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Jim

What you think your job is at Left Bank Books: To startle people who walk by the window to my office at the back of the store.

If you had a super power, what would it be? Teleportation.

Favorite smell: Old comic books.

Favorite memory: A particularly snowy winter when I was a kid living in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia. School was canceled for a solid week, and when I wasn’t running around with the other kids in my neighborhood, I’d go explore the woods near my house and marvel at how beautifully quiet and still the world was as the snow came down.

 

 

 

 

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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781610396004
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - November 10th, 2015

A fascinating look at modern Russia focusing on the use of popular television programming to advance the political and social agenda of the state by the Russian president, and the network of Oligarchs whose influence shape the culture and economy. The author draws on his own experience working in Russian television, interviews with a former gangster turned Oligarch/action movie producer, a fashion model/aspiring trophy wife, and a fabricated "opposition party" that is used to provide the veneer of fair elections, but in reality serves to reinforce the image of stability and power of the ruling party. The book illustrates a nation where post-Soviet new-money elites revel in gilded opulence, while everyone else is afforded cold, often brutal institutional nihilism. 


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The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts--And the Rest of Your Life Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781615192663
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Published: Experiment - May 16th, 2017

Although this cookbook satisfies my particular niche dietary needs and is very helpful for my athletic aspirations, I think most people will find that you don't have to be athletically inclined, or even strictly vegetarian to benefit from the recipes in No Meat Athlete. The recipes are largely uncomplicated, and designed to help simplify meal planning with a focus on fresh ingredients, meatless protein alternatives, and a wide range of flavor profiles that make for filling, healthy, and flavorful eating.


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X-Men: Grand Design Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781302904890
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Published: Marvel Comics - April 3rd, 2018

Sworn to protect a world that fears and hates them.” The X-Men have long been a stand out of the super-hero genre with mutants as something of a metaphor for the struggles of socially marginalized communities, but at its heart, the X-Men universe is sci-fi soap opera with complicated continuity, a large cast of misfit characters, retcons, and multiple alternate timelines that converge on each other which make for a world that can be intimidating to jump into for new readers but is a large part of the appeal for fans of the franchise such as myself. Ed Piskor’s Grand Design looks to streamline that unwieldy continuity, and make accessible almost 60 years of serialized stories into a concise narrative without shying away from the campiness of the era that spawned the original stories, and the anachronistic nature of Marvel continuity illustrated in his unique, funky, retro Silver Age style.