Brookline Bookseller & Receiver Jon recommends:


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More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620405185
Availability: Special Order (unlikely to be available)
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - June 3rd, 2014

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

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Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802146052
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Published: Grove Press - June 3rd, 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

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The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury Cover Image
By Bill Watterson, Charles M. Schulz (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780836218053
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - January 5th, 1988

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

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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393320978
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2001

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

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You Can't Win Cover Image
By Jack Black, Joe Coleman (Illustrator), William S. Burroughs (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781936239610
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Published: Feral House - June 25th, 2013

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

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Southern League: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South's Most Compelling Pennant Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455511884
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 14th, 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