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Pineapple Grenade

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ISBN: 9780061876936
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 10th, 2012

Like Carl Hiaasen, Dorsey is a native Floridian and a newsman (so he knows the way things really work under the surface).  He expresses his rage at the rampant degradation of his state with wicked, absolutely berserk humor.  Like Hiaasen dialed up to 10.

Gary


Zoo Station

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ISBN: 9781616953485
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Published: Soho Crime - May 28th, 2013

Run through all of Alan Furst?  Caught up with Philip Kerr?  Long since read the original Eric Amblers? Despair not - David Downing's British journo/spy John Russell fills the bill nicely. Zoo Station is the first of the "Station" series (the titles reference German train stations).

Gary


One and Only

Carolyn Cassady, Edie Parker, Joyce Johnson and other women in the Beat sphere have published memoirs, but never Lu Anne Henderson, Dean Moriarty's girl Marylou in On the Road. Kerouac biographer Nicosia (Memory Babe) interviewed Lu Anne towards the end of her life and together with her daughter has built a frankly astonishing narrative portrait and Beat myth addition/corrective.

Gary


The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China

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ISBN: 9780809030750
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Published: Hill & Wang - April 9th, 2013

Culminating in 1900, the technologically superior European powers (and Japan) essentially helped themselves to rotting Qing Dynasty China, so arrogantly that a groundswell peasant army (surreptitiously supported by the Empress) finally attacked their crypto-colonizers, resulting in several battles, sieges and international diplomatic shenanigans. A great narrative of a major puzzle piece of the Great Game of empire and hegemony.

Gary


The Cineaste

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ISBN: 9780393239157
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

Jordan's book lives in that ephemeral residual dreaminess left over from a just-seen movie, with unlikely mind-scenes, extrapolation and fantasy inspired by specific films and, in a wondrous central section, a poetic exploration of pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Movies and poetics: a perfect symmetry.

Gary


The Iliad

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By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translator), Bernard Knox (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780140445923
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Published: Penguin Books - July 1st, 1991

The Odyssey is full of tales and adventures; the Iliad is one vast combat narrative centering on the psychopathic super-warrior Achilles and warfare jacked up by direct intervention of the gods. Fagles' translation vividly captures the gore, insanity and stark beauty of that most intense of human experiences.  2700 years old and still one of the greats.

Gary


The Fall of the House of Dixie

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ISBN: 9781400067039
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Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

It's satisfying to dip into the ongoing stream of historical Civil War literature and be able to say "This is a good one!". Levine looks into the Confederacy's complex subcultures, classes and motivations and comes up with some fascinating fresh  insights, as well as succinct renderings of pertinent battles and campaigns.


Gary


Tremor of Forgery

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ISBN: 9780802145642
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Published: Grove Press - November 8th, 2011

Highsmith goes deepest into her trademark amorality (the Tom Ripley books) and enters Graham Greene territory:exotic plot and  locale and unusual moral questions.  She also manages to catch that strange North African torpor familiar to readers of Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky.  Like a weird fever dream.


Gary


An Army of Phantoms

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ISBN: 9781595588333
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Published: New Press - September 4th, 2012

A delicious sociopolitical examination/rumination of the Cold War US via popular culture.  Though primarily a film critic, Hoberman has always put his reviews (even back when he was the Village Voice film critic) in a larger cultural context.  It lives up to the cover art!

Gary


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