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Вручение 24 января 2014 г.

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Страна: США Место проведения: г. Филадельфия, штат Пенсильвания, Конгресс-центр Дата проведения: 24 января 2014 г.

Художественная книга

Лауреат
Донна Тартт 4.3
Роман, который лауреат Пулитцеровской премии Донна Тартт писала более 10 лет, — огромное эпическое полотно о силе искусства и о том, как оно — подчас совсем не так, как нам того хочется — способно перевернуть всю нашу жизнь. 13-летний Тео Декер чудом остался жив после взрыва, в котором погибла его мать. Брошенный отцом, без единой родной души на всем свете, он скитается по приемным домам и чужим семьям — от Нью-Йорка до Лас-Вегаса, — и его единственным утешением, которое, впрочем, чуть не приводит к его гибели, становится украденный им из музея шедевр голландского старого мастера.
Чимаманда Нгози Адичи 4.2
Третий роман нигерийского прозаика Чимаманды Нгози Адичи, уже завоевавшей не одну литературную награду за предыдущие свои книги, - самый масштабный и по времени, и по географии действия, и по диапазону идей и проблем, которые Адичи смогла мастерски и увлекательно охватить.

Роман о том, что чувствует образованный человек "второго мира", оказавшись в США или в Лондоне, про то, что ждет его дома, если он решит вернуться. Еще подростками Ифемелу и Обинзе влюбились, и дела им не было до диктатуры в родной стране, до зловещей атмосферы всеобщей подавленности и страха. Но, закончив школу, красавица Ифемелу уехала учиться в Америку, где ее ждал новый мир, полный как радостей, так и незнакомых проблем. Она постепенно осваивается в этой стране, добивается успеха и терпит неудачи, заводит отношения и теряет их, и дом ей кажется все более далеким. Рассудительный Обинзе из профессорской семьи собирался последовать за любимой, но события 11 сентября поставили крест на его планах перебраться в Америку. Он оказывается в Лондоне, где ведет опасную жизнь нелегала. Годы идут, и вот уже Обинзе - богатый человек, живет в родной стране, где его ценят и уважают. А Ифемелу стала успешной журналисткой, ее блог о жизни иммигрантки в Америке чрезвычайно популярен. Казалось бы, у обоих все хорошо, но это только начало…

Увлекательный, горький, местами смешной роман, охватывающий три континента и множество судеб, вызывающий в памяти не только предыдущий роман Адичи "Половина желтого солнца", но и "Рассечение Стоуна" Абрахама Вергезе и "И эхо летит по горам" Халеда Хоссейни. Вероятно, главный в этом романе разговор - о том, как живет и меняется в нас представление о родине и о доме, об оттенках расставаний и возвращений.
Edwidge Danticat 0.0
From the best-selling author of Brother, I’m Dying and The Dew Breaker: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing.

Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire’s mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother’s grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life.

But on the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Edwidge Danticat’s most spellbinding, astonishing book yet.
Кейт Аткинсон 4.0
В Лисьей Поляне, метелью отрезанной от внешнего мира, рождается девочка — и умирает, еще не научившись дышать.
В Лисьей Поляне, метелью отрезанной от внешнего мира, рождается та же девочка — и чудом выживает, и рассказывает историю своей жизни.
Рассказывает снова и снова. Пока не получится правильно прожить двадцатый век: спастись из коварных волн; избегнуть смертельной болезни; найти закатившийся в кусты мячик; разминуться с опасным ухажером; научиться стрелять, чтобы не промахнуться в фюрера.
«Жизнь после жизни» — самый поразительный бестселлер 2013 года от автора таких международных хитов, как «Человеческий крокет» и романы о частном детективе Джексоне Броуди («Преступления прошлого», «Поворот к лучшему», «Ждать ли добрых вестей?», «Чуть свет, с собакою вдвоем»), которые Стивен Кинг назвал «лучшим детективным проектом десятилетия».
Дэйв Эггерс 3.7
Мэй Холланд крупно повезло. Она работает в идеальной компании "Сфера" - союз блистательных умов поколения, где все прислушиваются ко всем и все вдохновенно совершенствуют мир. Здесь Мэй окружают единомышленники, ее любят, ее труд ценят, начальство тревожится о ее личном благополучии и здоровье родных, а за просчеты критикуют мягко, потому что в Мэй верят. "Сфера" - технологический исполин, неуклонно шагающий по пути абсолютного добра. Мир прекрасен всюду, где его коснулась "Сфера", которая творит новый мир - мир без преступлений и преступности, где твоя жизнь - открытая книга; мир без секретов, без зависти и зла. Залогинься, ставь "лайки", дружи - и будет тебе счастье навсегда. В мире "Сферы" граждане сообща улучшают абсолютно прозрачный мир, в котором не осталось больше грязных тайн. И вообще никаких тайн не осталось. Ну в самом деле: если ты не делаешь ничего дурного, зачем тебе что-то скрывать?..
Роман лидера новой волны американской литературы критики окрестили "хипстерским "1984"". Начинающаяся как милая, полная всеобщей любви и дружбы, история о рае медиасетей постепенно перерастает в тревожную, апокалиптическую антиутопию, пугающую и завораживающую своей неотвратимостью.
Элизабет Гилберт 4.2
"Происхождение всех вещей" - одна из последних книг знаменитой американской писательницы Элизабет Гилберт. В этом романе соединяются все мотивы ее творчества, повествование балансирует между составляющими - авантюрно-приключенческой, научной и любовной. Эта семейная сага рассказывает о трех поколениях натуралистов и ботаников эпохи конца XVIII - начала XIX века, времени, когда ученые были авантюристами и романтиками, а наука требовала самопожертвования, отваги и азарта. Альма, главная героиня книги, выросшая среди теплиц, ученых мужей и умных книг, имеет аналитический ум, горит желанием докопаться до сути.
Пол Хардинг 0.0

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY
The Wall Street Journal - American Library Association - Kirkus Reviews

A stunning allegorical novel about one man’s enduring love for his daughter

Hailed as “a masterpiece” (NPR), Tinkers, Paul Harding’s Pulitzer Prize–winning debut, is a modern classic. The Dallas Morning News observed that “like Faulkner, Harding never shies away from describing what seems impossible to put into words.” Here, in Enon, Harding follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries to come to terms with a shattering personal tragedy. Grandson of George Crosby (the protagonist of Tinkers), Charlie inhabits the same dynamic landscape of New England, its seasons mirroring his turbulent emotional odyssey. Along the way, Charlie’s encounters are brought to life by his wit, his insights into history, and his yearning to understand the big questions. A stunning mosaic of human experience, Enon affirms Paul Harding as one of the most gifted and profound writers of his generation.

Praise for Enon

“Harding conveys the common but powerful bond of parental love with devastating accuracy. . . . [He] is a major voice in American fiction.”—Chicago Tribune


“Paul Harding’s novel Tinkers won the Pulitzer Prize; its stunning successor, Enon, only raises the bar.”—O: The Oprah Magazine


“Extraordinary . . . a darkly intoxicating read . . . [Harding’s] prose is steeped in a visionary, transcendentalist tradition that echoes Blake, Rilke, Emerson, and Thoreau.”—The New Yorker


“So wild and riveting it’s practically an aria . . . Harding is a superb stylist.”—Entertainment Weekly


“[Charlie’s grief], shaped by a gifted writer’s caressing attention, can bring about moments of what Charlie calls ‘brokenhearted joy.’”—The Wall Street Journal


“Astonishing . . . a work of fiction that feels authentic as memoir.”—Financial Times


“Read Enon to live longer in the harsh, gorgeous atmosphere that Paul Harding has created.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Dara Horn 0.0
Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith free to take over Josie’s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie’s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.

A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community’s once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josie’s ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten.

An engrossing adventure that intertwines stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the digital frontier, A Guide for the Perplexed is a novel of profound inner meaning and astonishing imagination.
Халед Хоссейни 4.3
1952 год, звездная ночь в пустыне, отец рассказывает афганскую притчу сыну и дочери. Они устроились на ночлег в горах, на пути в Кабул. Затаив дыхание, Абдулла и совсем еще маленькая Пари слушают историю о том, как одного мальчика похитил ужасный дэйв, и бедняге предстоит самая страшная судьба на свете. Наутро отец и дети продолжают путь в Кабул, и этот день станет развилкой их судеб. Они расстанутся и, возможно, навсегда. Разлука брата и сестры даст начало сразу нескольким сплетающимся и расплетающимся историям. И в центре этой паутины жизни — Пари, нареченная так вовсе не в честь французской столицы, а потому что так зовут на фарси фей. Новый роман Халеда Хоссейни, прозрачный, пронзительный, многоголосый, о том, что любое решение, принятое за другого человека, — добра ради или зла — имеет цену, и судьба непременно выставит за него счет. Это роман о силе дешевых слов и дорогих поступков, о коварстве жизненного предназначения, о неизбежности воздаяния, о шумном малодушии и безмолвной преданности.
Kristopher Jansma 0.0
An inventive and witty debut about a young man’s quest to become a writer and the misadventures in life and love that take him around the globe

From as early as he can remember, the hopelessly unreliable—yet hopelessly earnest—narrator of this ambitious debut novel has wanted to become a writer.

From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma’s irresistible narrator will be inspired and haunted by the success of his greatest friend and rival in writing, the eccentric and brilliantly talented Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Julian’s enchanting friend, Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. After the trio has a disastrous falling out, desperate to tell the truth in his writing and to figure out who he really is, Jansma’s narrator finds himself caught in a never-ending web of lies.

As much a story about a young man and his friends trying to make their way in the world as a profoundly affecting exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards will appeal to readers of Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists and Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad with its elegantly constructed exploration of the stories we tell to find out who we really are.
Герман Кох 3.6
Роман популярного голландского писателя и журналиста Германа Коха в 2009 году удостоился в Нидерландах «Читательской премии». С тех пор он был переведен на два с лишним десятка языков и принес автору мировую известность: на сегодняшний день продано свыше миллиона экземпляров книги. Сюжет ее, поначалу кажущийся незатейливым, заключен в жесткие временные рамки: это всего лишь один вечер в фешенебельном ресторане. Два брата с женами пришли туда поужинать и кое-что обсудить. Паул Ломан - бывший учитель истории, его брат Серж - будущий премьер-министр, у обоих дети-подростки. Начавшаяся банальная застольная беседа постепенно перерастает в драму, и на поверхность одна за другой проступают ужасные семейные тайны. С каждой новой переменой блюд напряжение только нарастает...
Джумпа Лахири 3.9
Роман Джумпы Лахири — лауреата Пулитцеровской премии — классическая семейная сага, в центре которой два брата. Мальчишки счастливы в родительском доме на краю низины, где растут водяные гиацинты и где им знаком каждый уголок. Они не представляют жизни друг без друга. Но когда они вырастут, им предстоят разные пути-дороги и любовь к одной и той же женщине. Для младшего эта любовь станет счастьем, а для старшего — драмой на всю жизнь…
Anthony Marra 2.0
In A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra takes us to snow-covered Chechnya during the Second Chechen War. The novel, a remarkable decade-spanning debut, opens with eight-year-old Havaa looking on as her father is dragged off by Russian soldiers for a crime he did not commit. The soldiers set fire to Havaa's home, and next-door neighbor Akhmed attempts to hide her at nearby hospital. Sonya, the doctor who runs the facility, is hesitant to harbor Havaa, as the child invites unnecessary risk to her barely functioning hospital, but both she and Akhmed realize that Havaa represents something greater than a single life: she is the key to maintaining humanity in an ethnic conflict that is absurd and unjust. "There are things a person shouldn't understand," Akhmed says. "There are things a person has a moral duty never to understand." But by the end of Vital Phenomena, we do understand--with deeply emotional characters and gripping depiction of wartorn Chechnya, Marra makes us understand. --Kevin Nguyen
James McBride 5.0
From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.

Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
Рут Озеки 4.2
Рут Озеки – американка японского происхождения, специалист по классической японской литературе, флористка, увлеченная театром и кинематографом. В 2010 году она была удостоена сана буддийского священника. Озеки ведёт активную общественную деятельность в университетских кампусах и живёт между Бруклином и Кортес-Айлендом в Британской Колумбии, где она пишет, вяжет носки и выращивает уток вместе со своим мужем Оливером.
«Моя рыба будет жить» – это роман, полный тонкой иронии, глубокого понимания отношений между автором, читателем и персонажами, реальностью и фантазией, квантовой физикой, историей и мифом. Это увлекательная, зачаровывающая история о человечности и поисках дома.
Bob Shacochis 0.0
Renowned through four award-winning books for his gritty and revelatory visions of the Caribbean, Bob Shacochis returns to occupied Haiti in The Woman Who Lost Her Soul before sweeping across time and continents to unravel tangled knots of romance, espionage, and vengeance. In riveting prose, Shacochis builds a complex and disturbing story about the coming of age of America in a pre-9/11 world.

When humanitarian lawyer Tom Harrington travels to Haiti to investigate the murder of a beautiful and seductive photojournalist, he is confronted with a dangerous landscape riddled with poverty, corruption, and voodoo. It’s the late 1990s, a time of brutal guerrilla warfare and civilian kidnappings, and everyone has secrets. The journalist, whom he knew years before as Jackie Scott, had a bigger investment in Haiti than it seemed, and to make sense of her death, Tom must plunge back into a thorny past and his complicated ties to both Jackie and Eville Burnette, a member of Special Forces who has been assigned to protect her.

From the violent, bandit-dominated terrain of World War II Dubrovnik to the exquisitely rendered Istanbul in the 1980s, Shacochis brandishes Jackie’s shadowy family history with daring agility. Caught between her first love and the unsavory attentions of her father—an elite spy and quintessential Cold War warrior pressuring his daughter to follow in his footsteps—seventeen-year-old Jackie hatches a desperate escape plan that puts her on course to becoming the soulless woman Tom equally feared and desired.

Set over fifty years and in four countries backdropped by different wars, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul is a magnum opus that brings to life, through the mystique and allure of history, an intricate portrait of catastrophic events that led up to the war on terror and the America we are today.
Джоан Силбер 0.0
When is it wise to be a fool for something? What makes people want to be better than they are? From New York to India to Paris, from the Catholic Worker movement to Occupy Wall Street, the characters in Joan Silber s dazzling new story cycle tackle this question head-on. Vera, the shy, anarchist daughter of missionary parents, leaves her family for love and activism in New York. A generation later, her own doubting daughter insists on the truth of being of two minds, even in marriage. The adulterous son of a Florida hotel owner steals money from his family and departs for Paris, where he takes up with a young woman and finds himself outsmarted in turn. Fools ponders the circle of winners and losers, dupers and duped, and the price we pay for our beliefs. Fools is a luminous, intelligent, and rewarding work of fiction from the author for whom the Boston Globe said, "No other writer can make a few small decisions ripple across the globe, and across time, with more subtlety and power."

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Дорис Гудуин 5.0
Процесс слияний и поглощений создает могущественные корпорации, войны перемещаются в далекие страны, а разрыв между богатыми и бедными растет.

"Трибуна: Теодор Рузвельт, Уильям Говард Тафт и золотой век журналистики" - этот подзаголовок возвращает нас в эпоху заголовков, которые должны придавать силы и уверенность

Билл Гейтс включил эту книгу в список своих рекомендаций. Гейтс считает, что в книге Дориса Кернса Гудвина можно найти уроки для современного мира. Он отмечает, что Теодору Рузвельту были необходимы средства массовой информации для достижения социальных перемен.

"Хотя он пытался провести ряд политических реформ в начале своей карьеры, он не был по-настоящему успешным, пока журналисты не помогли изменить общественное создание", - написал Гейтс в своем блоге.
Nicholas A. Basbanes 0.0
A Bloomberg News Best Book of the Year

A consideration of all things paper—its invention that revolutionized human civilization; its thousand-fold uses (and misuses), proliferation, and sweeping influence on society; its makers, shapers, collectors, and pulpers—written by the admired cultural historian and author of the trilogy on all things book-related: A Gentle Madness; Patience and Fortitude (“How could any intelligent, literate person not just love this book?”—Simon Winchester); and A Splendor of Letters (“Elegant, wry, and humane”—André Bernard, New York Observer).

Nicholas Basbanes writes about paper, from its invention in China two thousand years ago to its ideal means, recording the thoughts of Islamic scholars and mathematicians that made the Middle East a center of intellectual energy; from Europe, by way of Spain in the twelfth century and Italy in the thirteenth at the time of the Renaissance, to North America and the rest of the inhabited world.

Basbanes writes about the ways in which paper has been used to record history, make laws, conduct business, and establish identities . . . He makes clear that without paper, modern hygienic practice would be unimaginable; that as currency, people will do almost anything to possess it . . . that the Industrial Revolution would never have happened without paper on which to draw designs and blueprints.

We see paper’s crucial role in the unfolding of historical events, political scandals, and sensational trials: how the American Revolution which took shape with the Battle of Lexington and Concord, began with the Stamp Act of 1765 . . . the Dreyfus Affair and the forged memorandum known as “the bordereau” . . . America’s entry into World War I with the Zimmerman Telegram . . . the Alger Hiss spy case and Whittaker Chambers’s testimony involving the notorious Pumpkin Papers . . . Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and the scandal of Watergate.

Basbanes writes of his travels to get to the source of the story—to China, along the Burma Road, and to Japan, whose handmade paper, washi, is as much an expression of the human spirit as it is of craftsmanship . . . to Landover, Maryland, home of the National Security Agency and its one hundred million ultra secret documents, pulped by cryptologists and sent to be recycled as pizza boxes and egg cartons . . . to the Crane Paper mill of Dalton, Massachusetts, a seventh-generation family-owned enterprise, the exclusive supplier of paper for American currency since 1879 . . . and to the Kimberly-Clark mill in New Milford, Connecticut, manufacturer daily of one million boxes of Kleenex tissue and as many rolls of Scott kitchen towels.

Entertaining, illuminating, irresistible, a book that masterfully guides us through paper’s inseparability from human culture . . .

From the Hardcover edition
Sheri Fink 0.0
In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.
Scott Anderson 0.0
A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history – the Arab Revolt and the secret “great game” to control the Middle East

The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow.” Amidst the slaughter in European trenches, the Western combatants paid scant attention to the Middle Eastern theater. As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power.

Curt Prüfer was an effete academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo, whose clandestine role was to foment Islamic jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Syria. William Yale was the fallen scion of the American aristocracy, who traveled the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order gain valuable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in the sands of Syria; by 1917 he was the most romantic figure of World War One, battling both the enemy and his own government to bring about the vision he had for the Arab people.

The intertwined paths of these four men – the schemes they put in place, the battles they fought, the betrayals they endured and committed – mirror the grandeur, intrigue and tragedy of the war in the desert. Prüfer became Germany’s grand spymaster in the Middle East. Aaronsohn constructed an elaborate Jewish spy-ring in Palestine, only to have the anti-Semitic and bureaucratically-inept British first ignore and then misuse his organization, at tragic personal cost. Yale would become the only American intelligence agent in the entire Middle East – while still secretly on the payroll of Standard Oil. And the enigmatic Lawrence rode into legend at the head of an Arab army, even as he waged secret war against his own nation’s imperial ambitions.

Based on years of intensive primary document research, LAWRENCE IN ARABIA definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.
A. Scott Berg 0.0
One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize–winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson—the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the twenty-eighth President.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg was able to add countless details—even several unknown events—that fill in missing pieces of Wilson’s character, and cast new light on his entire life.

From the visionary Princeton professor who constructed a model for higher education in America to the architect of the ill-fated League of Nations, from the devout Commander in Chief who ushered the country through its first great World War to the widower of intense passion and turbulence who wooed a second wife with hundreds of astonishing love letters, from the idealist determined to make the world “safe for democracy” to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity—and the subterfuges around it—were among the century’s greatest secrets, from the trailblazer whose ideas paved the way for the New Deal and the Progressive administrations that followed to the politician whose partisan battles with his opponents left him a broken man, and ultimately, a tragic figure—this is a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson’s life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the icon—but Wilson the man.
Daniel James Brown 0.0
For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.

Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs.
Margalit Fox 4.4
In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending history, linguistics, and cryptology with an elegantly wrought narrative. When famed archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1,000 years before Greece's Classical Age, he discovered a cache of ancient tablets, Europe's earliest written records. For half a century, the meaning of the inscriptions, and even the language in which they were written, would remain a mystery. Award-winning New York Times journalist Margalit Fox's riveting real-life intellectual detective story travels from the Bronze Age Aegean - the era of Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Helen - to the turn of the 20th century and the work of charismatic English archeologist Arthur Evans, to the colorful personal stories of the decipherers. These include Michael Ventris, the brilliant amateur who deciphered the script but met with a sudden, mysterious death that may have been a direct consequence of the decipherment; and Alice Kober, the unsung heroine of the story whose painstaking work allowed Ventris to crack the code.
Simon Garfield 5.0
Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of the Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map.

Simon Garfield’s Just My Type illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps.

Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have even suggested that mapping—not language—is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history of maps from the early explorers’ maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history—and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human.

Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and amusing “pocket maps” on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet, On the Map is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield’s signature narrative flair. Map-obsessives and everyone who loved Just My Type will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the globe.
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