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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 http://www.nytimes.com/.
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  • 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.
  • 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. 

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