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After the success of The Templars, Dan Jones—my favourite British historian—is back with yet another captivating and astonishing history lesson. In The Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars
for the Holy Lands
(Viking $30) he takes us back a millennium, exploring the reasons behind, and retelling the events of, the biggest conflict between Christianity and Islam in history. Jones has a way of recounting the story as if he was there, making the centuries fall away into a vivid, immediate painting of that distant era. He quickly pulls you into the narrative and you find yourself immersed in the lives of crusaders, slaves, royals, and ordinary people from both sides of the wars. Well researched and brilliantly told, informative and entertaining, Crusaders will have you turning the pages, and it will make you wonder: have we learned anything in the centuries since the events he chronicles, or are we just repeating the past, fighting the same wars for the same reasons?

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780525428312
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - October 1st, 2019

Staff Pick

On Swift Horses takes us back to the 1950s post-war American West. Muriel and Lee are newlyweds and they both have a special connection with Lee’s brother, Julius. Trying to find their place in the world, Muriel discovers racetracks to soothe her restlessness and Julius finds himself in Las Vegas casinos. We get to know the three of them slowly through their thoughts, feelings, and relationships with each other. Slow paced and beautifully written, this is the story of love and trying out luck—the search for freedom and love.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525538110
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

Staff Pick

Quichotte (Random House, $28), the Booker short-listed new novel by Salman Rushdie, is a retelling of the 400-year-old tale of Don Quixote adapted to today’s digital era. Ismail Smile is a pharmaceutical salesman who loses his job and sets off across America, accompanied by his imaginary son Sancho, to win the heart of Salma R, a TV star he’s fallen in love with. Then, however,
we learn that this is just a story within a larger story and that Quichotte, as Ismail signs himself in his love letters to Salma, is a character in a draft of a novel written by a mediocre crime novelist
named Sam DuChamp. Mind boggling in a true Rushdie way, full of pop culture references, strange characters, and even stranger occurrences, the novel is a mirror of the times we live in, reflecting
back to us how estranged we’ve become, as we perpetually look for love via our phone, computer, or TV screens, all the while living in the fantasy world rather than the real one. But as Rushdie’s wise protagonist tells us, this is “the Age of Anything-Can-Happen”, hey?

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ISBN: 9780593132982
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House - September 3rd, 2019

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