Brookline Bookseller & Receiver Jon recommends:
New York, 1914:
A Colorado miners' strike upsets a Rockefeller's attempts to rehab the family rep.
Unemployment is raging.
Demonstrations led by radicals - despised Wobblies and feared anarchists - bring police beatings
until the new Reform administration's sly tactical turnarounds.
Events in Europe bode ill.
And explosives arrive uptown.
~ recommended September, 2014
This history of circus rivalries and circus elephants (occasionally vindictive, understandably so) in America, entwined with the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse for electrical supremacy, culminates in the sad meeting of Topsy the elephant and Edison's wizardry at an amusement park.
~ recommended May, 2014
Doonesbury's doing reprints.
Cul de Sac is gone.
There's no Zippy in the Sunday paper.
The endless winter rolls (rolled) on and on.
Have some Calvin and Hobbes.
Any one will do.
~ recommended March, 2014
The peerless and honorable Geat warrior vanquishes ungodly night-stalkers, reigns wisely an grows old before facing a final fire-breathing nemesis: a trove of anciently-styled extremely and immediately re-readable phrasing.
~ recommended January, 2014
On the larcenous road with Jack, a late-19th-century yegg (a multi-skilled thief), hophead (opium addict), jail-breaking convict. Black's memoir is a how-to / crime-doesn't-pay trek through the North American West, a distant cousin to Wisconsin Death Trip.
~recommended October, 2013
Minor league baseball, where your future can hang on every pitch.
Birmingham, Alabama, where racially integrate baseball debuts in 1964, a year after the murderous Baptist church bombing. And, ante - "Nation" Sox fans, the Birmingham Barons' rookie manager: Haywood Sullivan.
~recommended June, 2013