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Flash Boys by Michael Lewis Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes
Caffeinated by Murray Carpenter The most popular drug in America is a white powder. No, not that powder. This is caffeine in its most essential state.
Fire in the Unnameable Country by Ghalib Islam The universe is shaking as Hedayat, the "glossolalist" narrator of Fire in the Unnameable Country is born on a flying carpet in the skies above an obscure land whose leader has manufactured the ability to hear every unspoken utterance of the nation.
By Its Cover by Donna Leon Donna Leon's critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti series has attracted readers the world over with the beauty of its setting, the humanity of its characters, and its fearlessness in exploring politics, morality, and contemporary Italian culture.

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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

The_DovekeepersThe Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman, Scribners, $18.00

The first novel I read by Alice Hoffman was Practical Magic. I was smitten immediately , even though the many covers the book has had over the years leave much to be desired -- I even threatened to wrap every one of them in brown paper!  Most of her books have been past Features, not all though because as much as I love her work and the lyricism of her writing, she can be a bit uneven at times.  But in taking on the full weight of a historical novel -- much less the tragedy of Masada two thousand years ago, she has launched herself to a whole new level of storytelling.  One she takes on with her impressive gift for character, language and insight. ,
Told from the perspective of four women, she brings to life the story of nearly one thousand Jews who fled from the advancing Romans to a mountain, Masada in the Judean desert.  They held out for months until the Romans finally broke down the walls only to find them all dead, choosing suicide to butchery and slavery.  As each narrator tells her story: Yael, (daughter of an assassin), Shirah; (herbalist and wise woman), Revka and her mute grandsons, and Aziza, (raised as a boy and determined to fight the Romans) -- we fall away into a time of fear and passion, resignation and magic told with such fervor and talent -- it takes your breath away.

Comparisons have been made to Anita Diamant's "Red Tent" but I would also compare it to Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon".  But believe me when I say the history of her past novels only slightly prepares you for this book.  In tackling such a subject and taking on not just one fiercely independent and strong woman, but four unique aspects of the archetype, she has created a "women's" masterwork that will be loved by book clubs and course work alike.  In tying to explain the complexity of this novel, I am once again struck by how hard it is to do justice in a review.  So here goes: "Just read the damn thing, you'll be passing it around to friends for years to come".

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Author Signings

Peter Robinson will be joining the Capital Crime Writers at the Main Branch of the Public Library on Saturday morning, May 10th. The date coincides with the release of his latest novel, Children of the Revolution, in trade paper. Perfect Books will be on hand to provide copies. Check the posters in the store for more details.

Great New Titles coming  in April

Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Katherine Boo)  releases in paper on April 8th

Miriam Toew's new novel, All My Puny Sorrows arrives on April 15th

Maeve Binchy's final opus, Chestnut Street, releases on April 22nd

Gone Girl, last year's smash hit, will finally be in our hands in trade paper on April 22nd

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden (by Jonas Jonasson - The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window) will be here April 29th

Michael Pollan's Cooked will be available in paperback also on April 29th

 

 

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