September 2014

Testament of Youth

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By Vera Brittain, Mark Bostridge (Introduction by), Shirley Williams (Preface by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780143039235
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

One of the most heartrending and “romantic” memoirs of World War I. Testament of Youth is a classic, first published in 1933, among the literature of  the Great War, in its description of the impact of the war on women and the middle class. The unimaginable loss and sacrifice of a generation is rendered  beautifully through Brittain’s words. Her experiences as a volunteer nurse (VAD) in the armed services, a university student before and after the war, and a  tireless advocate for peace and feminist causes make this a defining and timeless work. A film version of Brittain’s work releases in the UK  in 2015.

Ellen


Everything I Never Told You

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781594205712
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Published: Penguin Press - June 26th, 2014

A completely captivating and suspenseful story of tragedy and loss for a lonely Asian-American family in 1977 Ohio. 'Lydia is dead', the adored middle daughter; and the mystery surrounding her death shapes the personal histories of her parents, Marilyn and John, as well as Lydia's brother Nathan and sister Hannah. They each have secrets and sorrows and dreams, some shocking, some familiar, all riveting and unforgettable. Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You will resonate and leave you wanting more from this marvelous local author.

Megan


Insel

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By Mina Loy, Elizabeth Arnold (Editor), Sarah Hayden (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781612193533
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 13th, 2014

An unjustly lost masterpiece of art, ideals, and philosophy by one of the important American writers you might not have heard of. Mina Loy was an influential modernist poet and surrealist artist, who is due for a major revival. Insel brings together her poetic talents and her artistic vision into one blistering, intellectual novel and will hopefully re-introduce America to one of its forgotten masters.

Josh


Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781451678741
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 22nd, 2014

Michelangelo’s impossibilities (antisocial as well as artistic)are the reason we think of an "artist" as other than an anonymous skilled laborer. Arranged around 6 major works, Unger's book beautifully blends history (bad popes, Medicis) biography and perceptive analysis. A fascinating study of an artist and his time (the High Renaissance - with Leonardo, Machiavelli, Raphael, Vasari etc.) regardless of your aesthetic.

Gary


All the Light We Cannot See

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

I bypassed this book originally because I have had my fill of World War II books, but decided to read it when I heard the rumor (false), that the author is related to writer Harriet Doerr. I’m glad I changed my mind! All the Light We Cannot See weaves together interesting characters, a captivating plot, beautifully rendered settings, a lyrical writing style and multiple layers of metaphor and meaning into an imminently readable and unforgettable novel.

 

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Accidents of Marriage

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ISBN: 9781451673043
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Published: Atria Books - September 2nd, 2014

Maddy Illica’s husband Ben shouts and throw things, but he’s not dangerous, not like the husbands of the battered women she counsels. Or so she thinks. Then one day he does more damage to her and their family than she could ever imagine. A deeply moving look at the destructive power of emotionally abusive relationships, and the lies and secrets that drive them.

Chris


The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781476739083
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Published: Atria Books - June 3rd, 2014

The Twelve Dancing Princesses meets The Great Gatsby in this sumptuous fairy tale retelling set against the backdrop of Manhattan in the Roaring Twenties. Jazz is hot, alcohol is plentiful, and Jo "The General" Hamilton shepherds her eleven sisters between speakeasies by night and their prison of a house by day, always vigilant against their father's controlling hand... until disaster strikes. Cast out alone, the girls must fend for themselves for the first time, and learn, finally, how to be free. A deliciously unexpected re-envisioning of a classic tale.

Rebecca


The Devil in the Marshalsea

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ISBN: 9780544176676
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Published: Mariner Books - June 10th, 2014

Listed as one of the best crime novels of the year by The Guardian (UK), this is historical fiction at its best. So thoroughly researched and evocatively written you can feel and smell London - in particular the Marshalsea debtors' prison - of 1727. This rip roaring tale does not give us the sentimental Marshalsea of Dickens' Little Dorit but something entirely more brutal, corrupt and festering in its insidious detail. Any fans of David Liss' Benjamin Weaver series will love this.

Susannah V.


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