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Tragedy in the Commons by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan In Tragedy in the Commons, Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, founders of the non-partisan think tank Samara, draw on an astonishing eighty exit interviews with former Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to unearth surprising observations about the practice of politics in Canada.
Enlightenment 2.0 by Joseph Heath Over the last twenty years, the political systems of the western world have become increasingly divided—not between right and left, but between crazy and non-crazy. What’s more, the crazies seem to be gaining the upper hand.
The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic featuring the irresistibly mischievous Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews Miriam Toews is beloved for her irresistible voice, for mingling laughter and heartwrenching poignancy like no other writer. In her most passionate novel yet, she brings us the riveting story of two sisters, and a love that illuminates life.
Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy Just round the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent (featured in MINDING FRANKIE) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy's wonderfully compelling tales:

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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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Important Notice re: Capital by Thomas Piketty

Many inquiries have been made about this book. It has been widely reviewed and is much anticipated. However, it is not yet available from distributors and, in my last update, it does not appear to be available untl May 7th. I've ordered a number of copies. If you'd like to reserve one, please call and we'll have one put aside for you. It is coming from Harvard University Press and the approximate cost is $47.50

Author Signings

 

Brenda Chapman, author of Cold Mourning, will be at the store on Saturday May 3rd from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign and discuss her latest book as well as her impressive backlist. Be sure to drop by for a chat.

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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New shipments of remaindered books arrive every week. Check the bin outside the store as you pass by for some surprising bargains.

 

 

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