The Children's Hospital - Chris Adrian

Let me begin this recommendation with a rather trite comment: the end is the beginning. Post-apocalyptic novels rely on this maxim. Chris Adrian’s audacious, marvelous, heart-breaking, and elegiac work of prose, The Children’s Hospital, is no exception. After the world is flooded under seven miles of water, the only remaining survivors are holed up in a nine-story floating fortress clandestinely constructed to preserve humanity. The survivors include 700 young patients—many of whom Adrian presents with macabrely detailed ailments—a host of doctors, parents, and interns, including our protagonist, Jemma Claflin (JC anyone?), and four angels sent to “oversee the apocalypse.” The novel’s real brilliance, however, doesn’t lie in its concept. Rather, it is the otherworldly blending of the mundane and the miraculous that lifts this heavy work up to sail above the water and into the clouds.
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$15.95
ISBN: 9780802143334
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Published: Grove Press - October 23rd, 2007

Ike's Bluff - Evan Thomas

History does not often remember the successful gambles of presidents. Rather, we endlessly analyze Watergate, Vietnam, and the Bay of Pigs disaster. In Ike’s Bluff (Little, Brown, $29.99), an in-depth look at the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower written by Evan Thomas, we are shown how this often overlooked commander-inchief wagered everything and won. Confronted by the horrors of thermonuclear war and a bloody stalemate in Korea, Ike brandished his greatest weapon in creating foreign policy: the poker face. Hiding his true intentions from even his closest friends and family, Ike maintained peace, in a time when, “the only thing worse than losing a global war is winning one.”

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$29.99
ISBN: 9780316091046
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780316091039
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 10th, 2013

Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President - Ron Suskind

In Ron Suskind’s thorough depiction of the financial and political worlds of the first years of the Obama administration, he says that “confidence is the public face of competence.  Separating the two—gaining the trust without earning it—is the age-old work of confidence men.” This simple statement lays bare the themes Suskind explores in Confidence Men (HarperCollins, $29.99), his fast-paced, highly detailed investigation of the inner workings of Washington D.C. and New York City since the financial crisis of 2008. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer introduces us to numerous characters—predominantly male, boorish, and sexist—who once confidently acted as masters of the universe, yet were brought down to Earth by the recent financial shake-up. Be grateful there are journalists like Suskind to give us insight into what happened and why.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780061430466
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 19th, 2012

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