David

Dinner at the Center of the Earth

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ISBN: 9781524732738
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - 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 - 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 - 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 Books - 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


American Eclipse

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ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

August is Eclipse Month, so what better way to celebrate than by reading a fabulous book about the Great American Eclipse of 1878. It was the US government's first big foray into the science business, the zenith of the superstar status of scientist icon Thomas Edison, & the first opportunity modern astronomy would have to use equipment--& understanding--that had never been available for previous eclipses. An informative, compelling & timely read.

 

David


The Weight of Ink

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ISBN: 9780544866461
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 6th, 2017

A British academic is invited to examine a cache of letters found in a boarded-up closet in a 17th century house outside London. The novel alternates between the lives of London Jews of the 1600s whose lives are reflected in the letters, and the contemporary academics who are trying to piece together their stories. Enlightenment philosophy, London's plague and Great Fire, and 17th-century Jewish messianism are all artfully woven into this compelling work of historical fiction.


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