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An Infamous Army

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An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and War (Historical Romances #9) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402210075
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 1st, 2007

Romance, war, intrigue, romance. What more could you ask of the premier romance writer of the early 20th century!?  The story is set in Brussels in the months preceding the  famous Battle of Waterloo and is really a novel of that battle with romance attached. An Infamous Army is used by Sandhurst, the British War Academy, to teach about the battle. It has amazing fidelity to formations, movements, and men in all sorts of armies. And, you get to see British high society at their best and worst. Read and come back for more Heyer!

Jane J


The Dovekeepers

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ISBN: 9781451617474
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Published: Scribner - October 4th, 2011

Set in ancient Israel, The Dovekeepers tells the story of four extraordinary women; their struggles, secrets, loves and eventual fate while living at Masada in the Judean desert, where nine hundred Jews died trying to fight the Roman army.  A thoroughly researched novel, The Dovekeepers is rich in detail and written with Hoffman’s usual grace tinged with a pervasive sense of mystery and unyielding destiny.

Nathan


Wicked River

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Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307473578
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

It seems everybody on a Mississippi river boat was out to cheat, swindle, outright rob or even kill you if you were unfortunate enough to be an innocent pilgrim.  It was a wild and raucous bunch who peopled the wild and roiling river, and Sandlin, in addition to painting a vivid picture of the dangerous physicality of the greatest of America's merchantile waterways, packs this flavorful history with river pirates and professional gamblers, rapscallions and adventurers, wrecks and epic Civil War engagements.  The title is apt.

Gary


Family Meal

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The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780714862538
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 3rd, 2011

Every day the staff at el Bulli sat down together for a family meal before service. The meals were simple, hearty affairs designed to help power the chefs through their long night, but still spiced with the creativity that made Feran Adria and elBulli world famous. With elBulli now closed, this book will be closest we can get to tasting Adria’s genius.


Josh


Lives and Letters

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ISBN: 9780374298821
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 26th, 2011

Gottlieb (formerly editor in chief of Simon and Schuster and editor of The New Yorker) has collected here his remarkable sketches (and then some) of well-known figures mostly from the literary and entertainment worlds. The first, and longer, section takes us into the (often intimate) lives of people whose names we all know, from Judy Garland and Harry Houdini to Bruno Bettelheim and the Mitfords. The Letters include an essay on the crime novels of two First Daughters (“White House Whodunits”) and “Analyze That: H.D., Bryher, and Freud”—all are witty, informative, and, of course, beautifully written. A lot of fun with, at imes, a delicious whiff of gossip.

Joan


Hemingway's Boat

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Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400041626
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Published: Knopf - September 20th, 2011

In
a brilliant conceit, Hendrickson hangs this wonderful hybrid of
biography, rumination, analysis and celebration of Hemingway upon the
period of his ownership of the Pilar, his
custom made fishing boat.  Even readers of earlier Hemingway
biographies will find loads of fresh riches, back story and context.Gary


War

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ISBN: 9780446556224
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Published: Twelve - May 17th, 2011

Sebastian
Junger spent over a year with a platoon in the Korengal Valley in
Afghanistan to document what the experience of war feels like for
today’s front-line soldiers. This book and the documentary film Restrepo
he made with Tim Hetherington are the result. Junger’s book is both
powerful and profound and filled with insights as to how men respond to
and are affected by combat.Dale


Satori and Shibumi

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ISBN: 9780446561921
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 1st, 2011

Winslow - one the best thriller writers working today (Savages, Power of the Dog)  - was so taken by Trevanian's Shibumi that he took the character and ran with it.  This is not a farmed-out hack job but a superb, deeply-considered expansion of the original.  He pulled it off, big time: it blew me away.

Gary


Shibumi: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400098033
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Published: Crown - May 10th, 2005

Possibly the most elegantly wicked of the cold war thrillers, Trevanian's masterpiece was a hit in 1979 and delivers just as much pleasure today with its exquisite plotting, biting wit and snarky geopolitics. The Russo-Japanese Go master/assassin protagonist is so compelling the great Don Winslow (Savages, Power of the Dog) was inspired to resurrect him in the new smasher Satori.

Gary


Young Romantics The Shelleys, Byron, and Other Tangled Lives

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ISBN: 9780374532932
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 29th, 2011

Drawing upon documents found as recently as 1991, Hay describes in deeply satisfying detail the emotional and commercial interconnectedness of a group of talented young  people, whose philosophical and political beliefs brought them together when all were well under 30. Her use of their extensive correspondence is so successful one feels one is overhearing their conversations at breakfast. The later fabrications and exaggerations of some of the principle players are stripped away, and we learn not only the real story, but the motivations for invention.

Joan


The Language of Flowers

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ISBN: 9780345525543
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 23rd, 2011

Insight into the dysfunctional foster care system and an education on the meanings of flowers is deftly woven into a story of abandonment, hope and redemption.  Tough girl Victoria is my favorite character of 2011and I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down until I had finished it.  It's heartwarming, moving, devastating and uplifting all at once and will definitely be read in my book group soon.  

Susannah


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