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Way, way back at the turn of the century--when I was still a bookseller--I began recommending what has continued to be one of my favourite summer reads. Elinor Lipman's 1998 novel The Inn at Lake Devine features a marvellous narrator, Natalie Marx, who opens her story as a 12-year-old in 1962 this way: "It was not complicated, and, as my mother pointed out, not even personal: They had a hotel; they didn't want Jews; we were Jews."
Friday, July 10, 6:30 p.m. Miami Dade College's , Freedom Tower, Downtown Miami. 600 Biscayne BoulevardMiami, FL 33132. RSVP here. Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with seventeen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots. His brilliant hero, Gabriel Allon—art restorer, assassin, spy—has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.
"Hot!" said the conductor to familiar faces... "Some weather!... Hot!... Hot!... Hot!... Is it hot enough for you? Is it hot? Is it...?" --F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby "Beach read" is the operative term for all discussions about summer reading list season, which unofficially begins on Fourth of July weekend. But many of us were landlocked when we were young and associate hot weather reading with cheap, sun-drenched folding chairs scattered across the lawn.
Bantam is reissuing the iconic Ruby fruit Jungle(paperback, $16) to mark both Pride Month and the 42nd anniversary of the novel's publication. Rita Mae Brown writes about her landmark novel: Silence is as instructive as running the mouth. When Ruby fruit Jungle was first published by Daughters, Inc., in 1973, the print run was 1,000 copies. Silence. No advertising, no reviews, not a glimmer of interest from the literary establishments. And then orders hit like an avalanche.
In Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate and the Fight to Save a Public Library, Scott Sherman chronicles the twisted path of the New York Public Library's proposed Central Library Plan, a "wide-ranging reconfiguration of services" that "had been born in June 2007 and was announced to the public nine months later at a little noticed press conference." Some of the most critical decisions, which Sherman first exposed in a 2011 piece for the Nation magazine, were reached behind closed doors.
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