Seeking the Cave

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Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313461
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 21st, 2014

Thirty years after first encountering the poems of Han-shan, better known here as Cold Mountain, James Lenfestey makes a pilgrimage of sorts to the reputed hillside cave in China where Han-Shan lived as a hermit centuries ago. With Bill Porter (aka Red Pine) as his guide he visits along the way shrines of other important poets and Buddhist temples all the while documenting his journey in both prose and verse.Dale

The Zhivago Affair

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The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307908001
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Published: Pantheon Books - June 17th, 2014

The Zhivago Affair brings to light the involvement of the CIA in the distribution of Pasternak’s epic novel in the USSR which had banned its publication, an involvement which would likely have profoundly disturbed Pasternak had he known about it. But this book tells us much more than just that episode of Doctor Zhivago’s history. It’s really a fuller biographical portrait of the Nobel Prize winning author and a fascinating history of the writing and publication of this his most renowned work undertaken during Stalin’s repressive regime.


Mantle of Command

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ISBN: 9780547775241
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 13th, 2014

Mantle of Command is a masterful re-examination of the under appreciated but pivotal role played by FDR in all the Allied strategic decisions in World War II. With fascinating detail Hamilton compelling narrates how FDR, often at odds with Churchill and his own generals, skillfully maneuvers the Allies to yield to his vision of the best way to achieve victory, a victory that was by no means assured in the early days of the war. Dale

New Life, New Instructions

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ISBN: 9781400069545
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Published: Random House - April 1st, 2014

Caldwell gives us another installment of memoir, here confronting her physical deterioration resulting from her childhood polio and the grief of yet another personal loss, this time the death of her mother. But passage through these crises brings unexpected transformations. What makes her prose so compelling is the depth of feeling she brings to her clear-eyed observations of self.


The Sixth Extinction

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ISBN: 9780805092998
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 11th, 2014

As Kolbert points out, though it seems a rather commonplace idea today the notion that a species can go extinct is a relatively modern discovery.  Science has determined that until the present there have been five mass extinctions each having dramatically altered life on our planet. Examining a dozen species from a variety of ecosystems around the planet, Kolbert explains how we may be currently at the beginning stages of another, this one likely caused by the activities of the human species.


My Promised Land

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My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385521703
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 19th, 2013

Shavit calls upon the story of his own family, his personal experience as a journalist and witness, and the historical record to create this deeply moving and insightful portrait of the state of Israel in all its complexities from the first Zionist settlers to the present.


More Scenes from Rural Life

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By Verlyn Klinkenborg, Nigel Peake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781616891565
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - May 14th, 2013

In a sequel to his last collection, The Rural Life, Klinkenborg once again collects his best pieces from his New York Times column published during the last eleven years. When not otherwise teaching writing in other locales, Klinkenborg lives on a small farm in upstate New York. His keen observations about life there is matched only by the magic of his prose.



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