Article by Jeremy


June is the height of Russian summer, which means it's, um, still snowing...but the days get incredibly long. St. Petersberg celebrates this time of year with a variety of festivals and events, like fireworks, bar crawls and extremely late hours at restaurants. Citizens and tourists often take long, rambling promenades through the city streets and sleep quite late into the mornings. In a country where darkness and snow are the norm, this brief period of light is considered a time of renewal and jubilation.

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Dreams and Shadows: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062190420
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harper Voyager - February 26th, 2013

Ewan and Colby grew up in the Austin area and, as children, became familiar with a magical realm full of angels, monsters, and genies that exists alongside, but just outside of, our everyday world. The secrets they learn and the adventures they share in this magic world make them inseparable as children but causes them both a variety of problems as adults. This fast-paced, thrilling fantasy was written by a celebrated journalist and screenwriter from the Hill Country and has considerable local appeal.

The House of Special Purpose: A Novel by the Author of The Heart's Invisible Furies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590515983
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Other Press - April 2nd, 2013

This one has been getting considerable buzz, and although it's also fiction, it has a completely different feel than DREAMS AND SHADOWS. Boyne's latest is a retelling of the Romanov/Russian Revolution story with a fascinating twist - the story is told retrospectively by a seemingly complete outsider, a man named Georgy who, in modern times at the age of eighty is returning to his native Russia one last time. Georgy recalls the Russia of his youth while traveling through the contemporary country, which proves to be a very different place!

The Drunken Botanist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616200466
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Algonquin Books - March 19th, 2013

For customers who express an interest in alcoholic drinks and/or gardening, this one is sure to please. This quirky little book details the botanical history and chemical preparation of various alcoholic drinks. It contains a little bit of everything - over fifty recipes, gardening tips for those who are interested in home brewing various drinks, and fascinating historical and scientific tidbits.

The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204265
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - February 21st, 2013

This book combines biographical information about Edison and his workshop at Menlo Park with a study of how one of his most celebrated triumphs, the lightbulb, changed Western culture forever. Although it's a given now, incandescent light made it possible for people to stay up later, for the entertainment and restaurant industries to thrive, and for people to move into urban centers and away from rural areas. A story about modernity.

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