Our Favorite Books for the Smart Set

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The Sense of an Ending Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307957122
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Alfred A. Knopf - October 5th, 2011

This brilliant Booker Prize winning novel follows a man who is uninterested in his own past - until it comes back to haunt him. Harrowing and suspenseful, this novel can be read in just one sitting or savored over and over again.

True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375712012
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Published: Knopf - November 1st, 2011

This hilarious sequel to Birnbauch’s iconic The Official Preppy Handbook examines how prep culture has adapted to our contemporary world. Sure to illicit a knowing giggle from a blue-blood you know and love.

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307265722
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf - August 9th, 2011

From the author of the smash hit 1491 comes this fascinating, paradigm-shifting examination of the Columbian Exchange - an unprecedented movement of biological species, power, and wealth between the New World and the Old that Mann posits was the most important biological event since the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Atlas of the World Cover Image
By Oxford University Press (Manufactured by)
ISBN: 9780199829958
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2011

Likely the most beautiful and complete world atlas you will ever see. What the Oxford English Dictionary is for words, this unbelievable atlas is for places. A must-have for any serious scholar or lover of maps.

Frank Lloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches, Plans, and Drawings Cover Image
ISBN: 9780847835706
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Rizzoli - October 4th, 2011

By far the most comprehensive study available of Wright’s unparalleled drawings, plans, designs and sketches,. Beautiful and engaging enough for the casual enthusiast and detailed enough for the most serious scholar of architecture and design.

Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062009869
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Published: Ecco - April 1st, 2011

A fascinating and eclectic collection of Schama’s essays, with topics ranging from personal history to cultural history, from pop culture to high culture.

Philip Roth: The American Trilogy 1997-2000 (LOA #220): American Pastoral / I Married a Communist / The Human Stain (Library of America Philip Roth Edition #7) Cover Image
By Philip Roth, Ross Miller (Editor)
ISBN: 9781598531039
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Published: Library of America - September 29th, 2011

Roth should be required reading for all Americans, especially for all American academics. Urbane, keenly observant, and beautifully written, these three novels present Roth at the height of his powers.

The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael Cover Image
ISBN: 9781598531091
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Library of America - October 27th, 2011

This long-awaited compilation of Kael’s most memorable film reviews is an idiosyncratic and fascinating peek into the cinema of the 1970s and 1980s - a must-have for any serious film enthusiast.

Dark Beauty: Photographs of New Mexico Cover Image
By Jack Parsons, Frederick Turner (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781555953706
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Published: Hudson Hills Press - September 1st, 2011

Jack Parson’s landscape photography presents New Mexico as you’ve never seen it before: epic in scope and dazzling in execution. Here are scenes that seem lifted from the imaginations of Cormac McCarthy, which is apt when you consider that Parson’s son Alex is a McCarthy scholar and member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525952244
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Published: Dutton Adult - June 30th, 2011

This fascinating travelogue with a twist examines the famed discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham III in 1911. Adams retraces Bingham’s journey step-for-step across Peru in hopes of discovering whether Bingham smuggled artifacts from the ancient site or lied about the particulars of his discovery of it.

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684872988
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2011

From the author of A Beautiful Mind comes the story of modern economics, told with an eye toward its most celebrated and brilliant minds. Examining characters as diverse as Dickens and Sen, Marx and Keynes, Nasar transforms a subject sometimes considered dry into a vivid, vital romp through history.

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