The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri

A lecture turned book(let), it was nevertheless interesting to read an author's thoughts on book covers and to ruminate on their role, impact, etc. It is not something the average reader probably thinks a lot about even as it may play a large role in the books they buy and read. Book covers have a big impact in ways obvious and less so. There are elements that we look for and those we don't think about.

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The Gilded Chalet by Padraig Rooney

I will be the first to admit that I am not one of the most well-read book readers. So, when The Gilded Chalet came in the mail, I was not sure what to think. Once I started reading the book, however, I grew to enjoy its excerpts from great Western writers and its history of those writers in Switzerland and the world.

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The Perfect Pass by S. C. Gwynne

Mumme is tragically unappreciated by the average football fan and the history of how pass first offense, and its offshoots, came to dominate football is not well know. Fans of football and its history will enjoy reading about how Mumme overcame the odds and had a huge impact on the game they love.

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The New Trail of Tears by Naomi Schaefer Riley

The New Trail of Tears is an important and yet depressing book. It details the myriad problems besetting American Indians today. These include: a lack of economic opportunity, massive dysfunction and family breakdown and tribal and Washington leaders unwilling to face the reality or do anything about it except propose more money and more government (neither of which has worked). Naomi Schaefer Riley details the plight of the American Indian by highlighting the structural, legal, economic, and...

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And After The Fire by Lauren Belfer

Lauren Belfer has written a compelling novel on an unknown Johann Sebastian Bach cantata that is hidden until present day. The masterful work is entitled And After the Fire (452 pages). An overview from the publisher: In the ruins of Germany in 1945, at the end of World War II, American soldier Henry Sachs takes a souvenir, an old music manuscript, from a seemingly deserted mansion and mistakenly kills the girl who tries to stop him. In America in 2010, Henry’s niece, Susanna Kessler...

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