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Forgotten Bookmarks: The Secret Life of Second-Hand Books
Forgotten Bookmarks: The Secret Life of Second-Hand Books

From Paul Rand to Hitler, or what Jane Austen has to do with shopping lists and Valentines.

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The 11 Best History Books of 2011
The 11 Best History Books of 2011

What African drum languages have to do with women’s emancipation, radioactivity, and the future of the web.

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Gay in America: A Photographic Tapestry of Faceted Humanity
Gay in America: A Photographic Tapestry of Faceted Humanity

A cultural leap forward, or what Alaskan fishermen, Oregonian fathers, and NYC artists have in common.

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The Natural History of Evolution, in Stunning Black-and-White Photographs of Animal Skeletons
The Natural History of Evolution, in Stunning Black-and-White Photographs of Animal Skeletons

What a flamingo, a capybara, and a guinea pig have to do with the beginnings of recorded time.

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A Mosaic Time-Lapse Visualization of the Sky for an Entire Year
A Mosaic Time-Lapse Visualization of the Sky for an Entire Year

Syncing the celeste, or how to touch the fabric of time.

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The 11 Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2011
The 11 Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2011

Illustrated correspondence, rock’n’roll, and what an old Kurt Vonnegut has to do with a young Hemingway.

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Alter Ego: Portraits of Gamers Next to Their Avatars
Alter Ego: Portraits of Gamers Next to Their Avatars

The real humanity of virtual worlds, or what imaginary public personas reveal about private personhood.

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The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: 100 Years of Polar Mystery
The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: 100 Years of Polar Mystery

What ponies and glaciers have to do with London bars.

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The 11 Best Photography Books of 2011
The 11 Best Photography Books of 2011

What the world’s last living nomads have to do with Victorian strongwomen, tweed, and the unseen Beatles.

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Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women
Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women

Exploring gender identity and cultural disposition through rare archival images from 1800-1980.

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