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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911532
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 2018

Chris Knight walked into the central Maine woods in 1986 at the age of 20, and didn't talk to another human for 27 years. He survived by stealing whatever he needed from nearby cabins, and by developing some of the most impressive stealth bush-craft skills I've ever read about. He found a niche, and he occupied it. Comprised largely of interviews conducted in jail after Knight's arrest, this book is a fascinating and compelling rumination on what it means to crave solitude in a world that won't leave you alone.


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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062316554
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 27th, 2017

Want to convince your relatives that universal healthcare, free high quality education, and a robust social safety net are a good thing without them thinking you're a pinko commie? Hand them this.


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American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735223585
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Published: Penguin Press - September 18th, 2018

One of the best non-fiction books of the year. In alternating chapters that focus on past and present, Bauer elegantly lays out the brutal history of for-profit prisons in America, and writes about his experience both as a former prisoner and working as a guard in the private prison industry. This is an essential read for anyone interested in criminal justice or law enforcement.


Review by Anje