October 2012

The Swerve

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern By Stephen Greenblatt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

A veritable intellectual historical thriller concerning the wire-thin survival into modern times of Lucretius' On the Nature of Things - an astonishingly humanist view arrived at centuries before the Enlightenment. It reads like a novel, and reminds us of how tenuous can be the survival of ideas - especially when a power structure like the Roman Church is trying to obliterate them.


Gary


We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

The perfect Halloweeny read- creepy tension builds up slowly to a devastating climax. Teenage Mary Katherine lives in a decrepit mansion with her sister and uncle: “The rest of my family is dead.” But then cousin Charles shows up to wreck her perfect home and destroy the family- at least, that’s what she says. But should we believe her?


Marie


The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

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The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393343144
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2012

This
is one of the best works of criticism in recent memory.  Nelson
examines everything from Yoko Ono’s weird performance art to the
contemporary horror flick in a sweeping attempt to understand the nature
of cruelty in art and determine how moral beings might navigate a world
enriched and complicated by it.  Her voice is incendiary, sensitive,
and thoroughly unpretentious.  Though I was a fan way back at Jane: A Murder, The Art of Cruelty put Maggie Nelson on the map as a thinker to watch.Kim


Hitchers

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Hitchers By Will McIntosh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781597803373
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Published: Night Shade - September 25th, 2012

Just about the time cartoonist Finn Darby's getting over his wife's death, an anthrax attack hits Atlanta; he soon realizes the dead are slowly coming back via the bodies of the living--including his wife. A weird and wonderful body snatchers tale for this Halloween.


Jennifer


Beautiful Ruins

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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel By Jess Walter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061928123
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Published: Harper - June 12th, 2012

In 1962 the world was scandalized when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love on the set of their epic movie Cleopatra in Rome.  Beautiful Ruins returns to this romantic time weaving their story with that of Pasquale, a young Italian, who falls in love with a dying American actress working on the film.  Is she truly dying, or merely pregnant?  Nearly fifty years pass until we find out the truth.

 

 

Nathan


399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young

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399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.  By Nancy Linde Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761168256
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 25th, 2012

They say it only takes 10 to 15 minutes a day AND it's fun....hopefully after I've finished this book I'll never forget anyone's name again, or where I parked the damn car.

Susannah
age 51 and already having "senior moments"


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