Meat Eater
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“Meat Eater” is a collection of stories from Steve Rinella’s life spent hunting and fishing, choosing colleges to attend based on their proximity to good places to hunt and fish, and feeding himself from what he has brought home from hunting and fishing trips. He could come across as a simple man, but is actually uncommonly thoughtful with particularly good insight into human nature.
Closer To The Ground
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Dylan Tomine’s fishing partner wears a tutu under her life vest, and the fellow who accompanies him to the forest on edible mushroom hunting excursions thinks he’s a T-rex. They’re not crazy. They’re his and his wife’s 5 and 3 year old children, and they are getting the sort of outdoor education that is becoming decreasingly common, and only comes by hunting and gathering and growing their food.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
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Nick is the bass player and lyricist for a band that is just starting to make it in New York City. Norah is the whip smart daughter of a high powered record executive. They have the same favorite band, and are both rebounding from bad break-ups. When Nick sees his ex at a show with someone new, and asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes it is just the beginning of a night that neither could have expected. This is a story about rock and roll, growing up, questioning the assumptions we make about ourselves, and love, and all to a killer soundtrack.
Looking for Alaska
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Miles Halter has a, perhaps unhealthy, interest in famous last words, particularly those of the poet Francois Rabelais: “I go to seek a great perhaps.” At sixteen he decides to go in search of his own great perhaps, enrolling in a rigorous boarding school In Central Alabama. Miles’ safe life evaporates when he falls in with a bunch of mischievous brainiacs, led by his math-whiz video gamer roommate “the Colonel,” and gorgeous, clever and self-destructive feminist Alaska Young. Miles of course quickly falls in love with Alaska, who of course has a much more interesting and good looking college boyfriend. But then, tragedy strikes and changes everything.
Paper Towns
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Quentin has been in love with his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman ever since they found a dead body when they were kids. Quentin backed away, saying that they had to go tell their parents. Margo walked closer for a better look. Ten years ago, Margo ditched Quentin for cooler friends. One night Margo shows up at Quentin’s bedroom window dressed like a ninja and invites him to accompany her on a night of revenge pranks and also breaking into Sea World. The next morning Margo has disappeared. It seems, though, she has left clues specifically for Quentin as to where she might be found. He enthusiastically begins following the clues and learns things about Margo that even her best friends don’t know. But as the clues lead to darker places, Quentin becomes afraid of what he might find.