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How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink
Richard L Currier
Although we usually think of technology as something unique to modern times, our ancestors began to create the first technologies millions of years ago in the form of prehistoric tools and weapons. Over time, eight key technologies gradually freed us...

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The Sudden Disappearance of the Worker Bees
A Commissario Simona Tavianello Mystery
Serge Quadruppani
On vacation with her husband in an idyllic Italian valley located in Piedmont, Roman Police Inspector Simona Tavianello stops at the local beekeeper’s shop to buy some honey, where she finds a body lying in the entrance. Simona tries to avoid...

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The Cook, the Crook, and the Real Estate Tycoon
A Novel of Contemporary China
Liu Zhenyun
The Cook, the Crook, and the Real Estate Tycoon by prize-winning Chinese novelist Liu Zhenyun is a novel of Beijing that paints a microcosm of contemporary China, dealing with classes at the two extremes: the super rich and the migrant workers who...

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Surgeon in Blue
Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care
Scott McGaugh, Scott McGaugh
When Jonathan Letterman was appointed the chief medical officer of the Army of the Potomac, he revolutionized combat medicine over the course of four major battles—Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He made battlefield...

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Conjunctions and Disjunctions
Octavio Paz
In Conjunctions and Disjunctions, Octavio Paz offers what he calls his “rough draft” for a history of man, which is a history of human nature rather than of men or of cultures and civilizations. For Paz, this history is grounded in the...

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Meanwhile There Are Letters
The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald
In 1970, Ross Macdonald wrote a letter to Eudora Welty, beginning a thirteen-year correspondence between fellow writers and kindred spirits. Though separated by background, geography, genre, and his marriage, the two authors shared their lives in...

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The Last Love of George Sand
A Literary Biography
Evelyne Bloch-Dano
George Sand is one the most celebrated writers and controversial personalities of nineteenth-century France; she is as famous for her bohemian lifestyle as for her written work. The Last Love of George Sand portrays the writer, political activist, and...

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All Our Yesterdays
Natalia Ginzburg
From “one of the most distinguished writers of modern Italy” (New York Review of Books), a classic novel of society in the midst of a war.This powerful novel is set against the background of Italy from 1939 to 1944, from the anxious months...

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Alternating Current
Octavio Paz
In its front-page review of Alternating Current, The New York Times Book Review called Octavio Paz “an intellectual literary one-man band” for his ability to write incisively and with dazzling originality about a wide range of subjects...

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Journey to My Father, Isaac Bashevis Singer
A Memoir
Israel Zamir
When Isaac Bashevis Singer emigrated to America in 1935, he left behind his wife and five-year-old son, Israel, with the promise to send for them as soon as he settled. He never did. In 1955, twenty years after their separation, Zamir came to New York...

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Death of a Century
A Novel of the Lost Generation
Daniel Robinson
Greenwich, Connecticut, 1922. Newspaper man Joe Henry finds himself the primary suspect when his friend, fellow reporter Wynton Gresham, is murdered. Both were veterans of French battles during WWI—the war that was supposed to end all...

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Raymond Ditmars and the Hunt for the World's Largest Viper
Dan Eatherley
The amazing story of one man’s obsession with an enigmatic and deadly reptile.Raymond Ditmars (1876–1942), the first curator of reptiles at New York’s famous Bronx Zoo, brought cold-blooded animals to public attention as never before...