Lost for Words

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ISBN: 9780374280291
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 20th, 2014

A highly entertaining, though sometimes excoriating, send up of a certain British literary award.  After failing to win the Mann Booker in 2006 for Mother's Milk, St Aubyn claimed to have been "relieved", he was then not even long listed for his follow up, At Last, despite protests from his many fans.  Lost for Words is a witty riposte and half the fun is trying to figure out St Aubyn's satirical targets. (thriller writer and ex MI5 head Stella Rimmington is the most obvious). It is both hilarious and somewhat bitter at the same time. I wonder what literary prize committees will do with this next year.... hmmm, tricky.

Susannah and Gary

The Year Without Summer: 1816

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ISBN: 9781250042750
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 11th, 2014

An astounding study in climate change in the aftermath of a monster volcanic eruption (10 times the force of Krakatoa). This single natural event had world-wide consequences: New England blizzards in June; European food riots; panicking establishment of fringe religious sects; mass population shifts; even the composition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  What a year!


A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome

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By Alberto Angela, Gregory Conti (Translator)
ISBN: 9781933372716
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Published: Europa Editions - May 26th, 2009

Great pleasure for the history buff or curious general reader.  Angela picks a specific day at the height of the Roman Empire and follows various typical Romans through their day, illustrating how they dress, eat, etc.  Angela's easy conversational style belies what must be copious research.


Cockpit Confidential

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ISBN: 9781402280917
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Published: Sourcebooks - May 1st, 2013

Just leaf through it!  Whether you fly rarely or all the time,this book will change the experience. The insider's question/answer format covers it all, aerophobia to idle curiosity and everything in between. Should be in the seat pocket instead of the in-flight magazine (yeah, that'll happen...).


Light of Day

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ISBN: 9780375726798
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - December 7th, 2004

Probably page-by-page the most enjoyable of Eric (Coffin for Dimitrios) Ambler's suspense books.  International intrigue,character study, travelogue and straight thrills, narrated by the delightful, sketchy Arthur Abdel Simpson - probably Ambler's most popular creation.


George Hurrell's Hollywood

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George Hurrell's Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992: Images from the Collections of Michael H. Epstein & Scott E. Schwimer Adn Ben S. Carbonet Cover Image
By Mark A. Vieira, Sharon Stone (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780762450398
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Published: Running Press Adult - November 12th, 2013

An almost unbearably gorgeous book full of almost impossibly glamorous people. One of the ancillary art forms spawned by Hollywood in the studio era was the studio star portrait, and probably the master of them all was George Hurrell. Lighting, makeup and wardrobe helped, but look at what there was to work with (see freckled Joan Crawford's before-and-after portraits)!


1775:A Good Year for Revolution

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ISBN: 9780143123996
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

How and why did the farmers, hill people, city lawyers, wealthy plantation owners and other completely disparate peoples - some  of them extremely contrary - join the American revolution?  It's a complex, fascinating story, way beyond the handy school version, and Phillips has done a superb job of laying it all out.  A valuable addition to the ongoing historical record.


Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough

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ISBN: 9780312600761
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 16th, 2012

Wonderfully wrought chapter-length biographies with modern-day hypothetical diagnoses.  They add a depth of insight into the work and, if anything, a greater respect for the producing of literary classics in the pre-antibiotic days.  And if Dr. Ross tires of the scalpel he can certainly take up the pen.Gary

The Postman Always Rings Twice

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ISBN: 9780679723257
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - May 14th, 1989

Of the hundreds of lurid drug store paperbacks from the '30s to the '50s, the big three that live on are Hammett, Chandler and Cain.  The 1st two are seminal American detective literature.  Cain is deliciously raw noir melodrama, and Postman is...well, read the first line...   



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