Man Candy: Dishy Dudes and Mod Men

Posted in Special Interest by - Apr 15, 2014
Man Candy: Dishy Dudes and Mod Men
  • Release Date: 12/31/2013

By Reeda Joseph
Viva Editions, $14.95, 72 pages

Retro is all the rage right now and everyone and everything is jumping on board. This little book packs 72 pages of full color vintage photos of the era’s most dashing men, posing, admiring, flaunting their manliness, and attaches hilarious memes that mock both the picture and the time. One example is a picture of a group at a small dinner party being served hors d’oeuvres and the meme says, “So, Fred, tell us more about this… Internet.” These men flaunting cardigans, plaid ties, Italian loafers and big-rimmed glasses were the eye candy of the day …

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

Posted in Popular Fiction by - Apr 15, 2014
Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel
  • Release Date: 1/28/2014

By Anna Quindlen
Random House, $26.00, 252 pages

Rebecca Winter is in the winter of her creative process. She has achieved celebrity by elevating marital tedium to an artistic level in her series of kitchen photographs, hence the title of the book. However, her celebrity is waning while the costs of her lifestyle become overwhelming. With the demands of parental and child support, she is forced to lease her beloved city apartment and sublet in the cheaper countryside. Unfortunately, the photographs of the rural cottage don’t seem to be truth in advertising, and Rebecca is left in a ramshackle and isolated cabin. Her demanding …

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Lonely Planet Sicily (Regional Guide)

Posted in Travel by - Apr 15, 2014
Lonely Planet Sicily (Regional Guide)
  • Release Date: 2/1/2014

By Gregor Clark
Lonely Planet, $21.99, 336 pages

Separated into four main sections, this handbook tells how to plan a trip to Sicily, how to understand its culture and history, what to do and where to go while on the road, and what practical information you need to know. The largest section, “On the Road,” is subdivided into the major regions of the Sicily: Palermo, Western Sicily, the Tyrrhenian Coast, the Aeolian Islands, the Ionian Coast, Syracuse, Central Sicily, the Mediterranean Coast; a special subdivision called “Accommodation” covers all of the above locales. This color-coded manual also includes detailed maps, photographs, insider “don‘t miss” …

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Dept. of Speculation

Posted in Modern Literature by - Apr 15, 2014
Dept. of Speculation
  • Release Date: 1/28/2014

By Jenny Offill
Knopf, $22.95, 179 pages

This is a highly original novel since it is composed of fragments which somehow are weaved into a story of marriage and betrayal. Since the likelihood of marital success in the United States if no better than fifty/fifty, this angry book should resonate with many women who find themselves cast off in favor of a newer, younger model. In this story, there is also a beloved yet colicky child who is in the mix,  engendering ambiguous feelings in the jilted wife. To add insult to injury, the apartment becomes infested by bedbugs, forcing the wife to a …

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Tongwan City

Posted in History by - Apr 15, 2014
Tongwan City
  • Release Date: 1/31/2014

By Gao Jianqun
CN Times Books, $26.00, 272 pages

People love an origin story. We want to know how this all got started. This is the origin story for the nation of China. It is like reading about the single drop of water that will eventually create the ripples we see today. Warlord Helian Bobo has the dream and the manpower to create a unified China. He begins to create Tongwan City.

Written by Chinese author Gao Jianqun, the book follows the path of two men, a lover and a fighter, and how these two men dreamed of unite a nation. The book does a …

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Fairy Tales for Clever Kids

Posted in Children's, Kids' Book Review by - Apr 15, 2014

By Stanislav Ustymenko
Teamich Inc.

This app is about many fairy tales. I read the one called The Ugly Duckling. In this app, there was a duckling who was little and ugly. On each screen of the story, there is a task to complete. I did each task in order to be able to move to the next screen. Some of the tasks are: choosing the color of the swans, finding what food is good for ducklings, and finding out what grows on a tree. There are a lot of words. The pictures move when I touch them. I like reading books on …

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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery

Posted in Classics by - Apr 15, 2014
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery
  • Release Date: 1/7/2014

By Dorothy L. Sayers
Bourbon Street Books, $14.99, 278 pages

Bellona was the ancient Roman goddess of war. The characters in this novel, General Fentiman (the deceased), his grandson, George, Lord Peter Wimsey, and his manservant are all veterans of wars and forged by that experience. The Bellona Club is the refuge for patriotic aristocratic men. The last thing any of the posh Bellona Club members wanted was a corpse in their lounge. It was unpleasant and inconvenient that ninety year old General Fentiman’s death wasn’t noticed for a while because he generally napped in his customary chair. But he was dead – and …

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Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate nature of Reality

Posted in Science & Nature by - Apr 15, 2014
Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate nature of Reality
  • Release Date: 1/7/2014

By Max Tegmark
Knopf, $30.00, 432 pages

Written in a far-reaching style, this book grabs the reader, twists his mind and then reflects it back on the author’s – providing an insight seldom encountered in a book.  While mathematics alone offers a window into the workings of nature, Tegmark takes a mathematical stand preferring to view the vast cosmos as a gargantuan mathematical puzzle.  He claims that mathematics is everywhere; from the parabola’s path that objects follow under the force of gravity to the dynamics of orbiting bodies it is plain to see the mathematical observations Tegmark observes.

Mathematics is a way to observe nature, …

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Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka

Posted in Modern Literature by - Apr 15, 2014
Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka
  • Release Date: 1/14/2014

By Jay Cantor
Knopf, $24.95, 224 pages

Forgiving the Angel is a compilation of four stories relating to Franz Kafka, and based on a real circle of people who were deeply connected to the writer, but you do not have to be familiar with Kafka’s writing in order to enjoy this work of fiction.  It is an interesting read in this regard, because the book as a whole is very cohesive. We meet Max Brod, a good friend of Kafka’s, who was asked to be Kafka’s “literary executioner” and burn all of his unpublished manuscripts, and Dora Diamant, Kafka’s one great love.  We also meet …

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _____* I Learned from Monty Python: *History, Art, Poetry, Communism, Philosophy, the Media, Birth, Death, … Mythology, Fish Slapping, and Many More!

Posted in Music & Movies by - Apr 15, 2014
Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _____* I Learned from Monty Python: *History, Art, Poetry, Communism, Philosophy, the Media, Birth, Death, … Mythology, Fish Slapping, and Many More!
  • Release Date: 3/18/2014

By Brian Cogan, Jeff Massey
Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99, 336 pages

They are considered to be the greatest comedy troupe ever assembled.  They helped inspire generations of comedians after them, including Saturday Night Live.  They went around England banging two empty halves of coconuts together.  They are Monty Python and they are very silly, but what is even sillier is reading an academic book about their comedy, and a book that is quite decent.  This book is wide ranging, and does not need to be read in any order; I dare someone to read it backwards.  It covers the topics that Monty Python skewers: history, religion, …

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