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There can never be too many New York novels, especially New York novels as vivid and passionate as Christodora (Grove, $26), by Tim Murphy. Murphy paints the lives of his many characters against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic, art, and the changing city. The stories he tells are stunning, gritty, and devastating. Murphy takes the reader right into the 1980s and inside the devastation and broken lives of those affected by the epidemic, as well as chronicling lesser-known histories of AIDS activism. The disease is the great equalizer, and yet ultimately Christodora is not just about the fight against AIDS. It is also about struggling against personal demons, addiction, and mental illness as well as about the search for family and forgiveness. Chapter by chapter, the characters’ stories piece together a great narrative quilt that makes this novel one of the most emotionally intense and extraordinary reading experiences.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125286
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Published: Grove Press - August 2nd, 2016

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780802126832
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Published: Grove Press - June 13th, 2017

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The history of the Bolshoi is a history of juxtapositions: beauty, grace, incredible dancers and performances, gold leaf and red velvet get as much stage time as arson, abuse, personal grudges, and rivalries. In Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today (Liveright, $35), Simon Morrison, a Princeton professor of music and author of a profile of the Prokofievs, Lina and Serge, looks at all sides of this premier ballet company, from the building that houses it, its directors and managers, to its choreographers, composers, and dancers. He fully justifies the claim that ballet is “the most Russian of arts” (even if the first Moscow ballet was started by an Englishman). Morrison also studies the Bolshoi as a cultural institution, a diplomatic tool, and a symbol of national power and pride. Indeed, the Bolshoi’s backstage life is a microcosm of modern “grime and glitz” Russia, with politics and art inextricably linked.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780871402967
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 11th, 2016

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Ghostland is not a simple attempt to debunk or support ghost tales. Rather, it is a thoughtful look at what ghost stories mean to us and what they can tell us about our collective and national psyche. Dickey takes us to fascinating places (including a haunted Toys R’ Us), creating a spooky, unsettling, and often uneasy travelogue that goes beyond sensational ghost stories to take a deep look at memory and history. Ghostland is an insightful and remarkable regardless of your stance on ghostly apparitions.

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ISBN: 9781101980194
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking - October 4th, 2016

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781101980200
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

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