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Carsick by John Waters John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers.
California by Edan Lepucki "In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." ---Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation.
The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time, personal training regimes and real estate -- – how we look and where we live -- and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun
Clinton, Inc. by Daniel Halper How did Bill and Hillary Clinton plot a comeback from the depths of disgrace to the pinnacle of American politics and the ranks of the global elite?
Bluesfest by Chris Cobb Hundreds of thousands of music fans have walked through the Ottawa Bluesfest gates since 1994. By the end of the 2014 festival, Bluesfest will have hosted 2,863 performances by 1,940 acts on 27 differently named stages over 176 days.

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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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Great New Titles coming  in August ...... this is just a sampling!

 

Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries arrives in paperback on July 29

Louise Penny's How The Light Gets In arrives in paperback on July 29

Elizabeth George's Just One Evil Act arrives in paperback on August 5th

Linwood Barclay's No Safe House arrives in paperback on August 5th

Gwynne Dyer's Canada in the Great Power Game arrives in harcover on August 5th

Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam arrives in paperback on August 12th

J.B. MacKinnon's Once and Future World arrives in paperback on August 12th

Henning Mankell's new thriller, An Event in Autumn arrives August 12th

Haruki Murakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage arrives August 12th


Michael Crummey's new work, Sweetland, arrives August 19th

I Am Malala comes in paperback on August 19th

Amanda Lindhout's A House in the Sky comes out in paperback on August 26th


 

 

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