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Purity: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374239213
Availability: Special Order
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 1st, 2015

In his first novel in 5 years, Franzen digs his sharp-edged spade into the modern world of cyber “truthing” in the personage of the charismatic and possibly troubled “Sunshine Project” founder Andreas Wolf. Pip Tyler (Purity) is the young, wandering, wondering heart of this book, struggling to make her way while the mysteries of her parents' past cast shadows on her life. Franzen's ability to create full-bodied characters deeply enmeshed in the societal ills of any era is on full display. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

Hold the Dark

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Hold the Dark: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631490422
Availability: IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days
Published: Liveright - August 10th, 2015

Not for the faint of heart, William Giraldi's novel "Hold The Dark", is a bloody, brutal, ice cold look inside the darkness of an isolated Alaskan town and the cascade of violence that erupts in the wake of a child's death. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

Natural Born Heroes

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Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307594969
Published: Knopf - April 14th, 2015

McDougall's zeroes in on a small band of supreme “overachievers” and sets out to reveal what it was- physically, mentally, spiritually- that set these people apart from their peers. His focus is on the residents of Crete and the British agents who teamed up to take on Nazi invaders in WWII. ~ Reviewed by Jonathan Fine


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Pedro Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544279339
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 5th, 2015

There is much to love and hate about the iconic pitcher “Pedro”. He was one of the most effective pitchers in the history of the game and was known for his unstoppable drive and often abrasive arrogance. With confidence and honesty, he lays all his cards on the table for both fans and detractors. ~ Reviewed by Jonathan Fine


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Outliers: The Story of Success Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316017930
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2011

You haven't read Outliers yet? Unimaginable. Gladwell offers brilliantly researched insights into everything from the roots of Bill Gates' mega-success to the unexpected cultural explanations for airplane crashes and the role that birthdate plays in a hockey player's rise to the top. Ever wonder how there came to be so many Jewish practitioners of law and medicine? It's all in there- that and more. Gladwell's frequently surprising, breathtakingly logical findings are enlightening, possibly even life changing. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

One Way Out

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band Cover Image
By Alan Paul, Butch Trucks (Foreword by), Butch Trucks (Introduction by), Jaimoe (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781250040503
Availability: Backordered
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 24th, 2015

Through extensive interviews with band members and crew, Paul weaves together a comprehensive and compelling accounting of the ABB's musical and cultural legacy. A chronological retelling of band history, but more so a revealing look at an American musical icon- Duane Allman. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


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