February 2015

City of Stairs

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City of Stairs: A Novel (The Divine Cities #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804137171
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Published: Broadway Books - September 9th, 2014

Bulikov once wielded the powers of the Gods to conquer the world. But when its divine protectors were mysteriously killed, the city fell into decay, conquered by those it once dominated. Now a lowly colonial outpost, Bulikov falls under scrutiny when Shara Divani, spymaster, arrives to investigate the murder of a seemingly harmless historian. As Shara pursues this mystery, she begins to suspect that the beings who once protected Bulikov may not be as dead as they seem. A rich, densely packed fantasy which explores questions of colonization, faith, and the meaning of history.


Tiger Writing

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Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self (William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674072831
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 25th, 2013

Gish Jen delivers a concise, engaging look at the profoundly different characteristics that define “good stories” across the cultural divide of East and West. Particularly interesting is her prodding of the accepted wisdom that good writing is always character-driven—a broadly Western and most especially American conceit about the definition of good writing that says more about our own self-conception than it does about the fundamentals of writing itself.


Leaving Before the Rains Come

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ISBN: 9781594205866
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Published: Penguin Press - January 22nd, 2015

Fans of Alexandra Fuller will delight in hearing about the latest difficult chapter in her life which is told with the same candor and humor as her previous memoirs. And for new readers, you are in for a treat. Fuller has a unique ability to grab your heart and not let go.


West of Sunset

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ISBN: 9780670785957
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Published: Viking - January 13th, 2015

This book beautifully walks the fine line between historical fiction and biography. It depicts Fitzgerald's troubled and frustrating last years in Hollywood, struggling against being a has-been and desperately trying to get work to pay for Zelda's sanitarium and their daughter Scottie's education, all while dealing with his own alcoholism and trying to live a "normal" life with his mistress Sheila Graham. Half of the literary and film worlds of the 1930s makes an appearance, and O'Nan intersperses flashbacks of Scott's and Zelda's lives for rich background and context.   


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.”



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