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The Most Beautiful Walk In the World

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The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061998546
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 24th, 2011

If you can't be in Paris this summer sit back and enjoy John Baxter's delightful ramblings about the city he loves and knows. He guides us through the streets of Paris lovingly describing where artistes and writers lived and their favorite watering holes. Baxter also takes us down the lesser known historic streets, but also fascinating parts of the city.  Paris is a city designed for walkers and his comparison to Los Angeles is poignant.  After you've read  this little gem of a book  put it on the bedside table in your guest room and let your friends and family fall asleep dreaming about Paris.

Jane D.


In the Land of the Grasshopper Song

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In the Land of the Grasshopper Song: Two Women in the Klamath River Indian Country in 1908-09 Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780803267039
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Published: Bison Books - November 1st, 1980

In 1908, two young women traveled from New Jersey to Northern California, where they spent the next two years living with the Karoks, “bow-and-arrow Indians [who] had no knowledge of textiles or pottery.” They kept a written record of their days there, and their appreciation for the customs of the native population is an antidote to the prejudice they met among the white descendants of the 1852 gold rush. They were extremely brave, often risking their lives, yet their account is delightful in its self-deprecating humor and, above all, their deep attachment to the individuals with whom they lived.

Joan


The Hare with the Amber Eyes

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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312569372
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2011

De Waal, a world renowned potter and curator, inherited a unique collection of Japanese netsuke and decided to investigate their origins.  In this tactilely descriptive memoir he uncovers a rich and tragic family history covering their odyssey from Japan, across the capitals of Europe, back to Japan and Europe once again.  He writes with some humor and personality and a fine eye for detail one would expect of such great artist himself.  A fascinating and educational read.

Susannah


Hellraisers

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Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780312668143
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 26th, 2011

The author has diligently collected a book's worth of tales of operatic debauch starring these four, mixed in (as in cocktails) with thumbnail biographies. Their grand over-the-top acting styles informed their off-screen behavior (and life spans).  We get the stories, they got the hangovers. We'll never see their like again.

Gary


The Man Who Was Thursday

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The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780141033754
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2008

Written in 1908 this early spy thriller, begins with Gabriel Syme being recruited by Scotland Yard to infiltrate the vaguely threatening Central Anarchists Council. Syme deals with the disguises, betrayals, and suspicions that have become the hallmarks of espionage fiction, all while the world around him grows more and more surreal. Touching on themes that are still relevant, Chesterton’s book is intelligently entertaining.

Josh


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