Article by Jeremy


French Independence Day, celebrated on the anniversary of a symbolic early victory in the French Revolution - the overthrow of a military prison in Paris. In the present day, Bastille Day is celebrated with parades, fireworks, and (until recently) the state of the union address. It occupies a similar place in the French imagination that the 4th of July occupies in the American one. 

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Equilateral: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620400067
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 16th, 2013

This strange, strange little novel from cult favorite Kalfus tells the apocryphal story of a Victorian English astronomer who is obsessed by his quest to make contact with beings on the planet Mars. His plan, funded by the English government, among others, is to conscript Egyptian workers to dig a monumental equilateral triangle into the sand of the Sahara Desert, fill it with pitch, and on the date that Mars is closest to Earth, light it on fire. Of course, there is also a love triangle running throughout this short novel, which gives it depth. One of my favorites of the year so far.

Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610391139
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Published: PublicAffairs - May 7th, 2013

Because Rice is one of the foremost centers in the world for nanotechnology research, this book should appeal both to science enthusiasts and readers interested in a little-known but possibly someday very important Houston industry. Drexler's thesis is that, once we are able to manufacture on an atomic level, we will be able to make more of the things we need - food, sources of energy, etc etc etc - with less waste and for a much lower cost. Written clearly for the layman, this is still probably best for our sharpest, most technically minded customers.

The Days of the Rainbow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590516270
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Published: Other Press - June 25th, 2013

A beautiful translated novel about the power of everyday humanity to overcome totalitarianism and terror. Skarmeta, a Chilean author, writes about families attempting to survive in Pinochet-era Santiago without giving up on their dreams or their dignity. A perfect look at how political oppression defines and indelibly marks ordinary people living under it.

Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781610391542
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: PublicAffairs - May 28th, 2013

The forgotten story of two intrepid New York City reporters who risk life and limb to report on the Civil War from Confederate territory, only to be captured. The men escape prison and eventually make it back to Union land, for the most part on foot and in the snow. This book has it all - politics, history, adventure, and a good deal of humor. This story was once well-known but hasn't been revisited in decades, which makes this a perfect book for the history enthusiast who thinks he's heard it all.

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