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Mattias Bostrom’s great overview of all things Sherlock is not simply a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a remarkable tour of Sherlock facts and myths, from Doyle's original ideas to the latest TV series and fandom. Bostrom's lively narration makes this hefty book feel just as fun as the original detective adventures. It is detailed but never boring, and is probably the only book over 200 pages that I have read in one sitting (do or do not try this at home).

From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802126603
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Published: Mysterious Press - August 1st, 2017

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The 19th century might have seemed far away in the late-20th century, but now that we’re in the 21st century, how does it feel? When you read books like Joachim Kalka’s Gaslight, the answer is “surprisingly close”, and history feels significantly larger after reading it. It’s a book made from a melange of styles—literary criticism, military history, true crime—but they're all of a piece, because they’re all recognizably facets of the same world. We know how the modern world, as it exists now, can find its way into literature, so it's fun and enlightening to see how canonical artists like Marcel Proust and Emile Zola, Karl Kraus and Alban Berg dealt with their own contemporary bugaboos, from Jack the Ripper to the Dreyfus Affair, from anarchists to submarines.
Gaslight: Lantern Slides from the Nineteenth Century Cover Image
By Joachim Kalka, Isabel Fargo Cole (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681371184
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Published: New York Review Books - June 6th, 2017

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Bildungsroman, kunstlerroman—but what is the term for a reader’s coming of age story? That’s the genre Paul’s delightfully bookish memoir falls into. Co-written by Bob, Paul’s Book of Books, this moving, funny, and relatable account of a life spent trying to read as much as possible isn’t criticism, but tells “the stories that lie between book and reader.” Just as a devoted birder recalls the circumstances of the sighting of each species on a life-list, Paul needs only a title to prompt vivid tales of when, where, and who she was at the time she read that book. Starting with The Trial, she recounts instances of her “unsocialized” childhood, reading anywhere and everywhere, then her happy discovery of a reading-friendly culture in France. She has some spine-tingling adventures from her travels in Thailand and Vietnam and examples of how books can make and break a romance, enrich parenting, and help someone mourn a loss; Paul now selects certain books with her late father in mind, to read “for him.”  
My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627796316
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 2nd, 2017