Staff Pick

The wonderfully prolific Bill Bryson has taken us on trips around Europe and across America; he’s sent us Notes from a Small Island and showed us what life is like Down Under. But this time out, he launches us on a different kind of adventure—taking us on a journey within ourselves. As charming and funny as ever, in his new book, The Body (Doubleday, $30), the inimitable Bryson explores, head to toe, what we’re made of, examining certain body parts, explaining their purpose, and showing us how it all works. Can you believe that just six elements—carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus—comprise 99.1 percent of us? And these can be easily found and purchased, so that if you want to build your own Benedict Cumberbatch, it will cost you around $150,000. But here’s the thing: you won’t be able to do it (massive shame, I know!) because even though we are all made of the same basic elements that can be found in a pile of dirt, we are all beautifully unique and special. This book will educate, entertain, caution, and delight you.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385539302
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

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After the success of The Templars, Dan Jones—my favourite British historian—is back with yet another captivating and astonishing history lesson. In The Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars
for the Holy Lands
(Viking $30) he takes us back a millennium, exploring the reasons behind, and retelling the events of, the biggest conflict between Christianity and Islam in history. Jones has a way of recounting the story as if he was there, making the centuries fall away into a vivid, immediate painting of that distant era. He quickly pulls you into the narrative and you find yourself immersed in the lives of crusaders, slaves, royals, and ordinary people from both sides of the wars. Well researched and brilliantly told, informative and entertaining, Crusaders will have you turning the pages, and it will make you wonder: have we learned anything in the centuries since the events he chronicles, or are we just repeating the past, fighting the same wars for the same reasons?

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780525428312
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - October 1st, 2019

Staff Pick

On Swift Horses takes us back to the 1950s post-war American West. Muriel and Lee are newlyweds and they both have a special connection with Lee’s brother, Julius. Trying to find their place in the world, Muriel discovers racetracks to soothe her restlessness and Julius finds himself in Las Vegas casinos. We get to know the three of them slowly through their thoughts, feelings, and relationships with each other. Slow paced and beautifully written, this is the story of love and trying out luck—the search for freedom and love.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525538110
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

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