A lively and thought provoking discussion of economics that is guaranteed to amuse. “Clear, concise, informative, witty and, believe it or not, entertaining” according to the Chicago Tribune. This introductory economics book is written for the layman and armchair economist alike. We were hooked from the introduction by Burton Malkiel author of “A Random Walk Down Wall Street”, where he described an economist as being “someone who is good with numbers but does not have the personality to be an accountant”. One of the best non-fiction books we’ve had the chance to read in the last year. Stop by our store and flip through it to see why “Naked Economics” is hard to resist.
This is an account of Abraham Lincoln’s life in politics from the perspective of those who knew him best. Goodwin provides enough background information and insight into the events of the day and other people’s lives that the reader feels fully immersed in America of the 19th century. The most impressive aspect of Goodwin’s writing is how she creates a feeling of suspense in spite of the reader knowing exactly what is about to happen to Lincoln. Team of Rivals is a great read for people wanting to learn more about the man who kept America whole.
A very entertaining adult mystery by the author of the Percy Jackson books. The protagonist is a medieval scholar and T’ai Chi master who heads back down to Texas and gets himself into no end of trouble. The characters are well-developed, including his enchilada-loving cat, and the story is well-written with humor as well as suspense. A fun read.
This is a graphic novel centering around the logician and philosopher Bertrand Russell. By following the life and thoughts of Russell, the reader is introduced to the world of logic and some of the greatest mathematical thinkers. A surprisingly engaging story that will leave the reader with a better understanding of the philosophical, and often times maddening world of mathematics.
Told in the always poetic style of Patti Smith, Just Kids gives us a glimpse into her and Robert Mapplethorpe’s initiation into and triumph over the eccentric New York art scene of the 60′s and 70′s. With an emphasis on the relationship that Patti and Robert shared, we are told how these two unorthodox lovers were able to influence and nurture each others quest to bring their artistic dreams to fruition. Full of tireless exploration, inspiring experiences, love and heartache, it is easy to become fascinated by this captivating story.
It’s not often that I get to use the words “macabre” and “endearing” to describe a book. The first pages are a little gruesome; a family murdered in the middle of the night. The sole survivor is an 18-month old that escapes to the graveyard into the arms of a caring couple of ghosts. They adopt him, naming him “Nobody Owens.” The story, inspired by The Jungle Book, describes the boy’s adventures growing up in the graveyard and includes a cast of characters of ghosts, ghouls, murderers, and tricksters. Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series.