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  • Updike

    Updike

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   John Updike
    Format:   Kindle Edition
    Publisher:   Harper (2014, Apr 8th).
    Pages:   

    Library Journal03/15/2014 For this first biography of John Updike (1932–2009), Begley (editor, New York Observer) interviewed the author's friends and acquaintances, scoured library archives for correspondence, and assimilated much of the critical reception of the writer's fiction. He corroborates Updike's autobiographical admission that his destiny was shaped both by his strong-willed mother, who projected her literary aspirations onto her son, and by his birthplace, Shillington, PA, the archetype of the middle-class towns of his short stories and novels (The Centaur; Couples; the Rabbit tetralogy.) In a close reading of Updike's work, Begley fracts the dense shale of his subject's novels, short stories, and poems, extracting autobiographical substance, and melds it into an absorbing narrative. more

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  • Barron's AP European History, 7th Edition

    Barron's AP European History, 7th Edition

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Seth A. Roberts
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Barron's Educational Series; 7 edition (2014, Feb 1st).
    Pages:   512

    vi, 503 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm more

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  • Exodus: A Memoir

    Exodus: A Memoir

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Deborah Feldman
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Blue Rider Press (2014, Mar 25th).
    Pages:   

    In 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Deborah Feldman packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots. She was determined to forge a better life for herself, away from the rampant oppression, abuse, and isolation of her Satmar upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Out of her experience came the incendiary, bestselling memoir Unorthodox, and now, just a few years later, Feldman has embarked on a triumphant journey of self-discovery—a journey in which she begins life anew as a single mother, an independent woman, and a religious refugee. Taking her cues from favorite childhood books read in secret and the modern classics only recently introduced to her, Feldman explores the United States, from San Francisco to Chicago, New Orleans, and the Southwest. more

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  • An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Todd S. Purdum
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2014, Apr 1st).
    Pages:   

    A top Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law that created modern America, on the fiftieth anniversary of its passageIt was a turbulent time in America—a time of sit-ins, freedom rides, a March on Washington and a governor standing in the schoolhouse door—when John F. Kennedy sent Congress a bill to bar racial discrimination in employment, education, and public accommodations. Countless civil rights measures had died on Capitol Hill in the past. But this one was different because, as one influential senator put it, it was “an idea whose time has come.”In a powerful narrative layered with revealing detail, Todd S. Purdum tells the story of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recreating the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made its passage possible. more

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  • The Seven Sins of Wall Street: Big Banks, their Washington Lackeys, and the Next Financial Crisis

    The Seven Sins of Wall Street: Big Banks, their Washington Lackeys, and the Next Financial Crisis

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Bob Ivry
    Format:   
    Publisher:   PublicAffairs (2014, Mar 11th).
    Pages:   

    We all know that the financial crisis of 2008 came dangerously close to pushing the United States and the world into a depression rivaling that of the 1930s. But what is astonishing—and should make us not just afraid but very afraid—are the shenanigans of the biggest banks since the crisis. Bob Ivry passionately, eloquently, and convincingly details the operatic ineptitude of America's best-compensated executives and the ways the government kowtows to what it mistakenly imagines is their competence and success. Ivry shows that the only thing that has changed since the meltdown is how too-big-to-fail banks and their fellow travelers in Washington have nudged us ever closer to an even bigger economic calamity. Informed by deep reporting from New York, Washington, and the heartland, The Seven Sins of Wall Street, like no other book, shows how we’re all affected by the financial industry’s inhumanity. more

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  • True Stories of World War II

    True Stories of World War II

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Terry Collins
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Capstone Press (2012, Aug 1st).
    Pages:   32

    Step back in time and experience World War II through the stories of the people who lived through it. Witness the horror of a prison camp march. Experience the sinking of a U.S. warship. Watch a young French freedom fighter outsmart the Nazis. True Stories of World War II doesnt just tell you the tales of war. It drops you into the thick of combat. more

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  • True Stories of the Revolutionary War

    True Stories of the Revolutionary War

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Elizabeth Raum
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Capstone Press (2012, Aug 1st).
    Pages:   32

    Step back in time and experience the Revolutionary War through the stories of the people who lived through it. Witness the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. Experience the horror of a sneak attack. Watch a mother risk her life by spying for the colonists. True Stories of the Revolutionary War doesnt just tell you the tales of war. It drops you into the thick of combat. more

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  • History

    History

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Charlotte Guillain
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Heinemann-Raintree (2012, Jul 1st).
    Pages:   32

    Do you like history? Do you wonder what you should do when you grow up? Then this book is for you! Read all about different careers that are perfect for history lovers. more

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  • House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address

    House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Gross
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Atria Books (2014, Mar 11th).
    Pages:   

    In real estate–obsessed New York, no new building has captured the city’s imagination—or as many of its richest residents—as Fifteen Central Park West. In House of Outrageous Fortune, America’s foremost chronicler of the upper crust, journalist and bestselling author Michael Gross, turns his gimlet eye on the new-money wonderland that’s sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park. Mixing an absorbing business epic with hilarious social comedy, Gross creates a dishy exposé of today’s wealthiest and most famous. This colorful story recounts the recordsetting building’s inspired genesis, costly construction, and the flashy international lifestyle it has brought to a once benighted and socially déclassé Manhattan neighborhood. more

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  • The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era

    The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Craig Nelson
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Scribner (2014, Mar 25th).
    Pages:   

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Rocket Men and the award-winning biographer of Thomas Paine comes the first complete history of the Atomic Age, a brilliant, magisterial account of the men and women who uncovered the secrets of the nucleus, brought its power to America, and ignited the twentieth century. When Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Edward Teller forged the science of radioactivity, they created a revolution that arced from the end of the nineteenth century, through the course of World War II and the Cold War of superpower brinksmanship, to our own twenty-first-century confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power and proliferation—a history of paradox, miracle, and nightmare. While nuclear science improves our everyday lives—from medicine to microwave technology—radiation’s invisible powers can trigger cancer and cellular mayhem. more

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