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“Of something beautiful, but annihilating”: Celebrating Scorpio Writers

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One might notice the remaining names etched in a smokey gold-leaf: Margaret Atwood, Chinua Achebe, Ezra Pound. For the astrologically astute, the word “Scorpio” might surface. 
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“Let the beauty we love be what we do”: Celebrating Libra Writers

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Do you know a Libra? Do you love one? Well, we here at A Good Used Book certainly do. With authors like Oscar Wilde and Amiri Baraka and Ocean Vuong on their side, theirs might be the season to tip the literary scale. The first in our new astrology-inspired blog series, let's hear it for the Libras! ⁣
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On the Road… Again?: Alternatives to Jack Kerouac

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Whether you’ve read it or not, it’s likely that you’ve heard the mythology surrounding the famous On the Road. In short, it goes a little something like this: a young Jack Kerouac, fueled by coffee and benzedrine, produces an earth-shattering novel in just three weeks.  

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California 101: A Reader’s Guide to Books Set in California

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California literature, as a genre, can seem as vast as the Golden State itself. There are San Francisco books, Los Angeles books, Sacramento books, Big Sur books. The are books that read like landmarks. There is California noir, California dystopia, California memoir, California true crime, and popular California fiction. There are literary maps to follow… and get lost in. There are, thankfully, great places to start.
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Happy Birthday Baby: The Essential Anthony Bourdain Reading List

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On Anthony Bourdain’s 65th birthday, we’re certain that he’s finishing the dregs of some innumerable Negroni in the sky. His plate is never empty and he is never over-full. He’s likely visiting some alternate Buenos Aires, Mumbai, or Los Angeles. All month, his name echoing across the world: his face on television screens, his recipes in warm kitchens, his words on our shelves and in our memories.
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