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  • Anything Goesby Lucy Moore

    Atlantic Books 2015; US$ 11.99

    Bracketed by the catastrophes of the Great War and the Wall Street Crash, 1920s America was a place of drama, tension and hedonism. It glittered and seduced: jazz, flappers, wild all-night parties, the birth of Hollywood, and a glamorous gangster-led crime scene flourishing under prohibition. But the period was also punctuated by momentous events -... more...

  • Heart of the Originalby Steve Aylett

    Random House 2015; US$ 14.38

    True creativity, the making of a thing which has not been in the world previously, is originality by definition. But while many claim to crave originality, they feel an obscure revulsion when confronted with it. The really new is uncomfortable and disturbing. Repetition of the familiar is preferred. The hailing of old ideas as original lowers the... more...

  • Herring Talesby Donald S. Murray

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 19.99

    Scots like to smoke or salt them. The Dutch love them raw. Swedes look on with relish as they open bulging, foul-smelling cans to find them curdling within. Jamaicans prefer them with a dash of chilli pepper. Germans and the English enjoy their taste best when accompanied by pickle's bite and brine. Throughout the long centuries men have fished around... more...

  • The Generation Gameby David McWilliams

    Pan Macmillan 2015; US$ 7.63

    After ten years of a boom and on the eve of a downturn, Irish society has been turned on its head by a Generation War. The clear winners have been the middle-aged Jagger Generation, enormously enriched by the property boom, while the younger generation ? the cash-stripped Jugglers ? will be badly exposed as the credit wave recedes. Then there... more...

  • The Making of Homeby Judith Flanders

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 27.99

    The idea that 'home' is a special place, a separate place, a place where we can be our true selves, is so obvious to us today that we barely pause to think about it. But, as Judith Flanders shows in her best and most ambitious work to date, "home" is a relatively new idea. In The Making of Home , Flanders traces the evolution of the house from the... more...

  • Tales of Two Citiesby John Freeman

    Penguin Publishing Group 2015; US$ 16.00

    Thirty major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided New York   In a city where the top one percent earns more than a half-million dollars per year while twenty-five thousand children are homeless, public discourse about our entrenched and worsening wealth gap has never been more sorely needed. This remarkable anthology is the literary... more...

  • The Prizeby Dale Russakoff

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015; US$ 27.00

    As serialized in the New Yorker, a roiling, behind-the-scenes look at the high-pressure race to turn around Newark?s failing schools, with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Governor Chris Christie, and Senator Cory Booker in eyebrow-raising leading roles more...

  • Beyond the Beatby Daniel B. Cornfield

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 35.00

    At a time when the bulwarks of the music industry are collapsing, what does it mean to be a successful musician and artist? How might contemporary musicians sustain their artistic communities? Based on interviews with over seventy-five popular-music professionals in Nashville, Beyond the Beat looks at artist activists?those visionaries who create... more...

  • Learning to Die in the Anthropoceneby Roy Scranton

    City Lights Publishers 2015; US$ 13.95

    An Iraq War vet's bracing, visionary response to the challenge posed by global warming and his hope in the humanities. more...

  • Salonica Terminusby Fred A. Reed

    Talonbooks 2015; US$ 19.95

    In his extensive travels in the Balkans, Reed encounters a landscape inscribed with a shocking testimony of ethno-racialist aspirations. more...