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A flamboyant and controversial personality of enormous wit and intelligence, Voltaire is one of the most intriguing figures of the eighteenth century Enlightenment. His masterpiece is Candide, a brilliant satire on the theory that 'the world is the best of all possible worlds.' The book traces the picaresque adventures of the guileless Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunegonde, tortured by the Inquisition, etc., all…

A flamboyant and controversial personality of enormous wit and intelligence, Voltaire is one of the most intriguing figures of the eighteenth century Enlightenment. His masterpiece is Candide, a brilliant satire on the theory that 'the world is the best of all possible worlds.' The book traces the picaresque adventures of the guileless Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunegonde, tortured by the Inquisition, etc., all…

The Earthsea Quartet

Strong Female Characters in Fantasy Literature

I was 12 or 13 when I stumbled across this unknown (to me) title on a bookmobile. It changed my view of the world; it IS a crazy place, Yossarian.

I was 12 or 13 when I stumbled across this unknown (to me) title on a bookmobile. It changed my view of the world; it IS a crazy place, Yossarian.

The Hotel on the Roof of the World by Alec le Sueur - by far the most hilarious book I've ever read!

The Hotel on the Roof of the World by Alec le Sueur - by far the most hilarious book I've ever read!

A vintage handbook for an Army wife. I think she also did an edition for Air Force wives, but I haven't been able to find it. Really interesting to read.

A vintage handbook for an Army wife. I think she also did an edition for Air Force wives, but I haven't been able to find it. Really interesting to read.

A happy childhood and a brilliant education, followed by fulfillment as a wife and mother, and success as a professional pianist and friend - Lydia's life is quite perfect when tragedy strikes.  Schwartz writes with beauty and purpose, never telegraphing impending doom and giving vibrant immediacy to Lydia's interior voice.  Disturbances in the Field by Lynne Sharon Schwartz.

A happy childhood and a brilliant education, followed by fulfillment as a wife and mother, and success as a professional pianist and friend - Lydia's life is quite perfect when tragedy strikes. Schwartz writes with beauty and purpose, never telegraphing impending doom and giving vibrant immediacy to Lydia's interior voice. Disturbances in the Field by Lynne Sharon Schwartz.

Written in 1914, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Kafka’s nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.

Written in 1914, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Kafka’s nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.

Jeff's May pick - The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America by Joe Posnanski

Jeff's May pick - The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America by Joe Posnanski

Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Shadow of Rocky Flats, by Kristen Iversen; MEMOIR -- Elizabeth

Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Shadow of Rocky Flats, by Kristen Iversen; MEMOIR -- Elizabeth

Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever. Here, in Faust, Part I, the tremendous versatility of Goethe’s genius creates some of the most beautiful passages in…

Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever. Here, in Faust, Part I, the tremendous versatility of Goethe’s genius creates some of the most beautiful passages in…

If you would like to read a story written from a different cultures perspective this is the one. A lady detective? Thats what they think in Africa where this takes place, but she is a determined lady. As you read, you learn she is good at being a detective.

If you would like to read a story written from a different cultures perspective this is the one. A lady detective? Thats what they think in Africa where this takes place, but she is a determined lady. As you read, you learn she is good at being a detective.