7 Big Pocket-Sized Books

Chris Schluep on January 11, 2018
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I recently received Mary Beard's Women & Power in the mail. I had read it as a manuscript, and while it's not a lengthy book, I was somewhat surprised to see that the hardcover was pocket-sized. Once I held it in my hand, though, and started paging through it, I realized pocket-sized was the right size for this particular book.

That got me thinking about big books in little packages. Here's a list of some standouts:


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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century - Perhaps the biggest small book of 2017 was these 20 lessons culled from the 20th Century by Yale's Timothy Snyder.

(dimensions: 4.4 x 0.4 x 6.2 inches)

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Women & Power: A Manifesto - This aforementioned Mary Beard book collects two of Beard's wide-ranging and acute speeches on the subject.

(dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches)

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Love Poems - We could all use a little more love and poetry in our lives.

(dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.5 inches)

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The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . . . and You Can Too! - How does an octagenarian on the Supreme Court stay fit and clear-minded? Her trainer wrote this little book to show you.

(dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches)

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America - First published in the late 90s, Ehrenreich's story of shadowing low-wage employees in middle America is as moving and thought-provoking now as it ever was.

(dimensions: 3.5 x 1 x 5.9 inches)

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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook - Call this the pocket guide for big-time paranoia.

(dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches)

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The Art of War - This trendy little ditty will impress your friends and terrify your enemies.

(dimensions: 3 x 0.3 x 4.5 inches)


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