The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat: A Novel of Ideas

By Steven Lukes

The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat is a superb fictional trip via Western political philosophy by means of one in all our most unusual thinkers. Professor Caritat, a middle-aged Candide, walks naively in the course of the neighbouring international locations of Utilitaria, Communitaria and Libertaria, in his quest to discover the simplest of all attainable worlds. break away from the confines of his ivory tower, this wandering professor is made to confront the at a loss for words country of recent pondering during this remarkable comedy of rules.

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Blow the House Down: A Novel

By Robert Baer

Former CIA operative Robert Baer pushes fiction to absolutely the restrict during this riveting and unnervingly believable replacement historical past of 9/11.

Veteran CIA officer Max Waller has lengthy been enthusiastic about the kidnapping and homicide of his employer mentor. although years of digging yield the identify of a suspect—an Iranian math genius grew to become terrorist—the path turns out too chilly to justify additional attempt. Then Max turns up a photo of the fellow status along Osama bin weighted down and a mysterious westerner whose face has been reduce out, feeding Max’s suspicion. while the 1st respectable to whom Max exhibits the picture lands up useless, the out-of-favor agent by surprise reveals himself the objective of darkish forces in the intelligence group who're wanting to muzzle him.

Eluding an international surveillance internet, Max—in the summer season of 2001—begins monitoring the spore of a posh conspiracy, assembly clandestinely with suicide bombers and Arab royalty and eventually knowing the Iranian he’d looked for a decades-old crime is basically on the nexus of a terrifying plot.

Showing off awesome tradecraft and an array of richly textured backdrops, and packed with actual names and occasions, Blow the home Down deftly balances truth and risk to develop into the 1st nice mystery to spring from the warfare on terrorism.

Also to be had as a Random residence AudioBook and an eBook

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Apuleius: A Latin Sophist

By S. J. Harrison

This booklet is a reaction to the literary pleasures and scholarly difficulties of interpreting the texts of Apuleius, most famed for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. residing in second-century North Africa, Apuleius used to be greater than an writer of fiction; he was once a consummate orator highbrow, Platonist thinker, outstanding stylist, relentless self-promoter, and flexible writer of a remarkably diversified physique of labor, a lot of that is misplaced to us. This booklet is written for these capable of learn Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are therefore quoted with out translation (although the place they exist appropriate translations were indicated). during this booklet Dr Harrison has supplied a literary guide to all of the works of Apuleius in addition to the Metamorphoses, and has set his works opposed to their highbrow historical past: not just Apuleius' occupation as a acting highbrow, a sophist, in second-century Roman North Africa, but in addition the bigger modern framework of the Greek moment Sophistic. whereas focusing totally on the texts as literature and literary-historical, the e-book additionally offers with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequent reference to heart Platonism.

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Safe from the Neighbors

By Steve Yarbrough

Luke may possibly teaches neighborhood history—his lifelong obsession—at his outdated highschool in Loring, Mississippi. Having been mentored by means of his fatherland newspaper’s writer, a survivor of the civil rights turmoil, he now passes those tales alongside to scholars some distance too younger to have skilled or, from time to time, even heard approximately them.

But whilst a long-lost buddy unexpectedly returns to Loring, the place years in the past her relations have been shattered through an act of impressive violence, Luke starts off to gain that his reference to her runs deeper, either for my part and politically, than he ever imagined. simply young children in 1962, they'd no feel of what used to be occurring while James Meredith’s enrollment at Ole omit provoked a bloody new conflict within the outdated Civil conflict, less its influence on their fathers’ ambiguous friendship.

Once his daughters depart for Ole leave out, and along with his marriage at an deadlock, Luke’s research of this decades-old trauma quickly spills over into his personal existence. together with his mom and dad unwilling, or not able, to assist him release secrets and techniques whose lifestyles he’d by no means suspected, this novice historian is quickly solely ate up by means of an vague previous he can neither clarify nor control—a gripping reminder that the previous isn’t lifeless, or perhaps earlier.

Once back Steve Yarbrough powerfully evokes—as David Guterson placed it—“not purely historic grief however the grief of our personal time.”

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The Shape of Things to Come

By Maud Casey

Isabelle, a lady in her thirties with none of the trimmings of a grown-up existence, has simply been fired from her activity at a San Francisco cellphone corporation. Returning to the midwestern suburb of her youth, Standardsville, Illinois, she contends along with her relationship unmarried mom, a neighbor who as soon as seemed on The Honeymooners, and an ex-boyfriend. She additionally turns into a mystery shopper for a temp company, posing as various strength tenants for newly outfitted suburban groups to entry their unique services.

Enchanted via the possiblities of cover, Isabelle spins an online of lies that retains the realm at a distance till she finds long-kept secrets and techniques that strength her to reconsider every little thing she idea she knew.

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Strong Motion: A Novel

By Jonathan Franzen

Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes at the North Shore) and atypical success: the 1st one kills his grandmother. Louis attempts to take care of his independence, yet falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries concerning the earthquakes' reason complicate everything.

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On Booze (New Directions Pearls)

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

A number of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s top consuming tales makes this the main intoxicating New instructions Pearl yet!

“First you are taking a drink,” F. Scott Fitzgerald as soon as famous, “then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” Fitzgerald wrote alcohol into virtually each of his tales. On Booze gathers debutantes and dandies, rowdy jazz musicians, misplaced youngsters and ragtime riff-raff right into a newly compiled assortment taken from The Crack-Up, and different works by no means earlier than released by way of New instructions. On Booze portrays “The Jazz Age” as Fitzgerald skilled it: roaring, rambunctious, and luxurious ― with particularly a hangover.

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Not in the Flesh (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

By Ruth Rendell

After a truffle-hunting puppy finds a human hand rather than a worthy fungus, leader Inspector Wexford and his staff continue to interrogate every person who lives within sight to work out in the event that they can ensue a fit for the errant appendage one of the eighty-five those that have disappeared during the last decade during this a part of England. Then, whilst a moment physique is chanced on close by, Wexford studies a sense that is develop into a rarity for the veteran policeman: shock. As Wexford painstakingly strikes to unravel those a number of mysteries, long-buried secrets and techniques are delivered to sunlight, and Ruth Rendell once more proves why she has been hailed as our best dwelling secret author.

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Menino de Engenho (100th Edition)

By José Lins do Rego

About the writer (from Goodreads):

José Lins do Rego Cavalcanti (July three, 1901 in Pilar Paraíba - September 12, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro) was once a Brazilian novelist so much recognized for his semi-autobiographical "sugarcane cycle." those novels have been the foundation of flicks that had distribution within the English talking international. besides Graciliano Ramos and Jorge Amado he stands as one of many maximum regionalist writers of Brazil. based on Otto Maria Carpeaux (Brazilian literary critic), José Lins was once "the final of the tale tellers". His first novel, Menino de Engenho ("Boy from the plantation"), used to be released with trouble, yet quickly it obtained praised via the critics.

Sobre o livro:

A 100° edição de Menino de Engenho é a primeira obra de José Lins do Rego que ganha novo projeto gráfico. Esta nova roupagem recupera as renomadas ilustrações de Santa Rosa e oferece ao leitor textos de apoio assinados por grandes nomes da literatura brasileira.

O romance de estreia de José Lins do Rego apresenta fortes traços autobiográficos. A obra relata a vida no Engenho Santa Rosa, com suas desigualdades e a permanência de traços da escravidão. O lirismo é uma das principais características de Menino de Engenho, que abrange a infância e a adolescência de Carlinhos, personagem valuable do livro.

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