Palo Alto by Malcolm Harris

Staff Pick

Palo Alto, the town, is the perfect synecdoche for understanding America. Built at the furthest end of the contiguous American empire as a suburb to the launching point of imperial adventures that would define this country’s place in the 20th century, Palo Alto was the testing ground for countless technologies (including a revolutionizing horse breeding facility). Palo Alto, the book, starts punching on its first page and does not let up for the remaining 635--it's to a town what The Power Broker was to Moses: definitive and gripping!

Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World By Malcolm Harris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316592017
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 19th, 2024

The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow

Staff Pick

Graeber was an uncommon figure in academia: a great thinker with a clear perspective who engagingly expressed important ideas without dumbing them down. Wengrow matches his co-author's ferocity, and together they tear down misconceptions and commonplace nonsense that has infected our dim understanding of the peoples of the past. This utterly transformative book tells the truth about the myriad and surprising ways that societies have existed. By exposing what was, Graeber and Wengrow focus on what can be--and it is beautiful.

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ISBN: 9781250858801
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Published: Picador - April 4th, 2023

Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis

Staff Pick

Why were we made? If those that made us are monsters, would that make us monsters too? This incredible first novel asks big questions, and it does so through talking cybernetic dogs, mad scientists, shifting points of view, and a range of forms including letters, articles, historical records, and even opera. That Bakis is able to tell a brilliant story with such a bonkers premise is due to her unflinchingly confident prose, deeply interesting characters, and fully realized world.



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By Kirsten Bakis, Jeff VanderMeer (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374537142
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 9th, 2017