September 2014

Testament of Youth

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Testament of Youth By Vera Brittain, Mark Bostridge (Introduction by), Shirley Williams (Preface by) Cover Image
By Vera Brittain, Mark Bostridge (Introduction by), Shirley Williams (Preface by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143039235
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 31st, 2005

One of the most heartrending and “romantic” memoirs of World War I. Testament of Youth is a classic, first published in 1933, among the literature of  the Great War, in its description of the impact of the war on women and the middle class. The unimaginable loss and sacrifice of a generation is rendered  beautifully through Brittain’s words. Her experiences as a volunteer nurse (VAD) in the armed services, a university student before and after the war, and a  tireless advocate for peace and feminist causes make this a defining and timeless work. A film version of Brittain’s work releases in the UK  in 2015.

Ellen


Everything I Never Told You

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Everything I Never Told You: A Novel By Celeste Ng Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594205712
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Published: Penguin Press - June 26th, 2014

A completely captivating and suspenseful story of tragedy and loss for a lonely Asian-American family in 1977 Ohio. 'Lydia is dead', the adored middle daughter; and the mystery surrounding her death shapes the personal histories of her parents, Marilyn and John, as well as Lydia's brother Nathan and sister Hannah. They each have secrets and sorrows and dreams, some shocking, some familiar, all riveting and unforgettable. Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You will resonate and leave you wanting more from this marvelous local author.

Megan


Insel

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Insel (Neversink) By Mina Loy, Elizabeth Arnold (Editor), Sarah Hayden (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Mina Loy, Elizabeth Arnold (Editor), Sarah Hayden (Introduction by)
$15.00
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ISBN: 9781612193533
Published: Melville House - May 13th, 2014

An unjustly lost masterpiece of art, ideals, and philosophy by one of the important American writers you might not have heard of. Mina Loy was an influential modernist poet and surrealist artist, who is due for a major revival. Insel brings together her poetic talents and her artistic vision into one blistering, intellectual novel and will hopefully re-introduce America to one of its forgotten masters.

Josh


All the Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

I bypassed this book originally because I have had my fill of World War II books, but decided to read it when I heard the rumor (false), that the author is related to writer Harriet Doerr. I’m glad I changed my mind! All the Light We Cannot See weaves together interesting characters, a captivating plot, beautifully rendered settings, a lyrical writing style and multiple layers of metaphor and meaning into an imminently readable and unforgettable novel.

 

Porter Square Bookstore Book Group


The Spellman Files

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The Spellman Files: Document #1 By Lisa Lutz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781416532408
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 12th, 2008

Izzy Spellman is the black sheep of her family of private investigators, but that doesn't stop her from solving her little sister's "vacation," overwhelming uptight Detective Henry Stone, and generally saving the day, totally against her will.

Sarah


The Devil in the Marshalsea

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The Devil In The Marshalsea By Antonia Hodgson Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544176676
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 10th, 2014

Listed as one of the best crime novels of the year by The Guardian (UK), this is historical fiction at its best. So thoroughly researched and evocatively written you can feel and smell London - in particular the Marshalsea debtors' prison - of 1727. This rip roaring tale does not give us the sentimental Marshalsea of Dickens' Little Dorit but something entirely more brutal, corrupt and festering in its insidious detail. Any fans of David Liss' Benjamin Weaver series will love this.

Susannah V.


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