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Cover to Cover is a monthly P&P Staff Pick, the book we’ve all been reading & recommend, cover to cover.

Should your ideal book be best described as ‘peculiar’ or perhaps ‘containing tentacles’ then Preparing the Ghost is for you. This book is the real-life story of Harvey Moses, who, in 1874, obtained a dead giant squid from some fishermen and paid them to deliver it to his house. He draped the squid over his bathtub and a local photographer took the first known photo of what until then had been largely considered a mythical creature.
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$22.95
ISBN-13: 9780871402837
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 7/2014

Pat's

Literary

Top 5

  1. Crime Novels & Historical Fiction
  2. Cultural Analysis & Connections
  3. Film History, Analysis & How-To
  4. The Creative Process
  5. Sentiment > Sentimentality

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Fantasy Life is an easy-going, anthropological study of the Fantasy Sports phenomenon around the world. Team "owners" go to extreme lengths to ensure they draft on-time, enshrine those who win, and humiliate the losers all in the name of camaraderie, a good time, and love for the game. It's also a fascinating look at the sense of community Fantasy Sports foster, and how they keep friends both near and far together. Fantasy Sports is no casual commitment and the stories told in Fantasy Life are hilarious, heartfelt, and chockfull of the extraordinary passion the participants bring to it.

   Pat
$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781594632716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Trade, 7/2014

Sports

Hannah's

Literary

Top 5

  1. Mystery
  2. Drama
  3. History
  4. Fantasy/Kids
  5. “Classics”

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A celebrated YA author, Rowell proves why that genre is filled with some of the most observant and creative authors currently putting pen to paper. Facing a disintegrating marriage, Georgie finds a landline that allows her a second chance. Can she, talking to the past, lay the groundwork to save her marriage and family beforehand? What will that look like? Rowell’s book playfully and boldly asks us to consider the power we have over our internal lives and relationships in this clever examination of what it means to make a home with someone else.
   Hannah

Landline (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781250049377
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 7/2014

Fiction

Alan's

Literary

Top 5

  1. DC-Area Playwrights!
  2. Tony Horwitz
  3. Bertrand Russell
  4. Sherman Alexie
  5. Orson Scott Card T Cooper

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If Graham Greene were writing his boozy, pointed, and insect-covered thrillers in a post-9/11 world, they would be like The Laughing Monsters. As in his previous work, Denis Johnson demonstrates lyricism and emotional agility, coupling his elegant prose with a plot soaked in grimy realism. The Laughing Monsters provokes as it entertains, it is a literary journey not to be missed.
   Alan
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780374280598
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 11/2014

 
Fiction

Laurie's

Literary

Top 5

  1. Poetry
  2. Genre-defying books
  3. NYRB Classics
  4. Art Exhibit Catalogs
  5. Remainders

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Sze is our great poet of simultaneity, specializing in the myriad textures—natural, human, historical—of particular moments. When “Orion pulses above the Sangre di Cristo,” celestial and terrestrial seem to share one circulatory system, but Sze only (only!) lays out the patterns, he doesn’t impose meaning on the images. “To the writer of fragments, each/ fragment is a whole,” he states, though what is a whole and what is a fragment, given the many pieces that make up each person, place, and thing, and how richly each of them breaks down again? Grounded in the basic form of a catalog, these poems are never static; always unfolding, the language “makes visible/the magnetic lines of the moment,” lines that can and do take you everywhere. If “a day’s a drop in an infinity/pool,” each of these beautiful, inexhaustible poems is a dip into that pool.
Laurie

Compass Rose (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781556594670
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Copper Canyon Press, 7/2014

Poetry

Anton's

Literary

Top 5

  1. science fiction and fantasy
  2. Russia, USSR, and the Cold War
  3. Buddhism and meditation
  4. learning live, dead, or simply unconscious languages
  5. bacon! (the presence of an exclamation mark can either mean I am excited about bacon, or it can indicate that this is the factorial function of bacon—you decide).

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Man Alive might seem slim and easy to miss, but it is full of enormous power and grace. It's a story of family, finding oneself, and transitions (and not just of gender). The book's raw honesty and vivid prose will stay with you long after you reach the last page.
   Anton
$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780872866249
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books, 9/2014

Gender & Sexuality

Mark L's

Literary

Top 5

  1. Books complex or confounding enough to spur discussion
  2. Literary fiction, whatever that means
  3. Cookbooks and foodie books
  4. Discovering new voices—poetry and prose—fiction and non
  5. Denis Johnson, Barry Hannah and other mad scientists

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At the heart of Richard Flanagan’s magnificent novel about Australian prisoners of war in World War II is Tasmanian surgeon Dorrigo Evans, a quietly competent officer thrust into leading his fellow solders as they’re pressed into slave labor building the Thai Burma railway. Their Japanese captors who believe that surrender dishonors a soldier treat the prisoners with extreme cruelty and indifference to fatigue, disease, and death. After the war, Evans remains in service to help bring Japanese war criminals to justice. The power of Flanagan’s story lies in his characterization of Evans, a hero in the eyes of his countrymen, but far too complex an individual to conform to any stereotype.

   Mark L.
$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780385352857
Availability: Not currently in the store – Usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: Knopf, 8/2014

Fiction