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A Strange Loop By Michael R. Jackson Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781559369930
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - January 19th, 2021

This musical pierces the veil of the “image” of gay culture to reveal the raw confusion + self-loathing familiar to any LGBT millenial, especially artistic ones. More importantly, it’s beyond hilarious + sheerly alive.

recommended if you like: 100 Boyfriends, Fun Home, + if you hate Tyler Perry


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A Year Without a Name: A Memoir By Cyrus Dunham Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316444972
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 1st, 2021

A jagged coming-of-gender story told with total vulnerability. The voice is astoundingly intelligent while staying grounded in the realm of feelings + introspection. Captivating.

recommended if you like: T. Kira Maddentruth


100 Boyfriends By Brontez Purnell Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374538989
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - February 2nd, 2021

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life By George Saunders Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9781984856029
Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021

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Turning Point: 1997-2008 By Hayao Miyazaki Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781974724505
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - March 16th, 2021

Delve into the fascinating inner workings of the animation master. These interviews are priceless. Wonderful essays and commentary and Miyazaki’s haikus for each of his characters are worth it alone. Geek out!

recommended if you like: genius artists, Japan


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Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity By Felicia Day Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982113223
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Published: Gallery Books - October 1st, 2019

For those who’ve always been jealous of the home-schooled! Geeky goddess Felicia Day shares her tips and tricks that only come from a lifelong bout of anxiety and obsessing over creativity. Yay!

recommended if you like: tactile, expressive self-exploration


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The Lonely Stories: 22 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Struggles of Being Alone By Natalie Eve Garrett (Editor) Cover Image
By Natalie Eve Garrett (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226608
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Published: Catapult - April 19th, 2022

Not the sexiest topic for a book of essays, but that’s possibly the brilliance. Truth + loneliness simply fit, and the best writers of today were clearly inspired, producing emotional, stupefying jewels.

recommended if you like: clarity, variety


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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life By Twyla Tharp Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780743235273
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 6th, 2006

This book is extremely useful for anyone who works on projects and gets overwhelmed. Tharp really makes the case for organization, consistency, and play using fantastic anecdotes and real talk.

recommended if you like: The Artist's Way


Dry: A Memoir By Augusten Burroughs Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250034403
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Published: Picador - April 23rd, 2013

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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir By T Kira Madden Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635574760
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

You'll want to spend a lot of time with this author's voice. Full of energy and insight, humor and pain. The entire tapestry of wild youth is presented in stark detail + ecstatic glee.

recommended if you like: voice-driven memoir


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Lost in Beirut: A True Story of Love, Loss and War By Ashe Stevens, Magdalena Stevens Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781737952473
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Published: Anounymous Inc - December 19th, 2021

This book is like a modern-day Casablanca on steroids. I could not put it down, feeling all the dramatic highs + lows along with the narrator. Memoir-as-summer blockbuster!

recommended if you like: a fight for love + glory


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Assassination Vacation By Sarah Vowell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780743260046
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2006

Come for the weird, esoteric details of presidential assassinations + stay for Vowell's hilarious analysis of them + expert tracking of their relevance for today. Plus a road trip!

recommended if you like: Sedaris, quirky history


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Desert Oracle: Volume 1: Strange True Tales from the American Southwest By Ken Layne Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250800350
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Published: Picador - December 7th, 2021

Stray off the trail with this perfectly uncanny guide to the desert. Read up on surreal facts, sobering legends, and wild characters - all told by a narrator that you will trust with your life (but try to hydrate!).

recommended if you like: Joshua Tree spooky tales


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Peter Pan (Puffin Chalk) By J. M. Barrie Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147508652
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Published: Puffin Books - July 11th, 2013

Often imitated, yet never duplicated - this classic text is filled with magical transformations, wish-fulfillment, + a sense of truth within every flight of fancy. Come play with Pan, Hook, + Tinker Bell!

recommended if you like: Alice in WonderlandOz


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The Westing Game: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition By Ellen Raskin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451480989
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Published: Puffin Books - May 15th, 2018

One of the best mystery stories ever - adult or child, doesn't matter. An engrossing tale with a cast of crazy characters who still stick with me 25 years later!

recommended if you like: playing Clue


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Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

The ultimate heartbreaking book - captures all those tragic feelings of self-denial, lust, and whirlwind love that it aches to even think about. Also will make you want to visit Paris immediately!

recommended if you like: Call Me by Your Name


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The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle, Patrick Rothfuss (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Peter S. Beagle, Patrick Rothfuss (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451450524
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Published: Ace - January 1st, 1991

One of those completely timeless tales that feels like it should be based on some ancient myth - but isn't. Can stand toe-to-toe with any fantasy classic + has the added bonus of knowing humor + poetic language.

recommended if you like: Neil Gaiman, Miyazaki movies


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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories By Raphael Bob-Waksberg Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525432722
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

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Invisible Man (Vintage International) By Ralph Ellison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

This absurdist, existential take on being Black in America will suck you in from the beginning with a raging narrator, twisted from his experiences. Beyond relevant. Beyond sharp. A ride.

recommended if you like: Dostoevsky, James Baldwin


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The Catch: A Novel By Alison Fairbrother Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593134290
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Published: Random House - June 21st, 2022

Fairbrother is one to watch. Her crisp, polished prose sucks the reader in, creating vivid scenes on each page. She also has a very light touch, with some heavy subject matter. A delight.

recommended if you like: daddy issues, funeral drama


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Stardust: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063070714
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 16th, 2021

A moody, melodic, adult fairy tale. Gaiman’s power to access the heart of what grips us about folklore & fantasy shines here. “Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel.

recommended if you like: Miyazaki, The Last Unicorn


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Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth By Hermann Hesse, Damion Searls (Translated by), James Franco (Foreword by), Ralph Freedman (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Hermann Hesse, Damion Searls (Translated by), James Franco (Foreword by), Ralph Freedman (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143106784
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 30th, 2013

A compact, superbly executed tale of inner-conflict, shadow selves, and soulful, existential dilemmas. Universal. Transcendent. Finding purpose in a purposeless world.

recommended if you like: the existential and absurd


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Steppenwolf: A Novel By Hermann Hesse, Basil Creighton (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hermann Hesse, Basil Creighton (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312278670
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Published: Picador - December 6th, 2002

Much like The Magic Theatre featured in its psychedelic climax, this book is “not for everybody.” But if you struggle between despair + immortality - pick this up. “Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.

recommended if you like: Siddhartha, Dostoevsky


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The Castle: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text (The Schocken Kafka Library) By Franz Kafka Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780805211061
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Published: Schocken - December 15th, 1998

This novel is unfinished - but don’t let that deter you! It’s incomplete nature perfectly reflects its subject and themes, adding to its powerful allure, defying any easy analysis or categorization. Kafka at his finest and weirdest.

recommended if you like: nightmares, David Lynch


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Five-Carat Soul By James McBride Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735216709
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 25th, 2018

McBride is a modern Mark Twain and shows that off best in this story collection that feels completely timeless. The final story about a lion in a zoo will delight you with its marvelous mythology and memorable characters.

recommended if you like: Kipling, sharp voices, poignancy


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Moby Dick (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) By Herman Melville Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062085641
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 7th, 2011

The fuss is deserved. This classic is also a lot gentler and more soulful than it may appear. Ishmael + Queequeg remain literature’s greatest bro-mance. “Come: let us squeeze hands… into the very milk + sperm of kindness.”

recommended if you like: calls to the sea, symbolism


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Confessions By Stephen Snyder (Translated by), Kanae Minato Cover Image
By Stephen Snyder (Translated by), Kanae Minato
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316200929
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 19th, 2014

Welcome to one of the most riveting, artfully dreadful tales you’ll ever read. Told through connected monologues, the story covers a murder constantly unfurling. This fucked-up class will make you appreciate zoom school.

recommended if you like: POV shifts, dark shit


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Animal Farm: 75th Anniversary Edition By George Orwell, Russell Baker (Preface by), Tea Obreht (Introduction by) Cover Image
By George Orwell, Russell Baker (Preface by), Tea Obreht (Introduction by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451526342
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Published: Signet - April 6th, 2004

The most accessible, necessary primer on fascism you’ll ever read. With this expert allegory, Orwell packages so many complicated and frightening concepts into one cute, fuzzy, entertaining presentation. A favorite.

recommended if you like: satire, must-reads


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Little Children: A Novel By Tom Perrotta Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780312315733
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 1st, 2005

Suburban desperation and conflict and cringe at its best. Interweaving memorable characters, smart, sexy. Also just fantastic, engaging, and witty writing. The movie stars Kate Winslet.

recommended if you like: bad moms, anxiety, and affairs


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The Wall: (Intimacy) and Other Stories By Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811201902
Availability: Backordered
Published: New Directions -

Out of every Sartre that I’ve read, I believe these lesser-known short stories *best* exemplify his existential philosophy. They are thrilling moral conundrums that you can analyze from so many angles.

recommended if you like: Twilight ZoneNo Exit


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My Volcano By John Elizabeth Stintzi Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781953387165
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 22nd, 2022

Packed with astonishing imagery, poetry, ideas, + true *weirdness*. This book begins with one concept - a volcano in Central Park - only to continuously “elevate” from there - on every single page - yet always keeping masterful control.

recommended if you like: queer Vonnegut, widening gyres


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Cat's Cradle: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333481
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

The ultimate ode to human stupidity! This book’s humor is as sharp as its indictments on religion and the amoral progress of science. No one is spared, perhaps. All hail Bokonon?

recommended if you like: fake religions, absurdity


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Oblivion: Stories By David Foster Wallace Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316010764
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Published: Back Bay Books - August 30th, 2005

Wallace’s fire-power is blasting on all cylinders in this story collection. The last one is probably my favorite with the best fictional use of 9/11 I’ve ever read, along with pooping on live TV!

recommended if you like: the edgy, cerebral + absurd


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Lot: Stories By Bryan Washington Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525533689
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 17th, 2020

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I Remember Everything: Life Lessons from Dawson's Creek By Erin Hensley, Julia Callahan, Jillian Barthold (Illustrator) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781644281284
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Published: Rare Bird Books - November 24th, 2020

Don’t be too fooled by its meme-ish look, this guide to Dawson’s Creek takes a strange anti-Dawson stance that illuminates so much about the core ideology of the show and made me see it in a whole new light!

recommended if you like: '90s WB, getting woke


Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama By Alison Bechdel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544002234
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Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2013

Ghost World By Daniel Clowes Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781560974277
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Fantagraphics - April 1st, 2001

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Watchmen (2019 Edition) By Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781779501127
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Published: DC Comics - May 20th, 2019

Often adapted or used for source material - but nothing captures the singular experience of diving into this masterpiece of literature. Dense yet balanced, intellectual yet compelling!

recommended if you like: smart superhero stuff


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Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don't Care By Bryan Lee O'Malley, Leslie Hung (Artist) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534300361
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Published: Image Comics - February 28th, 2017

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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles By Mark Russell, Mike Feehan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mark Russell, Mike Feehan (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401275211
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Published: DC Comics - August 28th, 2018

Not what you think, this Cambda literary-nominated masterpiece reimagines the "theatrical" cartoon mountain lion as a Tennessee Williams proxy during the Pink Scare, Stonewall, + McCarthyism. Satire + Sincerity abound!

recommended if you like: Angels in America - for real


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Saga: Compendium One By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Artist) Cover Image
$59.99
ISBN: 9781534313460
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Published: Image Comics - August 27th, 2019

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Y: The Last Man Book One By Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra (Illustrator), Jose Marzan, Jr. (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra (Illustrator), Jose Marzan, Jr. (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401251512
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Published: Vertigo - September 16th, 2014

Soon to be an FX show, this is the disaster adventure epic that put Brian K. Vaughn on the map! Clever dialogue, incredibly fun plotting, and characters that stick with you. Plus, the end of men!

recommended if you like: The LeftoversSaga


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The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition By Anne Frank, Otto M. Frank (Editor), Mirjam Pressler (Editor), Susan Massotty (Translated by), Nadia Murad (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Anne Frank, Otto M. Frank (Editor), Mirjam Pressler (Editor), Susan Massotty (Translated by), Nadia Murad (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780385480338
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Published: Anchor - February 1st, 1996

This bright-eyed, enthusiastic, hopeful, charismatic observer stamps an utterly relatable and human face onto an unimaginable atrocity. You will get swept up in one girl’s daily life, at once so ordinary and so singular.

recommended if you like: the tapestry of life + death, of good + evil


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Fences By August Wilson Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780452264014
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Published: Plume - June 1st, 1986

Perhaps the crowning jewel of Wilson’s ten-play “Century Cycle," Fences is a masterful study in keeping the audience's sympathies shifting with each scene, and perfecting the modern anti-hero in the larger-than-life Troy.

recommended if you like: Death of a Salesman


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Man's Search for Meaning By Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by), William J. Winslade (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by), William J. Winslade (Afterword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807014271
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Published: Beacon Press - June 1st, 2006

A psychiatrist endures a concentration camp and comes out with an ethos valuable to all humankind. A breathtaking account that will make even a most cynical person marvel at the human spirit.

recommended if you like: night, transcendence