Matt's Picks

Matt

When Matt can find a few spare moments, he will usually grab something to read. Here are a few titles Matt recommends:



Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy (New York Review Books Classics) Cover Image
By Olivia Manning, Rachel Cusk (Introduction by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781590173312
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 19th, 2010

The Balkan Trilogy is the story of a marriage and of a war, a vast, teeming, and complex masterpiece in which Olivia Manning brings the uncertainty and adventure of civilian existence under political and military siege to vibrant life.


In Other Rooms, Other Wonders Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393337204
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 1st, 2009

In the spirit of James Joyce's "Dubliners," Mueenuddin's collection of linked stories illuminates a place and a people through an examination of the entwined lives of landowners and their retainers on the Gurmani family farm in Lahore, Pakistan.


K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781586488468
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Published: PublicAffairs - July 6th, 2010

This hilarious account of Khrushchev's 1959 U.S. tour is also a supremely entertaining evocation of the history and atmosphere of Cold War America.


The Bolter: The Story of Idina Sackville, Who Ran Away to Become the Chief Seductress of Kenya's Scandalous
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ISBN: 9780307476425
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - May 4th, 2010

Jazz Age celebrity Idina Sackville dazzled men and women alike, and made a habit of marrying whenever she fell in love--five husbands in all and lovers without number. Hers was the age of bolters, and Idina was the most celebrated of them all. Brilliant and utterly divine.--Michael Korda, "The Daily Beast."


Under the Dome Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781439149034
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Published: Gallery Books - July 6th, 2010

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when--or if--it will go away. Stephen King returns to his glory days of "The Stand"--"New York Daily News."


The Terror Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316008075
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - January 1st, 2009

Based on the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during the Sir John Franklin Expedition in 1845, "The Terror" is a deeply absorbing story that combines awe-inspiring myth, grinding horror, and historically accurate adventure ("Seattle Times").


Ravens Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780446538978
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 15th, 2010

The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the Georgia State lottery. It's going to be the worst day of their lives.


Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316034388
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 26th, 2010

The long-awaited autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones. With his trademark disarming honesty, Richards brings the story of a life fans have all longed to know more of--unfettered, fearless, and true.


The Financial Lives of the Poets: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061916052
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 1st, 2010

From National Book Award-finalist Walter comes a hysterically funny--and painfully timely--novel of one man's attempt to save his family from economic disaster by putting his entrepreneurial leanings toward a life of petty crime.


This Is Where I Leave You Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452296367
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Published: Dutton Books - July 6th, 2010

"Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking...[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche." --"USA Today" The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant. "This Is Where I Leave You" is Jonathan Tropper's most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.


Everything Matters! Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143117513
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Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010

In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophesy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question: Does anything I do matter?


Science Is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061836541
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 1st, 2010

"Seed" magazine brings together a unique collection of conversations between prominent scientists, artists, and other thinkers to tear down the wall between science and culture.