From Charles C. Mann, the author of 1491, the best-selling study of the pre-Colombian Americas, comes this fascinating account of the ongoing biological cataclysm known as the Colombian Exchange. Most histories look either only at the “Big Picture” or get bogged down in the details. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Knopf, $30.50), does both, and in the best possible way.  Here are the stories of the grand sweep of History, from the Slave Trade to the Potato Famine, but also of the personal struggles of the individuals caught up in the flow, people who had agency, but not always understanding of the forces, large and small, that influenced their lives. 

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Published: Knopf - August 9th, 2011

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Published: Vintage - July 24th, 2012

Four siblings escape their ordinary lives for a day in Anna Gavalda’s French Leave (Europa Editions, $15). Garance, Simon, and Lola impulsively skip out on a deadly dull family wedding, not to mention on Simon’s shrew of a wife, Carine, to visit their brother Vincent, a (somewhat unreliable) tour guide at a country chateau. The trip turns into a journey through the past, lit by the light of nostalgia, love, and familial affection. Sweet, sad, and very, very French, it’s the perfect read for a summer’s day.
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ISBN: 9781609450052
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Published: Europa Editions - April 26th, 2011

A deceptively straightforward account of a platoon’s fifteen-month deployment in a remote outpost in the Korangal Valley of Eastern Afghanistan, War (Twelve, $15.99), by Sebastian Junger, is a brave attempt at documenting the lives of men in constant danger, the incongruities of combat, the boredom and the fear, and the fine line between the living and the dead.  The stories of what happens to these men are interspersed with explanations of the science behind fear, courage, and the bonds that develop among men who trust each other with their lives.

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ISBN: 9780446556224
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Published: Twelve - May 17th, 2011

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