David

Classic Penguin

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By Paul Buckley (Editor), Paul Buckley (Introduction by), Audrey Niffenegger (Foreword by), Elda Rotor (Preface by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143110132
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Published: Penguin Books - July 26th, 2016

No matter how long you've been obsessed with Penguin covers (for me, it's been about 40 years), I think you NEED this book. Art and text are beautifully interwoven, and the images are all the gorgeous Penguins you remember and a whole bunch that you've never seen before. The main problem is that you may now have to go out and buy a bunch more books . . .

David


Alice in Wonderland Illustrated by Salvador Dali

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By Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dalí (Illustrator), Mark Burstein (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780691170022
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Princeton University Press - September 29th, 2015

Can you think of an artist more suited to illustrate Alice in Wonderland than Dali? The imaginative (and of course surreal) illustrations not only complement the text but lead us to a novel way of looking at something familiar. It will feel like a whole new Alice.

David


A Gentleman in Moscow

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

This book evokes all that I love about great Victorian novels - a wry, charming narrator with a probing sense of humor; characters who are intelligent, ironic and perceptive; and a narrative that is episodic without sacrificing continuity or style.  You may not think that a book about a guys stuck in a hotel for forty years would be compelling, but I couldn't put it down and wanted more when it ended.

 

David


Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching

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ISBN: 9781568585284
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Published: Bold Type Books - June 14th, 2016

Smith is writing about things that need to be written about, but aren't. This is a thoughtful and provocative counterpart to Ta Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me, dealing not just with issues of how our society deals with young black men (Smith himself is only 29), but also how that oppression connects to the treatment of women, gays and transsexuals. I predict that you will be hearing a lot about this book.

 

David


Imagine Me Gone

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ISBN: 9780316261357
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 3rd, 2016

Writing convincingly and with nuance about mental illlness, and writing about family without maudlinism or sentimentality, and writing from numerous points of view without making the reader dizzy and confused - all these are difficult, and yet Haslett does them all brilliantly in this novel. The characters are incisive and compelling and the prose is fluid and exquisite. You'll find it hard to put down, and hard to stop thinking about after you do.

David


1941: Fighting the Shadow War

It's always fascinating to see an in-depth and somewhat alternative view of a history we think we know about. 1941 saw a sharply divided American public arguing about whether to get into the war or not, with Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and the rabidly anti-Semitic Charles Lindbergh leading the isolationist camp and Roosevelt trying to help Churchill and Europe while not breaking promises he had been forced to make in the 1940 presidential campaign. Deeply researched and engagingly written.  Wortman will be at PSB on May 10.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802125118
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 19th, 2016

Tuesday Nights in 1980

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ISBN: 9781501121043
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 5th, 2016

Whether you remember 1980 or not and whether you lived in New York or not, this terrific debut gives a vivid sense of art scene in the city at that time.  You feel you've been dumped right into it.  The three principal characters' stories intertwine serendipitously and effortlessly, and by the time it's over you can't believe it's been only a year start to finish.  A book you just about feel compelled to read in one (long) sitting.

 

David

 


Secret History Of Wonder Woman

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780804173407
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Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2015

I can guarantee that you don't know the real story of Wonder Woman. Margaret Sanger and the early 20th century feminist movement, the Harvard psychologist who claims to have invented the lie detector test, the women's suffrage movement, and one of the most bizarre family arrangements imaginable ­ all are a part of the amazing history of the third most popular comic character in the US, behind only Superman and Batman. Cultural history at its finest.

 

David


A History of the Twentieth Century In 100 Maps

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$45.00
ISBN: 9780226202471
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 22nd, 2014

Whether or not you're a map geek, you will want to buy this book as a gift and then keep it for yourself and not give it away.  Maps are much more than geography - 20th century history and culture can be viewed through its maps, and this is an eclectic, diverse and beautiful collection.  A 1901 map of Jewish East London, the world map of Orwell's 1984, a trench map used by soldiers

in the Somme offensive - and 97 more.    

David

 


Lafayette In the Somewhat United States

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ISBN: 9781594631740
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 20th, 2015

Sarah Vowell is certainly not your typical historian. There's been some great colonial history published in the past few years, but hers is chatty, sassy, snarky, and hilarious and thus eminently readable. Lafayette really was as great a friend of the United States as he's chalked up to be, and this unconventional and insightful recounting of his adventures is combined with a larger view of the dysfunction of the early US government and its often inept political and military establishments.

David

 


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