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these just in … 19 January, 2007

100 Animals to See Before They Die (Bradt Guides) (Hardcover)
by Nick Garbutt

Hardcover $24.99 - 10%

Marking a new departure for Bradt, this full color, large format title builds on the brand’s reputation for ethical travel and conservation, presenting a compendium of 100 of the world’s most endangered mammals in association with ZSL – Zoological Society of London – and its much-acclaimed Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered program.

Each animal is accompanied by full color pictures, a distribution map, and easily understood text about its characteristics, the issues it faces, conservation work taking place, visiting responsibly, and organizations to contact to assist with conservation work.

This is a must-have title for anyone with any interest in the welfare of our planet and the protection of some of its most endangered species.

by Upton Sinclair

Paperback $15.00

Sinclair’s 1927 novel did for California’s oil industry what The Jungle did for Chicago’s meat-packing factories. The plot follows the clash between an oil developer and his son. Typical of Sinclair, there are undertones here of socialism and sympathy for the common working stiff. Though the book is not out of print, this is the only paperback currently available.

My Father’s Heart
by Steve McKee

Hardcover $25.00 - 10%

A memoir of a father and son relationship cut short by heart attack, and the powerful pull of love across the empty years.

Sixteen-year-old Steve McKee watched his father die of a heart attack on the couch in their TV room. A lifelong smoker and workaholic, John McKee had been floored by a heart attack five years earlier. The McKee clan-perhaps including a demoralized John himself-had long been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

At age fifty-two, Steve McKee learned that he was his father’s son more than he had ever hoped-he, too, has serious cardiovascular disease. Haunted by his father’s seeming surrender to the condition, McKee set out to find the man who died before the son could know him. In so doing, what might he, Steve McKee, learn of himself?

Chronicling the disorienting first days following John McKee’s death, My Father’s Heart is an extraordinary story of an all-too-ordinary scenario: A father dies, a son remains, and the loss casts a long shadow across a generation. Rich in evocative detail of time, place, and family, it is a powerful memoir of love, forgiveness, and finding oneself.

The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups
by Ron Rosenbaum

Paperback $18.00

Acclaimed journalist Rosenbaum, New York Observer columnist and cultural omnivore (Explaining Hitler), conveys the impassioned arguments of leading directors and scholars concerning how Shakespeare should be printed and performed. “Hearing Sir Peter Hall pound his fists in fury over the vital importance of a pause at the close of a pentameter line, for instance—wonderful!” Rosenbaum enthuses. Elsewhere he recalls how seeing Peter Brook’s definitive 1970 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired Rosenbaum’s “outsider’s odyssey into the innermost citadels of scholarship” to investigate the painstaking work of Shakespearean textual experts as they convert the Bard’s earliest published works into authoritative editions. Evoking the clashing methodologies and discourses of scholars, the dizzying depths of lexicographic databases and a rare instance of Shakespeare’s voice transcribed in a court proceeding, Rosenbaum captures with clarity and wry humor the obsessive fervor, theoretical about-turns and occasional scholarly fiasco that characterize this arcane world. He considers the politics of portraying Shylock and Falstaff, appraises Shakespeare on film and provocatively comments on the work of such influential critics as Harold Bloom, Stephen Greenblatt and Stephen Booth. Balancing academic reportage with his own lively observations, Rosenbaum wrestles with the weightiest issues of Shakespeare studies in a down-to-earth manner that readers will applaud.

Cleaver: A Novel
by Tim Parks

Hardcover $25.00 - 10%

Tim Parks is the author of seventeen books, both fiction and nonfiction, including Europa, Destiny, Judge Savage, and A Season with Verona.

Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me (Hardcover)
Edited by Andy Selsberg, Ben Karlin, and Nick Hornby. Forward by Ben’s Mom

Hardcover $23.99 - 10%

The Emmy award-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report has assembled a stellar lineup of men who have one thing in common:all have been dumped…and are willing to share their pain and the lessons learned.Relationships end.And in almost all of them, even the most callow among us take something away. This is a book about that something, whether it be major life lessons, like “If you lie, you will get caught,” simple truths like, “Flowers work,” or something wholly unique like, “Watch out for the high strung brother in the military.”This anthology will be comprised of longer and shorter pieces, drawn from an array of impressive celebrities, writers and public figures.Some pieces may be a paragraph in length while others will be full-blown essays.All of them will be about that salient something men take away from a failed relationship. Yes, men learn.This is not a touchy-feely book.This is not a self-help book. This is a book packed with smart, funny and insightful stories from men you probably thought never got dumped, or if they did, would never admit it.

Love Poems
by Pablo Neruda. Translated by Donald D. Walsh
Paperback $11.95

“One of the greatest major poets of the twentieth century.”—The New York Times Book ReviewCharged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda’s love poems caused a scandal when published anonymously in 1952. In later editions, these verses became the most celebrated of the Noble Prize winner’s oeuvre, captivating readers with earthbound images that reveal in gentle lingering lines an erotic re-imagining of the world through the prism of a lover’s body: “today our bodies came vast, they grew to the edge of the world / and rolled melting / into a single drop / of wax or meteor….” Written on the paradisal island of Capri, where Neruda “took refuge” in the arms of his lover Matil