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Train Dreams

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250007650
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Published: Picador - May 22nd, 2012

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, this novella is a brilliant portrait of the American character in all its complexities and contradictions. Though the story only tells the tiny slice of American life as experienced by Robert Grainier, the language and images of that story paint a beautiful, compelling, and universal picture.


Josh


Grantland Vol 2

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By Bill Simmons (Editor), Dan Fierman (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781936365975
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Published: McSweeney's - April 10th, 2012

The second volume of Grantland is another collection of some of the best sports and entertainment writing out there. Hits to the head in hockey, the Sandusky scandal, the Brewers, Eddie Murphy’s career arc, the Blur Offense, and Charlotte Hornets’ teal. Whatever the topic, these are insightful and entertaining essays.

Josh


Capital

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ISBN: 9780393082074
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 11th, 2012

A great fat London novel that cleverly exposes all the grubbiness, fragmentation and materialism of society which now prevail.  By focusing on one street and many of the new immigrants currently found there, Lanchester is less Dickens and maybe more Studs Turkel but the stories are always believable, heartbreaking, funny and human.    Loved it.

Susannah


Floating Gold: A Natura History of Ambergris

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ISBN: 9780226430362
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 15th, 2012

Ambergris, a biliary secretion of sperm whales, is one of the most expensive substances on earth.   And though it has been used as everything from a perfume fixative to a seasoning, we still know remarkably little about it.  Kemp's quirky little book bobs through an ocean of information about this fragrant flotsam, picking over New Zealand beaches, whaling histories, seventeenth century newspapers, perfumer's manuals, and the latest marine research in order to bring us the weird, wandering story of this strange commodity.

Kim


Gold

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781451672725
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 3rd, 2012

The world of professional cycling and tenth of a second finishes is the backdrop for this story of friendship, parenthood and the "heartbreak of defeat".  Long-time friends and rivals, Kate and Zoe compete for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team. The voice of Kate's daughter Sophie, suffering with leukemia, is stunningly honest and wrenches everyone back to reality. Cleave is the author of the bestselling Little Bee and Incendiary.


Ellen


Rules of Civility

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ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

Rules of Civility, is a smart, scintillating story set in Manhattan during the late thirties.  He captures the give and take of a complicated three way friendship as they make their way through the ups and downs of jobs, relationships and much good fun and bubbly. Don’t miss this elegant debut book set when rules still mattered.

Jane D.


Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

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ISBN: 9780143121053
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012

A killer read and enthralling sneak peak behind the scenes of the modern day antique business.  It includes an honest look at the Brimfield Fair from a dealer's point of view, and features eye-widening information on addictive collecting and an amazing amount of knowledge and antiquing tips on how not to appear a rank amateur.  Truly fascinating reading for anyone even slightly interested in the business and for those of us who have ever been seduced by a "unique" find or deal.

Susannah


Popular Crime

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ISBN: 9781416552741
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2012

Lizzie Borden?  The Boston Strangler?  Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungen?  A glom of the table of contents reveals just how many actual murders are in the popular consciousness, and Bill James (yes - he of the Baseball Abstract) has been contemplating causes, solutions and meanings for years.  Fans of true crime books (or regular mysteries for that matter) will find these articles enlightening, provocative and as grotesquely fascinating as their subjects.


Gary


The Way of Kings

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ISBN: 9780765365279
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Published: Tor Fantasy - May 24th, 2011

This is the perfect book for readers waiting for the next book in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series. Politics and magic.  Assassination and scholarship.  Old ways in conflict with a changing world. Sanderson may be best known for completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, but if The Way of Kings is any indication, his own Stormlight Light Archive might be the next great fantasy epic.


Josh


Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780312547691
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 24th, 2012

Drinking, singing, the late great Harry Crews, and the greatest game on Earth. This is a great sports memoir, getting to the heart of what makes rugby and ruggers unique, while telling Atkinson’s personal story of growth and discovery.  A must for anyone who’s ever rucked, scrummed, and mauled, and an interesting, insightful memoir of sport and writing for everyone else.


Josh 


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