Thursday, November 11, 2010

♠Book Releases: 11/11/10♠

The Memory Chalet is a memoir unlike any you have ever read before. Each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Tony Judt's prodigious mind. His youthful love of a particular London bus route evolves into a reflection on public civility and interwar urban planning. Memories of the 1968 student riots of Paris meander through the divergent sex politics of Europe, before concluding that his generation "was a revolutionary generation, but missed the revolution."

A series of road trips across America lead not just to an appreciation of American history, but to an eventual acquisition of citizenship. Foods and trains and long-lost smells all compete for Judt's attention; but for us, he has forged his reflections into an elegant arc of analysis. All as simply and beautifully arranged as a Swiss chalet-a reassuring refuge deep in the mountains of memory.



RossamŸnd Bookchild stands accused of not truly being a human at all, but of being a monster. Even the protection of Europe, the Branden RoseÑthe most feared and renowned monster-hunter in all the Half-ContinentÑmight not be enough to save him.


Powerful forces move against them both, intent on capturing RossamŸndÑwhose existence some believe may hold the secret to perpetual youth.

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