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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

An Unconventional and Cheeky Romp Through Modern History, By Jonas Jonasson

– It really is you…Yury finally managed to exclaim. But…You speak Russian? – Yes, I went on a five-year course in your country’s language shortly after we last met, said Allan. The school was called Gulag. What about that vodka? The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassen is kind […]

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Moving, Heart-breaking, Powerful Story of Survival, By Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of two Afghan women whose lives are molded and refracted in the tumult of events in recent Afghan history — the Soviet invasion beginning in 1979, the Civil War, the reign of the Taliban, and the beginnings of the Karzai administration. It’s a powerful, moving, […]

Shakespeare: The World as Stage

A Concise and Well-Researched Biography, By Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as Stage is a short and well-researched biography on the famous Bard, with some background on Elizabethan England thrown in for good measure. I’ve been meaning to read something of Bryson’s for a long time and thought this might make a good introduction, especially since I did a lengthy project […]

Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails

Somewhat Contrived Premise, But You'll Learn A Lot About Rum, By Wayne Curtis

Yo, ho ho … and you’ve all heard the rest. But contrary to what the title of this novel would indicate, author Wayne Curtis maintains that rum and its history is a lot more than pirates, grog and 50 Cent throwing back Bacardis in da’ club. And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the […]

Assassination Vacation

An Irreverent Road Trip Through Presidential Assassinations, By Sarah Vowell

“Going to Ford’s Theater to watch the play is like going to Hooters for the food,” writes Sarah Vowell in Assassination Vacation. But that’s where Vowell was, ironically watching Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins! And that’s where she begins her irreverent road trip, visiting the places where three American presidents have been assasinated over the years. […]