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A Year in Nature

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$19.96
ISBN: 9781733653435
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Published: Green Writers Press - May 7th, 2020

 

Cambridge resident Clare Walker Leslie’s latest book is a selection from the nature journals she has kept for many years arranged to follow our year-long journey around our Sun. With her keen eye for observation and delightful sketches and watercolors she inspires us to slow down enough to savor the world around us.

 

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Between the Rocks and the Stars

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780826522757
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Published: Vanderbilt University Press - April 15th, 2020

Daubert’s new book is a collection of wonders. Each short chapter details the extraordinarily complex web of connections all forms of life have evolved to sustain themselves and reproduce, each more incredible than the next.

 

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Michelangelo: God’s Architect

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780691195490
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Published: Princeton University Press - November 19th, 2019

 

William E. Wallace’s lifetime of research clearly informs this wonderfully written account of the last two decades of Michelangelo’s life when he designs and directs the construction of the new St. Peter’s in Rome. Wallace convincingly immerses you what is was like to live in sixteenth -century Rome as well as providing great insight into the genius of Michelangelo’s artistry. 

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Order of Imagination

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By Sarah Kennel (Editor)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780875772400
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Published: Peabody Essex Museum - August 26th, 2019

 

I’ve been following the work of Olivia Parker ever since David R. Godine published the first book of her work, Signs of Life, in 1978. If you didn’t see her career retrospective at the Peabody Essex Museum this fall, you’re too late. You missed an amazing exhibition, but you can still enjoy this catalog of that show

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I Will Never See the World Again

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By Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Congar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590519929
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Published: Other Press - October 1st, 2019

 

Altan, one of contemporary Turkey’s most important writers, currently serving a life sentence on trumped up charges by Erdogan’s  brutish authoritarian regime, has written this profoundly moving prison memoir that ultimately is an expression of the triumph of the human spirit and imagination.

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Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles

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By Kenneth Womack, Alan Parsons (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781501746857
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Published: Cornell University Press - October 15th, 2019

 

Solid State is a compulsively readable and definitive account of the writing and recording of the Beatles’ landmark final album, Abbey Road. Filled with fascinating details demonstrating the creativity and ingenuity of the group, George Martin, and their recording engineers, and even with all that has been written about them, this book is simply a must read for any fan.

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The Education of an Idealist

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ISBN: 9780062820693
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 10th, 2019

 

Power, well-known for her earlier Pulitzer Prize winning book on genocide A Problem from Hell ,  gives us a compelling memoir chronicling her life becoming a tireless human rights advocate first as a journalist and vocal critic of government policy, then through her service as presidential adviser, and finally her appointment as U.N Ambassador, struggling to make a difference by bringing a moral dimension to American foreign policy.

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Playing Changes

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ISBN: 9781101873496
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Published: Vintage - July 23rd, 2019

 

Chinen’s book is so very welcome as books about contemporary jazz are few and far between, but also because it’s terrific. Chinen puts into context each of the various directions players are taking improvisational music today with a studied thoughtfulness based upon careful listening and deep historical knowledge. The discographies bookmarking each chapter as well as his list of essential 21st century albums are good guideposts for anyone’s future listening. 

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Horizon

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ISBN: 9780394585826
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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

 

This book is not for everyone though it is my kind of Summer reading. Its length and rich prose requires close and patient attention. In a sense it’s a summation of Lopez’s lifetime of travels to the distant corners of our planet documenting the interactions of myriad human cultures and the natural world. Terry Tempest Williams recently called it “a masterpiece”. Indeed.

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