Iron Curtain - Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum’s Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (Doubleday, $35) describes the origins of the Soviet Bloc, a now defunct geopolitical entity consisting of European states that fell under the control of the USSR after World War II. Focusing specifically on Hungary, Poland, and East Germany, Applebaum investigates wartime and post-war factors that made the establishment of the Soviet regime possible. She draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time. This fantastic study of a “totalitarian mindset, Soviet priorities and Soviet thinking” should be required reading for any Soviet- or 20th-centuryhistory buff.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780385515696
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Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2012

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$20.00
ISBN: 9781400095933
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Published: Anchor - August 13th, 2013

Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel Flight Behavior (HarperCollins, $28.99) opens with a young unhappy housewife finding her plans for romance interrupted by a miraculous event. The marvel of a fire in the forest changes lives and recasts the future, and raises many questions of science and faith, reason and wonder, along with homing in on the interactions between humans and nature. Set in Kingsolver’s native rural Appalachia, this story did what I want every work of fiction to do: It offered a glimpse into a way of life that was new to me by using characters that seem eerily familiar. Once again, Kingsolver proves a master of this genre.

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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062124265
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Published: Harper - November 6th, 2012

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062124272
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 4th, 2013

Dust Bowl - Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History (Chronicle, $40) is the companion volume to the series, also by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, being aired on CBS this fall. The book captures terrifying photographs of mile-high dust clouds, devastated land and livestock, and worried farmers and children. With its many first-hand accounts and oral histories, the book conveys this difficult time in America in vivid detail. Growing up, I heard many stories of the Dust Bowl from my grandmother who lived in the Texas panhandle during that time. This book helps to round out my education on the topic with additional narratives and breathtaking pictures.
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$40.00
ISBN: 9781452107943
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 17th, 2012

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