The Rules Do Not Apply - Ariel Levy

Staff Pick
There are some people we look at and think how great their lives must be. We envy them for what appears to be a fun and exciting way of living. Ariel Levy might be one of those people we wish we could switch lives with. Looking at her career trajectory, working as a journalist (now for the New Yorker) traveling the world on assignment and writing interesting pieces on sex, gender, and culture, many of us would love to have that life. But what she offers here is a reprieve from our jealousy. In this candid memoir, we learn from someone who knows that no one ever gets to have everything. Going with Levy on the roller coaster ride of her 20s and 30s, from broke to a successful career in journalism, from married and pregnant to divorced and childless, there are beautiful moments of joy and unbelievable moments of grief. In the end, there are many turns in life that you cannot plan, no matter how persuasive your perceptions are. 
The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir By Ariel Levy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812996937
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Published: Random House - March 14th, 2017

Writer Sailor Soldier Spy - Nicholas Reynolds

Staff Pick

This is a fascinating exploration of Hemingway's unique role in global espionage. Hemingway, known as much for his lifestyle as his literature, fought on the front lines of the Spanish Civil War and World War II, visited Communists in China, and fended off U-Boats in the Caribbean. A rabid anti-fascist, Hemingway was recruited by both the KGB and the CIA, and this struggle led to the writer’s block and disillusionment that ultimately caused his demise. Drawing on newly declassified information, Reynolds paints Hemingway as a “gifted, but overconfident amateur” in the world of espionage who nevertheless found his way to the front lines of history.

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 By Nicholas Reynolds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062440136
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Published: Mariner Books - March 14th, 2017

Becoming Leonardo - Mike Langford

Staff Pick
Mike Lankford’s Becoming Leonardo might seem like a pure flight of fancy, but it does rest on the foundation of prior research and makes a serious attempt to dig through the layers of mythmaking that surround Leonardo da Vinci. It is indeed not a conventional biography, but Lankford’s wry humor, his sharp conclusions, and his pure brilliance when it comes to getting inside people’s minds will convince you that perhaps Leonardo himself would have enjoyed this one.
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ISBN: 9781612195957
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Published: Melville House - March 28th, 2017