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A Moveable Feast

By Ernest Hemingway

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

By John Julius Norwich

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A comprehensive history of the papacy by the legendary British historian and author of the three-volume Byzantium series describes the defining relevance of papal authority to the Church, chronicling the unexpectedly violent and colorful historical events that have indelibly shaped the Pope's authority and station. Reprint. A best-selling book.
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Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy

By Eric G. Wilson

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Americans today believe in the power of positive thinking. But who says we're obligated to be happy? Here, scholar Eric G. Wilson contends that melancholia is necessary to any thriving culture, that it is the muse of greatliterature, painting, music, and innovation - and that it is the force underlying original insights. Enough Prozac-on-the brain! Enough Zoloft-anxiety-prevention! It's time to celebrate the depressive side of life as the wellspring of creativity. Time to tear loose from the shackles of positivity and relish the blues that universalize our humanness! This cheerfully misanthropic treatise goes a long way towards embracing one's existence. 163p.
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Armageddon in Retrospect

By Kurt Vonnegut

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Offers a collection of twelve writings - a fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace and humanity's tendency towards violence.
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Assassination Vacation

By Sarah Vowell

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From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to the Dry Torugas, Vowell visits locations immortalized and influenced by the spilling of politically important blood, reporting as she goes with her trademark blend of wisecracking humor, remarkablehonesty, and thought-provoking criticism. In her expose of these 'pit stops of American political murder,' Vowell investigates how 'American death' has been manipulated by popular culture, including literature, architecture, sculpture,and - the author's favorite - hysterical tourism! With all kinds of lighter diversions along the way. 258p. Kindle Price: $12.99
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Bech: A Book

By John Updike

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In this classic novel, readers return to a character as compelling and timeless as Rabbit Asngstrom: the inimitable Henry Bech. Famous for his writer's block, Bech is a Jew adrift in a world of Gentiles. AS he roams from one adventure to the next, he views life with a blend of wonder and cynicism that gives rise to laughter and delight, while wincing in recognition. 206p.
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Cheese Monkeys: A Novel In Two Semesters

By Chip Kidd

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A legend in book jacket graphics, Kidd makes the segue leap to fiction in this, his debut novel all about art school in the 1950s. 274p.
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Chronicles Volume One

By Bob Dylan

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A kind of fusion of On The Road and Bound for Glory accounting of the early Bob Dylan escapee from Minnesota to New York City and his own digs and all the vital folk urge he plunged into and beyond, but word-riffling surgeomatic memory to keep us up to the speed of where he hadn't yet finished arriving or going on beyond. Here are names, circumstances, situations, stuff he ad to make sense of and still create the vastness of what was in him to articulate. This is Dylan raw as his own nerves etching out the inside-out/outside-in of himself alone/not alone. Being all-too-human and catching hold of himself going by. 293p.
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Cloudsplitter

By Russell Banks

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The novel vividly re-creates the antislavery movement of the 1840s, tracing it through the guerilla warfare of Bloody Kansas. Ingeniously narrated by the last surviving son of America's most famous and controversial political terrorist and martyr, John Brown. 768p. Pap.
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Defiance: The Bielski Partisans

By Nechama Tec

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The prevailing, inherited image of European Jews during the Holocaust is that of the 'helpless victim.' But, in fact, many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. Here, Nechama Tec offers a riveting history of one such group, a forest community in western Belorussia that would number more than 1,200 Jews by 1944 - the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in WWII. The author reconstructs for the first time the amazing details of how these partisans and their families - hungry, exposed to the harsh winter weather - managed not only to survive, but to offer protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. A major motion picture.
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Desert

By J. M. G. Le Clezio

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Dreams of Joy

By Lisa See

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Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy. Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets. Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father – the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Joy throws herself into the New Society of New China, heedless of the dangers in the Communist regime. Devastated by Joy’s flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. 375p.
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