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The Hare with the Amber Eyes

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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312569372
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - 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: St. Martin's Griffin - 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 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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