Peter M's Staff Picks

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Goodnight Punpun, Vol. 1 Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781421586205
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - March 15th, 2016

Not only is this, without-a-doubt, the best manga I have ever read, I believe it to be one of the greatest works of literature ever written. Epic in the breadth of it's scope, this a series about a small boy/bird/ghost/etc. and his journey through the ever changing, ever confusing landscape of human existence. Alternating between hilarious, cute, bleak, hopeful, nihlistic, and beautiful  - this is an all emcopassing must-read.


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The Secret Teachings of All Ages: Reader's Edition Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781585422500
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Published: TarcherPerigee - October 27th, 2003

A massive encyclopedic compendium of esoteric/occult teachings and history, this is a book not to be missed by the aspiring mystic. This is a special readers edition as well, so it's more accessible for the layman. A must-read for any student of philosophy, history, or mythology. An expansive collection of the different schools of philosophy throughout the ages, their origins, notable characters, evolution, and influences on major civilizations.


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Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401953119
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Published: Hay House Inc. - March 5th, 2019

In this wonderful book that joins the scientific with the mystic, you can learn:

  • How to break free from past limiting beliefs and recondition the brain into a new coherence.
  • Why changing that frequency creates a new reality in a present moment that most of us rarely see.
  • A deep dive into the pineal gland and a series of meditations that activate its potential.
  • How to unlock your awareness beyond our limited societal-based perceptions of the world.


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Where the Bird Sings Best Cover Image
By Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfred MacAdam (Translated by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632060952
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Published: Restless Books - July 5th, 2016

One of my all time favorites. Surreal, beautiful, poetic, upsetting, and uplifting fictionalized reflection of the author's family history. Jodorowsky is a genius, a visionary, a raving lunatic; and this just might be his masterpiece.

"In memory, everything can become miraculous. All you have to do is wish it, and freezing winter turns into spring, miserable rooms fill up with golden tapestries, murderers turn good, and children who cry out of loneliness receive caring teachers who are really the children themselves moved back from adulthood to their early years. Yes, my daughter, the past is not fixed and unalterable. With faith and will we can change it, not erasing its darkness but adding lights to it to make it more and more beautiful, the way a diamond is cut." - Alejandro Jodorowsky


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The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781585426928
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Published: TarcherPerigee - December 26th, 2008

This book is a great starting point for anyone wanting to get a basic understanding of what hermetica is. The authors extracted pieces of the writings of Hermes Trismegistus and gathered them into chapters devoted to certain themes. So while this book is not a true-to-form copy of the Corpus Hermeticum, it is an easy place to start in the genre and provides great esoteric wisdom.


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The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062511638
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Published: HarperOne - January 6th, 2009

A very good summary of an important facet of Jewish mystic traditions. Steeped in wisdom, I thought the selections were well-curated and translated, and it's all succinct enough that you can absorb the whole thing very quickly. A must-read for anyone who wants to dip their toe into the vastness of Kabbalah and the tree of life.


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Homie: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450109
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020

As vibrant and joyful as the neon cover, even when Smith is dealing with such heavy topics as suicide, HIV status, and American racism. A bold, exuberant shout in a bleak world. You'll feed off this for days and it'll put a bounce in your step. Smith brings an incredible level of depth and craft to writing about the friends we can't live without, the friends who are just passing through our lives, the differences that create borders between us, the things we try to make peace with so we might survive. Well worth your time


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Parallel Lives Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683961406
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Published: Fantagraphics - December 4th, 2018

A series of interconnected meta-fictional narratives that occur sometime in the future, told from the POV of somebody in the present communicating to the future (in the present of the future), and from the POV of people in the future trying to remember what their lives were like before endless space travel and gender-fluid hormonal balancing among all of the travelers. Schrauwen's Parallel Lives is a weird, smart, and funny questioning of the norms of time and gender and what it means to be human.