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Joe Gould's Teeth

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High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing

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1963: The Year of the Revolution

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West of Eden: An American Place

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Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks

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Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History

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Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

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The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution

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Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion

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Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

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Live from New York: An Oral History of Saturday Night Live

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War's Unwomanly Face

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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