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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the visionary behind the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton shared his reading list with The New York Times. For his full list of favorites and inspirations, check out our collection below. You can also read the full article at
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  • A Light In the Attic (Special Edition)

    By Shel Silverstein

    Our Price: $10.00 - $19.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780061905858
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    • Published: October 2009
    A perennial children's favorite, poet Shel Silverstein's most famous collection contains hundreds of his wry, imaginative poems and drawings. This edition features twelve previously unpublished additional poems. (All Ages).
  • Alexander Hamilton

    By Ron Chernow

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143034759
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2005
    A biography fully commensurate with Hamilton's character which captures his life with judiciousness and verve, tracing the totality of his unflaggingly active life. Chernow situates Hamilton as the founding figure without whose political and financial strategic brilliance the United States may not have survived its early, operational days. Hamilton, our creator of public finance, was also a man of titanic disputes and countless exploits. From his over-wrought upbringing his `honor above familial obligation', fatal duel with the sitting Vice-President Aaron Burr, Hamilton arrives through this lensing a man of controversial and tragic genius.
  • Between Riverside and Crazy

    By Stephen Adly Guirgis

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781559365154
    • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
    • Published: November 2015
    Winner, 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama"Completely compelling . . . Galvanizing but not importunate. You could cry (I did), but you are always free simply to laugh instead." Jesse Green,New YorkGuirgis, like other storytellers who explore the sacred and the profane, is most interested in how grace transforms us. His empathetic, poetic tales of ex-cons, addicts, and other men whom society would label losers return us, again and again, to a world that Guirgis, by virtue of his particular religionthe church of the streetsilluminates with the bright and crooked light of his faith.” Hilton Als, New Yorker"A nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death." - Pulitzer Prize CitationWritten with humor, tenderness, grit and wonderment by acclaimed playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis,Between Riverside and Crazy is an extraordinary new play: a dark comedy about a man trying to maintain control as the world unravels around him.City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed, and the Church won’t leave him alone. As ex-cop and recent widower Walter Pops” Washington struggles to hold on to one of the last great rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive, he must also contend with with old wounds, new houseguests, and a final ultimatum. It seems the old days are dead and gone after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.Stephen Adly Guirgis's other plays include Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train,Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,The Little Flower of East Orange, Den of Thieves, Race Religion Politics, andDominica: The Fat Ugly Ho. He is a former co-artistic director of LABryinth Theater Company. Awards include the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Yale Wyndham-Campbell Prize, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Whiting Award and a 2014 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.
  • Gentlemen of the Road

    By Michael Chabon

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345502070
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: September 2008
    Pale, rail-thin, black-clad Zelikman, a moody, itinerant physician fond of jaunty headgear, and ex-soldier Amram, a gray-haired giant of a man as quick with a razor-tongued witticism as with a sharpened battle-ax, make an odd pair. Brothers under the skin, comrades in arms, they make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, living as they please and surviving however they can - as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers, cheerfully separating the gullible from their money. But, dragooned into service as escorts & defenders to a Khazar Empire prince, they soon find themselves on a road paved with evil emperors and extraordinary secrets. 206p.
  • Jane Eyre

    By Charlotte Bronte

    Our Price: $8.10
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307455192
    • Publisher: Vintage Classics
    • Published: 2009
    This most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane’s childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after falling in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a hear-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, JANE EYRE has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling. Now a major motion picture. 596p.
  • Moby Dick

    By Herman Melville

    Our Price: $5.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780553213119
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: January 1991
    w/Intro. (Bantam Classic). The most acclaimed novel of 19th-century American literature. An odyssey of adventure, madness and pure literary invention unrivalled in its scope and impact, this work's indelible story remains the all-time page-turner. 594p.
  • Saga, Vol. 1

    By Brian K. Vaughan

    Our Price: $5.00 - $9.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781607066019
    • Publisher: Image Comics
    • Published: October 2012
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    By Junot Diaz

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781594483295
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: September 2008
    National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, for Fiction. Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who - from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister - dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fuku - a curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the United States. An astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and, the endless human capacity to perserve - and risk it all - in the name of love. 368p.
  • The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One)

    By Patrick Rothfuss

    Our Price: $17.10
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780756405892
    • Publisher: DAW Books, Inc.
    • Published: April 2009
    Patrick Rothfuss' debut novel combines the intricate stories-within-stories structure of The Arabian Nights with the academic setting of the Harry Potter series, and transforms it all into a brooding, thoroughly audlt meditation on how heroism went wrong. 665p.
  • The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed

    By Shea Serrano

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781419718182
    • Publisher: Abrams Image
    • Published: October 2015
    The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present. Shea Serrano deftly pays homage to the most important song of each year. Serrano also examines the most important moments that surround the history and culture of rap music—from artists’ backgrounds to issues of race, the rise of hip-hop, and the struggles among its major players—both personal and professional. Covering East Coast and West Coast, famous rapper feuds, chart toppers, and show stoppers,The Rap Year Book is an in-depth look at the most influential genre of music to come out of the last generation.  Complete with infographics, lyric maps, hilarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and short essays by other prominent music writers,The Rap Year Book is both a narrative and illustrated guide to the most iconic and influential rap songs ever created. 
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

    By Patrick Rothfuss

    Our Price: $9.89
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780756411329
    • Publisher: DAW Books, Inc.
    • Published: November 2015
    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows....In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries,The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.
  • The Type

    By Sarah Kay

    Our Price: $7.00 - $10.80
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780316386609
    • Publisher: Hachette Books
    • Published: February 2016
    This illustrated, single-volume poem from the popular YouTube star, TED lecturer and founder of PROJECT V.O.I.C.E. brings the author’s powerful spoken words to print as she discusses different aspects and expressions of womanhood. 30,000 first printing.
  • Things Fall Apart

    By Chinua Achebe

    Our Price: $7.50 - $11.70
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385474542
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: September 1994
    50th Anniversary Edition. This internationally acclaimed novel by the Nigerian novelist tells two intertwining stories - perfectly harmonized twin dramas - both centering on Okonkwo, a 'strong man' of an Ibo village in Nigera. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destructionof Okonkwo's world with ther arrival of aggressive European missionaries. With a Glossary. 213p.