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#6 - How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

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In our last episode of the year, Reera and Marvin discuss the Books & Boba pick for December 2016, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu's debut novel about time travel, self-esteem, and family.

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