The Summer of the Bear

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Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - Milne at times, with hints of William Golding at others” Kirkus Reviews, starred review. Daily Mail. A gently absorbing tale which smoothly splices poignant family drama with suspenseful Cold War thriller, ” from the author of Hunting Unicorns. Named an o magazine summer reading pick and a selection for npr’s “Books with Personality, ” The Summer of the Bear reads like “García Márquez meets le Carré meets A.

The Summer of the Bear #ad - A. And he was a man who never broke a promise. But the isolated shores of her childhood retreat only intensify their distance, and it is Letty’s youngest child, Jamie, who alone holds on to the one thing he’s sure of: his father promised to return. As the government digs into nicky’s history, his wife Letty hopes to salvage their family by taking their three children to live on an island in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

In 1980 germany, under cold War tension, a mole is suspected in the British Embassy. When the diplomat nicky Fleming dies—suddenly and suspiciously—some find it convenient to brand him the traitor.

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Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich

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Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - Famine raged and millions died, soldiers and innocent civilians alike. Schools and hospitals were bombarded. Palaces were looted and destroyed. The “gripping story” of a nazi blockade, a russian composer, and a ragtag band of musicians who fought to keep up a besieged city’s morale The New York Times Book Review.

Against the backdrop of this catastrophe, historian Brian Moynahan tells the story of Dmitri Shostakovich, whose Seventh Symphony was first performed during the siege and became a symbol of defiance in the face of fascist brutality. With this compelling human story of art and culture surviving amid chaos and violence, in “a narrative that is by turns painful, starred review, Leningrad: Siege and Symphony “brings new depth and drama to a key historical moment” Booklist, poignant and inspiring” Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich #ad - He reaches into the guts of the city to extract some humanity from the blood and darkness, and at its best Leningrad captures the heartbreak, agony and small salvations in both death and survival .  .  . For 872 days during world war ii, the German Army encircled the city of Leningrad—modern-day St. Titled “leningrad” in honor of the city and its people, 1942—with musicians scrounged from frontline units and military bands, the work premiered on August 9, because only twenty of the orchestra’s hundred members had survived.

Moynahan’s descriptions of the battlefield, which also draw from the diaries of the cold, lice-ridden, hungry combatants, are haunting. The washington Post  .

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Very Old Bones: A Novel

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Open Road Media #ad - When peter invites his remaining family to hear him read his will aloud, it forces the Phelan clan to reckon with the most powerful force in Albany: their own tortured history. William kennedy’s eight-book albany cycle is one of the most ambitious projects in modern historical fiction, a kaleidoscopic portrait of a city whose heroes are its corrupt politicians, conmen, and thieves.

From a pulitzer prize–winning author: “An immensely gratifying novel” of an Irish-American clan whose exploits changed Albany forever The Boston Globe. As the raucous narrative unfolds, Orson does his best to grapple with his roots, and the knowledge that the sins of the past can never truly be washed away.

Very Old Bones: A Novel #ad - The phelans are one of the roughest families in american literature, and also one of the greatest, who “can claim a place beside O’Neill’s Tyrones and Steinbeck’s Joads” Library Journal. In the decades since, but no matter how many times its foundations have been rocked, countless tragedies have swept through its rambling halls, the old house still stands.

Unveiling a series of portraits inspired by family tragedy, Peter takes the Phelans back into the past, as far as 1887, forcing them to come face-to-face with the origins of the family curse.  . When it was built, the Phelan mansion was the only home on the block. Now, orson, in 1958, its sole occupants are the eccentric old painter Peter Phelan and his illegitimate son, who sees all—but says nothing.

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The Playmaker: A Novel

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Open Road Media #ad - But the success—or failure—of the mammoth enterprise rests largely on the shoulders of lead actress Mary Brenham, the mesmerizing and enigmatic female convict to whom Clark finds himself strangely and dangerously attracted. Atmospheric, imagination, featuring a monumental cast of magnificently drawn, unforgettable characters, dreamlike, it is a work of insight, and richly evoking time and place, and true genius by one of the most notable names in historical fiction.

Based on the lieutenant’s real diaries, The Playmaker is a truly remarkable achievement. In honor of the king’s birthday, cutpurses, whores, killers, Clark is charged with staging a production of the George Farquhar comedy The Recruiting Officer using as cast and production crew the highwaymen, and other assorted disreputables exiled there from the British Isles.

The Playmaker: A Novel #ad - An english lieutenant is ordered to stage a play starring prisoners of the australian penal colony he supervises in this phantasmagoric historical fiction masterwork from the author of Schindler’s List In the penal colony of Sydney Cove, at the farthest reaches of the late-nineteenth-century British Empire, Australia, Lieutenant Ralph Clark has received a bizarre commission.

. Pining over the family he left behind, clark must work miracles with only two printed scripts, a company of unstable and largely illiterate “actors, ” and the dubious assistance of his colleagues.

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Lusitania Lost: A Novel

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Mango Media #ad - A world war i spy thriller from an author who puts “electrifying action into everything he writes” Jonathan Maberry, New York Times–bestselling author. Alma brady is on the run from a New York mob boss. Anyone who thrilled to the Titanic film will love this book. Sandra Nielsen. Their ship is the lusitania, the most celebrated luxury liner of 1915, with a passenger list of Broadway and Continental celebrities—who do not realize they are headed for certain doom.

Lusitania Lost: A Novel #ad - Desperate to escape big jim hogan and his murderous gang, she joins a group of nurses bound for the Great War in Europe. During the one-week voyage, intrigue and murder, in an epic historical thriller that takes us above and below decks, into the German U-boat lurking nearby, these characters will be drawn into romance, and to the capitals and battlefields of Europe.

Aboard the ship she meets matthew Vane, a war correspondent who wants to find out what secret weapons may be hidden in the Lusitania cargo hold.

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Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf

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Mariner Books #ad - Vincent is a sensitive recorder of a mind’s movements as it shifts in and out of inspiration, and as it fights before submitting to despair. The new york times book Review   “Skillfully rendered and emotionally insightful. Publishers Weekly . What happened in between those two moments is a story to be told, one of insight and camaraderie, loneliness and loss—the story of a woman, named Adeline at birth, heading toward an inexorable demise.

In 1941, she walked into the River Ouse, never to be heard from again. From her friendships with the so-called Bloomsbury Group, which included the likes of T. Eliot, leonard, tormented confessions, Vincent explores the intimate conversations, to her struggles with her husband, and internal struggles Woolf may have faced.

Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf #ad - Praised by usa today as “daring” and by the new statesman as “electrifyingly good, mourned, ” Adeline takes a keen look at one of the most beloved, and mysterious literary giants of all time. A “skillfully rendered and emotionally insightful” reimagining of the Bloomsbury group and Virginia Woolf’s last years Publishers Weekly.

With poetic precision and psychological acuity, Norah Vincent paints an intimate portrait of what might have happened in those last years of Virginia Woolf’s life. In 1925, she began writing To the Lighthouse, an epic piece of prose that instantly became a beloved classic. S.

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Murder on Capitol Hill Capital Crimes Book 2

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RosettaBooks #ad - A senator’s death sends shock waves through Washington, DC, in this mystery by the New York Times–bestselling author and presidential daughter. Who stands to benefit from the caldwells’ tragedies, the media, and James’ silence—the senator’s political rivals, or perhaps even the family’s closest allies?   “A dazzling series.

The atlanta journal-constitution   “Murder on Capitol Hill proves that the author is much more than a one-term mystery writer.  .  . All the insider’s knowledge and gossip that made Murder in the White House so captivating. Booklist   “truman has settled firmly into a career of writing murder mysteries, all evoking brilliantly the Washington she knows so well.

Murder on Capitol Hill Capital Crimes Book 2 #ad - The houston Post. Senator cale caldwell and his blue-blooded wife maintained a far-reaching and powerful grip on Capitol Hill society, but not powerful enough to save him from foul play. The influential senator’s life is cut short in brutal fashion at a glamorous reception held in his honor. It happens just two short years after tragedy struck the Caldwell family in the form of the unsolved murder of his niece, but when attorney Lydia James suggests a connection, she’s shut down, and fast.

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The Hippopotamus: A Novel

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Soho Press #ad - Fired from his job at the newspaper, ted seeks a few months’ repose and free liquor at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Michael Logan. This world of boozy dinners, and furtive liaisons has recently been turned on its head by miracles, healings, hunting parties, and phenomena beyond Ted’s comprehension.

 . Now a major motion picture: a “deliciously wicked and amusing” tale of a cranky curmudgeon investigating strange goings-on at an English country house The New York Times. Described in uproarious terms that suggest Wodehouse crossed with Waugh, Swafford emerges as a parody of every upper-class country house ever depicted in an English novel” The New York Times.

The Hippopotamus: A Novel #ad - The basis for the recent movie starring roger allam, and Fiona Shaw, Matthew Modine, “The Hippopotamus is animated by an antic sense of comedy and features a willfully feckless hero .  .  . As the mysteries deepen, the hippopotamus builds into a rollicking sendup of the classic British mystery that is “tremendously funny” Christopher Buckley and a “near-perfect book” Entertainment Weekly.

I’ve suffered for my art, now it’s your turn. So begins the story of Ted Wallace, unaffectionately known as the Hippopotamus. Failed poet, failed theater critic, drinks too much, Ted is a shameless womanizer, failed father and husband, and is at odds in his cranky but maddeningly logical way with most of modern life.

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The Suitcase: A Novel

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Counterpoint #ad - These seemingly undistinguished possessions, take on a riotously funny life of their own as Dovlatov inventories the circumstances under which he acquired them, occasioning a brilliant series of interconnected tales: A poplin shirt evokes the bittersweet story of a courtship and marriage, stuffed into a worn-out suitcase, while a pair of boots of the kind only the Nomenklatura can afford calls up the hilarious conclusion to an official banquet.

And in curious juxtaposition, the belt from a prison guard’s uniform lies next to a stained jacket that once belonged to Fernand Léger. From the exiled russian author of the zone—“His tales open a small window on to daily life in the former Soviet Union” The Guardian. Readers will soar through the first two-thirds of this novel, then .

The Suitcase: A Novel #ad -  .  . Imbued with a comic nostalgia overlaid with dovlatov’s characteristically dry wit, delightfully ironic novel from “the finest Soviet satirist to appear in English since Vladimir Voinovich,  The Suitcase is an intensely human, ” according to the Washington Post. Sergei dovlatov’s subtle, dark-edged humor and wry observations are in full force in The Suitcase as he examines eight objects—the items he brought with him in his luggage upon his emigration from the U.

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The Man Who Smiled The Kurt Wallander Mysteries Book 4

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The New Press #ad - In the masterly manner of P. D. James, mankell projects his hero's brooding thoughts onto nature itself. The new york times   “Wallander is a loveable gumshoe.  .  .  . But just as he comes close to uncovering the truth, Wallander finds his own life being threatened. A thriller for the thinking reader. The dallas morning news   “Mankell’s novels are a joy.

Usa today   “Absorbing. Ann-britt höglund, the department’s first female detective, proves to be Wallander’s best ally as he tries to pierce the smiling façade of the suspicious mogul. He is one of the most credible creations in contemporary crime fiction. The guardian. Far from leaving police work behind, Wallander instead must investigate a formidable suspect: a powerful business tycoon at the helm of a multinational company engaged in extralegal activities.

The Man Who Smiled The Kurt Wallander Mysteries Book 4 #ad - This is crime fiction of the highest order. Publishers weekly, starred review   “Compelling .  .  . After killing a man in the line of duty, inspector Kurt Wallander finds himself deep in a personal and professional crisis; during more than a year of sick leave, he turns to drink and vice to quiet his lingering demons.

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Work Shirts for Madmen: A Novel

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Mariner Books #ad - And his desperate turn to ice sculpting might’ve led to a posse of angry politicians on his trail. A quirky tale of a hard-drinking artist by an author who “writes about the rural South without sentimentality .  .  . Singleton has a flair for capturing Southern eccentricity, and Raylou’s imperturbable patience is just as funny in its way as Harp’s self-loathing.

Work Shirts for Madmen: A Novel #ad - Publishers weekly   “if there is a fiction genre blending the riotous, bleary-eyed excess and absurdity of gonzo journalism with the rather earnest sensitivity of a John Irving hero—who always does right by his wife in the end—Work Shirts belongs to it.  .  .  . An adventure to be undertaken. Newsweek.

Engagingly comic .  .  . It’s a fun read .  .  . With the help of his sane and practical wife, raylou, harp understands that it’s time to get his act together and prove that he can complete a series of twelve-foot-high metal angels—welded completely out of hex nuts—for the city of Birmingham.

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