David

Greenwood

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ISBN: 9781984822000
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Published: Hogarth - February 25th, 2020

 

Novels that span multiple generations of a family are not particularly uncommon, but it's hard to do them well.  Christie, widely acclaimed in Canada but not well-known in the US, has done just that with this beautiful tale that opens and closes in the year 2038, and in between telescopes back through various points to 1908 and then forward again.  Trees are intrinsic to the book both actually and metaphorically, and the people who interact with them and with each other are drawn thoughtfully and richly.  The book doesn't moralizes but is deeply moral, and the heart of the story, set in the Depression, is riveting.

David


Apeirogon

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ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

A masterpiece of storytelling. Of two real people, an Israeli and a Palestinian man, who both lost teenage daughters (one to a suicide bomber and one to an Israeli soldier's bullet) and who have become close friends and allies in a attempt to reshape common understanding of the conflict.  The novel is brilliant, empathic, illuminating - it will cause you to rethink much of what you "know" and ask questions you didn't know to ask.  The book is not political, it simply weaves together an incredible number of stories and perspectives and history. 

David


The Witches Are Coming

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ISBN: 9780316449885
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Published: Hachette Books - November 5th, 2019

 

Lindy West is a brilliant cultural critic and in this collection she tackles an array of subjects from Adam Sandler to #metoo to abortion rights to (of course) Trump and the right wing.  This book is broader in its ambit than Shrill, her last one, but what really makes it delicious to read is her incisive observation, brilliant wordcraft, and laugh-out-loud hilarity.  She is making deep and important points and reading will make you laugh and be furious at the same time.

 

David


The Atlas of Boston History

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By Nancy S. Seasholes (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780226631158
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 10th, 2019

 

Visually stunning and beautifully designed, this comprehensive history of the city begins with its geological origins (under 4,000 feet of ice in the last Ice Age), through the periods before European colonization, 250 years as the most important city in North America, through the present day.  Many of the maps and illustrations are original for this volume, and the text represents the contributions of 40 historians, scholars and experts. It is that rare item, an indispensable reference book that is informative and gorgeous at the same time.

David


The Body

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ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

 

A tour-de-force tour of the human body - organs, systems, glands, everything you could imagine.  Written for the layperson but chock-full of amazing anatomy explanations as well as factoids that you will want to remember for future conversation but of course will never be able to keep track of (the liver is part of 500 different metabolic processes and contains a quarter of all your blood).  Fascinating digressions about particular diseases, scientists, discoveries and yet more facts. (And if you're an audio-book lover, Bryson's own reading of the book on Libro.fm is fabulous.)

David


Age of Light

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ISBN: 9780316524087
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 5th, 2019

 

When done well - and this is certainly done well! - good historical "bio-fiction" captures their characters' essence but places them in a context of urgency, of narrative and of emotion.  This novel about photographers Lee Miller and Man Ray (she was also his model and muse), in Paris in the late 20s-early 30s, makes you feel like you know them both intimately, that you're in the room for the tempestuous and intense love, fighting, jealousy, art and passion that was their relationship and through which they produced their bewitching and important art.   

 

David 


Boy Swallows Universe

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ISBN: 9780062898104
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Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019

 

Wow, what a book. This book was a blockbuster success in Australia and it deserves every bit of hype.  The momentum of the writing is irresistible, the humor is both dark and laugh-out-loud, and the characters are deliciously compelling.  You won't need a bookmark because you won't put it down.

David


The Parisian

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ISBN: 9780802129437
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Published: Grove Press - April 9th, 2019

 

Mikhat Kamal arrives in France from Nablus in 1914 to study medicine. By the time he returns to Palestine, he has been subtly & indelibly changed by his experience. The next 20 years of the story takes him through currents of early 20th century Arab nationalism, Jewish settlement, & British rule in the years before Israeli independence, all through the lens of his dominating father's pressure to marry &join the family business. The writing is expansive & poignant, the story both intimate & wide-ranging.

 

David


The Volunteer

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ISBN: 9780525558521
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Published: Penguin Press - March 5th, 2019

 

A complex, peripatetic, magnificently written book about identity, war, guilt, and responsibility.  The prose is beautiful, the story is compelling, and you find yourself ripping through the pages in hopes that you will be able to dig down one more layer, to better understand this man and his motivations and demons and secrets.

 

David


Dinner at the Center of the Earth

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ISBN: 9780525434047
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Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2018

 

If you've read Englander before prepare to be surprised - the writing is brilliant as usual, but unlike his previous work it's plot-driven and quite political - practically a thriller. As in his other work, the characters in the story struggle with empathy and conscience and moral ambiguity, but this time in a novel of today's Israel-Palestine with spies and generals and double crossing and informants. A compelling, non-stop read.

David


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