Andrew Recommends

Andrew is one of our booksellers. He has a ponytail.

Reader and dabbler in as much interesting non-fiction I can get my hands on (mostly essays and history), as well as fantasy and science fiction, along with being a rereader of same (I am currently rereading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Neuromancer by William Gibson, and the Silmarillion, for example). I do tend to jump around a lot, picking up and putting down a lot of books before knuckling down and reading one or three at a time.

Favorite Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and World History/Classics

5 Most Recent Books:

The Cooking Gene You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Margaret and the Moon The 60s

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5 Favorite Children's Books:

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The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062379290
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amistad Press - August 1st, 2017

"Both personal and cultural history, this takes a long look at the culinary history of slavery, and, by extension, 'Southern' and 'Soul' cooking. With a nod to Henry Louis Gates’ PBS series, 'Finding Your Roots,' Twitty delves deeply into his own personal history, using this is as a starting point from which to chart the history of Southern cuisine, the slaves who made and influenced it, and the places in Africa and the Caribbean (and others) from which a lot of the food ways are sourced. As this is personal, Twitty’s enthusiasm for the subject matter, and educating people about it, shines through on almost every page, often making it seem like you are having an intimate conversation with the author. As one cannot truly talk about this cuisine without acknowledging slavery, this is a compelling antidote to the over the top butter-soaked way it is usually presented."--Reviewed by Andrew

 


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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

Recemmended by Andrew and Susan

"This memoir by Alexie is not so much his own story, but rather an elaborate ode to his mother, and her in uence then and now onhis life and work. While it not only touches on the expected markers in one’s life; in Alexie’s case this mostly means the grief and poverty that permeated his life until he managed to physically, if not mentally, escape, it also shows how having a powerful anchor in one’s life can give it direction and focus, even if the anchor itself is a bit unsteady. Told in short-story- like chapters and poetry, this gives an un inching window into where Alexie came from, where he has gone, and the main thread in his mother that ties all of it together."--Reviewed by Andrew

"After the death of his mother, Alexie turns his memories and emotions into an intense, and complicated memoir that only Alexie could write. He uses prose and poetry to convey the complicated bonds of family amid addiction and trauma, with compassion, humor, and love. Admitting that he may be an unreliable narrator of his own life, he writes of her life, and their relationship with brutal honesty. This is a heartbreaking, beautiful, and emotionally raw memoir. And, it is simply mesmerizing!"--Reviewed by Susan


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Margaret and the Moon Cover Image
By Dean Robbins, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780399551857
Availability: Backordered
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

"With more and more recognition being given to often forgotten linchpins of major historical events, this charming picture book details the key role that computer programmer Margaret Hamilton had in perhaps the single largest cultural event of the past ftfty years, the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. It shows how Hamilton’s childhood curiosity into how things worked translated into her adulthood job of programming software for various NASA missions, including the Moon Landing. Complimented by Knisley’s simple but warm illustrations, with an afterword detailing how Hamilton was honored by NASA, and what her life was after she left NASA, this is a timely, uplifting book about the importance of curiosity and how pursuit of interest can lead you to have unexpected influences on history."--Reviewed by Andrew


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Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring Cover Image
$24.29
ISBN: 9780062446893
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Published: Dey Street Books - March 21st, 2017

"Dictators and regimes fear jokers; jokers show the emperor has no clothes. This is the main thrust of Youssef’s wonderfully irreverent and deeply personal memoir of his involvement in the Arab Spring, and how it affected him and Egypt in general.  His fame as a Youtube star (Youssef is a doctor) enabled him to go on to produce a satirical television show that got him dubbed 'The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World.'  This gave him a unique insight into the hope and chaos and repression that has made up the Egyptian Revolution.  At turns both sublime and ridiculous, it shows us the very real power of satire in difficult times."--Reviewed by Andrew


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The 60s: The Story of a Decade Cover Image
By The New Yorker Magazine, Henry Finder (Editor), David Remnick (Introduction by)
$31.50
ISBN: 9780679644835
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Published: Random House - October 25th, 2016

Third in the magazine’s series of books collecting pieces illustrating each decade since its founding, its highlights include comments on the assassinations of the Kennedys and King, wars and revolutions, cultural touchstones like Woodstock and Civil Rights, in addition to the prose and poetry the New Yorker is known for.  The collection also marks a change within the New Yorker itself, moving toward more political lines, and with each section given a contemporary context, this is a unique cultural snapshot of one of the more tumultuous decades in recent memory.


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Forever Words: The Unknown Poems Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399575136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blue Rider Press - November 15th, 2016

Much like Emily Dickinson, Johnny Cash was in the habit of jotting down thoughts and poems on whatever paper was handy. This short collection of poems, fragments, and songs yet-to-be, remind us of what a powerful voice Cash was, and the things we find in his songs are here; sorrow, love, spirituality, humor, and the vivid talent of a man who knows the power of language. A lot of the poems are accompanied by an image of the scrap of paper it was hastily jotted down on, which gives this collection even more depth than the poems themselves already do. A charming little book for fans and poetry lovers alike.


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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399573101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 4th, 2016

"Fun, breezy, and irreverent look at America's favourite Frenchman."--Reviewed by Andrew


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Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart Cover Image
By Krista Halverson (Editor), Jeannette Winterson (Foreword by), Sylvia Whitman (Afterword by)
$31.46
ISBN: 9791096101009
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Published: Shakespeare and Company Paris - September 27th, 2016

"Shakespeare and Company in Paris is the reality of the famous bookshop of the mind; shelves upon shelves upon books upon books, eccentric owner, store pets, weird smells, dust, strange turns, yet with the love of books coming from every surface. This elegant history combines the owner’s journal entries, lovely photos of the store, stories from the Tumbleweeds (people who stayed in the bookstore in exchange for work and a short autobiography), letters, poetry, comic content, all arranged by decade. All of this adds up to a beautiful elegy in honor of one of the world’s most important (and eclectic!) bookstores."--Reviewed by Andrew


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S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631492228
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 6th, 2016

Recommended by Andrew

"Wonderful big picture overview of the history of Ancient Rome, from one of the modern masters."


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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction Cover Image
$24.29
ISBN: 9780062262264
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 31st, 2016

Recommended by Andrew


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The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons Cover Image
By Deborah Copaken, Randy Polumbo (Photographer)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452151915
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 19th, 2016

"Deborah Copaken and Providence’s own Randy Polumbo have collaborated to produce a wonderfully witty and insightful alphabet book for adults, full of the sort of advice those of any age may appreciate. Whimsical photos accompany each letter of the alphabet, complimenting the advice, resulting in a great book for graduates, or anyone else at a crossroads in life."--Reviewed by Andrew


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When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010 Cover Image
By Tony Judt, Jennifer Homans (Editor), Jennifer Homans (Introduction by)
$16.20
ISBN: 9780143128458
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Published: Penguin Books - January 5th, 2016

Recommended by Andrew


One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Books


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Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9780767932493
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Published: Anchor Books - October 13th, 2015

Recommended by Andrew


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Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250062444
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Published: Picador USA - March 31st, 2015

Recommended by Andrew


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Sometimes an Art: Nine Essays on History Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9781101874479
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 20th, 2015

"In this series of extensive essays on the nature of history writing, Bailyn asks a series of questions frequently overlooked in the study and enjoyment of history, such as how did things feel for the participants in events, when outcomes were uncertain? Can we, or even should we, attempt to recover such uncertainty? What role can imagination play in the writing of history? He explores this elusiveness through the lens of loyalists in Revolutionary America, Scots in London, and convergent colonial experiences in the US, Canada and Australia, and others. The answers, of course, lie in the fact that history is an incomplete quilt and it will always take imagination and empathy to present even the semblance of a complete story. Sometimes An Art is an insightful window onto that empathy that will appeal to anyone interested in history."--Reviewed by Andrew


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Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780374535049
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - January 13th, 2015

"Judith Mackell captures the spirit of the much romanticized age of the 1920s in these biographical portraits of six women who, for her, define that age; Josephine Baker, Tamara de Lempicka, Diana Cooper, Edith Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead and Zelda Fitzgerald. All six were of dramatically contrasting backgrounds, but all came to reside in Paris, and all became something much more for doing so."--Reviewed by Andrew


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Special Edition Harry Potter Paperback Box Set Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$90.00
ISBN: 9780545596275
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 27th, 2013

One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Guards! Guards! Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062225757
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Published: Harper - April 30th, 2013

One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Books


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The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307739285
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2012

"Wonderful narrative history of WWI through the eyes of civilians and ordinary soldiers caught up in an extraordinary conflict."


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The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780544003415
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Published: Mariner Books - August 14th, 2012

One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Books


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Asterix Omnibus 1 Cover Image
$20.69
ISBN: 9781444004236
Availability: Backordered
Published: Asterix - October 18th, 2011

One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780805086843
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Owlet Paperbacks - May 15th, 2007

One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Books


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Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection (Thomas & Friends) Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9780375834097
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2005

One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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The Roman Revolution Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9780192803207
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 22nd, 2002

One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Books


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cover Image
$19.79
ISBN: 9780399208539
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Published: Philomel Books - July 22nd, 2010

One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Tintin in America Cover Image
By Herge
$11.99
ISBN: 9780316358521
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 30th, 1979

One of Andrew's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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