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Paul Thompson - Bookseller in Manchester

Paul, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, moved to Vermont in 2018 and started at the Northshire bookstore in Manchester in 2022. He loves to take hikes with his Fox Terrier, Pip, in the woods across the street from his Dorset home. A history major at Arizona State, Paul enjoys reading history, political science, economics, science fiction, fantasy, drama, and literature. He can occasionally be found acting with the Dorset Players.

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal - Book Review

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The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain By Maria Rosa Menocal Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316168717
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2003

This is a wonderfully novelistic exploration of the period of Spanish history from 700 to 1500. Menocal focuses on the incredible culture of tolerance and learning that characterized medieval Spain prior to the Inquisition and shows how Christians, Jews, and Muslims shared the peninsula together. This period of coexistence resulted in the creation of a rich culture where literature, arts, and science flourished. A masterpiece of a tale of this forgotten golden age in European history! ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz - Book Review

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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142427378
Availability: IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 20th, 2018

One of my all time favorite children's books. Gidwitz's rollicking tale of 13th Century France as seen through the unlikely team of holy children and their holy dog is the perfect book for any one of any age interested in how we record the past and how we interpret it. Plus, it is a paean to the value of books to humanity and is filled with beautiful illustrations just like a medieval illuminated manuscript. The story is hilariously funny and told like the Canterbury Tales through the eyes of visitors to an inn who had heard of the children's exploits. Gidwitz manages to convey the beauty and horror of the middle ages while telling a deeply moving humanistic adventure story. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


Clear: A Novel by Carys Davies - Book Review

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781668030660
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2024

As someone who lives a life of solitude but longs for connection, this deeply felt novel really spoke to me. An excellent historical fiction novel that touches on some of the deepest human emotions, this novel reminded me of Claire Keegan's writing as the word choice and use of language seemed to reinforce the deeper meaning of the story at every turn. Davies transports you to a remote island in the Orkneys during the 19th century, where she weaves a heartwarming tale of loneliness and connection in a beautiful and desolate setting. A great short read you can almost finish in one sitting. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig - Book Review

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The Midnight Library: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Matt Haig Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525559498
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Published: Penguin Books - May 9th, 2023

For anyone who has made a few wrong turns in life and may have regrets over some of the choices they made and the alternate lives they could've lived, Haig reminds you - just like George Bailey in the Frank Capra classic movie It's A Wonderful Life - why your best life is the one you lived. One of my favorites in the best genre out there - literary science fiction books. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


Watership Down: The Graphic Novel by Richard Adams - Book Review

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Watership Down: The Graphic Novel By Richard Adams, James Sturm (Adapted by), Joe Sutphin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Richard Adams, James Sturm (Adapted by), Joe Sutphin (Illustrator)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781984857200
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Published: Ten Speed Graphic - October 17th, 2023

As someone who is a huge fan of Adams' original dark children's classic of rabbits on a journey to a new home, I felt like this gorgeously illustrated adaptation perfectly captured the spirit of his book. Adams gives a fully realized rabbit world complete with rabbit words and stories of these ingenious animals fighting for survival. One of the best children's books of all time deserves new readers in graphic novel form. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


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