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Old Filth

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781933372136
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Published: Europa Editions - June 2006

The nickname Old Filth stands for “Failed in London, Try Hong Kong.” Meet Eddie Feathers whos life encompasses the riches and emptiness of the fading British Empire. Jane Gardam’s writing is sublime, and where many fictional characters fade from memory, Eddie Feathers endears and endures. He is the quiet relative you always knew had an interesting life, but it was never fully discussed. Gardam is a bestselling author in England. Read this, and you’ll see why.

Molly


What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky

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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735211025
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

With her focus on complex and often tragically damaged parent/daughter relationships, Arimah delivers a collection of stories with as much emotional punch as careful attention to language and structure. Her penchant for circular structures especially gives her stories' most brutal moments a crushing inevitability that explores the many ways our past will always collide with our future--whether due to our own actions or those of our forebears.

 

Alexander


Calamities

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781940696270
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Published: Wave Books - September 6th, 2016

Gladman is one of our most exciting and innovative writers, stretching the boundaries of every genre and style she attempts. Calamities is a collection of short essays about everything from navigating the trivialities of daily life to the very nature of narrative and writing.  

Josh


Brideshead Revisited

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780316216456
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 11th, 2012

In Brideshead Revisited, Waugh portrays every aspect in which one might pride oneself, and then eclipses it. Are you sophisticated? Meet Anthony Blanche. An aesthete? See Charles Ryder. Charming? Enter Sebastian. Erudite, heart-wrenching, and witty, Brideshead is a novel to which I am constantly returning, as Waugh masterfully captures humankind's intolerable wrestle with our loss of innocence and the hope of someday coming home.

 

Matthew


Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781573246989
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Published: Conari Press - May 2017

In this deeply affecting graphic memoir, Moss lays out the struggles of trying to live as her husband is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. Her simple drawings reveal the pain and anguish her characters don't know how to express in words, making the format a perfect choice for the story.

 

Marika


Pumpkinflowers

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ISBN: 9781616206918
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 18th, 2017

Many consider Israel's engagement in southern Lebanon in the 90s to have been its most pointless. Friedman, a Canadian-Israeli journalist, has written a compelling account of that war, filtered through the lens of the small deserted outpost (the Pumpkin) in the no-man's land where he was stationed for his army service. Matti Friedman will be here on May 15.


David


The Nemirovsky Question

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The Nemirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300171969
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Published: Yale University Press - November 22nd, 2016

Since the discovery and success of her final novel Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky has had a resurgence in popularity and there is much interest in her life. Suleiman’s book skillfully traces Némirovsky’s rise as a writer of great talent and fame to her death in Auschwitz in 1942.  Nathan

 

Nathan


Ginny Moon

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780778330165
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Published: Park Row Books - May 2nd, 2017

13-year-old Ginny, autistic and newly adopted, is determined to reconnect with her birth mother, but she isn't able to make anyone understand why. So she plots her escape and goes off on her own to save the one person who depends on her.

Sarah


Blitzed

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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328663795
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

Astonishing, history-making jaw-dropper answers many curious questions about the 3rd Reich - for instance, how do you stop a blitzkrieg wherein the attacking army (including Rommel) doesn't sleep for 5 days straight and thinks itself invincible?

 

Gary


Lower Ed

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Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620970607
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Published: New Press - February 28th, 2017

A sociologist looks at why so many turn to for-profit colleges that don't deliver -- but it's so much more interesting than that sounds, because it's really an insightful and well-written critique of pretty much all of modern life.

Sarah


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