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One and Only

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One and Only: The Untold Story of on the Road and Luanne Henderson, the Woman Who Started Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady on Their Jou Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781573449557
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Published: Viva Editions - April 2nd, 2013

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.

Gary


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
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ISBN: 9780809030750
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Published: Hill and 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.

Gary


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.

Gary


The Iliad

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By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translated by), Bernard Knox (Introduction by), Bernard Knox (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780140445923
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Published: Penguin Classics - 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.

Gary


The Fall of the House of Dixie

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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.


Gary


Tremor of Forgery

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ISBN: 9780802145642
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Published: Grove Press - November 8th, 2011

Highsmith goes deepest into her trademark amorality (the Tom Ripley books) and enters Graham Greene territory:exotic plot and  locale and unusual moral questions.  She also manages to catch that strange North African torpor familiar to readers of Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky.  Like a weird fever dream.


Gary


An Army of Phantoms

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An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War Cover Image
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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!

Gary


The Second World War

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ISBN: 9780316023740
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 5th, 2012

Beevor has written several excellent books about particular aspects of the war, and now his complete overview of the subject is  a superb addition to the latest generation of WW2 literature. He writes a compelling narrative and brings fresh insights and perspective and pulls it all together beautifully.


Gary


War on the Waters

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War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807835883
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 17th, 2012

Huzzah!  A new book by the Pulitzer-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, my choice for the go-to one-volume history of the Civil War.  Here he treats the naval aspect of the conflict with the same compelling narrative style as Battle Cry, including blockade runners, extraordinary battles for dominance of the crucial Mississippi River and the total game-changing introduction of ironclads.
Gary


The Hollow Man

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ISBN: 9780062136718
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 23rd, 2012

A straight-out-of-the-gate crime masterpiece by first-time author Harris.  Something about the UK produces knockout first  novels by crime writers - The Ghosts of Belfast; The Guards. This is another one.
Gary


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