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A fast-paced and detailed retelling of the misadventures of real life character Hugh Glass.
I enjoyed it more than the movie.
Surfs Up! I am not a surfer, but I thoroughly enjoyed William Finnegan's recounting of his love and his passion for surfing. It ranges from his childhood in Hawaii to Australia and finally to NYC. The book offers a view of life filtered through surfing.
A powerful meditation on memory and loss, both personal and communal. An eldersley couple set off on a quest to visit their son in a Post-Arthuran Britain, but an amnesia causing mist clouds the truth of what is or isn't really happening. Haunting.
Finally out in paperback, but, unfortunately, without the photographs. This is a more realistic and character driven dystopian novel. Radley, the main character, returns from abroad to a changed America and she sets out on a journey to find her parents and ultimately herself.
If you liked "The Game of Thrones" try Dan Jones' rousing history of Englands early ruling family, the Plantagenets, who were as manipulative, as ruthless, as mad and as cruel as the Lannisters and the Targaryens. It's a fast paced look at 300 years of English history that includes the the crusading of Richard I, the establishment of the Magna Carta and the start of the Hundred Years' War.
First book in an action-packed fantasy series from VT author Brian Staveley. For those who enjoy the scope and gritty realism of Geoge R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" fantasy series. The three surviving children of a slain emperor must make their way in the world that is intent on killing them.
A "Doctor Who" meets "Sherlock Holmes" that lives up to the billing. At turns funny, at turns macabre, always thrilling. And told by a pluckly femaile narrator. A great adventure story!
P.S. Do not stare at the frog.
The perfect comedy of errors! Take one odd couple and add "the ingenious us of food as an offensive weapon" and you find yourself enjoying a delightful farce filled with wicked humor.
The story of a chef who finds himself among pirates, led by the notoriously demonic Mad Hanna Mabbot, it is a delicious seduction. From the bitter to the salt to the sweet, this nover offers a full menu of adventure.
A great historical biography that takes a rather unconventional view of the reign of Henry VIII by focusing Thomas Cromwell, the commoner who rose to be a valued minister to the King and helped bring about the English Reformation. For those who love great writing and politics. Won the Booker Prize (as did its follow up "Bring Up the Bodies").
NOW on PBS!
Warren Ellis brings his visual storytelling skills honed from his comic and graphic novel work, his obsessions with present and future technology, and his flair for fast paced dialog to a novel that is part modern police procedural, part CSI drama, part serial killer monologue, and part techno thriller. What starts out as a really bad day for Detective John Tallow, as he sees his partner shot dead in front of him, suddenly becomes a potentially career ending day with his discovery of an apartment full of guns that lead back to a host of unsolved murders. The plot moves forward at a relentless pace. Ellis gets you inside the heads of all the characters, including the psychotic serial killer who has composed the room full of weapons. I think it should appeal to those readers who like their cops a little damaged and self-destructive as well as those who liked The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I hope that Ellis continues to explore this fascinating cast of characters in future books.
Look in the bottom of your cupboard for your dutch oven and buy this book. You'll be making bread that looks like the one on the cover (and tastes even better).
I am a big, big fan of "The Thief of Auschwitz". This new book was an unexpectedly fast read for me (almost finished it in one sitting). It manages to convey the harsh realities of World War II concentration camp life, the value of art and the acts and impact of love, while using a sly, sardonic humor to avoid becoming too dark and too depressing. Central to the novel is a painting of young girl bathed in sunlight and the novel itself seems to glow with that same sunlight, contrasting the darkness and shadows all around it. The book reminded me of Vonnegut with its counterbalance of comedy and tragedy, especially the modern day voice over bits from Max, an artist and camp survivor. Clinch leaves many things unsaid even as he tells his story in great detail. I am so glad we have the book available now, so I can put it in the hands of you, my customers.
A fascinating, conversational and human portrait of Lucian Freud told as the famous painter paints a picture of author Martin Gayford. Lots of lovely art too!
A quirky, compelling, compassionatel novel of place, healing and the infinite capacity of listening to the universe. A favorite read.