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I, Pencil: A Brilliant Vintage Allegory of How Everything Is Connected
I, Pencil: A Brilliant Vintage Allegory of How Everything Is Connected

“If you can become aware of the miraculousness which I symbolize, you can help save the freedom mankind is so unhappily losing.”

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Gorgeous 19th-Century Illustrations of Owls and Ospreys
Gorgeous 19th-Century Illustrations of Owls and Ospreys

The science of the familiar “owl-face” and the art of its varied permutations.

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Charlotte Brontë on Faith and Atheism
Charlotte Brontë on Faith and Atheism

A specimen from the fossil record of Truth and Reason.

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Illustrated Story of Eccentric Genius and Lovable Oddball Paul Erdos
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Illustrated Story of Eccentric Genius and Lovable Oddball Paul Erdos

How a prodigy of primes became the Magician from Budapest before he learned how to butter his own bread.

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How to Change Minds: Blaise Pascal on the Art of Persuasion
How to Change Minds: Blaise Pascal on the Art of Persuasion

“People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.”

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A Lovely Illustrated Children’s Book Celebrating Trailblazing Jazz Pianist and Composer Mary Lou Williams
A Lovely Illustrated Children’s Book Celebrating Trailblazing Jazz Pianist and Composer Mary Lou Williams

How an extraordinary woman transformed bullying into beautiful music and came to lift the spirits of millions.

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