Life Class - Pat Barker

On the cusp of World War I, Paul Tarrant is ready to abandon his studies at the Slade School of Arts due to what his instructor has called a lack of feeling. While Paul struggles with the choices he must make, the woman he loves keeps him at a distance and war finally begins, dragging everything he knows into it. Pat Barker’s Life Class (Anchor, $14.95) deftly weaves emotional conflict with the horrors of a war we still struggle to understand. With a love story at its center, this book resists simple conclusions; rather, it plays out much like life itself, chaotic and imperfect, but beautiful nonetheless.

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ISBN: 9780307387806
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Anchor - January 6th, 2009

The Invention of Everything Else - Samantha Hunt

“Magic, religion, the occult—all of it—they are excuses to not believe that wonders are possible here on Earth,” says Nikola Tesla, the Serb inventor of alternating current and radio in The Invention Of Everything Else (Mariner, $13.95), by Samantha Hunt. This strange and marvelous novel portrays Tesla’s final days at the Hotel New Yorker in the 1940s, seen through the eyes of Louisa, a chambermaid. From his conversations with birds, Martians, and Mark Twain, to his ideas for inventions ranging from telepathy to teleportation, Tesla’s sensitivity and brilliance transcend such mundane considerations as poverty, sanity, and death itself.

People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

In People Of The Book (Penguin, $15) Hanna, a book conservationist, is entrusted with restoring the six-hundred-year-old Sarajevo Haggadah, which, it is hoped, will unite a ragged Bosnia following the Bosnia and Herzegovina wars. As Hanna begins her work on the mysteries of the text, Geraldine Brooks takes us on an extraordinary journey across six centuries and four continents, giving us the story of the Haggadah as well as the truth about Hanna’s own past. Brooks’s richly layered narrative explores the interfaith strife and heroism that renders the Haggadah a powerful character for those who have loved it over centuries of religious and political conflict. This is a superb novel for those who like their summer reading quick but literary, and who are looking for a smart, engaging book.

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ISBN: 9780143115007
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Published: Penguin Books - December 30th, 2008