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Sprawling nimble comic satire of Imperial Britain and the Raj set in 1857. It's like those rousing technicolor epics that they don't make anymore. A brilliantly colored canvas worthy of Monty Python by way of David Lean..
~ recommended May, 2014
Calasso's protean imagination sorts through the poetry and philosophy of the ancient world in order to restore the mystery, wonder and relevance of the Greek myths for an adult reader. (A perfect companion piece to Luc Ferry's Wisdom of the Myths.)
~ recommended March, 2014
An absolutely astounding book that radically altered my concept of history. Grim going redeemed by the author's scrupulous quest to unearth the victims' stories and place them within the wider context of Hitler and Stalin's colossal social engineering. A solid achievement that lingers in the mind long after.
~ recommended January, 2014
A simple evocation of a country summer that deepens into a moving retrospective on life, love, loss, and the healing balm of art.
~ recommended October, 2013
A gritty suspense novel spun from Moscow's show trials of the 30's.
Shades of Orwell, Camus, Kafka, and Fallada here.
A true believer is arrested. In prison, his willingness to create a living hell for a future utopia is confronted by Stalin's demand that he not only obey but willingly agree--to his own execution. Unsettling and thought-provoking page turner.
~ recommended April, 2013
A highly readable account of the Persian Wars that inspired Herodotus. Tom Holland is a popular historian who can marshal the facts in an even-handed presentation while animating them with a novelist's dramatic flair for color, detail, and personality. Insightful, entertaining, and perceptively relevant.
~ recommended January, 2013
The Brookline Booksmith Book Club has been sharing great books for 10 years. It normally meets on the 2nd Monday of each month, at 7:30 pm in our Writer's and Reader's Room. No need to sign up, just show up.
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