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In 1947 Japan, Aldred Leith is writing about the atrocities. The fire in the title might refer to Hiroshima, or to the love story between Leith and Helen Driscoll, a “changeling" who seems out of reach because of her age and circumstances.  In the rooms where Helen reads to her dying brother Benedict a friendship blossoms, full of books and deep conversation.  But the aftermath of war and Benedict's illness remind us that things must go on, even after death.  The mundane survives even (and particularly) after the momentous has passed. The writing in this exquisite novel is spare and poetic, still and distilled, with incidental sentences that stop you in your tracks.

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ISBN: 9780312423582
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - July 1st, 2004

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In this groundbreaking book, Esther Perel, innovative author of Mating In Captivity explores the subject of infidelity and the role of the ‘third’ in the life of a couple. She calls for new definitions of monogamy and new ways of thinking about trust that will enhance active engagement and intimacy in marriage. She covers it all - from sexual alchemy, hook ups, the nature of desire and emotional affairs to the cataclysmic feelings of betrayal and loss experienced by a jilted partner. She also guides the reader through different ways couples come back from crisis and redefine their marriages. This book is for everyone - single or married, gay or straight in committed relationships or looking for new ways to navigate them.

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ISBN: 9780062322586
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harper - October 10th, 2017

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This meticulously researched, brave and intelligent book demonstrates that the mass incarceration of civilians during war has been practiced around the world for more than a century. Andrea Pitzer traces the evolution of concentration camps from 1890’s Cuba up through the Boer War, Russian Revolution and Holocaust, and she finishes with Guantanamo, where, she writes, “we have detainees in indefinite detention.” One Long Night  is no easy read. But it is surely a book for the times, as we come to grips with the chilling implication that yes, it can happen here.

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ISBN: 9780316303590
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 19th, 2017