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Nonfiction from the 2013 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2013 Winter Newsletter.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

In 2009, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a New Yorker article about a 12-year-old girls’ basketball team, Lawrence of Arabia, a strategy AI computer named Erisko--and not only the truth about, but the reason behind David versus Goliath. Four years later, we get a book that takes this fascinating study further and more strangely than you’d ever expect. From basketball to Northern Ireland, Arabia to classrooms and beyond, this is one parable you should look at more closely.

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Jocelyn
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$29.00
ISBN: 9780316204361
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 1st, 2013

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

I predict that this will be one of the biggest books of the year. I couldn’t stop thinking and talking about it. Five Days at Memorial recounts the hour-to-hour movements and decisions of the doctors at Memorial Medical Center following Hurricane Katrina, including the horrifying decision to inject severely ill patients with life-ending drugs. If you devoured Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, you simply must read Five Days at Memorial. It is powerful, engrossing, and essential.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780307718969
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Published: Crown - September 10th, 2013

The Kraus Project by Jonathan Franzen

So admittedly, I had to a do a little research on early-20th-century writer Karl Kraus. Born 100-plus years ago, the Austrian satirist was a law student turned playwright who went on to publish his own newspaper, in which he wrote about the hypocrisy and dehumanization he witnessed in European politics, culture, and media—think smart, witty, with an angled and far-reaching eye. Now take Jonathan Franzen, one of today’s most well-known novelists and essayists, also recognized for his gift of observation, and combine the two into one book. In The Kraus Project, Franzen presents his definitive new translations of Kraus and also annotates them. I am not sure I have ever laughed out loud at footnotes before, but Franzen’s own wit and comparisons gave me ample chance to do so repeatedly. This is an excellent example of what can happen when thought, passion, and literary criticism are blended into one. Don't miss our event with Jonathan Franzen on Monday, December 9th at 7:00pm.

Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374182212
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2013

Because I Said So! by Ken Jennings

Did your mom ever tell you you shouldn’t swim right after eating? Ever wonder if that was true? Turns out it’s not, and in this engaging, entertaining, and informative book, Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings uncovers the truth about all the childhood myths your mom told you. If you’ve got kids, read this so you can lie informatively, and if you don’t have kids, read it so you can call out your friends who do!

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781476706962
Availability: Backordered
Published: Scribner - October 8th, 2013

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett’s (Bel Canto and State of Wonder) newest book is nonfiction instead of fiction, and oh, how she has proved herself to be a writer of all trades. In this collection of memoir-based essays, Patchett takes her writer’s eye and turns it inward. Examining moments in childhood, her failed marriage, her growth toward having a healthier relationship, being a daughter, a friend, a dog owner, and then a bookstore proprietor, Patchett does not flinch from her own self-examination, delivering a deeply personal book that speaks to the intricate moments of life and ultimately opens up to the larger experience. Don’t miss our event with Ann Patchett Monday, November 18 at 7:00pm. See this page for details.

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S.M.C.
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062236678
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Published: Harper - November 5th, 2013

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes

This book is a condensed history of the human aspirations of flight and love, of the distinctions between god and earth, of the limitations as well as the miracles of humankind. Tracing the invention of the air balloon to the first flight in space, and the eccentricity of the characters surrounding these groundbreaking events, Julian Barnes (The Sense of an Ending) reveals his version of the levels and meanings of existence with stark and often jarring clarity.

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Mikaela
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ISBN: 9780385350778
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Published: Knopf - September 24th, 2013

City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts by Catie Marron

The parks featured in this fantastic collection may be from across the globe, but they share one thing in common: They are safe havens from the bustle of urban life that offer an intimate connection to the city they call home. This is not just a book of pretty pictures; each vignette in City Parks is a personal love letter. From Zadie Smith to Bill Clinton, every city dweller (famous or not) has their own favorite slice of paradise. Also, can I just say, I loved this book. I could write 500 words on how great it was. And if I don’t visit Highline soon, I might cry.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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By Catie Marron, Oberto Gili (Photographs by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780062231796
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Published: Harper - October 15th, 2013

The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things by Anna Holmes

A dear friend of mine turned me on to Jezebel.com years ago, and I’m glad she did. It’s a hub of information that every modern woman (whatever that means) should have access to, and now the site’s editors have given us a fabulous encyclopedia of all things womanly—from pop culture to feminism to fashion and beyond. Realistic, incisive, and funny, this is a fantastic book that every woman needs to have.

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Flannery
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By Anna Holmes (Editor), Kate Harding (With), Amanda Hess (With)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455502806
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 22nd, 2013

The Science of Herself by Karen Joy Fowler

Local writer Karen Joy Fowler, author of the bestselling novels We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and The Jane Austen Book Club, is also a formidable, often controversial, and always exuberant science fiction writer. Here she offers a short story collection of perceptive and often hilarious speculative stories with a progressive and feminist edge.

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$12.00
ISBN: 9781604868258
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Published: PM Press - November 1st, 2013

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