The Given Day

Author: Dennis Lehane
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748124829
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Boston, 1918. A city in turmoil as soldiers return home from World War One. Danny Coughlin is the son of one of Boston's most powerful police captains. An undercover cop, he is hunting for revolutionaries and anarchists who are pledged to overthrow the city's ruling classes. But Danny's about to find out that doing his duty may also mean betraying those who are closest to him. Luther Lawrence is on the run. Having survived a murderous confrontation with a crime boss, he lands a job in the Coughlin household. Desperate to find a way home for his pregnant wife, Luther is determined to avoid trouble. But it isn't long before his dangerous past and his tenuous present collide - with life threatening consequences. As the city goes into meltdown, Danny and Luther must confront the storm of violence that threatens to engulf them if each is to survive...

The Back Page

Author: Bill Ott
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 0838909973
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Offers readers anecdotes, stories, quizzes and a host of insights into what makes books what they are - those wonderful and magical sources of great thoughts. This book presents a compendium of the literal back pages of Booklist, a column that has been published in the magazine since 1991.

The Cooperstown Symposium On Baseball And American Culture 2009 2010

Author: William M. Simons
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786486317
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The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2009–2010 is an anthology of scholarly essays that utilize the national game to examine topics whose import extends beyond the ballpark and constitute a significant academic contribution to baseball literature. The essays represent sixteen of the leading presentations from the two most recent proceedings of the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held, respectively, on June 3–5, 2009, and June 2–4, 2010. The anthology is divided into five parts: Baseball as Culture: Dance, Literature, National Character, and Myth; Constructing Baseball Heroes; Blacks in Baseball: From Segregation to Conflicted Integration; The Enterprise of Baseball: Economics and Entrepreneurs; and Genesis and Legacy of Baseball Scholarship, which features an essay written by the co-creator of baseball scholarship, Dorothy Seymour Mills.

The Judge Dee Novels Of R H Van Gulik

Author: J.K. Van Dover
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476617414
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From 1949 to 1968 author Robert van Gulick wrote 15 novels, two novellas and eight short stories featuring Judge Dee, a Chinese magistrate and detective from the Tang dynasty. In addition to providing the setting for riveting mysteries, Dee’s world highlighted aspects of traditional Chinese culture through his personal relationships with his wives, his lieutenants and the citizens he served with dedication on the emperor’s behalf. This book gives a synopsis of each Judge Dee story, along with commentary on plots, characters, themes and historical details. Exploring van Gulik’s influence on Chinese and Western detective fiction and on the image of China in popular 20th century American literature, this study brings to light a significant contributor to the development of detective fiction.

100 Must Read Historical Novels

Author: Nick Rennison
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408136066
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Historical fiction is a hugely popular genre of fiction providing fictional accounts or dramatizations of historical figures or events. This latest guide in the highly successful Bloomsbury Must-Reads series depicts 100 of the finest novels published in this sector, with a further 500 recommendations. A wide range of classic works and key authors are covered: Peter Ackroyd, Margaret Attwood, Sarah Waters, Victor Hugo and Robert Louis Stevenson to name a few. If you want to expand your reading in this area, or gain a deeper understanding of the genre - this is the best place to start! Inside you'll find: - An extended Introduction to historical fiction - 100 titles highlighted A-Z by novel with 500 Read-on recommendations - Read-on-a-theme categories - Award winners and book club recommendations

Books To Die For

Author: John Connolly
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451696582
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The world’s most beloved mystery writers celebrate their favorite mystery novels in this gorgeously wrought collection, featuring essays by Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin, and more. In the most ambitious anthology of its kind, the world’s leading mystery writers come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, over a hundred authors from twenty countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, Books to Die For brings together the best of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought…I want more!

A Natural History Of The Romance Novel

Author: Pamela Regis
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812233032
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The romance novel has the strange distinction of being the most popular but least respected of literary genres. While it remains consistently dominant in bookstores and on best-seller lists, it is also widely dismissed by the critical community. Scholars have alleged that romance novels help create subservient readers, who are largely women, by confining heroines to stories that ignore issues other than love and marriage. Pamela Regis argues that such critical studies fail to take into consideration the personal choice of readers, offer any true definition of the romance novel, or discuss the nature and scope of the genre. Presenting the counterclaim that the romance novel does not enslave women but, on the contrary, is about celebrating freedom and joy, Regis offers a definition that provides critics with an expanded vocabulary for discussing a genre that is both classic and contemporary, sexy and entertaining. Taking the stance that the popular romance novel is a work of literature with a brilliant pedigree, Regis asserts that it is also a very old, stable form. She traces the literary history of the romance novel from canonical works such as Richardson's Pamela through Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Bront's Jane Eyre, and E. M. Hull's The Sheik, and then turns to more contemporary works such as the novels of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Janet Dailey, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Nora Roberts.

Any God Given Night

Author: Annegret Werner Shaw
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1462083773
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When seventy-nine-year-old Anton Watson enters Serenity Haven, an Alzheimer's facility in Tomball, Texas, he seems like an ordinary, frail, old man. No one would guess that Anton has lived a double life since he was a boy of thirteen growing up on a small farm in the south Texas valley. In a short period of time when he is a teen, Anton loses his mother, his father, and the family's farm. It's on this farm that evil takes hold of the young boy. Anton's rage is at first directed toward the farm's animals; he knows that acting on his other fantasies and thoughts will lead him straight to prison and even death row. But one stormy night, he can't control his urges, and a serial murderer is born. Neither his wife, Doris, nor his son, Victor, knew they were living with a killer. His motto-be patient, be wise, and be fast-served him well, and he has gone unnoticed by the police for over fifty years. Old age and a frail body put a stop to his malevolent behavior more than a decade ago. Now living in an Alzheimer's facility, his horrible deeds come to the forefront as he loses his short-term memory and dives deeper and deeper into his horror-filled past.

Flaubert And The Historical Novel

Author: Anne Green
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521237653
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This 1982 book evaluates of one of Flaubert's most controversial novels. Dr Green begins by discussing the nineteenth-century debate about the relation between history and fiction, and examines Flaubert's distinctive responses to it. She goes on to show how Flaubert worked to develop a new kind of historical novel.