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book image Young Man with a Horn
Young Man with a Horn
Dorothy Baker
Baker
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This book, loosely inspired by the life of Bix Beiderbecke, is widely regarded as the first jazz novel, and it courses with the verve and swing of the sound that defined an era. It is the story of Rick Martin, a prodigy whose dedication to music cannot save him from self destruction. "Got a kid who's into music? This is the book. Interested in the Jazz Age? Ditto. Or just looking for a short novel that you can't put down? Here you go."—Jesse Kornbluth
Contributors: Gary Giddins

book image Voltaire in Love
Voltaire in Love
Nancy Mitford
Mitford
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The inimitable Nancy Mitford’s account of Voltaire’s 16-year affair with Émilie du Châtelet—a renowned mathematician and scientist—is a spirited romp in the company of two extraordinary individuals as well as an erudite and gossipy guide to the French Enlightenment. “Voltaire in Love caps [Mitford's] career as the nonpareil popular biographer of that era.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
Contributors: Adam Gopnik

book image The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
The Broken Road
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Fermor
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The long-awaited conclusion to Leigh Fermor's account of his youthful walk through pre-war Europe follows him through Bulgaria and Romania, ending in Greece. In it we can still hear the ringing voice of an irrepressible young man embarking on a life of adventure.
Contributors: Colin Thubron, Artemis Cooper

book image The Sun King
Sun King
Nancy Mitford
Mitford
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Nancy Mitford crafts a dazzling double portrait of Louis XIV and Versailles, recreating the daily life of the King, his court, and his ministers during France’s golden age. “Nancy Mitford gives vivid, indeed searching, portraits of the Grand Monarch, and of his awe-struck relations and courtiers.... Readers will wish that her book were twice as long. —Sunday Times
Contributors: Philip Mansel

book image Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Artemis Cooper
Cooper
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Leigh Fermor was not only one of the masters of travel writing in English—his multi-volume memoir of his teen-aged trek across Europe is a classic of the genre—but his WWII exploits marked him as a genuine hero. In preparing this prize-winning biography, Artemis Cooper spent years in conversation with Leigh Fermor and his closest friends and enjoyed unlimited access to his papers.

book image Original Letters from India
Original Letters from India
Eliza Fay
Fay
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It took Eliza Fay over a year to travel from London to Calcutta at the end of the eighteenth century. The letters she wrote along the way are unguarded and lively and provide an unparalleled view of the adventure that was travel in days past.
Contributors: Simon Winchester , E.M. Forster

book image No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State
No Ordinary Men
Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern
Sifton
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"A convincing argument that theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his often overlooked brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi 'deserve to be remembered together' for their courageous resistance to Hitler's Nazi regime….A concise yet powerful contribution to an even larger history."—Kirkus Reviews

book image My Dog Tulip
My Dog Tulip
J. R. Ackerley
Ackerley
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Ackerley has written a book that is a profound and subtle meditation on the strangeness abiding at the heart of all relationships.

"This is one of the greatest masterpieces of animal literature." —Christopher Isherwood
Contributors: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

book image Love's Work
Love's Work
Gillian Rose
Rose
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Written as the author was dying of cancer, Love’s Work is a personal and philosophical meditation on fallibility and the endurance of love. “A masterpiece of the autobiographer’s art, intense and rationally decorous at the same time.” —Edward Said
Contributors: Michael Wood

book image The Journal 1837-1861
Journal 1837-1861
Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau
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To understand Thoreau, one must read his journals—but until now they have never been available in a one-volume reader's edition that draws on the entirety of his 14-volume journal. Here at last is the essence of the great naturalist's thoughts, accumulated over the span of a life time
Contributors: Damion Searls , John R. Stilgoe

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