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Classics Reimagined, FrankensteinJanuary is the 200th Birthday of Frankenstein ( & His Monster)!

Classics Reimagined: Frankenstein (The 200th Anniversary Edition) by Mary Shelley 

 Illustrated by David Plunkert

With detailed and evocative imagery, renowned artist David Plunkert takes readers on a dark journey into the greatest novel in the monster genre, Frankenstein. Celebrating the bicentennial anniversaryof Mary Shelley's original 1818 version, Rockport Publisher's Classics Reimagined series presents this beautiful deluxe edition. The 248-page hardcover book features an 8 page vellum insert detailing thedoctor's designs, and a stunning, full bleed, double gatefold image of the monster. Finished with printed endpapers and painted book block, this masterpiece volume is perfect for book lovers and art lovers alike.The suspense and horror of Dr. Frankenstein reanimating assembled body parts, the monster spying on an       unknowing family, and the creature's revenge on his maker take on whole new meaning when accompanied by Plunkert's mystical, layered interpretation.

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore is proud to offfer a limited number of copies.When these few copies are gone, Augie will accept indiviual special orders.                                     

                                                                     

                                   

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers) Meeting

Title: Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson (Paperback)

Author: S. C. Gwynne

Description


Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the epic "New York Times" bestselling account of how Civil War general Thomas Stonewall Jackson became a great and tragic national hero.
Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon even Robert E. Lee he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country's greatest military figures. In April 1862, however, he was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. But by June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. Jackson's strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future.
In his magnificent "Rebel Yell" S.C. Gwynne brings Jackson ferociously to life (New York "Newsday") in a swiftly vivid narrative that is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict among historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson's private life and traces Jackson's brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.

 

About the Author


S.C. Gwynneis the author of the "New York Times "bestsellers "Rebel Yell" and "Empire of the Summer Moon", which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He spent most of his career as a journalist, including stints with "Time "as bureau chief, national correspondent, and senior editor, and with "Texas Monthly "as executive editor. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife.     

 

 

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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 6th, 2015

Meeting of the G. K. Chesterton Society

Title: A Short History of England by G. K. Chesterton (Found in Vol. 20 of the Ignatius Press Chesterton Collection)

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ISBN: 9780898708547
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Published: Ignatius Press - January 1st, 2002

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers)

Title: The Looming Tower: Al-Queda & the Road to 9/11                 

Author: Lawrence Wright

(Group Leader: Erin McLaughlin)

 

UPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORD 
National Book Award Finalist 
A "Time," " Newsweek," " Washington Post," " Chicago Tribune," " "and "New York Times Book Review" Best Book of the Year 
A gripping narrative that spans five decades, " "The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John O Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.

About the Author


Lawrence Wright graduated from Tulane University and spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a staff writer for "The New Yorker" and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. The author of five works of nonfiction--"City Children, Country Summer; In the New World; Saints and Sinners; Remembering Satan; "and "Twins"--he has also written a novel, "God's Favorite," and was cowriter of the movie "The Siege," He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.

 

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Published: Vintage Books USA - August 21st, 2007

Sisters in Crime Meeting

1/16/2016 11:00 a.m.Open Mic: Share Your Writing!

Come to listen or contribute to published or unpublished members' work.

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers Meeting)

Title: Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany 

        {Leader: Carol Debiak}

Author: Donald J. Miller

 

Description


The riveting history of the American Eighth Air Force in World War Two, the story of the young men who flew the bombers that helped bring Nazi Germany to its knees, brilliantly told by historian Donald Miller and soon to be a major HBO series.
"Masters of the Air" is the deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler's doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, Donald Miller takes you on a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden and describes the terrible cost of bombing for the German people.
Fighting at 25,000 feet in thin, freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear. Unlike infantrymen, bomber boys slept on clean sheets, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the swing music of Glenn Miller's Air Force band, which toured US air bases in England. But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers.
The bomber crews were an elite group of warriors who were a microcosm of America--white America, anyway. The actor Jimmy Stewart was a bomber boy, and so was the "King of Hollywood," Clark Gable. And the air war was filmed by Oscar-winning director William Wyler and covered by reporters like Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite, all of whom flew combat missions with the men. The Anglo-American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II, a war within a war. Until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in the final months of the war, it was the only battle fought inside the German homeland.
"Masters of the Air" is a story of life in wartime England and in the German prison camps, where tens of thousands of airmen spent part of the war. It ends with a vivid description of the grisly hunger marches captured airmen were forced to make near the end of the war through the country their bombs destroyed.
Drawn from recent interviews, oral histories, and American, British, German, and other archives, Masters of the Air is an authoritative, deeply moving account of the world's first and only bomber war.

About the Author


Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and author of nine books, including "City of the Century" "The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America", and "Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America". He has hosted, coproduced, or served as historical consultant for more than thirty television documentaries and has written for "The New York Times", "The Washington Post", and other publications. Visit DonaldMillerBooks.com.

 

 

 

 

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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2007

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers Meeting)

Title: The Burma Road: The China-Burma-India Theater of WWII   {Leader: Gloria Waber}

Author: Donovan Webster

 

Description


As the Imperial Japanese Army swept across China and South Asia at World War II's outset, closing all of China's seaports, more than 200,000 Chinese laborers embarked on a seemingly impossible task: to cut a 700-mile overland route -- the Burma Road -- from the southwest Chinese city of Kunming to Lashio, Burma. But when Burma fell in 1942, the Burma Road was severed. As the first step of the Allied offensive toward Japan, American general Joseph Stilwell reopened it, while, at the same time, keeping China supplied by air-lift from India and simultaneously driving the Japanese out of Burma.

From the breathtaking adventures of the American "Hump" pilots who flew hair-raising missions over the Himalayas to make food-drops in China to the true story of the mission that inspired the famous film The Bridge on the River Kwai, to the grueling jungle operations of Merrill's Marauders and the British Chindit Brigades, The Burma Road vividly re-creates the sprawling, sometimes hilarious, often harrowing, and still largely unknown stories of one of the greatest chapters of World War II.

About the Author


Bil Donovan is a fashion illustrator whose work has appeared in various publications and advertising campaigns worldwide. His many clients include Neiman Marcus, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and Mercedes-Benz. He is the author of Advanced Fashion Drawing: Lifestyle Illustration. He resides in New York City.

 

 

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Published: Harper Perennial - September 7th, 2004

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers Meeting)

Title: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks     {Leader: Judy Miller}

Author: Rebecca Skloot

 

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poorblack tobacco farmer whose cells taken without her knowledge in 1951 became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.Henrietta's cellshave been bought and sold by the billions, yetshe remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

About the Author


Rebecca Skloot is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Her award winning science writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many other publications. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics, including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, food politics, and packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. She has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’s Radiolab and PBS’s NovaScienceNOW. She and her father, Floyd Skloot, co-edited The Best American Science Writing 2011. You can read a selection of Rebecca Skloot’s magazine writing on the Articles page of this site.

Skloot lives in Chicago, where she is currently working on a new book about humans, animals, science, and ethics, a topic near and dear to her: before becoming a science writer, Skloot spent more than a decade working as a veterinary technician in settings ranging from animal shelters to private practices, veterinary schools and research labs.

 

 

 

 

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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers Meeting)

Title: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam     {Leader: Bert Rossini}

Author: Tom Holland

 

Description


A thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam, from the acclaimed author of Rubicon and Persian Fire.
 
The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history—the third in his trilogy of books on the ancient world—Holland describes how the Arabs emerged to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion in a matter of decades, overcoming seemingly insuperable odds to create an imperial civilization aspects of which endure to the present day. With profound bearing on the most consequential events of our time, Holland ties the exciting story of Islam’s ascent to the crises and controversies of the present.

About the Author


Tom Holland is an exercise physiologist with a master's degree in exercise science and sport psychology. He has been certified by the ACSM, NSCA-CSCS, NASM, ACE, and AFAA, and "Women's Health" magazine named him one of the Top 10 Fitness Professionals in the country. He is the author of "The Marathon Method" and "The 12-Week Triathlete", and stars in numerous fitness videos, including "Supreme 90 Day" and "The Abs Diet Workout". He recently opened the Tom Holland Athletic Club in New Canaan, Connecticut.

 

 

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Published: Anchor Books - February 12th, 2013

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers Meeting)

Title: West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776   {Leader: Al Krause}

Author: Claudio Saunt

 

Description


In that pivotal year, the Spanish established the first European colony in San Francisco and set off a cataclysm for the region's native residents. The Russians pushed into Alaska in search of valuable sea otters, devastating local Aleut communities. And the British extended their fur trade from Hudson Bay deep into the continent, sparking an environmental revolution that transformed America's boreal forests.

While imperial officials in distant Europe maneuvered to control lands they knew almost nothing about, America's indigenous peoples sought their own advantage. Creek Indians navigated the Caribbean to explore trade with Cuba. The Osages expanded their dominion west of the Mississippi River, overwhelming the small Spanish outposts in the area. And the Sioux advanced across the Dakotas. One traditional Sioux history states that they first seized the Black Hills, the territory they now consider their sacred homeland, in 1776. "Two nations were born that year," Saunt writes. The native one would win its final military victory at the Battle of Little Bighorn one hundred years later.

From the Aleutian Islands to the Gulf Coast and across the oceans to Europe's imperial capitals, Saunt's masterfully researched narrative reveals an interconnected web of history that spans not just the forgotten parts of North America but the entire globe.

Richly illustrated, with maps that reenvision a familiar landscape, West of the Revolution explores a turbulent continent in a year of many revolutions.

About the Author


Claudio Saunt is the Richard B. Russell Professor in American History at the University of Georgia. He is the author of award-winning books, including A New Order of Things and Black, White, and Indian and West of the Revolution. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

 

 

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 6th, 2015

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