R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens

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Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) died yesterday, December 15th, 2011. Known for being confounding, especially with all the seemingly incompatible beliefs and interests that he possessed, Hitchens was truly one of a kind. I got my first introduction to Hitchens just a few years ago, when I read his God is not Great (2007). Ever since reading that work, I’ve been seeking… Read more »

The Juniper Tree: And Other Tales from Grimm

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The Juniper Tree: And Other Tales from Grimm – trans. Lore Segal & Randall Jarrell, and illus. Maurice Sendak. Pictured Edition: First edition, second printing (1974) from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published, 1973) ISBN: 0-374-18057-1 Binding: Two hardbound sewn books with a red dust wrapper and a blue dust wrapper, housed in a red slipbox with a Sendak image… Read more »

The Line by Teri Hall

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Edition: Dial (March, 2010) ISBN: 978-0803734661 Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket Page Count: 224 Paper Quality: Smooth (Excellent) Original Language: English Other Notes: Young Adult Science Fiction Also available as: Kindle e-book, or as Speak Paperback (Penguin – 2011) Book 2 of this series (Away) will be released on September 15, 2011 (Dial, HC). The Line introduces the reader to… Read more »

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

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Edition: Knopf, 1st ed. Deckle Edge (February, 2011) ISBN: 978-0307263995 Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket Page Count: 336 Paper Quality: Deckled, matte feeling, poor structural integrity (Poor) Original Language: English Other Notes: Literary Fiction Also available as a newly issued Vintage Contemporaries Paperback. A literary whirlwind, Swamplandia! was on my ‘to-read’ list ever since Stephen King gave it high praise in… Read more »

Open by Andre Agassi

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Edition: Knopf, 1st ed. Deckle Edge (November, 2009) ISBN: 978-0307268198 Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket Page Count: 400 Paper Quality: Deckled, matte feeling, poor structural integrity (Poor) Original Language: English Other Notes: Autobiography – Sports (Tennis) Andre Agassi was the first male tennis player to complete the Golden Slam (win all four majors: Australian, French, Wimbledon, and the US Open, along… Read more »

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Edition: Katherine Tegen Books (May 2011) ISBN: 978-0062024022 Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket Page Count: 496 Paper Quality: Semi-matted glossy white (Good) Original Language: English Other Notes: Book 1 of a planned trilogy A post-apocalyptic Chicago contains a human community divided into five factions. Each of the factions represents that tribe’s belief in the most powerful aspect of humanity: fearlessness, knowledge,… Read more »

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

      Edition: Europa Editions (September 2008) ISBN: 978-1-933372-60-0 Binding: Trade Paperback with French flaps Page Count: 336 Paper Quality: Good Original Language: French, translated to English by Alison Anderson This novel was written by a professor of philosophy and contains some simple philosophical topics written in accessible prose for the reader. There are several layers of allusion woven… Read more »