A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

April 28, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit […]

0

Cracking the Egyptian Code by Andrew Robinson

April 23, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): In 1799 Napoleon’s army uncovered an ancient stele in the Nile delta. Its inscription, recorded in three distinct scripts–ancient Greek, Coptic, and hieroglyphic–would provide scholars with the first clues to unlocking the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs, a language lost for nearly two millennia. More than twenty years later a remarkably gifted […]

0

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

April 18, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot’s Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read […]

0

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

April 15, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden “the first book,” and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and […]

0

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven J. Levitt

April 11, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of […]

0

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow

April 7, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): John D. Rockefeller, Sr.–history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty–is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul “etched with uncommon objectivity […]

0

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

April 3, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and ambitious civil servant, made a nine-month journey throughout America. The result was Democracy in America, a monumental study of the life and institutions of the evolving nation. Tocqueville looked to the flourishing democratic system in America as a possible model for […]

0