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In John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies (Viking, $28), his hero, Peter Guillam, former spymaster and erstwhile protegé to George Smiley, finds himself in the unfamiliar territory of post-Cold War England. Peter has been summoned out of his retirement on a farm in Brittany by descendants of his previous masters in the Circus. Their agenda? To make Peter answerable for his supposed crimes against the progeny of his late colleague and friend, Alec Leamas, who now accuses Peter of complicity in the death of his father. In a way, le Carré continues to litigate the moral complexity of the Cold War after the fact, but he now has one more tool in his literary arsenal: the distance afforded by time. And this allows him to tell a compelling story about the human casualties of the Cold War resulting from the choices we have to make in the name of duty and country.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225114
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Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

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In Tell Me How It Ends (Coffee House, $12.95) Valeria Luiselli gives an eye-opening account of her experience as a translator for an organization that seeks to help immigrant children during the 2014 American Immigration Crisis. As our world and our sociopolitical landscape continue to be shaped by immigration, Luiselli has given us a gift by writing a book which we can use as a tool to view the ongoing crisis through the eyes of someone personally committed to the cause. Combining anecdotal evidence with facts and figures, she crafts what is likely to be a definitive document of our current political climate. This slim volume powerfully conveys more emotion than its actual size suggests and is an indictment against the governments responsible for the crisis. Unlike Luiselli, they continually fail to show empathy for the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

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$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

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Rothko: The Color Field Paintings (Chronicle, $40) is a tribute to one of the greatest periods by a single painter in art history. Mark Rothko (1903-1970), one of the leading Abstract Expressionists, pioneered the large, flat fields of solid color that Clement Greenberg dubbed “color field painting.” He worked his way toward them throughout the 1940s, and by 1949 had “arrived,” as his son, Christopher Rothko, says in the Foreword. The artist pursued color fields for the rest of his life, arranging two, three, and four color rectangles in dramatic and shimmering patterns that establish kinetic relationships between the viewer and the canvas. Presenting fifty of Rothko’s iconic paintings in chronological order, this book allows you to watch the artist develop his style and discover what the colors and rectangles could do; you can see the shades deepen, and darken. The volume also allows you to savor the full, luminous power of each composition, giving you the images one by one, with plenty of white space for the colors to breathe. Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, provides a commentary on Rothko’s legacy.

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By Janet Bishop (Contribution by), Christopher Rothko (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781452156590
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 5th, 2017

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