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Book reviews are written by the booksellers at local independent bookstores.

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1652 Ashland Street

"Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has — Gone Before,"

by Tony Horowitz

On one level a biography of Captain James Cook and on — another level a travel memoir. Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Horowitz — crisscrosses the Pacific to examine the legacy and consequences of Cook's — historic travels.

Paper, $5.95

"The Great Influenza,"

This epic tale of the influenza pandemic of 1918, which — killed more people in one year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed — in a century, is a fascinating history of scientific medicine, which rose — to the occasion, and government, which did not.

Hardcover, $11.95

"Brunelleschi's Dome,"

by Ross King

This is a fascinating tale of the building of Santa Maria — del Fiore, Brunelleshi's masterwork. Set against the backdrop of plague, — war, and political intrigue of Renaissance Florence, King weaves a seamless — narrative that entertains as it educates.

Paper, $5.20

Shakespeare & Co.

Books and Antiques

154 E. Main St..

"On the Road"

by Jack Kerouac

With its emphasis on travel, drug experimentation, promiscuous — sex, and Asian philosophy, the Beat lifestyle of the 1950s was eagerly — embraced by many and contributed to a change in the American consciousness — that led directly to the counterculture movement of the 1960s. When "On — the Road" was published in 1957, it was simultaneously denounced for its — lack of literary merit and praised for its vivid portrayal of the "Beats." — Today - still in print and possessed of a cult following - it is recognized — as a literary classic that bears comparison to the works of Walt Whitman, — Mark Twain, and William Faulkner.

"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare

Thought by many scholars to be Shakespeare's greatest — play, "Hamlet" is undeniably one of the most tragic. Fertile with familial — misunderstandings, Hamlet contains all the melodramatic elements of a — contemporary soap opera, from insanity, depression, suicide, father fixation, — betrayal, and mistaken homicide to aborted romance, treachery, heartbreak, — and bloodshed.

Bloomsbury Booksellers

290 East Main Street

"April 1865 - the Month That Saved America,"

by Jay Winik

This is a gripping panoramic narrative that proves our — future often rests on a few crucial decisions and twists of fate. The — critical period of American history was the 30 tumultuous days at the — end of the Civil War. - Sheila

Paper $14.95.

"The Bitch in The House,"edited by Cathi Hanauer

Brave and honest essays about the personal lives of women — one rarely discusses. It explores a range of topics from open marriages — to obesity, to the harsh realities of trying to "have it all." Fresh, — witty, soul-searching stories. I couldn't put it down. - Rebecca, paper.

"The Danish Girl," by David Ebershoff

The mysterious nature of love, gender and relationships — is explored in this beautifully written and fascinating story of a transsexual — artist and his wife. Based on the life of Danish landscape painter Einer — Wegner, the novel delves into the feelings and emotions inherent in this — complex situation. An extremely engaging love story. - Anita

Paper $13.