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The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate

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ISBN: 9780307740816
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Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

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ISBN: 9780307740823
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Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

Read together these two irresistibly charming novels show the fascinating world inhabited by the British Upper class of the 1920’s and ‘30’s in all is sparking glory. Nancy Mitford was the eldest of the famed Mitford sisters and her novels are a barely disguised story of her family with all its aristocratic eccentricities intact and on display front and center.These books are a look back at world long gone, but always fascinating.


Talking into the Ear of a Donkey

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ISBN: 9780393343649
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 5th, 2012

Robert Bly’s most recent book Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey contains poems that range from insight fully humorous to wildly precious observations of what being human entails.  He is this year’s recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s most prestigious award the “Frost Medal” for “ distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.”

One Came Home

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ISBN: 9780375869259
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

True Grit meets Little House on the Prairie when 13-year-old Georgie Burkhardt goes looking for her missing sister Agatha. With her Springfield rifle in hand and Agatha's friend Billy McCabe trotting along to keep an eye on her, Georgie chases passenger pigeons, grifters, and rumors about Agatha all across southern Wisconsin -- and even though she's not looking for trouble, she finds plenty of that too.


Travels with Epicurus

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ISBN: 9780143121930
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Published: Penguin Books - October 30th, 2012

Taking Epicurus as his guide, Klein meditates on a philosophy of old age while on an extended visit to the Greek Island of Hydra. His choice of epigraph neatly sums up the heart of this little gem of a book, “Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.”

Etiquette and Espionage

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ISBN: 9780316190084
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2013

Wit and whimsy collide in Gail Carriger's young adult debut. Adventurous Sophronia isn't interested in being "finished," but that's before she learns that finishing school involves curtsying and throwing knives. At the same time. Throw in a mechanical dog named Bumbersnoot, pirates traveling by dirigible, and a mysterious missing prototype, and you have what is commonly known as a madcap adventure led by a one-of-a-kind heroine. Fans of Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series will recognize this steampunkified Victorian world where werewolves wear top hats and vampires are more foppish than bloodthirsty, and newcomers will fall in love for the first time.

Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

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By Eugene Trivizas, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689815287
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 1st, 1997

This very funny fractured fairy tale with delicious illustrations by the legendary Helen Oxenbury, will appeal to any young child who just loves knocking things down!   This big bad pig is a can-do kind of fellow and the wolves so post-modern in their choice of house building materials, that an unusual solution to the mayhem has to be found.   


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ISBN: 9780380730407
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

When it’s cold outside, cuddle up with this classic tale of psychological suspense about a naive young girl married to a mysterious older man and living with him in his elegant mansion, which seems to be haunted by the spirit of his dead wife. Is it haunted, or is it that the housekeeper is out to get her? Moody, atmospheric and guaranteed to keep you turning the pages, Rebecca is a gripping tale not to be missed.

Lust for Life

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ISBN: 9780452262492
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Published: Plume Books - June 1st, 1984

It’s February, and time to settle into a good book. This novel, based largely on his letters to his brother Theo, is an intimate view of the complicated and tumultuous life of Vincent Van Gogh. It was so captivating, that when the end drew near I put it down and walked away, unable to bear the thought of finishing it.

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!


Gun Machine

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ISBN: 9780316187404
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 1st, 2013

A broken down cop leading a cluttered life, three of New York's most powerful men, a hunter, a random shooting, and ghosts of old Manhattan. Gun Machine is unlike any other cop and crime novel you've read. Warren Ellis turns his mad scientist's imagination on the genre, twisting old forms into sharper and smarter versions of themselves.


2012 Pick of the Year: The Bartender's Tale

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ISBN: 9781594487354
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 21st, 2012

In The Bartender’s Tale, Ivan Doig creates a new chapter in the town of Gros Venture, Montana.  Rusty, a boy of twelve and “an accident between the sheets,” narrates his summer with his father, Tom Harry, bartender and owner of the Medicine Lodge. Rusty never knew his mother, and their simple life unravels as he wonders who she is. The tension between his father’s past and his love for his son is a story told with wit and craft.


2012 Pick of the Year: The Sisters Brothers

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ISBN: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco - February 14th, 2012

A Western in the style of Cormac McCarthy and David Milch, a Western that makes you forget you're reading a Western. You'll find yourself laughing, grimacing, enraptured. Some passages were rough to read, as those days were to live --but deWitt's writing is that good, his characters that alluring, that I absolutely had to see the brothers through their journey's end. One of the best books I've read since McCann's Let the Great World Spin.

2012 Pick of the Year: Capital

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ISBN: 9780393082074
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 11th, 2012

A great fat London novel that cleverly exposes all the grubbiness, fragmentation and materialism of society which now prevail.  By focusing on one street and many of the new immigrants currently found there, Lanchester is less Dickens and maybe more Studs Turkel but the stories are always believable, heartbreaking, funny and human.    Loved it.