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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
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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
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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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This popular blog has gone beyond the limits of the usual visually beautiful home decor book and instead follows through with its definition of “considered living.” Don’t just buy, buy better. Don’t dream (or endlessly pin pictures to boards), create it yourself. Every room of your house becomes an intentional space with this crafted and minimal approach.

   Hannah
$37.50
ISBN-13: 9781579655365
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Published: Artisan Publishers, 11/2013

Home Design

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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This book isn’t just for fans of Dolly Parton. It’s for anyone interested in the American South, Elvis Presley, anthropology, Appalachia, travel writing, country music, mythmaking, or amusement parks. In the tradition of writers like Jonathan Raban and Tony Horwitz, Helen Morals skillfully combining her English sensibilities and her academic expertise with her love for Dolly Parton and an eagerness to experience a foreign part of the world. Eschewing monument building in favor of exploration, Pilgrimage to Dollywood avoids becoming saccharin or blindingly worshipful and remains a whole lot of fun.

Alan
$22.50
ISBN-13: 9780226536521
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Published: University of Chicago Press, 5/2014

 
Music

Laurie's

Literary

Top 5

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

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Neuman’s shape-shifting Wandernburg might be one of Calvino’s magical cities, while his protagonist, Hans, recalls his namesake from Mann’s The Magic Mountain. Set in the 1820s, Neuman’s wide-ranging novel indeed owes a debt to many predecessors—and it pays them off magnificently. At once a love story, murder mystery, and novel of ideas, Traveler above all revels in talk. Much of the action unfolds in Sophie’s salons, where the spirited conversations run from politics to love, literature to revolt, translation to philosophy, with class and gender issues constantly in play.

   Laurie
$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780374533946
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/2013

Fiction

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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Scott Cheshire’s novel is a fervent examination of family ties, love, grief, and faith. It’s about imperfect humans facing their own small ends of the world brought on by truth and loss. This book will fill your heart and give you that acutely emotional experience only best fiction can deliver.

 

 

   Anton
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780805098211
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Published: Henry Holt and Co., 7/2014

Fiction

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
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Published: Knopf, 8/2014

Fiction