The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s visionary The Year Of The Flood (Nan A. Talese, $26.95) continues where Oryx and Crake left off. The long-awaited flood, which is actually a plague, has destroyed most human life on the planet, but two women remain: Toby and Ren, who once lived together in the group called God’s Gardeners, a religious organization devoted to preserving the natural world. The women now lead totally different lives, each surviving in her own way, and their combined memories reveal the painful events which have led to their present situation. Atwood perfectly creates a future world, one where gene-splicing, corporate power, cosmetic perfection, and class disparities have spiraled out of control.

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ISBN: 9780307455475
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Published: Anchor - July 27th, 2010

The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War - Caroline Alexander

The War That Killed Achilles (Viking, $26.95) is an insightful and original exposition of Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. Caroline Alexander investigates the importance of Achilles’s actions in his defiance of Agamemnon, and his sorrowful plea to his immortal mother, Thetis, to avenge his wounded honor. However, this is not only about personal honor, but about what it means to fight for other people’s ends, whether to help colleagues like Agamemnon and Menelaus avenge their own injured pride, or, in more contemporary contexts, to help one’s nation achieve the kinds of goals the United States fought for in Vietnam. Alexander succeeds wonderfully in widening her scope from a study of Homer to an intricate and detailed account of what war’s sacrifices really mean. 

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ISBN: 9780143118268
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Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2010

Mark Twain's Book of Animals - Mark Twain, Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Twain had a special fondness for animals and the pieces gathered in Mark Twain’s Book Of Animals (Univ. of California, $27.50) show him at his humorous, offensive, passionate, sardonic best. For laughs, read “Letters from a Dog to another Dog Explaining and Accounting for Man,” which combines Twain’s biting criticism of bipeds with a canine’s down-to-earth sensibleness. The masterful etchings by Barry Moser capture the spirit of Twain’s wit; this is a fun book for Twain fans and animal lovers.