Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On the Fifth Day of the Holidays My Bookseller Recommended to me!

Five autographed copies!!!

RUSSIAN WINTER by Daphne Kolotay. This narrative pas de deux binds Nina Revskaya’s mysterious past as the Bolshoi’s rising young star with her reclusive present as benefactor of the Boston arts scene. When a rash, youthful decision based on jealousy and insecurity sets events spinning out of her control, Nina spends the rest of her life guarding a dark secret. With this sweeping story of art, love, and Soviet politics come hints of intrigue and betrayal in a world where trust is a rare commodity, and even those with the most dazzling talent cannot protect themselves against accusations from party informants. ~Emily

by Lan Samantha Chang. Bernard, Lucy, and Roman enter a prestigious graduate program to study poetry with
the revered and intimidating professor Miranda Sturgis and become friends even as their lives diverge. Bernard works for decades on one long poem and corresponds with writers from his garret while Lucy stops writing and Roman finds early success and achievement. Chang explores the deep unknowns of the writing life: What is talent — What is the meaning – and the cost of literary success? At what price comes faculty mentorship? I am still chewing on her questions. ~Elli

, by Salman Rushdie. When Luka’s father falls into a deep sleep, Luka ventures into the world of magic, and steals the fire of life in order to save his father. His adventure takes the form of a video game, complete with saving points, as he travels through a land populated by gods, goddesses, and characters from his father’s stories. A companion book to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Luka is a celebration of story telling, filled with classic characters and fun word-play. ~Marika

by Joseph Ellis.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian brings us the love story of John and Abigail Adams, extracted from their tremendous body of letters. Abigail suffers through epidemics, food shortages, and war in Boston, all the while advising John in his efforts to found the fledgling country, fund it as he pioneered shuttle diplomacy in Europe, then hold it together as President. A fascinating portrait of a marriage, as well as an intimate illumination of the sacrifices and triumphs that fashioned the preeminent First Family of our nation. ~Chrysler

TRAVELS IN SIBERIA by Ian Frazier. New Yorker writer Ian Frazier tackles a huge subject—Siberia! Siberia takes up one-twelfth of all land on earth and spans eight time zones. In researching this book Frazier travels to Siberia five times, including a 2001 journey by van across the length of the region. He recounts not only the its history, but also the vast natural world including forests, steppes, taiga, mountains, rivers, and lakes. Additionally he tells the stories of Siberia’s exiles, including Dostoyevsky, Lenin, Stalin, Solzhenitsyn and the millions who suffered and perished in slave labor camps. This is a fascinating travel/history book by one of our greatest non-fiction writers. ~Joan

Quantities are limited!

We also have more signed copies of various author appearances from the past year, please inquire with your friendly Odyssey Bookseller!



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