11 High School Books You Should Reread

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You can't judge a book by its cover or by the first time you read it in school.
If we take a moment to be honest with ourselves, we'll admit that we didn't really read anything in high school. And if you're anything like us, you probably leaned a little more on SparkNotes and CliffsNotes to get through English class than you'd be proud to admit. Even the ones we did read all the way through, we really can't say that we retained much more than the barebones plot. Sorry, English teachers.

Thankfully, in our copious amount of free time since high school, we've returned to these classics and discovered there was a reason our teachers assigned them: These books are good. Duh. So learn from our mistakes and take a look at some of the books that you haven't touched since high school but should give a second chance.


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Bill Carter Talks Copper and His Book, Boom, Boom, Bust

Categories: Books, Interviews

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Bill Carter

When Bill Carter was living in Bisbee, Arizona, he decided to plant a garden to grow his own veggies. When he got ill from eating the fruits of his labor, Carter did a little investigating and found traces of arsenic in the soil. The arsenic was residue from a century of copper mining in the small Arizona town, and after that discovery Carter decided to learn as much as he could about the metal. What he found was staggering, including how pervasive the metal is in everyday life, how much we don't know about what goes on in the mining industry, and how dangerous the potential effects of it are on the environment and our health.

Carter talked with Jackalope Ranch about how one goes about researching such a monumentally large topic such as copper and its mining, what he was most surprised to learn about, and why Congress refuses to touch the issue.

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10 Young-Adult Books to Read This Summer

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Give YA a chance. You won't regret it.
Young-adult books have gotten a bad rap, if you ask us. Yes, sometimes YA fiction lives up to all of its negative stereotypes with angsty teenagers trying to figure out what makes them special, dejected kids trying to find their place in the world, and star-crossed, mildly masochistic lovers (ahem, Bella and Edward) fighting all odds to be with each other.

But sometimes YA books transcend the stigma of their genre and speak to themes and issues that any adult can relate to. Because, if we're honest, feelings of loneliness and helplessness, confusion and doubt of one's worth, and the magic of falling in love don't end after one has reached full-blown adulthood, whatever that is.

We're sure there are countless books that fit the bill, including obvious ones like the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series that we are skipping because everyone should have read those already, but here are 10 young-adult books that every grownup should read, in no particular order.


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The 58th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale Opens February 15 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds

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Books were laid out in the warehouse at the Phoenix fairgrounds for the 57th annual used book sale in 2013.

It's that time of year again; time to dedicate a couple of days sifting, flipping, and sniffing through hundreds of thousands of used books and taking home a bag-, cart-, or truck-full of discounted books. It's time for the VNSA Book Sale, where the shoppers will find themselves in a "world of words" in the exhibit building at the Arizona State Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16.

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Changing Hands Bookstore Seeks Donations to Build Phoenix Location

Categories: Books, News

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Rendering of the Newton, as seen from Camelback Road.
Since the official announcement earlier this year, central Phoenix has been buzzing about a new Changing Hands Bookstore. The second location would bring the Valley's favorite indie bookseller to more of the masses and breathe new life into the otherwise stagnant area of Camelback Road and Third Avenue.

Located in the former Beef Eaters restaurant and slated to open in January, The Newton will also house The Lively Hood, a co-working space, and First Draft Book Bar -- because what pairs better with books than booze?

But construction has run into a snag -- a large snag totaling approximately $80,000. Via a mass message sent to the bookstore's e-mail list Monday morning, Changing Hands co-owner Gayle Shanks detailed the financial issues that arose while trying to open the second store and asked book-loving Phoenicians to donate in order to keep their dream alive.


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David W. Foster, Author of Glimpses of Phoenix, on Erma Bombeck and "The Trunk Murderess"

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David William Foster
"People think everything interesting in Phoenix happened yesterday," says author and Arizona State University Regents' Professor David W. Foster.

Foster, a professor of Spanish and women and gender studies at the university's School of International Letters and Cultures, recently wrote Glimpses of Phoenix: The Desert Metropolis in Written and Visual Media. The book uses cultural productions -- like the writings of Erma Bombeck and cartoons of Steve Benson -- to explore Phoenix's history and identity, or lack thereof.


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Phoenix Has Highest Number of BDSM Converts, Survey Shows

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There's no denying that 50 Shades of Grey has sparked quite the open discussion about BDSM in the bedroom. The number one bestselling book, which sold more than 70 million copies in just one year, has spawned fan-based fetish events worldwide and in one of the largest countries to be founded by prudes -- the good old U.S. of A.


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New Harry Potter Book Covers Revealed

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Harry Potter turned 33 on Wednesday (yeah, don't you feel old?). To honor the birthday of the boy who lived and his creator, J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Publishing unveiled a line of newly designed book covers commemorating the books' 15th anniversary in U.S. print.

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ASU to Lead Bicentennial Celebrations of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'

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They had us hooked as soon as we caught wind of the words "Frankenstein" and "celebration."

The only problem is we'll have to wait a few years -- until the bicentennial of Mary Shelly's classic novel -- for our monstrous, science-experiment-gone-wrong dreams to come true.

See also:
- Center for Science and the Imagination to Launch at ASU's Newest Interdisciplinary Building, ISTB4


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Sensitive Badass: Discussing Lee Marvin With Point Blank Biographer Dwayne Epstein

Categories: Books, Film and TV

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Point Blank (1967)
Stone-faced and brutal, Lee Marvin defined the role of cinematic "tough guy."

Dwayne Epstein, author of the new biography Lee Marvin: Point Blank, describes the moment he realized Marvin's role as film's first "action star" as the "quintessential whack on the back of the head. Some people call it a lightbulb over the head. They used to call it the light bulb going off. For me, it was a whack in the back of the head."

See also:
- Disappearing Ink: What Will Happen to All the Books?
- Phoenix's Dog-Eared Pages Used Books in Danger of Closing
- Deadliest Catch Producer Matt Fahey Talks about His Dream Job, Being Diagnosed with Cancer, and What's on His Reading List


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