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$35.00
ISBN-13: 9780679456728
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Published: Random House, 11/2011
This is a fascinating account of a woman who, given her birth and breeding, should never have gotten where she did. (If royalty can have stage mothers, Catherine certainly did.) But it was her own talents---brains, beauty, and nerve---and the audacity to use them----that earned her the title “The Great.” An epic tale told by one of the greatest biographers of our time.

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$26.99
ISBN-13: 9781439190135
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 10/2011
Although there is a biography of the original Rin Tin Tin woven throughout this book, it is really about the franchising of an ideal (both a film and through Rinty’s actual progeny) and how that ideal has influenced our relationship to our pets (now more often like members of our families rather than working animals). An interesting social commentary.

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$29.00
ISBN-13: 9780805091533
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Published: Henry Holt and Co., 10/2011
Yes, I know John Brown’s body has a mould ring in the grave. Yes, I know the raid on Harper’s Ferry occurred a year and a half before the first shots were fired in the Civil War. Yes, I even know that Robert E. Lee commanded the troops that took John Brown prisoner and that John Wilkes Booth attended his execution. But what I didn’t know could fill a book and this is it: a compelling account of one of the most important moments in U.S. history.

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$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781451642605
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 11/2011
Who is that dark stranger there? Not Maverick, or Rockford, but James Garner. As told to John Winokur, this is a plain-spoken remembrance of what has turned out to be a remarkable life. The testimonials at the back of the book attest to his kindness, generosity and even his orneriness. Just think: a genuine Hollywood star who’s a genuine human being.

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$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781401310264
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Published: Hyperion, 5/2010

You may not think it’s possible to write an entire book about a single baseball game, but you’d be wrong. Besides, it isn’t about “just” game, but what (to me) is (in)arguably the greatest game ever played. I remember that night – Tuesday, Oct 21, 1975 – not because it was a Tuesday, or that it was my birthday (don’t ask). I can’t tell you what we had for dinner, or what presents I got, but I can tell you – actually, I don’t think I can adequately express – how thrilling that game was. We were all riveted to the TV set. The author delves into the personalities of everyone from the brass at NBC and in MLB to the players on the field (and even those on the bench). Evocative of time and place, it has one other thing going for it: it’s dedicated to Vin Scully. What more needs to be said? A real “hit”. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

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$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780399536656
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Published: Perigee Trade, 5/2011

We all hoard to a certain extent. If you can keep it in check it might be considered collecting—baseball cards, antique clocks, movie ephemera (I collect words!). But when it gets out of control then you’ve got problems. Paxton, a professional cleaner, divides hoarders into 5 categories and delineates the warning signs of escalating trouble and offers suggestions for coping (and hopefully controlling) the situation for both the hoarder and those that care about them. A frightening, yet compassionate, look at a growing epidemic.

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$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781416593355
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 4/2012

It's difficult to believe that one of this country's true military geniuses was once derided by his own men as "Granny" - partly due to his insistence on discipline and preparation (most Confederate soldiers were volunteers who believed that fighting spirit was enough to ensure a victory). By the time of the Appomattox Court House, however, he was both beloved by his men and admired by friend and foe alike. This book examines his increasingly effective leadership on the field, his interactions with his subordinate commanders and how those successes led to the overconfidence that resulted in his defeat at Gettysburg. (The book concludes with an overview of his generalship through the end of the war). An engrossing assessment of one of America's true military greats.

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$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781401341336
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Published: Hyperion, 4/2010

History is always with us. Sometimes in ways we’re not aware of. So when doctoral candidate Connie Goodwin spends the summer dividing the time between her research of early colonial America and quite literally cleaning house, the interwoven threads of past and present merge in a way she never could have imagined. Atmospheric. One could even say bewitching.

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$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780618499151
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 3/2009

I'm not quite sure if the title's a misnomer or not (I expected more about Margaret More Roper than I got, but considering the gist of the book I don’t know what else would be more indicative of its content), so be advised.  The book concerns Thomas More – his life, his writings & his eventual martyrdom – and how his daughter Margaret kept his good name alive after his death.  If you're unfamiliar with the life of Thomas More this is a good overview (& unlike the excellent film of his life, A Man for all Seasons, this bio includes some of the more unsavory – given modern morals – aspects of his life – thinking burning of heretics, for example). 
The writing is clear and there are illustrations & family trees to help keep all the various Thomases, Johns, Alices & Margarets in their proper alignment.  It is a moving account of two truly Renaissance figures.

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Johnstown Flood (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780671207144
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 1/1987

The question was never whether but when the dam would fail. The date: May 31, 1889. The toll: more than 2000 dead (the exact number remains unknown – they included in their totals corpses - & parts of corpses – recovered, as well as citizens who were unaccounted for after the disaster), several towns partly – or completely – obliterated, & untold numbers of domesticated animals, livestock & wildlife swept away. Originally published in 1968, author McCullough was able to interv9iew several survivors, as well as utilizing archival records, including newspapers & court records (yes, even then, victims of disasters tried to recover some portion of their losses from those they considered liable), to put together a retelling of what should have been a preventable tragedy. Names like Carnegie and Frick play large roles in this disaster. A compelling read.

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The Moonstone (Paperback)

$9.00
ISBN-13: 9780375757853
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Published: Modern Library, 9/2001

Considered the 1st - & by many the best – detective novel ever written, this book debuted originally in serialized form in 1868. I mention this because it should not be thought of as historical fiction: its depiction of the crime & its resolution are not quaint but contemporary. The myriad scientific advantages that present day crime solvers (both real & fictional) have were not even dreamt of when this was written. & that just makes this book even more enjoyable. The crime & its unraveling are told by many voices over a year’s time, & proves, among other things, that great mysteries do not have to a) have bodies strewn all over the place; b) have a detective in constant peril of being beaten to a pulp – or worse – and c) do not need to be solved overnight. A delight form beginning to end.

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$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781594481710
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Published: Riverhead Trade, 1/2006

I love this book! When I was in school, everybody (parents, teachers, counselors) promoted the professions as a way to the top of the economic ladder. Just a few years later it was the professions augmented by computer know-how that would vault you into the financial stratosphere. But now with professional information available online, and routine computer work outsourced to Asia, those careers we once thought the path to security are fast becoming the Western world's 21st Century dinosaurs. So how do we compete in the new global economy? Sensitivity! Compassion! Ingenuity! In short, melding our right-brain (emotional) propensities with our left-brain (analytical) capabilities. And how do we do that? What will we reap if we succeed? Read this inspiring work, and prepare to take a new enlightened path to success in business and in life.

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$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780802717429
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Published: Walker & Company, 2/2009

The year is 1860, and police detection is in its infancy. A young boy, 2 months shy of his 4th birthday, is found in a privy with his throat slashed. The murder has taken place behind locked gates; the only logical suspects are the child's family and three live-in female servants. The local constabulary knows the solution is beyond them and send for Scotland Yard. No, this is not a novel, but a still notorious (in England, at least) true life crime committed by - well, let's not go there. What the book is actually about is the development of "detective science" (remember, not only was there no DNA testing available, they couldn't even take fingerprints), and how the detective (in this case, Mr. Whicher - apparently pronounced "Witcher") came to his conclusion. It is also about what Wilkie Collins aptly christened "detective fever" - the public fascination with crime and individual reaction to it. And although the scientific breakthroughs have been significant, the public response hasn't changed much in nearly 150 years.

This is a fascinating book on many levels and in several different interests as well. Definitely worth the time.

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