Tag Archives: French

Young Ovid: An Unfinished Posthumous Biography

BIOGRAPHY | NON-FICTION Discovering the author of the epic Metamorphoses. When biographer and poet Middlebrook (Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, a Marriage, 2003, etc.) died in 2007, she was in the midst of writing a biography of Ovid, whose poetry she had taught in her literature classes at Stanford. Knowing she would be unable to […]

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It Seemed Quieter Than It Used To Be

LITERARY FICTION “With It seemed quieter than it was, Eva Kelder put herself on the map as a literary talent. She offers tremendous insight into human behavior and thought processes.” — Opzij “An accurate and poignant image of a woman who gets tangled up in herself because of her past. Beautiful.” — Margriet “A beautiful […]

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Work the System. The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less

BUSINESS | ECONOMY | MANAGEMENT “I say this without hyperbole: Work the System is one of the most useful business books you’ll ever read.” —Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA and The First 20 Hours“Instead of ‘follow your bliss and the money will appear’ Sam advocates, ‘fix the mechanics… and the bliss and money will appear’.”—Rodney […]

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Networking Is Not Working

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT Networking always sounds like a simple concept — but as we’ve all discovered, it can be a maddeningly mysterious and elusive reality. Three cheers, then, for Derek Coburn. In this terrific book, he explains why your efforts to connect may be falling short and provides an arsenal of effective strategies for building […]

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Octopus Summer

FICTION Callum Littlefield walks a fine line between arrogant overconfidence and self-deprecating insecurity. After being ostracized by his peers and getting thrown out of his New England boarding school, Callum soon finds himself in his Havishamish grandmother’s Gold Coast estate, put to work with her “slaves” and his old Macumba practicing Brazilian nanny. Callum reunites […]

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The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even

LITERARY FICTION  The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (this is also the title of a complex sculpture by Marcel Duchamp) is the story of two charming and germ-phobic obsessive compulsives, Isaac and Greg, newly made friends who meet while trying to organize and recover from advance stages of OCD.  Hand-washing is among the least of their […]

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Four Corners

CRIME FICTION | THRILLER  Wally Rudolph’s meth-and-cocaine-addled protagonists reel through a nonstop catastrophe of violence, flight, and revenge, too self-destructive to have anything more than a prayer–but they are real. The action is urgent and compelling, the details are as crisp as the light that falls on Santa Fe. Wally knows the territory. And the territory […]

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No Stopping Train

LITERARY FICTION  Considered to be Les Plesko’s magnum opus, No Stopping Train is a powerful novel of personal and political upheaval set during the Hungarian Revolution. Plesko spent close to ten years working on the novel, which draws deeply from his childhood, having left his native Hungary in 1965 at the age of nine. The Hungarian Revolution […]

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The Choose Yourself Stories

MOTIVATIONAL | NON FICTION  James Altucher: The most interesting man in the world – Forbes Mr. Altucher is simply practicing what he preaches. Over the last half-decade, this former tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist and financial pundit has reinvented himself as a gimlet-eyed self-help guru, preaching survival in an era when the American Dream — the gold-embossed college […]

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The Big Disconnect

TECHNOLOGY | CURRENT AFFAIRS The internet seems to be better at saying ‘stop’ than it is at saying ‘go.’ In this urgent overview of a decade of experiments in online organizing, Micah Sifry shows us what happened and lays out what’s next. — Seth Godin Now that communication can be as quick as thought, why […]

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