On The Nightstand 2

Here, again, are some of the books our booksellers are reading.  They are a passionate lot, with varied and exemplary interests in many subjects!

Steve Corrigan- Bookseller


Dust to Dust- Benjamin Busch – An amazing memoir  of passages: through childhood,war, life and the revelations of death. Soil and stone, blood and weapon; all of Busch’s recollections are organized among elements and elemental experiences.  There is something reminiscent of the natural revelations of anthropologist and philosopher Loren Eiseley in these pages.  Busch moves with poetic grace from childhood to the streets of Baltimore where he worked on the set of The Wire, through his experiences in Iraq with a unifying elements of the natural world. A memoir of uncommon lyrical skill.

Diana Dalton- Sidelines Team and Bookseller

The Shallows: Is The Internet Making Us Stupid? by Nicholas G. Carr

“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Now Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Net is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

Ivan Esteves- Bookseller and Inventory Control Team Member

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent is the first in a trilogy of dystopian novels.In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

 

Mark Frederick-Bookseller

The Battle of Midway by Craig L. Symonds-“There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.
In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America’s leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice. Symonds begins with the arrival of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating Japanese attack, and describes the key events leading to the climactic battle, including both Coral Sea–the first battle in history against opposing carrier forces–and Jimmy Doolittle’s daring raid of Tokyo. He focuses throughout on the people involved, offering telling portraits of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance and numerous other Americans, as well as the leading Japanese figures, including the poker-loving Admiral Yamamoto. Indeed, Symonds sheds much light on the aspects of Japanese culture–such as their single-minded devotion to combat, which led to poorly armored planes and inadequate fire-safety measures on their ships–that contributed to their defeat. The author’s account of the battle itself is masterful, weaving together the many disparate threads of attack–attacks which failed in the early going–that ultimately created a five-minute window in which three of the four Japanese carriers were mortally wounded, changing the course of the Pacific war in an eye-blink.
Symonds is the first historian to argue that the victory at Midway was not simply a matter of luck, pointing out that Nimitz had equal forces, superior intelligence, and the element of surprise. Nimitz had a strong hand, Symonds concludes, and he rightly expected to win.”  goodreads.com

Agent Garbo-Stephan Talty

In the tradition of Agent Zig-Zag, a best-selling author shares the greatest of all World War II espionage stories.

One of history’s greatest spies finally gets his due: Agent Garbo tells the astonishing story of a self-made secret agent who saved tens of thousands of lives. Juan Pujol was a nobody, a Barcelona poultry farmer determined to oppose the Nazis. Using only his gift for daring falsehoods, Pujol became Germany’s most valued agent — it took four tries before the British believed he was really on their side.

‘Agent Garbo’ turned in a masterpiece of deception worthy of his big-screen namesake. Pujol composed phony telegrams, cooked up documents, and brought a vast network of fictional sub-agents to whirring life. For his greatest performance, Pujol had to convince the German high command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy was a feint, and they should maintain troop strength at Calais instead. They bought it, keeping entire battalions near Calais for a week.

Based on years of archival research and interviews with Pujol’s family, Agent Garbo is a true-life thriller set in one of history’s most important theaters.

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