David D

Review/Club Monaco Staff

David is from Texas but not Austin.

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David D's Reviews

The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism

by: Mark Zwonitzer

In his second book The Statesman and The Storyteller, Mark Zwonitzer (producer, director, stand-up guy) creates and engaging world rich with detail. His admiration for both Twain and Hay is infectious, while still allowing the reader the head space to form their own opinion on two American icons. An A+ pick up for any non-fiction reader.

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Nobody is Ever Missing

by: Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey's melancholic debut novel tells the story of a woman who leaves behind her listless life and marriage to explore a much less predictable foreign countryside. Elyria is bored with stability when she books a one-way ticket to New Zealand, where she drifts from town to town motivated by nothing but the vague idea of seeking out new experiences.

Elyria's former life is never satisfyingly explored, but enough details are given to provide a framework for the internal exploration of a complex character. Lacey's style is composed of clever (sometimes too clever), circling interior monologues that, like Elyria, meander a little aimlessly. This is probably the point, but the style can sometimes come across as a dizzying gimmick.

Still, it doesn't take long to recognize Lacey's potential (the first sentence will probably entrance you), and while the book has it's faults, it's a quick, worthwhile read from a promising author.

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  • A Single Man

    By Christopher Isherwood

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374533878
    • Publisher: Methuen
    • Published: 1980
    Welcome to sunny suburban 1960s Southern California. George is a gay middle-aged English professor, adjusting to solitude after the tragic death of his young partner. He is determined to persist in the routines of his former life. A Single Man follows him over the course of an ordinary twenty-four hours. Behind his British reserve, tides of grief, rage, and loneliness surge—but what is revealed is a man who loves being alive despite all the everyday injustices. When Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man first appeared, it shocked many with its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in maturity. Isherwood’s favorite of his own novels, it now stands as a classic lyric meditation on life as an outsider.
  • Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths

    By Philip Freeman

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781451609981
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: January 2013
    A professor of classics and visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity school presents modern interpretations of traditional Greek and Roman myths that render classic themes accessible to a new generation of readers.
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    By Susan Cain

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307352156
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
    • Published: January 2013
    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts-Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak-that we owe many of the great contributions to society. Passionately argues, superbly researched, and filled with idelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
  • The Sense of an Ending

    By Julian Barnes

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307947727
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: May 2012
    This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. 163p.
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    By David Brooks

    Our Price: $18.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812979374
    • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: January 2012
    With an updated and eye-opening postscript that encapsulates and further explores the ‘new sciences of the mind’, New York Times columnist David Brooks’ bestselling The Social Animal provides a moving intellectual adventure, a story of achievement, and a defense of progress. The book tells the story of how success happens, told through the lives of one composite American couple. Harold and Erica. Drawing on a wealth of current research from numerous disciplines, Brooks takes Harold and Erica from infancy to old age, illustrating a fundamental new understanding of human nature along the way: The unconscious mind, it turns out, is not a dark, vestigial place, but a creative one, where most of the brain’s work gets done. This is the realm where character is formed and where our most important life decisions are made – the natural habitat of the social animal. Brooks reveals the deeply social aspect of our minds and exposes the bias in modern culture that overemphasizes rationalism, individualism, and IQ. Notes, Index.

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