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American Eclipse

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American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

August is Eclipse Month, so what better way to celebrate than by reading a fabulous book about the Great American Eclipse of 1878. It was the US government's first big foray into the science business, the zenith of the superstar status of scientist icon Thomas Edison, & the first opportunity modern astronomy would have to use equipment--& understanding--that had never been available for previous eclipses. An informative, compelling & timely read.

 

David


The Weight of Ink

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ISBN: 9780544866461
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 6th, 2017

A British academic is invited to examine a cache of letters found in a boarded-up closet in a 17th century house outside London. The novel alternates between the lives of London Jews of the 1600s whose lives are reflected in the letters, and the contemporary academics who are trying to piece together their stories. Enlightenment philosophy, London's plague and Great Fire, and 17th-century Jewish messianism are all artfully woven into this compelling work of historical fiction.


Hamlet Globe to Globe

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Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 190,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802125620
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Published: Grove Press - April 26th, 2017

London's Globe Theater embarked on an ambitious project of bringing Hamlet to every country in the world, in honor of the Bard's 450th birthday (they made it to almost every one). This book is not just a rich evocation of many of the high points of those travels, but a series of brilliant meditations about the play itself and its continuing relevance in world in which we now live.

David


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


Judas

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By Amos Oz, Nicholas de Lange (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544464049
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 8th, 2016

This brilliant new novel by one of Israel's foremost writers and longtime left-wing political activists (often himself called a traitor) weaves together the stories of two "traitors" whose characterization as such, in Oz's telling, becomes much less clear: the biblical Judas, and a fictional early Zionist who was thrown out of the Zionist Congress because he advocated a unified Jewish-Arab state instead of what became modern Israel. The result is a nuanced story which manages to be full of ideas and philosophy while never being boring or pedantic.

David


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (illus. by Salvador Dali)

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By Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dali (Illustrator), Mark Burstein (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780691170022
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 29th, 2015

Can you think of an artist more suited to illustrate Alice in Wonderland than Dali? The imaginative (and of course surreal) illustrations not only complement the text but lead us to a novel way of looking at something familiar. It will feel like a whole new Alice.

David


Eataly

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Eataly: Contemporary Italian Cooking Cover Image
By Eataly
$49.95
ISBN: 9780714872797
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 24th, 2016

There's no better gift to either get or give than a gorgeous big fat cookbook, especially if it's Italian. And if you've been lucky enough to visit the out-of-this-world food emporium Eataly then just the title of this book will make your mouth water. The recipes are often simple and uniformly delicious, and the pictures are scrumptious. Buy one as a present and one for yourself.

David


Classic Penguin

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Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover Cover Image
By Paul Buckley (Editor), Paul Buckley (Introduction by), Audrey Niffenegger (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143110132
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Published: Penguin Books - July 26th, 2016

No matter how long you've been obsessed with Penguin covers (for me, it's been about 40 years), I think you NEED this book. Art and text are beautifully interwoven, and the images are all the gorgeous Penguins you remember and a whole bunch that you've never seen before. The main problem is that you may now have to go out and buy a bunch more books . . .

David


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