David

Seaweed Chronicles

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ISBN: 9781616205744
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 7th, 2018

 

Don't be fooled - this book is about seaweed but it's really about the whole Gulf of Maine ecosystem - the plants and animals that make it up and the people and corporations who farm, protect, fish, conserve and love this extraordinary and increasingly threatened habitat. And a special bonus - the author will be speaking at PSB on October 9.

 

David


The Mercy Seat

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ISBN: 9780802128188
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Published: Grove Press - May 8th, 2018

 

A quiet, powerful, and brilliant novel, based on the historical case of a black man wrongfully sentenced to death for rape in 1943 Mississippi. The entire story unfolds over a 12-hour period, with chapters alternately assuming the perspectives of a number of people with different relationships to its events - the defendant, his father, the prosecutor, the executioner, the priest, and many others. It is about both overt and subtle prejudice, reflexive vitriol, muted decency, and the profound ugliness and complexity of race in the Jim Crow south.

David


Dinner at the Center of the Earth

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ISBN: 9781524732738
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Published: Knopf - September 5th, 2017

 

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


Asymmetry

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ISBN: 9781501166761
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2018

 

A spectacular debut. These two wholly disparate stories both feature rich dialogue, complicated characters and deep questions - and a final coda at the end answers some very fundamental questions. You will definitely be hearing about this writer again and this book is a wonderful place to start.

David


The Waters and the Wild

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ISBN: 9780812989540
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Published: Random House - April 3rd, 2018

 

This is a "thriller" in that it begins with a death that takes the entire book to unravel, but it is much more literary, philosophical & poetic than I think of a typical thriller to be. It is introspective & thoughtful, told largely through letters, & Harrison's prose is as much a driver of the book's appeal as the plot itself. I found myself getting lost in the language and his philosophical digressions, only to be drawn back to the central mystery and its surprising resolution.

 

David


Poet X

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ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

 

A novel in verse. Acevedo writes lyrically of being a teenager, a Latina, a twin, a Catholic, a daughter - and all her identities swirl together as we witness the creation of a poet. As soon as I finished the book I felt I had to start reading her poetry immediately.

David


Ali

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ISBN: 9780544435247
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 3rd, 2017

This is not a book about boxing, although if you are not a boxing enthusiast you will certainly learn a lot about the sport. It is much more a book about one of the most outsized personalities of the 60s,about race relations and politics and Vietnam, and about how Cassius Clay went from being a poor kid in Louisville to "The Champ" and "The Greatest". A very compelling read, and worth all the pages.

David


Princess Bride Deluxe Edition

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ISBN: 9781328948854
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 10th, 2017

If you love the movie and you haven't read the book, buy it. If you haven't seen the movie, buy the book, read it and then see the movie. If you have read the book and love the movie, then buy it and give it to someone else who has not yet been initiated. If you've never heard of The Princess Bride . . . well, that's just inconceivable.

 

David


The Women in the Castle

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ISBN: 9780062563668
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Published: William Morrow - March 28th, 2017

You will find this beautifully written historical novel quite different from other World War II fiction you may have read. Spanning the periods before, during and after the war, the women of the title - three widows of men who in different ways had resisted the Nazis - find themselves in a dilapidated castle, coming to terms with the very complicated moral and emotional choices they have been forced to make. Winner of the 2017 New England Book award for fiction.

David


Max Perkins

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ISBN: 9780399584831
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Published: Berkley - June 7th, 2016

He has since written terrific biographies of Lindbergh and Woodrow Wilson, but Berg's debut introduced the world to Perkins, a towering and largely unknown literary giant who edited many of the greats of the early 20th century. It took them 40 years to realize it would make a good film.

David


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