Staff Picks

Picks reviewed by the staff at the Last Bookstore.

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Read Me, Los Angeles: Exploring L.A.'s Book Culture By Katie Orphan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945551680
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Published: Prospect Park Books - March 10th, 2020

Our former inventory manager's first book! 

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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure By Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224919
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Published: Penguin Books - August 20th, 2019

To what extent will we shield our children from their own emotions and disappointments? Shouldn't they deserve to experience the world with as much adventure and excitement as we did? Shouldn't they be challenged, exposed to stressors, and raised with tenacious curiosity?  Instead, our children are growing up in a society with a rising intolerance for opposing viewpoints. They cannot and will not handle anything that makes them feel uncomfortable because everything has become too "triggering." They're being coddled and society is suffering. This book discusses the rising upheavals that college campuses have experienced due to this distorted cognitive behavior and examines exactly what led to it and if there are any resolutions.  - review by Nicole Mira

Normal People: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Crown - February 18th, 2020

Sally Rooney has been called the "Salinger of the Snapchat generation." Her sophomore novel is a psychologically astute tale about the power dynamics that occur within a relationship between two people. It's a will-they-or-won't-they trauma-rama of a romance novel! Does that not scream FUN to you??? -- review by Justin Remer

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Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers By Leonard Koren Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981484600
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Published: Imperfect Publishing - November 1st, 2008

The beauty you seek is already here. Imperfections are perfection. Everything is in a state and change, our acceptance of the impermanence of things. Of these statements resonate with you then this books will help free your creative blocks and change your life. Accept yourself as you are, a perfect being, slow down and enjoy the beauty all around us.

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Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes By Jacques Ellul Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394718743
Published: Vintage - January 12th, 1973

Do you want to know all the methods being used to control what you think about and how?  This is the classic study.  It's not an easy read but it will open your eyes.  Its truths are as timely as ever, as our country dips its toe in totalitarianism. - review by Josh Spencer, owner of the Last Bookstore