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  • The Motion of Puppets

    I cannot recommend this modern Orpheus and Eurydice strongly enough. The author defies expectation to bring together a story that feels more fairy tale than myth - magical, melancholy, and strangely intimate in its sense of loss, transformation, and friendship. The modern settings (Québec, Vermont, New York) feel both familiar and dislocated, the details making all the difference. To truly embrace the atmosphere, read it somewhere quiet.

  • Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

    The house of Caesar was, to be perfectly honest, even more dramatic and decadent than a soap opera. They were also by turns brilliant, cruel, imaginative, and insane. Tom Holland brings the Julian dynasty and the early Roman Empire vivdly to life with novelistic flare and a fine eye for detail. A truly riveting read.

  • The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes

    Dundas brings infectious enthusiasm and great scholarly panache to this study of the immortal Holmes, his creation, and those who have and continue to adore him. For both casual fans and the most hardcore players of the Great Game, this is an utterly winning read.

  • Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World

    While many consider it an oxymoron (wasn't this peace imposed at the point of a sword?), the Pax Romana, the period of stability during the first two centuries of imperial rule, was a complex, nuanced web of interactions between Romans and the peoples they ruled. Goldsworthy presents this world with great clarity and insight.

  • World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook

    Even if you don’t play the video game, this cookbook has some of the most delicious dishes around. 

  • All the Light We Cannot See

    Intricate, thought provoking, brilliant.  I highly recommend this. 

  • The Fur Person

    This is one of my all-time favorites.  If you’ve ever loved a cat, you will love Fur Person.

  • The Way Life Should Be

    A great read set on Mount Desert Island!  So you can enjoy this wonderful book, and  if you’re in Bar Harbor, some of the places in it at the same time. 

  • Razor Girl
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    When I need a reality-break, Carl Hiaasen is one of my go to authors. He didn't let me down with Razor Girl, a hilarious romp through the Florida Keys.