Staff Picks

One Night Only

One Night Only

The self-titled second album from Yorkshire-based rock band One Night Only is rife with catchy guitar hooks, irresistible melodies and anthemic choruses. Claim to fame: Emma Watson (Hermione of the Harry Potter film series) stars in the video for the album's standout track, "Say You Don't Want It". Recommended if you like The Killers, Oasis, The Strokes, Pulp.

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Golden Gate

Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge

Kevin Starr’s engrossing new history, Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge, tells the rich story of the massive public works project in a tidy 200 pages. It makes for a wonderful and never sluggish overview—complete with fine reproductions of paintings and photographs—that nevertheless contains many enlightening details. A small wonder in its own right. San Francisco Chronicle

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The Art of the Steal

The Art of the Steal

Founded in 1922 by wealthy American drug developer and art collector Albert C. Barnes, the Barnes Foundation became the finest collection of paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh and other masters. Housed in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, the Barnes Foundation was envisioned by Barnes as an art school, not a public museum, but ever since Barnes' death in 1951, the fight over its future has been underway. (Amazon)

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Other People's Rejection Letters

Other People's Rejection Letters: Relationship Enders, Career Killers, and 150 Other Letters You'll Be Glad You Didn't Receive

 "A new anthology of career failure, romantic relationship disasters, cute letdowns, and outrageously nasty trash talk" (Boston Herald)

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Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

The Definitive Gold Box Edition contains all 29 episodes plus the original pilot of the cult classic David Lynch-directed TV show. 

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Mango languages

Mango Languages

Mango is an easy to use, online language-learning system that can help you learn Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.

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Undateable

Undateable

Undateable takes the reader on an itemized (and often hilarious) journey through the traits, behaviors, and fashion faux pas that can render an otherwise decent man "undateable." From excessive use of hair products to sporting socks with sandals, Undateable serves up an educational, if facetious, examination of some of the most objectionable roadblocks to male dating success.

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Broken Embraces

Broken Embraces (Abrazos Rotas)

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar (Volver, Talk to Her)is back with another of his inimitable films about love, loss, and the transformative power of art. 

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brat pack book

You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation

The phrase was coined by David Blum in the headline "Hollywood's Brat Pack," heralding his cover story for the June 10, 1985, issue of New York magazine with its cover photo of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and Judd Nelson.

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High Violet

The National - High Violet

For years, loving the National’s music has often meant reveling in the twinge of pain that comes when someone else manages to perfectly pin down and dissect a little piece of your psyche, which is why fans can get so inarticulate when trying to talk about what’s great about the band.

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a serious man

A Serious Man

Joel and Ethan Coen make movies like nobody else's, but even by their standards A Serious Man is in a class by itself: a complete original that's one of the brothers' best.

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frankmusik

Frankmusik - Complete Me

They always say you've been writing your first album all your life. As a result, this one is awash with varying influences and sounds, all derived from electro and pop in their foundations but each still quite significantly different from another.

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World Wide Rave

What happens when people can't stop talking online about you, your company, and your products? A World Wide Rave is born that can propel a brand or company to seemingly instant fame and fortune. How do you create one? By learning the secret to getting links, YouTube, Facebook, and blog buzz to drive eager buyers to your virtual doorstep. For free. (Amazon)

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United States of Tara

United States of Tara

Despite the boldfaced names behind the scenes -- Steven Spielberg! Diablo Cody! -- it's the woman at its center who ensures "United States of Tara" is more than a gimmick with a cutesy name. By turns oozing sexuality, vulnerability and confusion, Toni Collette gives Showtime's latest half-hour its buoyant pulse

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Precious

Precious

The scene is Harlem, New York, in 1987. Teenager Claireece Precious Jones (played by newcomer Gabourey Sibide in an absolutely fearless performance) is dirt poor, morbidly obese, semiliterate, and pregnant for the second time

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