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'James Joyce: A Life': A Fine Rendition of this Brilliant, Sensitive, Churlish, Inconsiderate Figure

Irish author Edna O'Brien provides a smartly-written crash course that will open doors for readers unsure of how to enter the labyrinthine world of James Joyce’s books.

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'Heretics' Makes It Very Clear: The Devil Is In the Details

Author Jonathan Wright shows how heresy and the Church's reaction to it paradoxically helped Christianity define itself and broaden its appeal.

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Europe's Radical Influence on America: 'An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln'

Robin Blackburn's writing is taut, intelligent, and compelling. He packs an astonishing amount of information into a scant hundred pages, providing a fresh and powerful look at Civil War politics and social issues.

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The Civil War: 150th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

With simple narration and still photographs, Ken Burns is able to evoke joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. It's a singular achievement, beautifully composed and profoundly moving.

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'Why Marx Was Right' from a Witty, Insightful Thinker with a Penchant for Glib Asides and Wry Dash

Marx may be dead, but class warfare is alive and Terry Eagleton doesn't feel too well himself. A witty, mythbusting look at one of history's most misunderstood thinkers.

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'Blood Work' Is a Compelling Account of Early Scientific Transgressions

Holly Tucker offers both a true crime picaresque and a provocative exploration of the strained relationship between science and the morality of the society it seeks to enlighten.

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'The S Word': A System of Belief as American as Apple Pie

In the not-to-distant future, conservatives may come to regret making socialism a topic of conversation in American households once again.

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Simon & Shuster

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'The Warmth of Other Suns': A Time When the Bible Itself Was Segregated

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson's powerful narrative, The Warmth of Other Suns, is vital to understanding the plight of African Americans, vital to understanding the United States, and should not be ignored.

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'Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years': A Reformation Now & Again; a Schism Here & There

The difficulties that Christianity may face in the present pale in comparison to the struggles of the past, and all along the way the faith has proved adaptable, resilient, and appealing.

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The Crusades: A Mammoth Study of the Clash Between the Armies of Europe and the Middle East

Thomas Asbridge gives a comprehensive look at 200 years of military, political, and religious maneuvering in the crucible of the Holy Land.

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle (40th Anniversary Edition) by George V. Higgins

Higgins’ message, about crime’s futility and the falseness of its glamour as portrayed by Mario Puzo and Francis Coppola, is an important one, and his book more than succeeds in conveying it.

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American Lives: A Reader by Alicia Christensen (Editor)

Memoir is a genre laden with pitfalls waiting to ensnare writers who dare to think they may have a story worth sharing with the world.

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Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton

The true stars of this book are the numerous photographs and illustrations that depict the visual evolution of chronological design.

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Princeton Architectural Press

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The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester

Lester’s invaluable history proves that the adventurers and artists who gave shape to the globe also gave shape to the course of human progress. The story is as easy to follow as the lines rendered on a map.

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Free Press

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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis

Davis' brilliance is best demonstrated in these marvelous short stories, where her work retains a light, playful tone, able to skip nimbly from topic to topic, mood to mood.

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Farrar, Straus, and Giroux


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