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God's Crucible - Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215

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by David Levering Lewis
Resonating as profoundly today as when it was first published to widespread critical acclaim a decade ago, God's Crucible is a bold portrait of Islamic Spain and the birth of modern Europe from one of our greatest historians. David Levering Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the most epic battles in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished-a beacon of cooperation...
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The Odyssey

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by Homer
The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world.
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Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

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by Lal, Ruby
In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and favourite wife of the Emperor Jahangir who ruled the Mughal Empire. An astute politician as well as a devoted partner, she issued imperial orders; coins of the realm bore her name. When Jahangir was imprisoned by a rebellious nobleman, the Empress led troops into battle and rescu...
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The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

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by Mandela, Nelson
Arrested in 1962 as South Africa's apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials...
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

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by deGrasse Tyson, Neil
There's no better guide through mind-expanding questions such as what the nature of space and time is, how we fit within the universe, and how the universe fits within us than Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable any time and anywhere in the busy ...
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The Science of Interstellar

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by Thorne, Kip
Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie's jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science. Thorne shares his experiences working as the sc...
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The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

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by Houston, Keith
In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages-of civilisations, empires, human ingenuity and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000 year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform table...
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Fastnet Force 10

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by John Rousmaniere
In August 1979, the 600-mile Fastnet Race, which began in fine weather off the Irish coast, became, for the men and women sailing it, a terrifying ordeal. A Force 10, 60-knot storm swept across the Atlantic, with a speed that confounded weathermen, into the fleet of 303 boats. For 24 hours, over 2500 men and women were smashed by 40-foot breaking waves. John Rousmaniere, who was there, tells the story of th...
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Vegetarian Viet Nam

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by Stauch, Cameron
Traditionally, Vietnamese dishes are made with some kind of meat or seafood-most often pork and shrimp. But by cooking with Vietnamese home cooks, chefs and Mahayana Buddhist monks, Cameron Stauch learned about a tradition of vegetarian cooking that is lighter and just as flavourful. Spicy, tangy, crunchy and sweet, the dishes in Vegetarian Viet Nam range from soups and noodle bowls to main courses with ric...
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The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond

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by O'Shea, Stephen
Shortlisted for a 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award. The Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers and the dreams of engineers-and some 14 million people live among their peaks today. In The Alps, Stephen O'Shea takes readers up and down these majestic mountains, journeying through their 500-mile arc across France, Italy, Sw...
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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

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by deGrasse Tyson, Neil
Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble...
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Odessa

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by Charles King
Odessa was the Russian Empire's gateway to the Middle East, its greatest commercial seaport and home to one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in all of Europe. Created as a model of enlightenment by Catherine the Great, and developed by colourful adventurers such as Grigory Potemkin, Jose de Ribas and Armand de Richelieu, Odessa became a magnet for the artistic and the ambitious - from Alexander Pushki...
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Midnight at the Pera Palace

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by King, Charles
When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, so many spies mingled in the lobby of Istanbul's Pera Palace Hotel that the manager put up a sign asking them to relinquish seats to paying guests. As the multi-ethnic empire became a Turkish republic, Russian emigres sold family heirlooms, an African American impresario founded a jazz club and Miss Turkey became the first Muslim beauty queen. Turkey's president Kemal Atat...
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The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers

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by Turner, Brian (Sierra Nevada College)
From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Darwin; from the panchayat forests to the Giant's Causeway; in taxis and at bus stops, in kitchens and sleigh beds, haystacks and airports-people are kissing one another.
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City of Light, City of Poison

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by Tucker, Holly
In the late 1600s, Louis XIV assigns Nicolas de la Reynie to bring order to the city of Paris after the brutal deaths of two magistrates. Reynie, pragmatic yet fearless, tackles the dirty and terrifying streets only to discover a tightly knit network of witches, poisoners and priests whose reach extends all the way to Versailles. As the chief investigates a growing number of deaths at court, he learns that ...
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Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower

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by Lake, Roseann
Forty years ago in China, marriage was universal, compulsory and a woman's only means to a livelihood. Then the one-child policy resulted in China's first generations of urban only-daughters-girls who were pushed to study, achieve and succeed as if they were sons. Now, enough of these women have decided to postpone marriage-or not marry at all-to spawn a label: "leftovers". They struggle to find partners in...
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Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca

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by Garcia Lorca, Federico
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The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature: Writings from the Mainland in the Long Twentieth Century

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by Huang, Yunte (University of California,
This revelatory volume brings together significant works in translations from nearly fifty Chinese writers. It includes poems, essays, fiction, songs and speeches written in an astonishing array of moods and styles, from sublime lyricism to witty surrealism, poignant documentary to the ironic, the absurd, the transgressive and the defiant. Yunte Huang provides essential context in an opening essay and in he...
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You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

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by Corbett, Rachel
In Paris in 1902, Auguste Rodin had just completed The Thinker; visiting from Prague was Rainer Maria Rilke, broke and with writer's block. When Rilke was commissioned to write a book about Rodin, everything changed. You Must Change Your Life tells one of the great stories of modern art and literature: Rodin and Rilke's years together as master and disciple, their heartbreaking rift and finally, their movin...
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Lament from Epirus

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by King, Christopher C.
In the tradition of Patrick Leigh Fermor and Geoff Dyer, a Grammy-winning producer discovers a powerful and ancient folk music tradition. In a dark record shop in Istanbul, Christopher King uncovered some of the strangest and most hypnotic sounds he had ever heard. The 78s seemed to tap into a primal well of emotion inaccessible to contemporary music. The songs, King learned, were from Epirus, an area st...
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