My Lunches with Orson

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My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805097252
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Published: Metropolitan Books - July 16th, 2013

Golden, just golden! You like serious cinema history?  You like outrageous Hollywood dish? Page after page of nuggets dispensed over languid lunches at Ma Maison by the old master with director Henry Jaglom and others, edited by film author Peter Biskind (Easy Riders, Raging Bulls).


Pineapple Grenade

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Pineapple Grenade: A Novel (Serge Storms #15) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061876936
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 10th, 2012

Like Carl Hiaasen, Dorsey is a native Floridian and a newsman (so he knows the way things really work under the surface).  He expresses his rage at the rampant degradation of his state with wicked, absolutely berserk humor.  Like Hiaasen dialed up to 10.


Zoo Station

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ISBN: 9781616953485
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Published: Soho Crime - May 28th, 2013

Run through all of Alan Furst?  Caught up with Philip Kerr?  Long since read the original Eric Amblers? Despair not - David Downing's British journo/spy John Russell fills the bill nicely. Zoo Station is the first of the "Station" series (the titles reference German train stations).


One and Only

Carolyn Cassady, Edie Parker, Joyce Johnson and other women in the Beat sphere have published memoirs, but never Lu Anne Henderson, Dean Moriarty's girl Marylou in On the Road. Kerouac biographer Nicosia (Memory Babe) interviewed Lu Anne towards the end of her life and together with her daughter has built a frankly astonishing narrative portrait and Beat myth addition/corrective.


The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China

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The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China: A History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780809030750
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Published: Hill & Wang - April 9th, 2013

Culminating in 1900, the technologically superior European powers (and Japan) essentially helped themselves to rotting Qing Dynasty China, so arrogantly that a groundswell peasant army (surreptitiously supported by the Empress) finally attacked their crypto-colonizers, resulting in several battles, sieges and international diplomatic shenanigans. A great narrative of a major puzzle piece of the Great Game of empire and hegemony.


The Cineaste

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ISBN: 9780393239157
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

Jordan's book lives in that ephemeral residual dreaminess left over from a just-seen movie, with unlikely mind-scenes, extrapolation and fantasy inspired by specific films and, in a wondrous central section, a poetic exploration of pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Movies and poetics: a perfect symmetry.


The Iliad

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By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translator), Bernard Knox (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140445923
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Published: Penguin Books - July 1st, 1991

The Odyssey is full of tales and adventures; the Iliad is one vast combat narrative centering on the psychopathic super-warrior Achilles and warfare jacked up by direct intervention of the gods. Fagles' translation vividly captures the gore, insanity and stark beauty of that most intense of human experiences.  2700 years old and still one of the greats.


The Fall of the House of Dixie

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The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400067039
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Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

It's satisfying to dip into the ongoing stream of historical Civil War literature and be able to say "This is a good one!". Levine looks into the Confederacy's complex subcultures, classes and motivations and comes up with some fascinating fresh  insights, as well as succinct renderings of pertinent battles and campaigns.



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