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$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780547750316
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books, 3/2012
This isn’t an unbiased account. There is a bias here that announces itself early and often: The First World War was an unnecessary one, and the leaders who led their nations to slaughter were at best, foolish and irresponsible and at worst, sadistic and unforgiveable. Also, the men and women who followed their consciences and said no to war were heroic in their convictions and often paid a heavy price for their stance. What makes this such a compelling book, though, is not generalities. Rather, it’s the specifics of the individual stories that make it so compulsively readable. People like Charlotte Despard, the Pankhursts-- suffragette Emmeline and her daughters, Sylvia and Christabel, the socialist MP Keir Hardie, and the philosopher/mathematician Bertrand Russell are just a few of the people who figure prominently and animate this extraordinary retelling of one of the formative and most destructive events of the 20th century. - Mark

Gods Without Men (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780307957115
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Published: Knopf, 3/2012
Hari Kunzru’s fourth novel is set in the Mojave desert in a variety of times, from the seemingly eternal Native American mythic era to the high-tech 21st century. Kunzru shuffles a number of stories—some extended narratives, others one-time glimpses—and all of them are absorbing. This multi-layered structure enacts his thematic concern with pattern and the larger meaning—or mystery—available in coincidence and recurrence. The desert is where people go to search for truth, have visions, meet extra-terrestrials, do drugs, or just to get lost, the place they go when life is too much or too little. All these scenarios are in play here and Kunzru builds a stunning, moving novel out of a UFO cult, hippies, and a family cracking apart under the strain of caring for an autistic son, and then enduring the media spotlight when he disappears in the desert. - Laurie


ISBN-13: 9780867197549
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Last Gasp, 11/2011
Michael Farr, the leading British expert on all things Tintin, gives us a book by book companion to Hergé’s comic masterpiece. With a wealth of information from Hergé’s archives, prepare yourself for a slew of reference photos, facts, anecdotes, and the real-life antecedents to Tintin’s adventures. Hergé was a keen observer (and strange predictor) of both world events and human drama, and this companion will undoubtedly reaffirm why Tintin remains one of the greatest comic creations ever. - Adam

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780061803697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco, 4/2012
Fans of excellent memoirs (and of Levantine Jewish history) will remember Lucette Lagnado from her bestseller, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: the story of her father’s imperious Syrian-Egyptian family and an elegy for their sparkling, vanished Jewish Cairo. In The Arrogant Years, Lagnado turns to her mother, Edith—the beautiful prodigy who read all of Proust by age 15, who grew up in the twisting alleyways of Cairo’s poorest Jewish ghetto, who was mentored by the king’s closest advisor. But this world of books and “happy arrogance” was shattered with Edith’s disastrous marriage and the family’s forced exile in the 1960s. The memoir’s second half is a poignant, thoughtful treatise on immigration, as Lagnado stumbles through her own girlhood among the insular Middle Eastern Jewish communities of Brooklyn. - Liz



The Free World (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781250002518
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Published: Picador, 3/2012
As with his dazzling debut Natasha: and Other Stories (Picador, $14), David Bezmozgis's first novel The Free World focuses on the immigrant experience. In Natasha, it was that of the Berman family recently emigrated to Canada adjusting to their new lives. In The Free World, the Krasnansky family — three generations of Russian Jews — is stuck in bureaucratic limbo in Rome. Bezmozgis's strength lies in his compassion for his characters, their meditations on imperfect pasts and unsure futures told with black humor and keen insight. - Sarah

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781594519185
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Published: Paradigm Publishers, 4/2011
- Marshall



$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062011848
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Published: Harper, 10/2011
The latest installment in the career of His Grace, the Duke of Ankh, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes, Blackboard Monitor etc., Snuff, has the old copper ordered off to a vacation in the countryside, ostensibly for some rest and relaxation. Of course, he ends up up to his neck in the action—this time, there’s a little fuss involving goblins. Sir Terry Pratchett, no doubt Blackboard Monitor etc., has been doing this for so long that you’d think it would pall, but the Discworld series is as fresh and funny as ever, despite its creator’s 2007 Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Long may it continue. - David

$29.99
ISBN-13: 9781401229719
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Published: Vertigo, 2/2011
This graphic novel, from the creative partnership of Grant Morrison (Supergods) and Sean Murphy (Off Road), reads like the fever dream of a kid from The Goonies who has been home sick all day reading Gulliver's Travels. It tells the tale of Joe, a diabetic middle-schooler whose dad has just been killed in the war. After a harrowing day when school bullies steal his candy, Joe returns home to the sanctuary of his room, struggling to fend off insulin shock. He finds himself wavering between consciousness and a fantasy world composed of all that he holds dear, fighting to overthrow the tyranny of death in both worlds. Extremely imaginative and beautifully drawn, Joe the Barbarian perfectly captures the halcyon days of boyhood imagination while reminding the reader of the harshness of reality. Recommended for fans of Marvel: 1984. - Frans

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781590308493
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Published: Shambhala, 6/2011
This series of lectures by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki is considered a classic of Western Buddhist literature. Suzuki's Buddhism has been called 'ordinary' – his teachings are not about trying to attain enlightenment. Instead, they are about keeping an open mind ('beginner's mind') and the right attitude in order to maintain a practice of meditation. Read this book if you are just starting on the Zen path, or if you've been practicing for years, or even if you are not a Buddhist at all – everyone can find something in Suzuki's teachings (it's also a book that stands up very well to re-reading). - Ellie

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780399159015
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Published: Putnam Adult, 4/2012

Jenny Lawson knows how to tell a story. In her new book, she invites readers to join her on the wild ride that was her childhood in Wall, Texas. And the hijinx only continue as Lawson becomes an adult and a mother. From the utterly absurd to the downright, depressingly true, Let's Pretend this Never Happened (Amy Einhorn, $25.95) is an emotionally charged memoir that you'll want to share with friends. Bossypants made me laugh; this book made me howl. - Wendy


$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780812980882
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1/2012
Gabrielle Hamilton gives an uncensored, rather brutal, look behind the closed kitchen doors of the life of a restaurant chef. It is, at times, both heart-achingly sad and wickedly funny. Despite Hamilton’s short temper and acid tongue, I found myself cheering her on, pulling for her success. Or maybe it is exactly this candidness in her own portrayal of herself that is so comforting. Either way, Blood, Bones & Butter is a fast-paced, enthralling read, and a must for anyone who has ever dreamt of opening a restaurant. - Kathleen




$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781566892742
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Published: Coffee House Press, 9/2011
This is a brilliant novel about a poet who acquires a fellowship in Spain on false pretenses. The protagonist, Adam Gordon, manages to roll his insecurities and incapacities into a "project" that is intelligent, hilarious and moving.- Michael


West of Here (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781616200824
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1/2012
Past and present merge in Jonathan Evison’s fictional town of Port Bonita. West of Here tells two parallel stories set about a century apart, one the formation of Pont Bonita as a thriving community and the other its present day slide into irrelevance. Compelling characters from both periods must decide how their lives will develop and evolve as the place they call home changes around them. Evison’s two narratives feed off each other and create a wonderful whole. - Bill


$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780143119524
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Published: Penguin Books, 6/2011
If Dorothy L. Sayers and a French bistro had a baby, it would be this novel. The adventures of chief magistrate Antoine Verlaque are grounded in the sensuous descriptions of the French countryside and its food. When the discovery of the dead body of aristocrat-turned-documentary-artist Etienne de Bremont is not enough to prove foul play, the lack of evidence has Verlaque searching for an avenue into the world of the private family. The characters’ desires and the ambiance of the novel becomes its mystique and will keep you reading past your bedtime. - Hannah

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9781596916289
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 4/2010
- Jenny




$20.00
ISBN-13: 9780375711794
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Published: Knopf, 7/2010
The Dance Most of All is the last full collection of new poems from Jack Gilbert, one of our most poignant and accessible modern poets. Full of his trademark spare narrative delving into what is to be human, this is a fitting salute from a beloved master poet. - Angela


$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW Trade, 4/2009
Name of the Wind is a classic trickster tale, except that the trickster gets to tell the story. We first meet Qvothe, a surprisingly likable rogue, as an unassuming innkeeper; but as he relates the astonishing events of his past we begin to wonder who he really is. The world that unfolds as he tells his story is full of adventure, magic and music. The magic (which is more like alchemy than wand-waving) somehow feels as real as science, while still maintaining its wonder. In the sequel, A Wise Man’s Fear, the stories of the past and the present begin to merge. Now, I am eagerly awaiting the final volume of the trilogy. - Anna

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780452297753
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Published: Plume, 2/2012
- Mark


$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780811218603
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1/2010
So you think Pevear & Volokhonsky's translations have introduced you to Russian literature? Think again, and meet your contemporaries. A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia: And Other Stories, by Victor Pelevin and There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya will introduce you to the rough impact on ordinary citizens during the transition at the end of the Soviet period to the failures of the new economy. In classic yet shockingly current Russian style, Pelevin plays with the surreal and absurb; Petrushevskaya explores the realm of strange occurences and fantasy; throughout their stories, there is a relentless hope and longing for a better, more deeply meaningful existence. Aren't these elements what make everyday reality so shockingly brutal and harsh, but also bearable? Because if we can't laugh at bizarre twists of fate and escape into dreams, what else does the world have to offer? - Andrew

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780143114666
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Published: Penguin Books, 9/2009