Displaying articles for: July 2013

Thinking in Numbers

Mathematical savant Daniel Tammet explores the beauty of the underlying math in our lives – from the passage of time to the reasons behind who we love - and the poignancy of numbers in determining how we decide to live.

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The Glass Ocean

Lori Baker’s debut novel follows the newly orphaned Carlotta Dell’oro as she examines the lives of her parents – glassblower Leopoldo and his cold-but-beautiful Clotilde –  and their romantic trajectory spanning the ages. 

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The Cruel Way

This newly reissued 1947 travel classic recounts two Swiss women driving from Geneva to Kabul, daring to discover strange lands and customs in an era when few Westerners ever crossed into the Middle East.

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My Lunches with Orson

A comprehensive and enlightening collection of recorded conversations between director Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles, filled with fascinating insights into the mind of one of America's all-time greatest actors and directors.

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Zibaldone

The personal notebook of the eminent Italian poet of the nineteenth century, Zibaldone is a behemoth translation - years in the making - of Leopardi’s essential reflections on culture, society and literature of his era.

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Men in Miami Hotels

This Floridian thriller's lush, poetic prose beautifully clashes with its steamy plot:  a Key West gangster goes on the run with the woman he loves after stealing his boss's emeralds.

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Lillian & Dash

Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett, a Golden Age literary power couple responsible for such classics as The Maltese Falcon and The Children’s Hour are astutely portrayed in this unique reimagining of the ups and downs of their romantic trajectory.

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Viral Hate

This enlightening study on the rise of anonymous commentary across social media platforms explores the ubiquitous issue of online hate-mongering, and whether it should be protected under the First Amendment.

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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Nathaniel Piven is a bright young man ruling the Brooklyn literary scene, as well as the hearts of its smitten women.  Yet he constantly struggles with romantic indecision in Adelle Waldman's sharp, modernized comedy of manners.

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The Late Parade

This searing debut poetry collection delivers a sharp exposition on the absurdities and follies of the twenty-first century, with an array of witty, in-your-face quips.

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Kafka: The Years of Insight

Reiner Stach presents an additional volume of his staggering biography of Franz Kafka, this time focusing on the writer’s final years during the malaise and cynicism of World War I that gave rise to his most influential masterpieces.

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Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior

This new English translation of Della Casa’s 1558 treatise on Renaissance politesse delights and informs with its enduring relevance – i.e., not clipping one’s nails at dinner - and its sharp commentary on conformity and societal laws.

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Instructions for a Heatwave

Award-winning Irish author Maggie O’Farrell presents an engrossing, suspenseful tale of family secrets bubbling to the surface on a scorching day during the notorious British heatwave of 1976.

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Tampa

This uncompromising, scalding debut from Alissa Nutting follows Celeste Price, an insatiable sociopath who becomes a middle-school teacher with the sole purpose of seducing her adolescent male students.

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The Universe in the Rearview Mirror

Making the recondite mysteries of the universe accessible to all, Dave Goldberg explores enduring symmetries that have shaped our most profound discoveries in this engaging pop physics history. 

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The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Struggling with depression, Greta Wells volunteers for an extreme psychiatric procedure that ends up transporting her into the lives she could have lived, in this imaginative work of existential time-travel.

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Chocolates for Breakfast

15-year-old rebel socialite Courtney Farrell juggles forbidden crushes, distant parents and love affairs with older men in this manic 1950s novel of female disaffection in New York and L.A.

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Five Star Billionaire

Five Malaysian immigrants try to find success and redemption in the glittering prospects of Shanghai, in this haunting novel about the promise – as well as the façade - of the New China.

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The Skies Belong to Us

From 1968 to 1973, nearly one commercial jet per week was successfully taken hostage.  "The Golden Age of Hijacking" receives an overdue history in this true story of a Vietnam War vet who captured $488,000, political asylum, and Western Airlines Flight 701 in one fell swoop.

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A History of Food in 100 Recipes

From an ancient Egyptian bread recipe written in hieroglyphs to the world's first cupcake, William Sitwell profiles the pivotal foods which have nourished societies and forged civilizations.

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On the Floor

A female investment banker, “the skirt amongst men,” finds herself ensnared in an unsavory plot in the seedy underbelly of Wall Street in this financial thriller, recently longlisted for the Orange Prize. 

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We Have Only This Life to Live

This rich collection of Sartre’s essays on such topics as New York, jazz, Faulkner and the Algerian revolution exudes the existential master's singular conviction of the importance of the self.

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The Mehlis Report

The English language debut of the winner of the 2012 International Arabic Fiction Prize, The Mehlis Report is an intense exploration of an unstable, surreal Beirut, waiting to learn the reasons behind the mysterious death of its prime minister. 

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The Unknown University

Roberto Bolaño is well-known stateside for his massive works of fiction, but he was first and foremost a poet, touting it as the superior art form. This extensive collection of the Chilean writer’s finest verse is worthy evidence of his proclamation.

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The Big Smoke

Adrian Matejka's poetry collection profiles legendary American heavyweight Jack Johnson, the first African-American boxer – outspoken, capricious, and misunderstood – with astounding insight and compassion.

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Bobcat

Rebecca Lee's aptly named story collection is biting and sharp-witted enough to tear readers apart. Plagiarists, adulterers, and confidantes-for-hire prowl this wild Discover Great New Writers selection.

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The Spy Who Loved

Christine Granville was the first female spy to serve Great Britain in WWII, engaging in a career of brilliantly covert forays into enemy territory. This telling biography unveils her fascinating life and shocking murder.

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The Oasis

Back in print after more than a decade, Mary McCarthy's biting and controversial roman à clef profiles a group of Cold War critics who flee to the New England countryside to form a utopian commune. 

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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