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RevaThe one known as Reva arrived at Peregrine from none know whence in days of Yore, before the Implementation of Correct Bookstore Procedures brought us to the Era of Science and Enlightenment. She may be glimpsed in cob-webbed Corners, muttering dread Imprecations and performing Sacrifices to the Hoary Powers to which, it is whispered, she owes her Situation as Floor Manager. From these Mutterings, her favoured Words may be divined: roil, mulch, seethe, slake, shudder, and laudanum - among others too Terrible to be here writ down.
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The Buried Giant Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455796
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Published: Vintage - January 5th, 2016

In The Buried Giant Ishiguro surpasses even his earlier masterpiece, The Remains of the Day. His perennial themes of remembrance, self-delusion, and the corrosive action of reality upon ideals propel protagonists Axl and Beatrice through a deeply unsettling early-medieval landscape teeming with human and inhuman dangers. Like others they meet, the aged couple have lost something they do not fully comprehend; its regaining may destroy what little they have left, and reverberate far beyond their own lives. Slowly the mysteries unravel towards a culmination that is equal parts bitter heartbreak and unspeakable beauty. A year after first reading The Buried Giant, I still feel this is emotional territory never before articulated. –Reva


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The Summer Book Cover Image
By Tove Jansson, Kathryn Davis (Introduction by), Thomas Teal (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590172681
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Published: New York Review of Books - May 20th, 2008

I lost a lot of sleep over The Summer Book. Not because it's suspenseful: because it's wonderful. Jansson gazes clear-eyed and wryly at mortality through a series of vignettes that follow a small girl and her grandmother on a tiny Finnish island in summer. There is no plot, per se, but by the time the final chapter left me with the grandmother's nighttime thoughts in the balance point between changing seasons, I could taste her lifetime's harvest of lambent summers. –Reva


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The Wake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977177
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015

Kingsnorth delivers an astonishing, visceral howl of rage and grief from an Anglo-Saxon landowner who sees his family, his home, his livelihood, and his entire world destroyed in the Norman Conquest. The very language is a protest, an arcane but powerful evocation of Old English. The Wake disturbs in addressing a deep forgotten cultural wound that's yet to heal. –Reva


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The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250060242
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 12th, 2015

James Rebanks is a shepherd from a long line of shepherds in the Lake District in England, an Oxford graduate whose passionate commitment to his ancestral way of life never wavered from early childhood. This book is about the reality of traditional farms and farmers: how they are not just a thing of the past, but critical to our future as creatures who must make a living on and from the Earth, and find a working peace with ourselves and one another. Rebanks' account of his shepherding year resounds with love for his place in the world and its hard-earned beauties. Read it and gain the understanding and respect traditional farming so richly deserves. –Reva


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The Goshawk Cover Image
By T. H. White, Marie Winn (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590172490
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Published: New York Review of Books - October 2nd, 2007

White's lovely and idiosyncratic phrasing (better known to readers from The Once and Future King) would be a pleasure to read on any subject. This tale of his botched training of a goshawk between the World Wars is a lens through which we are privileged to see so much more: loneliness, frustrated desire, human frailty, love. –Reva


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A Man Lies Dreaming Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781612195049
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Published: Melville House Publishing - March 15th, 2016

At first, the brutality of this insane novel hits you like repeated kicks to the gut. While you're gasping on the floor, the black, black, sly humour, and unsparing compassion take over. There's a twist, and it's not what you think it is. Questions of identity which will shock you lie at the heart of this brilliant noir, at once an eye-widening homage to classic pulp and Raymond Chandler, and a real achievement in its own right- an enfant terrible addition to post-Holocaust literature. —Reva


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H Is for Hawk Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802123411
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2015

MacDonald combines her training of a goshawk, her wild grief after her father's death, and a meditation on T.H. White's pained memoir The Goshawk into a story of knots and strings, trust and loss, death and fear and letting go. She spits forth short shining sentences like a hawk tearing feathers from a pheasant's breast. What emerges is a visceral exploration of the fraught, rich bonds between animal and human, and the presence of death that defines the lives of both. —Reva


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Not My Father's Son: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062225061
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 7th, 2014

Without ever shying away from the worst of his pain, Cumming writes with admirable grace, humor, and humility, making Not My Father's Son as moving and meaningful as it is suspenseful. I enjoyed it immensely.
–Reva
Read Reva's complete review of this book in Kudos.


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The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl Cover Image
By Martin Windrow, Christa Hook (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780374228460
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - June 10th, 2014

When in the summer of 1976 Martin Windrow - military historian, bachelor, and "not particularly an 'animal person'" - broke his back in a parachuting accident, he made a natural but life-changing decision: he wanted an owl. Thus begins a memoir that will appeal most strongly to animal lovers and ornithologists, but whose value as a tale of companionship, related with generous humor and gruff grace by a writer who has mastered his craft, is universal. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. –Reva
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The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen: Selected Poems Cover Image
$4.00
ISBN: 9780486475455
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Published: Dover Publications - September 20th, 2010

A sensitive translation by Wallace Fowlie renders these works into English. Voluptuous, burning, and heavy, at times foreshadowing Neruda, Baudelaire's poems shudder as if with fever and sing of beauty and horror in the same breath. I can't open this little volume without being arrested. –Reva


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The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure Cover Image
$38.95
ISBN: 9780520260245
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Published: University of California Press - May 9th, 2011

Odd that the medieval notion that humans alone, of all life forms on Earth, are capable of emotion persists among the group once known for its willingness to accept the evidence of their senses at the risk of challenging old beliefs: scientists. Without going where the layperson cannot follow, biologist Balcombe bookends the beautiful photographs with well-reasoned arguments for animal sentience. –Reva


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Black Unicorn Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781596871625
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Published: iBooks - December 1st, 2005

Tanaquil, daughter of the sorceress Jaive, distinguished only by her conspicuous lack of magic and a talent for mending broken things, fears she may never escape her mother's isolated and magically chaotic castle in the desert. But then a unicorn bone finds her, setting into motion a destiny far stranger than any she had imagined. A divine fantasy, crafted with sly wit, intelligence, and an uncanny knack for the surprising and sublime, full of delights both great and small.


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The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684854670
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 2nd, 2002

'Atlas' is just the word to describe this essential text on depression. Solomon writes both from personal experience and as a deeply patient, insightful observer. There is nothing coldly clinical about this book, nor does it at any point stray into the realm of sentimental platitudes. If you genuinely want to learn about depression, you can do no better than this. –Reva


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Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780684831831
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Published: Free Press - October 18th, 1996

This landmark work on the connections between madness and creativity is essential reading for anyone affected by manic depression (bipolar disorder), and equally fascinating for those who aren't. A dazzling antidote to the superficial generalizations of pop psychology. –Reva


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The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545356619
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 1st, 2012

In a riotously dystopic future Zimbabwe, three privileged siblings tumble into an adventure involving a criminal talking monkey, trash-people, a traditional village preserved against time, and Soul Stealers. Hot on their trail are Ear, Eye and Arm, detectives whose qualifications include mutation-enhanced senses and a gift certificate to Mr. Thirsty's Beer Hall masquerading as a diploma. Hilarious, intricate, outrageously imagined, and truly creepy-- a winner! –Reva


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The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316086868
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 12th, 2013

You will never perceive the world in the same way again, after reading Krause's passionate and knowledgeable examination of the sound-scapes that form an invisible and disregarded, but all-important other dimension of the world around us. –Reva


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Parade's End Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780307744203
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2012

This classic and its protagonist- kind, brilliant, honourable-to-a-fault, emotionally repressed Christopher Tietjens– have thoroughly captured my heart. A paragon of integrity in a corrupted age, aristocratic but ill-starred Tietjens is forced to re-evaluate his unyielding standards in the face of a world shattered by war. Piercing, compassionate, deeply humane. Brings to life a lost age, a crucial period in history, and a cast of superbly realised characters. –Reva


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The Last of the Wine Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375726811
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2001

Through the eyes of the young Athenian Alexias, Renault illuminates the dying days of that city's golden age with her characteristic immediacy and grace. This is the closest you can come to meeting Socrates, Plato, Phaedo, Alcibiades and Xenophon in the flesh. A tale of war, famine, friendship and love. –Reva


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The Whispering Muse Cover Image
By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780374289072
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 30th, 2013

Simply thinking about this book gives me shivers. Sjón combines sly comedy with myth and history to form a powerful & surrealistic fable involving transformations of the body, of the heart, and of the natures of reality and time, seen through the eyes of stuffy fish-loving narrator Valdimar Haraldsson. Indelibly beautiful writing with images sharp as salt spray. –Reva


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West with the Night: A Memoir Cover Image
By Beryl Markham, Sara Wheeler (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780865477636
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Published: North Point Press - January 22nd, 2013

This memoir by the formerly famous, pioneering aviatrix/horse trainer/celebrated beauty has rarely received the recognition it deserves. The teeming plains and white hunters of British East Africa, the barely-tested skies come alive again in these masterfully crafted episodes from a life of uncompromising freedom: funny, thrilling and moving. One of my 'desert island' books. –Reva


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Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Sigrid Undset, Tiina Nunnally (Translator), Tiina Nunnally (Notes by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780143039167
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Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2005

This trilogy, a pillar of Scandinavian literature, follows a woman's life in 14th century Norway from the innocent naïveté of first love, to the inexorable passion that sets her at odds with her beloved father and dictates her destiny, through the pains and disillusionments of married life, to the bitterness and reflections of old age. More than just an engrossing evocation of medieval Norway, Kristin is a profound observation of life and the heart, relevant in any age. A haunting masterwork. –Reva


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Blacksad Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595823939
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Published: Dark Horse Comics - June 22nd, 2010

Here's the graphic novel for the person who isn't sure about graphic novels – and the one to amaze fans of the genre. This smashing trilogy of mysteries starring John Blacksad, P.I. (who happens to be a cat), has received nearly a dozen international awards, and for good reason. The stories are page-turners in classic noir style, the concepts are intriguing, the artwork is superb, atmospheric & brimming with period detail. I love it! –Reva


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The Blue Fox Cover Image
By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780374114459
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 30th, 2013

A man is hunting a fox. Or is the fox hunting him? An herbalist is burying a woman with Down's syndrome, for years the nearest thing he's had to family. What connects them to the hunter's fate? A wild & eerie story, written with all the piercing prismatic beauty of ice crystals. –Reva


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The Remains of the Day Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679731726
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

Mr Stevens' sole identity, purpose and ambition is to be the perfect butler, but his new American employer simply doesn't understand. Stevens takes a motoring trip to recruit a former housekeeper back to Darlington Hall, during which his mind lingers over the past, and the choices that have determined the course of his life. Gently, almost imperceptibly, this book will crush your heart-- and you'll love it. A once-in-a-lifetime experience of loss, beauty, and longing. Seconded by Jeremy. –Reva


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American Gods Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780380789030
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Published: HarperTorch - April 30th, 2002

The old gods, brought to America by waves of immigrants, rally to battle for their lives against the new gods of media and internet, strip mall and TV. Shadow, an ordinary man, is swept into a world where a coin can be the moon, where the boundaries between life and death, real and unreal no longer have meaning, where gods may break their promises but mortals cannot. Great fun, twisty and intelligent. –Reva


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The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143123828
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2013

Young Tristan Hart is gifted, sensitive, ambitious-- and dangerously mad. Captivatingly weird, unsettling & lovely all at once, his tale is a deep-sea dive into what constitutes pain and joy, motive and action, madness and sanity, good and evil. Those of strong stomach and curious mind will find tremendous fulfillment here. Wolf writes with humour, respect for the subtleties of the human psyche, and a palpable love for the story's setting in the fey chalk downs of Southeastern England. –Reva


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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316197014
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 2nd, 2012

This supplement (endorsed by the estate of Conan Doyle) to the Sherlock Holmes canon is as much a treat for exacting Holmesians as it is for anyone who loves a good mystery. A white silk ribbon is all that connects Irish gangsters, child murder, and a secret that people in high places will stop at nothing to protect-- and Holmes stop at nothing to uncover. Breathtaking thrills, classic Conan Doyle-like touches, and at the heart of the tale, Holmes' and Watson's complex & enduring friendship. A delight. –Reva


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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation Cover Image
By Seamus Heaney (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393320978
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2001

Heroics, doom, gore, monsters, epic battles, a dragon– it's all here. The translation of the first English masterpiece, a tale over 1000 years old that still grips the imagination and feeds the Western European subconscious. –Reva


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Ragnarok: The End of the Gods Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780802120847
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Published: Canongate Us - March 26th, 2013

I am in awe of this dark, roiling, mad affliction of a book. A marrow-creeping retelling of the Norse myth. –Reva


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From the Mouth of the Whale Cover Image
By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780374159030
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 30th, 2013

In 17th-century Iceland, the healer Jónas Pálmason reflects on his eventful life from exile on a barren island. Dream and memory mingle in a tale that resembles an epic poem, encompassing human cruelty, love of family, and the transcendent sustenance of the natural world. –Reva


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Master and Commander Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393307054
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 1990

This, my dear, is the first book in the great immortal adventure story of the world. The finest, funniest, most thrilling & fulfilling epic narrative in English, peopled by the best-drawn and most memorable characters we know of. O'Brian will sweep you away. Be you sea-dog or lubberly literary cove, read it, for all love! There is not a moment to be lost! –Reva


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Flight 714 to Sydney Cover Image
By Herge
$11.99
ISBN: 9780316358378
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 1975

The return of the rotten Rastapopoulos! A hijacked plane! A mysterious, volcanic island! How will Tintin and his friends survive? This is one of my favorite Tintins. –Reva


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D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780440406945
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 1st, 1992

So it's a kids' book. So what? This vibrantly illustrated classic is the ideal introduction to Greek myth for any age, fairly simmering with life and imagination. My mother grew up with this book, and so did I. A treasure. –Reva


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Smilla's Sense of Snow Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385315142
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Published: Delta - October 1st, 1995

A harsh, fierce story with a harsher, fiercer heroine; a murder mystery with many moments of visceral beauty and insight. Smilla, half Danish and half Greenlandic, refuses to accept the official version of how a child, her former friend, met his death. Her pursuit of the truth will take her through the bleaker wastes of human nature and her own heart. –Reva


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D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781590171257
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Published: New York Review of Books - May 31st, 2005

Are your kids interested in stories of gods and supernatural beings? Looking for an introduction (for any age) to the wonderful world of Norse myth? Look no further! –Reva


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Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679737438
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Published: Vintage - October 29th, 1996

An absorbing ethnography of an all-but-ignored people. Cuts through layers of falsehood and romanticism to harsh realities that reveal as much about non-Roma as it does about the Gypsies themselves. –Reva


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Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393088984
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 24th, 2013

This brisk little book is so funny, it's easy to forget that it's also highly insightful cultural criticism. Eagleton spares no one in his surgical yet affectionate comparison of the cultures of England, Ireland, and the USA. Surprisingly profound. –Reva


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Paradise Lost Cover Image
By John Milton, William Kerrigan (Editor), John Rumrich (Editor)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780375757969
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Published: Modern Library - September 9th, 2008

Oh, go on, don't be scared. Satan, cast from heaven with his angelic armies after their failed insurrection, undertakes to journey alone through the gates of Hell – guarded by Death itself – across a terrible void, and through the realm of Chaos, in order to reach Eden and there wreak revenge on God by corrupting Adam and Eve. Let Milton's poetry flow over you in this towering epic, one of the great wellsprings of modern English literature. –Reva


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An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780312622053
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2011

One of the most beautiful, moving books I've ever read – certainly my favourite travelogue, and a genre-transcending treasure. Elliot chronicles his experiences in Afghanistan with great humour and keen sensitivity. –Reva


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Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now--As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062005861
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Published: Ecco Press - February 5th, 2013

Anyone interested in London or city life in general will be enthralled with this portrait of the venerable yet ever-modern metropolis. To browse through these pages is to stroll at random through London streets and lives. –Reva


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Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780967089737
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Published: New Trends Publishing - October 1st, 2012

This indispensible cookbook proves with solid biochemical and evolutionary evidence that there is no better way of eating than the way of one's ancestors. The antidote to diet hype and the pseudo-science pushed by processed-food conglomerates – if I could only have one cookbook, this would be it! –Reva


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Fantastic Mr. Fox Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142410349
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

A joyous, giddy adventure – quintessential Dahl. Three nasty, rich farmers want to do away with Mr Fox and his family, who live off of their plump poultry. Easier said than done! Dahl's sharp-toothed humour, boundless imagination and love for those who must live by their wits are on delightful display here. One of my all-time favourites. –Reva


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No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812982442
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Published: Random House Trade - August 30th, 2011

The book to read about the history, cultures, and conflicts (internal and external) of the Islamic world. Concise, accessible, and quite beautiful. –Reva


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Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780345396815
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 22nd, 1995

Pinkola Estés combines myth and depth psychology in this invaluable book about what the author calls 'the life of the soul'. –Reva


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The Long Goodbye Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780394757681
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - August 12th, 1988

This is the stuff, right here. Not only is Chandler the grand master of noir fiction, he is a writer of the first calibre who never fails to leave me breathless. Likewise The Long Goodbye is more than just a complex, gripping mystery– it's a lyrical & melancholy work of art. –Reva


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Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143123576
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

Fascinating stuff. Explores rabies' role in human culture through history, as an atavistic horror bound up with our most basic concepts of what it is to be human, as part of enduring cultural phenomena (vampires, zombies, werewolves, spirit possession), as a deadly scourge, & as a critical scientific problem. As deliciously gory as it is thought-provoking. –Reva


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Odd and the Frost Giants Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061671739
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Published: HarperCollins - September 22nd, 2009

I love the deceptive simplicity, humour & magic of this book. Odd rescues a bear in difficulty, and is drawn into a quest to help three gods return to their home in Asgard. Gaiman's prose is clear and uncluttered and his sense of adventure finely balanced: cosy, not safe. He delights, but never coddles the reader. I highly recommend this tale for adults as well as young people. –Reva


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The King Must Die Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780394751047
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Published: Vintage Books USA - February 12th, 1988

Renault brings to life Theseus, slayer of the Minotaur, as well as the savage, mysterious world of pre-Classical Greece in this marvelous historical adventure. Rarely is a past and forgotten world recreated as resonantly as in Renault's novels. –Reva


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Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060515232
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Published: Harper - February 9th, 2010

A delightful collection of tales eerie and odd by the inimitable Gaiman. I particularly enjoyed his extremely clever Sherlock Holmes-meets-H.P. Lovecraft story, 'A Study in Emerald', and an adventure featuring Shadow, from American Gods, in 'The Monarch of the Glen'. –Reva


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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307886811
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 17th, 2013

A memoir, written with warmth and ease, of the author's Soviet background as expressed through a series of meals representing stages of Russian history: a personal and historical tale as infinitely layered, complex and redolent as the legendary kulebiaka (see p. 12-13!). –Reva


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Four Major Plays: Volume 1 Cover Image
By Henrik Ibsen, Rolf Fjelde (Foreword by), Joan Templeton (Afterword by)
$6.95
ISBN: 9780451530226
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Published: Signet Classics - June 6th, 2006

Along with Rosmersholm, the four plays collected here are the ones I'd most recommend to that lucky soul about to discover Ibsen for the first time. No especial interest in theatre needed: these read like gripping novellas, each a study of what happens when everyday hypocrisy, vanity & cruelty tear the social fabric to reveal the wild & dangerous truths beneath. –Reva


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All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385535410
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 29th, 2013

Being a charming compendium of historical delights and curiosities, in the form of a book of hours: the naming of stars, the dressing of Louis XIV, the waltz's 'fatal contagion', the sleep of flowers, cards with Casanova, and more. –Reva


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Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780374526788
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 25th, 1999

This is the one to get if you love Heaney: it spans 30 years of his work and includes his Nobel Lecture as well as sequences from The Cure at Troy and Sweeney Astray. Also the one to get if you don't love Heaney: because you will. His poetry stings and lingers like peat smoke; it speaks to the marrow of your bones. –Reva


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The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780865478022
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Published: Faber & Faber - November 12th, 2013

A book examining the role of handwriting in human life: dry? Didactic? Not a chance, with Hensher writing it. His irreverent sense of humour and genuine passion for the subject make this a thoroughly engrossing read even for those who aren't immediately susceptible to the charms of statements such as this: 'Ink runs in our veins, and shows the world what we are like.' –Reva


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ISBN: 9781590172179
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Published: New York Review of Books - October 17th, 2006

So delightful! Tales of the Norse troll-folk will entertain any child with an interest in mythic stories, & the exuberant, lovingly done pictures make every page burst with life. Like everything else by the D'Aulaires, an heirloom book. –Reva


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Paula Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061564901
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2013

In addition to its sheer scorching beauty, this memoir of Allende's dying daughter has a great deal to teach about grief and transcendence. –Reva