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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Penguin Helen Fielding


7th May 2013 Literature & Fiction 48 Comments
Lurching from the cappuccino bars of Notting Hill to the blissed-out shores of Thailand, everyone's favorite Singleton Bridget Jones begins her search for The Truth in spite of pathetically unevolved men, insane dating theories, and Smug Married advice. She experiences a zeitgeist-esque Spiritual Epiphany somewhere between the pages of How to Find the Love You Want Without Seeking It (can self-help books really help self?), protective custody, and a lightly chilled Chardonnay. Fans of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary will recall that at the end of that sly and funny version of Pride ...
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The Story of Lucy Gault: A Novel Penguin William Trevor


22nd January 2013 Literature & Fiction 48 Comments
The stunning new novel from highly acclaimed author William Trevor is a brilliant, subtle, and moving story of love, guilt, and forgiveness. The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to decide to leave for England, her mother's home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended. On the day before they are to leave, Lucy runs away, hoping to convince her parents to stay. Instead, she sets off a series of ...
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Big Fish : A Novel of Mythic Proportions Penguin Daniel Wallace


9th December 2012 Literature & Fiction 52 Comments
When his attempts to get to know his dying father fail, William Bloom makes up stories that recreate his father's life in heroic proportions. In Big Fish, Daniel Wallace angles in search of a father and hooks instead a fictional debut as winning as any this year. From his son's standpoint, Edward Bloom leaves much to be desired. He was never around when William was growing up; he eludes serious questions with a string of tall tales and jokes. This is subject matter as old as the hills, but Wallace's take is nothing if not original. Desperate to know his father before he dies, William ...
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Origins of the Crash: The Great Bubble and Its Undoing Penguin Roger Lowenstein


27th November 2012 History Books 52 Comments
With his singular gift for turning complex financial events into eminently readable stories, Roger Lowenstein lays bare the labyrinthine events of the manic and tumultuous 1990s. In an enthralling narrative, he ties together all of the characters of the dot-com bubble and offers a unique portrait of the culture of the era. Just as John Kenneth Galbraiths The Great Crash was a defining text of the Great Depression, Lowensteins Origins of the Crash is destined to be the book that will frame our understanding of the 1990s. Well-known financial journalist Lowenstein (Buffett; When Genius ...
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The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America Penguin John Micklethwait


23rd November 2012 History Books 40 Comments
How, in a relatively short time, did America veer so far to the right as to become incomprehensible to Europe, as it would no doubt be to Richard Nixon? And why is it likely to remain so no matter who occupies the Oval Office? Like latter-day de Tocquevilles, English journalists John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge explain this new America, and the conservative movement that shaped it, with a freshness and clarity that elude most native observers. The Right Nation is an indispensable guide to the mystery of American difference that will illuminate readers on both the right and left. In ...
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Ray in Reverse Penguin Daniel Wallace


9th November 2012 Literature & Fiction 19 Comments
"Daniel Wallace brings to his role as author wit, a subtle compassion, and an offbeat originality that begins, but certainly doesn't end, with the backward unreeling of this refreshingly savvy novel." (The Boston Globe) Regret looms large in Daniel Wallace's latest novel, Ray in Reverse, the funny and poignant story of a life, told backward. Sitting in the Last Words support group in Heaven, Ray Williams ruminates on his short life of fifty years, his episodes of infidelity, his premature marriage proposal, his sexual confusion, the dog he accidentally killed, and the baby he unwittingly ...
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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague Penguin Geraldine Brooks


3rd October 2012 Literature & Fiction 52 Comments
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus ...
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Marcel Proust: A Life Penguin Jean-Yves Tadie


14th September 2012 Literature & Fiction 14 Comments
A bestseller in France when it was originally published to great critical acclaim, this monumental biography of Proust makes use of a wealth of primary material only recently made available. The book provides a scrupulously researched and engaging picture of the intellectual and social universe that fed Proust's art, along with an indispensable critical reading of the work itself. The result is authoritative, magisterial and a beautiful example of the art of biography. How to write the biography of a writer whose life's work was his life story? In the case of Marcel Proust, the task is ...
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Eiffel’s Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris’s Beloved Monument and theExtraordinary World’s Fair That Introduced It Penguin Jill Jonnes


3rd September 2012 History Books 20 Comments
The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary world's fair that introduced it In this first general history of the Eiffel Tower in English, Jill Jonnes-acclaimed author of Conquering Gotham-offers an eye- opening look not only at the construction of one of the modern world's most iconic structures, but also the epochal event that surrounded its arrival as a wonder of the world. In this marvelously entertaining portrait of Belle poque France, fear and loathing over Eiffel's brash design share the spotlight with the celebrities that made the 1889 Exposition Universelle an ...
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Ceremony Penguin Leslie Marmon Silko


8th August 2012 Literature & Fiction 52 Comments
"Demanding but confident and beautifully written" (Boston Globe), this is the story of a young Native American returning to his reservation after surviving the horrors of captivity as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. Drawn to his Indian past and its traditions, his search for comfort and resolution becomes a ritual--a curative ceremony that defeats his despair. Tayo is a half-white Laguna Indian emotionally stricken by white warfare and almost destroyed by his experiences as a World War II prisoner of the Japanese. Unable to find a place among Native American veterans who ...
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