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Author of the bestselling Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann weaves three seemingly disparate stories into one: the visit of Frederick Douglass to Ireland in 1845 where he sees the famine firsthand and meets a young Irish girl who flees her homeland for America; the flight across the Atlantic by two World War I veterans in 1919; and the trials of former Senator George Mitchell, as he tries to broker an Irish peace in 1998. This book is a brilliant combination of fact and fiction written by a master craftsman.
This is the American version of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and an equally good story. Please don’t judge this book by its cover.
This modern day story of suspense reads like a fairy tale. Jeremy Johnson Johnson (his real name) lives in the town of Never Better and helps to run the Two-Book Bookstore, where there are only two titles for sale. The ghost of Joseph Grimm, one half of the Brothers Grimm, is his closest companion and protector. Meanwhile the nefarious Finder of Occasions watches and waits.
For the real full-bore bloodshot weird side of folk America, the late great Harry Crews is master of the stuff Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor only hinted at.
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).
What else is there to do during summer vacation but create a new civilization? Wesley, who's always been a bit of an outsider, does just that -- he grows a staple crop, invents a language, makes his own clothes, and develops a culture, all in his own back yard.
What are the crayons in your box thinking? Bet you never considered that question. Did you know, for instance, that yellow and orange are not speaking due to their differences about the color of the sun. This is a book for anyone who colors, appreciates the work of Oliver Jeffers, or just plain likes to laugh. An original.