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The Wayfinders by Wade Davis

Each one of us is a chapter in the greatest story ever written, a narrative of exploration and discovery remembered not only in myth but encoded in our blood. Wade Davis, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, introduces us to cultures on the verge of being forgotten in The Wayfinders. Within these pages we visit faraway places with ancient rituals to answer the question: What is "civilization?"

Circe by Madeline Miller

Caught between the realms of gods and mortals, Circe must find where she belongs. This is an epic story of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love, and loss—and a celebration of indomitable female strength in a male-dominated world.

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover

Masculinity. How has this concept been defined through the ages, and how has it evolved? In this thought-provoking book, by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, we are challenged to reimagine and deepen our understanding of what it means to be masculine. Explore the archetypes of boyhood and the rites of passage into mature masculinity through Jungian analysis. You'll see every male you know more clearly after reading this book.

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One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

In the mood for a revised fairytale? Then you’re in for a treat. Take Arabian Night’s Scheherazade—but subvert her story with a feminist twist, make it a graphic novel, and here’s the result. Offering clever scrutiny of religion and relationships, it’s a mesmerizing tale that showcases the true power of storytelling, with gorgeous illustrations to match.

Mythic Imagination by Joseph Campbell

Want to read fiction written by (the man, the myth) Joseph Campbell himself? This collection of short stories was written by a young Campbell long before his ideas became the inspiration for Star Wars. A must-read for the narrative connoisseur.

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