crowded marketplace — victims of a small bomb left by a radical group. The boys' close friend, Mansoor, survives, but Mahajan traces the difficult path set out for him in the bomb's aftermath. He also follows the brothers' grieving parents and the bomb-maker himself.

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We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama
Edited by E.J. Dionne Jr., Joy-Ann Reid

We Are the Change We Seek is a collection of Barack Obama's 26 greatest addresses: beginning with his 2002 speech opposing the Iraq War and closing with his final speech before the United Nations in September 2016. These speeches span Obama's career — from his time in state government through to the end of his tenure as president — and the issues most important to our time: war, inequality, race relations, gun violence and human rights.

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Transcript and Analysis: Obama Addresses the Nation in Farewell Speech

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A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans
By W. Bruce Cameron

Cats supposedly have nine lives — what if dogs did? Bruce Cameron’s best-selling novel imagines a dog who is reincarnated again and again, and who narrates the stories of the many families who take him in, whether he’s a search-and-rescue dog or a mutt.

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25 books becoming movies in 2017

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Difficult Women
By Roxane Gay

A collection of stories explores the hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky human connections experienced by diverse protagonists, including a woman who pretends she does not know that her husband and his identical twin switch places with each other.

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Roxane Gay on Good Men, Bad Men and Difficult Women

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The Magnolia Story
By Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Mark Dagostino

The husband-and-wife stars of the Fixer Upper show share the story of their life together, from how they met in Waco, Texas, to their success as entrepreneurs and TV personalities.

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HGTV Real Estate Stars Find Yet Another Home in Print

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The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election
By Malcolm Nance

New York Times best-selling author and career intelligence officer Malcolm Nance’s fast-paced real-life spy thriller takes you from Vladimir Putin’s rise through the KGB from junior officer to spymaster-in-chief and spells out the story of how he performed the ultimate political manipulation — convincing Donald Trump to abandon 70 years of American foreign policy.

The Roundtable:
Counterterrorism Expert Malcolm Nance

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La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

2017 Oscar Golden Globe Winner: Best Original Score, Best Original Song

Composed and orchestrated by Justin Hurwitz, the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film La La Land features vocal performances from the film’s stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, with lyrics written by Pasek and Paul.

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La La Land Breaks Golden Globe Record

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Tony Bennett Celebrates 90
By Tony Bennett

In August of 2016, the one and only Tony Bennett celebrated the milestone occasion of his 90th birthday. This album is the companion to Tony's birthday celebration event, that was filmed in front of a live audience at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on September 15th, 2016. This celebration featured performances by Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Kevin Spacey, Tony Bennett and many others. Additionally, performances by Billy Joel and Elton John were taped at alternate locations and appear on the album.

Here & Now:
At 90, Singing Legend Tony Bennett Feels Like He's "Just Starting Out"

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Run the Jewels 3
By Run the Jewels

"In the years between RTJ2 and RTJ3, a soundtrack of brutal honesty about our country's state of affairs — with a conclusion to blow up the status quo, smoke weed in public and party on top of the rubble — sounds a lot less fringy. A lot of music with that message ends up repetitive and hopeless. Run The Jewels' strength has been in taking El-P's nihilistic views and coupling them with Killer Mike's focus on self-reliance, courage and the increased importance of local networks in the face of big national crises." — Sean McPherson, Host, The Current

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DJ Pick of the Week: Jade — Run the Jewels, "Legend Has It"

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Remember Us to Life
By Regina Spektor

“Regina Spektor,” wrote Rolling Stone, “has become her generation’s Joni Mitchell — a singer-songwriter who nail-guns emotional truths between wisecracks.” Born in the Soviet Union, she and her family moved to the U.S. when Regina was nine. She started writing songs as a teenager and went on to graduate from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. She admits to having trouble describing her sound, but her fans have no problem lining up to hear it.

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Sully

Tom Hanks will guest host Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! this weekend (January 14/15)

Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of heroic airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, re-enacting his incredible successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 full of passengers on the Hudson River.

The Frame:
Clint Eastwood & Tom Hanks want to prove grown-up movies are worth making

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Sherlock: Series Four

Season four begins with the mercurial Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), back once more on British soil as Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife Mary (Amanda Abbington) prepare for their biggest challenge yet: becoming parents.

Co-creators, writers and executive producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss say: “Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street, and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and terror and tragedy are looming. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning and it’s about to reach its climax.”

Monkey See:
Pop Culture Happy Hour: Sherlock

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The Birth of a Nation

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities — against himself and his fellow slaves — Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Code Switch:
Nate Parker's Past, His Present, and the Future of Birth of a Nation

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New Year Closeout Sale
New Year Closeout Sale


To kick off 2017, we are featuring incredible web-only deals on many favorites from years past! These are closeout, limited-quantity items that we have further dropped in price as we move to clean out the warehouse so that we can bring in fresh, new merchandise for your enjoyment! You can view the complete list of web deals here.


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The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

Talking Volumes:
Kerri Millers talks with Erin Morgenstern

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The Complete Star Wars Trilogy: The Original NPR Radio Dramas

This landmark recording, originally broadcast on National Public Radio, features an expanded storyline with additional scenes and characters not in the films, enhanced with music and sound effects from the films. Performers on the recording include film cast members Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), with the additional voice talents of Ann Sachs, Perry King, Brock Peters, Paul Hecht, John Lithgow, Ayre Gross, Joshua Fardon, Ed Asner, David Dukes, Peter Michael Goetz, David Birney, Ed Begley Jr., and many others.

All Things Considered:
That Time NPR Turned Star Wars Into a Radio Drama — And It Actually Worked

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Forever Man
By Eric Clapton

Legendary songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and 19-time Grammy Award-winner Eric Clapton's newest "Best of" compilation features 51 tracks over three CDs, spanning three decades of Clapton’s Reprise Records years and featuring classic studio tracks and a Blues-themed disc.

The collection traces much of Clapton’s career featuring the Grammy Award-winning tracks "Change the World," "Tears In Heaven," "Bad Love” and includes materials from Eric’s Grammy Award-winning albums From the Cradle and Unplugged. Guest performers include B.B. King and J.J. Cale.

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Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll: Clapton After "Cocaine"

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A show about clinical depression ... with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better.

Episode #1: Peter Sagal Opens Up: The longtime host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me has battled depression for much of his life but has never gone public with that struggle until now. Sagal recently went through what was for him a very painful and very messy divorce. He shares how he’s been able to move on and host a weekly comedy program even as his life was falling apart. Some of the methods: keeping very busy and listening to Amy Poehler. We also hear from Peter Sagal’s friend, the neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, on what helps and hurts a depressed person’s brain in times of crisis.



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