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ISBN: 9780871404237
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 9th, 2015

Informed by the many new discoveries and interpretations of contemporary scholarship, yet eminently readable and conversational in tone, Beard engagingly reexamines what we know of ancient Roman history, in process revising many myths of its thousand year span.




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ISBN: 9780385346481
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 2nd, 2015

An anecdotal look at what’s going on behind the headlines currently in Greece with all its paradoxes and contradictions, told by a journalist who has real affection for the country and its people.




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ISBN: 9780670025626
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Published: Viking - July 28th, 2015

Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the bombing, like John

Hershey’s much earlier book, Hiroshima, Southard brings us the horrific

story of that day and the years that followed  through the detailed, first-person

accounts of five survivors.




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ISBN: 9780062313775
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Published: Ecco - June 23rd, 2015

The inaugural poet Blanco’s memoir of his childhood in Miami is both a quintessentially American immigrant family story and his own singular story of his awakening to his identity as a young gay man. Warm, tenderhearted, and often hilarious, Blanco captures the unique essence of the Cuban exile community in which he grew up.



The Soul of an Octopus

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ISBN: 9781451697711
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Published: Atria Books - May 12th, 2015

So much more of our planet is covered by salt water it should be called Ocean, not Earth. By far the biota of the sea is greater than of land yet much remains unknown about life under the waves.  In a book that’s a delight to read Montgomery introduces us to the remarkable octopus, not the monster of the deep to be feared, but a wondrously intelligent, fascinating creature with real personality.




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The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300185195
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Published: Yale University Press - April 28th, 2015

Deborah Cramer has literally traveled the length of the globe following the odyssey of the red knot, a medium size shorebird that amazingly annually migrates from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego and back. While prodigiously researched, Cramer gives us a very personal, closeup look at the fragility of our increasingly threatened coastal ecosystem.


Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville West and the Creation of a Garden

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ISBN: 9781250060051
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 4th, 2014

Borrowing generously from Sackville-West’s own writings, Sarah Raven gives us a detailed look at the creation of the famous garden in Kent. Though bear in mind southeastern England is not Massachusetts, you’ll still want to keep a notebook handy to jot down all the plants you’ll want to add to your own garden.A perfect antidote for our horrible winter.


Travels with Epicurus

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ISBN: 9780143121930
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Published: Penguin Books - October 30th, 2012

Taking Epicurus as his guide, Klein meditates on a philosophy of old age while on an extended visit to the Greek Island of Hydra. His choice of epigraph neatly sums up the heart of this little gem of a book, “Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.”


Cathedral: An Illness and a Healing

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ISBN: 9781888889758
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Published: Pushcart Press - October 1st, 2014

I am not a Christian let alone do I believe (or even care) whether a God exists or not. But like Bill Henderson, I do believe there are sacred places in this world and the Blue Hill Peninsula is among them.This book chronicles Bill’s construction by hand of a “cathedral” on his land built with local stone over a period of years during which he also is diagnosed, then battles a life-threatening cancer. The spirit of the place and the people who dwell there help to make this memoir both moving and memorable.



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