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Austin Kleon, Newspaper Blackout

Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout is perfect for anyone wanting a quick dalliance with the art of literature. The poet and cartoonist uses a permanent marker to create poetry by blacking out newspaper articles, save for a few words that he connects into a poem or phrase. — Kristen Peterson [Read blackout poems made with Weekly articles here!]

If Jane Goodall endorses it, you immediately know two things: 1) It champions animals. 2) It’s good. Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle’s The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them examines the history and biology, heartbreak and joy, of the human-animal dynamic. — Erin Ryan

Whether she’s talking about maritime law, Alec Baldwin or a mother’s wishes for her daughter—“May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches”—Tina Fey is at her smartest and most hilarious in Bossypants. By the end, you may want to be her best friend. — Sarah Feldberg

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