The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson

The lives of Mikhail Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander cross again in the follow-up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In The Girl Who Played With Fire (Vintage, $15.95), Stieg Larsson brings Lisbeth’s secretive past to the surface. When Lisbeth is accused of murdering two of Blomkvist’s colleagues, she is forced to go on the run, relying on her inexhaustible range of talents, including disguise, kick-boxing, and computer-hacking. Meanwhile, Blomkvist delves into the world of sex-trafficking in an attempt to prove her innocence. Larsson’s unique characters, unpredictable plot, and fascinating political backdrop create a riveting story that will stick with the reader long after all the pieces come together and the book is closed.

The Girl Who Played with Fire: A Lisbeth Salander Novel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series #2) By Stieg Larsson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307949509
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - November 22nd, 2011

Woodsburner - John Pipkin

Henry David Thoreau is the Woodsburner (Anchor, $15.95) in John Pipkin’s debut novel. Inspired by an actual event from1844, the story follows the lives of four men forever affected by the fire. Over the course of a week, the incident provokes each man to make a life-changing decision. One of them, Thoreau, is inspired to live alone at Walden Pond, reaffirming his decision to maintain a self-sufficient life. Pipkin uses the fire to dramatize the sense of rugged individualism of the era, along with the intense debate over the spiritual and material sides of life then raging in the area around Concord, Massachusetts.

Woodsburner: Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Winner By John Pipkin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455321
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Published: Anchor - May 4th, 2010

Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 - Jackson Lears

The epic film Birth of a Nation transfixed the American public in 1915. Its depiction of the Civil War illustrated a unified modern American identity, tied to white Protestant militarism. Jackson Lear’s Rebirth Of A Nation (Harper Perennial, $15.99) traces how the memory of the Civil War inspired a country to glorify violence as a means to progress. Lear links the personal to the political—individuals worked to purify themselves for the good of the nation, and each political struggle determined the moral compass of that nation. This revitalized identity grew into a sense of global crusade, mobilizing Americans to expand overseas. While the violence of modern warfare in World War I may have shaken faith in positive military intervention, Lear’s concept of rebirth continues to echo in American politics and foreign engagements today.

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ISBN: 9780060747503
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 8th, 2010