This gorgeously illustrated edition of Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species (Sterling, $35) presents the renowned scientist’s work in lavish detail.  The text is the original 1859 version that took London by storm, triggering debates that persist 150 years later.  Editor David Quammen offers a compelling portrait of Darwin as a duty-bound scientist, quietly battling the status quo to express his remarkable discovery.  Quammen’s exhaustive annotation includes revealing sketches from Darwin’s personal journals, beautiful photographs of the animals Darwin saw, and news clippings and editorial cartoons from the period.

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ISBN: 9781402789595
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sterling Signature - October 4th, 2011

David Sedaris returns this holiday season with two new volumes of hilarious personal essays.  Holidays On Ice (Little, Brown, $16.99) has made David the new Dickens and this volume, which includes six new stories, is the perfect stocking stuffer.  The story that started it all, “SantaLand Diaries,” takes center stage, and we watch enrapt as Sedaris suffers through a memorable Christmas season as an elf in Macy’s SantaLand.  It is impossible not to laugh as Sedaris’s wonderfully critical eye focuses on snow days, Secret Santa, and the unavoidable family Christmas letter.

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ISBN: 9780316035903
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 8th, 2008

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ISBN: 9780316078917
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 20th, 2010

With his newest collection, When You Are Engulfed In Flames (Little, Brown, $25.99), David Sedaris chronicles the seemingly irrelevant minutiae of his life, twisting the most mundane situations into riotously memorable events.  At a time when everyone needs a laugh, these essays are perfect. Sedaris captures the tone and rhythm of everyday dialogue so well that the reader feels a part of the scene. Sedaris has a gift for making the stories relate to each of us, whether discussing acquiring a skeleton as a gift, or the difficulties of quitting smoking.  His account of sitting in a French doctor’s waiting room is so awkward and so universal, it can’t help being funny.

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ISBN: 9780316154680
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2009