Lorenzo

Lorenzo (he/him)

Lorenzo is an amateur reader trying to go pro. He tends to read post-modern fiction (Pynchon, Vonnegut, Burroughs), or books on Buddhism, meditation, and spirituality. He's also a big fan of poets like Mary Oliver, William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman.


 

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The Chosen and the Beautiful Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250820129
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Published: Tordotcom - March 29th, 2022

"A magical, fresh take on a classic that is, in a word, fantastic. It isn't that it 'takes liberties' with Gatsby -- it illuminates what lingered beneath the glamour, what longed for exorcism. The writing is superb; I will read anything Vo writes. Cannot recommend this book enough."


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The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781635574777
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 1st, 2022

It's got a bad rap, but here's the thing: Method acting caused a seismic cultural shift. Tracing its centuries-spanning history, this book is sprawling and intimate, info-packed and personal. Destined to be the definitive book on the subject.


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Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the  Decline of Civic Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524761172
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Published: Crown - September 10th, 2019

"Like taking a tour through the best of our public spaces -- libraries, parks, college campuses -- with a warm, super knowledgeable guide. You learn a lot along the way, but you also realize the potential for goodness in our communities. Here's a challenge: read this book, then give it to your local representative(s)."


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Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780861713578
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Published: Wisdom Publications - June 15th, 2004

Whether you're just starting or have practiced Zen for years, Opening the Hand of Thought is foundational and worth revisiting over and over again. It's written with bell-like clarity that so few books on the topic ever capture. An illuminating expression of Zen. 


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Don't Tell Me to Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage, Feels, and Freak-Outs Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781611808407
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Published: Shambhala - August 25th, 2020

Combining "Parts Work" psychotherapy and Buddhist meditation, this book takes on social justice, racism, and personal trauma with tenderness and dignity. I hope one day this book is taught in schools and more widely read -- it's one our world needs if we hope to make any progress.


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Home: A Short History of an Idea Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780140102314
Published: Penguin Books - July 7th, 1987

The coziest history book I have ever read. Exploring the concepts of domesticity and comfort, privacy and style, HOME unpacks the cultural and social influences on domestic life across centuries. Both incredibly enjoyable and informative.


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Disobey!: A Philosophy of Resistance Cover Image
By Frederic Gros, David Fernbach (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788736329
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Published: Verso - May 4th, 2021

The content within is urgent and incendiary. Why do we obey authority? How can we resist unjust lawmakers? Whether it's political extremism, murderous police, or economic inequality, one thing is certain: disobedience is our political responsibility as citizens of an unjust world.


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Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices Cover Image
By Kevin Manders (Editor), Elizabeth Marston (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781623174156
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Published: North Atlantic Books - October 22nd, 2019

"Giving voice to the unheard, this collection of essays and poetry by trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming Buddhists lucidly expound on concepts of identity, social justice, and embracing your truest self. Read this with an open heart."


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Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553351392
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Published: Bantam - March 1st, 1992

"Peace is Every Step is not an empty metaphor. If we try, we can find peace daily in even the most mundane tasks. This book will help you see how."


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Guantánamo Diary: Restored Edition Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316517881
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 17th, 2017

"Slahi spent 14 years in Guantanamo Bay. No charges, no trial, all because he fit the profile and was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The previous edition was heavily censored (5 pages were entirely blacked-out). This one is uncensored, and now all the details of this man's unthinkable and unlawful imprisonment are public. Everyone should read this. Discover what our government is capable of."


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You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781250297198
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Published: Celadon Books - January 7th, 2020

"Feels like we live in a disconnected time. Debates quickly turn contentious, friends have become 'followers,' and hot takes are dished out at the expense of genuine conversation. Journalist Kate Murphy argues that not listening is at the root of a lot of our problems -- she interviews a wide array of people to get to the bottom of what makes a good listener and gives advice on how to become one (because odds are, you aren't!). Equally informative, helpful, and entertaining."


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Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143130086
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2019

"In this collection of essays, Mary Oliver invites the reader to observe, explore, and fall in love with the natural world. My personal favorites are My Friend Walt WhitmanSister Turtle, and Emerson: An Introduction. Read this by a frozen pond! Or in the woods! Or by a fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa!"


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Self-Confidence: A Philosophy Cover Image
By Charles Pépin, Willard Wood (Translated by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781590510933
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Published: Other Press - December 31st, 2019

"Is this book technically a philosophical essay? Yes. But is it theoretical navel-gazing mumbo-jumbo? Heck no. French philosopher Charles Pepin cites everyone from Nietzsche to Madonna in his examination of self-confidence and his theory on how to improve it. This is the perfect book to start your 2020, no matter what your New Year's Resolution may be."


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Find Me: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374155018
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 29th, 2019

"Considering this takes place decades after Call Me By Your Name -- and the fact that there three different narrators -- this is hardly a genuine sequel. Still, Aciman's provocative language continues to captivate. Taking place across idyllic versions of Rome, Paris, and New England, Find Me will give devoted fans plenty to fall in love with all over again."


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The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety Cover Image
By Alan Watts, Deepak Chopra, MD (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307741202
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Published: Vintage - February 8th, 2011

"Though it was originally published in 1951, "The Wisdom of Insecurity" feels like an incredibly contemporary and urgent book. Watts, using wisdom from Eastern philosophies, explains that "anxiety" comes from our inability to live in the present, and argues how we can be more mindful instead. This book is profound, wonderfully written, and downright life-changing."


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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

"William Finnegan, a reporter, and contributor for The New Yorker, brings his keen eye for specificity and tone to his own life's story. Whether you are a surfer yourself or just a casual bystander, "Barbarian Days" paints a vivid picture of the surfer's life for all readers. Perfect for a summer read in the sun!"


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The Complete Stories (The Schocken Kafka Library) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780805210552
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Published: Schocken - November 14th, 1995

Aside from his three novels, this collection contains all of Franz Kafka's stories, most of which were published after his death. Aside from classic "The Metamorphosis" and other widely-read stories such as "In the Penal Colony" and "A Hunger Artist," there are countless flash-fiction gems you may have never read before. If you're a Kafka fan, this is a great book to discover more of his mind-bending, philosophical musings!


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At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608298
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 10th, 2020

Part essay, part memoir, entirely poetic. Perfect for the contemplative reader, or anyone who has questioned mainstream culture's expectations for a fulfilling life.


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Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476709130
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Published: Atria Books - December 2nd, 2014

"A story of personal discovery, self-affirmation, and strength. Janet Mock is an iconic, inspirational figure just by being herself. Amazing storytelling by an amazing woman."


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Fraternity: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374158606
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 7th, 2020

"This slim short-story collection looks at the infamous world of fraternities with humanity and wit. The dark, uncomfortable parts are there of course, but what remains is an enjoyable, quick read full of sincerity, empathy, and humor."


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The Nicomachean Ethics Cover Image
By Aristotle, Adam Beresford (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780140455472
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 11th, 2020

"Let's get excited about Aristotle. Beresford's casual, plain-spoken translation will make it simple (and fun!). This foundational text of Western Philosophy is now easily digestible in a way that makes the quest for 'The Good Life' clearer, no college course required."


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Detransition, Baby: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593133378
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Published: One World - January 12th, 2021

"Captivating, unflinching, original -- all while being rather culturally momentous. This novel (a debut, no less!) has literary punch and is impossible to put down: it rightfully has gotten wide acclaim from damn near everyone. The future looks bright for trans authors and mainstream publishing."


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The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982149482
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Published: Scribner - November 17th, 2020

"Yes, I've staff pick'd The Great Gatsby. I know, you read/skipped it in high school; you loved/hated it. But since it's now in public domain (as I write this, news broke there's an animated movie in development), I figure it might be good to revisit the original. Classic, poetic, tragic, and (maybe) better than you remember."


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In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525512547
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 30th, 2021

"I've read my share, but no book on Buddhism has been as inspirational as this one. In recounting his rebellious and risky journey, Mingyur Rinpoche shows that even revered monks experience fear, anxiety, and uncertainty just like the rest of us. Moreover, and thankfully so, he shows us how to turn that fear into wakefulness."


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The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition: The Power of Radical Self-Love Cover Image
By Sonya Renee Taylor, Ijeoma Oluo (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781523090990
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - February 9th, 2021

"Powerful. Like, fully capable of changing your worldview (and the world at large). Radical self-love is the movement we all need and you'll see why."


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Painting Time: A Novel Cover Image
By Maylis de Kerangal, Jessica Moore (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374211929
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 20th, 2021

"An exhilarating feast of language. The colors, textures, brushstrokes leap off the page, transporting you to Belgium, France, Italy... And within the whirlwind of aesthetics and lyricism is a coming of age story that is touching and heartfelt."


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Inherent Vice: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143117568
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Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010

"A detective noir laced with marijuana set in late-60s LA. Whole lotta heart in there, too. But don't get lost in the details or the frequent, wild tangents. Groovy, man."


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Everybody: A Book about Freedom Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608779
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

What is freedom? How can somebody, a body, achieve liberation? Laing investigates this -- exploring sex, politics, disease, violence, civil rights -- with empathy and a sharp eye.