1941: Fighting the Shadow War

It's always fascinating to see an in-depth and somewhat alternative view of a history we think we know about. 1941 saw a sharply divided American public arguing about whether to get into the war or not, with Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and the rabidly anti-Semitic Charles Lindbergh leading the isolationist camp and Roosevelt trying to help Churchill and Europe while not breaking promises he had been forced to make in the 1940 presidential campaign. Deeply researched and engagingly written.  Wortman will be at PSB on May 10.

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ISBN: 9780802125118
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 19th, 2016

For the Glory

Remember Chariots of Fire? Eric Liddell was even more driven and amazing than the movie version. After the Olympics, he went back to China as a missionary, but ended up in a prison camp during World War II.

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ISBN: 9781594206207
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Published: Penguin Press - May 10th, 2016

Without You, There Is No Us

In 2011, Suki Kim traveled to North Korea to teach English at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Her memoir of her time spent teaching the sons of North Korea's elite is haunting, disturbing, and informative.

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ISBN: 9780307720665
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Published: Broadway Books - October 13th, 2015

Farnsworth's Classical English Metaphor

If you love language, or have a particular flair for the dramatic in your speech, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a great Father's Day gift in advance (Nice initiative! Good on you!) or the perfect graduation gift for that English, philosophy, history, or really any humanities major in your life, this is the book for you. An elegant compendium on the art of comparison, composed of the finest metaphors in modern memory.

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ISBN: 9781567925487
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - April 7th, 2016

Something New

In her newest memoir, Lucy Knisley chronicles her experiences dealing with the wedding industry and all the social and cultural expectations around getting married. It's humorous and heartwarming, combining memoir, DIY, and criticism in one thoroughly enjoyable read -- especially if you're a 20- or 30-something with a mailbox full of invites.

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ISBN: 9781626722491
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Published: First Second - May 3rd, 2016

Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

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By Dan Fox
ISBN: 9781566894289
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 5th, 2016

This is a smart and elegantly argued essay about the necessity of failure, experimentation, and pretending in art and life. Reading Fox is like watching a gymnast perform a floor routine. He lofts ideas and arguments through the air, seamlessly incorporating art criticism, pop culture, and personal narrative into the somersaults, and sticks landing after landing. A celebration of the weird, the challenging, the ambitious, and everything that makes art, music, pop culture, and life interesting.




West of Eden: An American Place

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ISBN: 9780812998405
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Published: Random House - February 9th, 2016

This oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles, looks at five different  families/individuals who lived, struggled, worked, and played there - the actress Jennifer Jones, movie mogul Jack Warner, tycoon Edward Doheny, troubled Jane Garland and Stein's own fascinating family.  Their stories are woven into an intense, illuminating and sometimes tragic tapestry.




The Coyote's Bicycle

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ISBN: 9781941040201
Availability: On Order at the Warehouse
Published: Tin House Books - February 22nd, 2016

Taylor's narrative style parallels the movements of the book's central figure, El Indio: roaming the borderlands, looking for what's hidden in bushes, for openings in the fence, a method of trespass. Though there is a clear motivation to Taylor's search--to find out where all of the bicycles came from--he gives us scenes that skirt the center, letting us piece together the journey ourselves, which turns out to be a heartbreaking one.



The Lady and Her Monsters

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ISBN: 9780062025838
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 22nd, 2013

The narrative of Mary Shelley’s fascinating life interwoven with stories of history’s real-life Doctor Frankensteins. Perfect for history nerds and book buffs alike.Mackenzie


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