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The Wisdom of the Myths by Luc Ferry

A wonderful introduction to the tropes and concerns of Greek mythology. Written for a lay audience, Ferry's guide suggests that the lessons of Tantalus, Sisyphus, and Orpheus have much to teach us about the role of harmony - peace of mind, cosmic justice, and a sense of fairness - in our world today. Engaging, informative, and compelling! Recommended by Chip.

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ISBN: 9780062215451
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 7th, 2014

More than 100,000 copies sold in France

A fascinating new journey through Greek mythology that explains the myths' timeless lessons and meaning

Moby Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville

One of the most captivating, bizarre, and wondrous novels I've ever read. Melville really turns prose into poetry...some passages continue to reverberate in me to this day. Plus, who can resist the line: "They are fighting Quakers; they are Quakers with a vengeance." Worth all of the effort...I'm still rereading it years later. Recommended by Chip.

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ISBN: 9780062085641
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 7th, 2011

"Call me Ishmael."

Old Filth

Failed In London Try Hong Kong. Once you get the title, you see what a clever, witty book this will be.It's the story of "Raj orphan," a young red-headed Scot born in Malaya (Malaysia) and sent at age five to England to be educated. Brillian, handsome, charismatic, he becomes Old Filth.Great story, wonderfully told!

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ISBN: 9781933372136
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Published: Europa Editions - June 1st, 2006

Book One in Jane Gardam's Old Filth Trilogy

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Fans of P.G. Wodehouse: rejoice! Sebastian Faulks has written a delightful new novel, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, a very funny homage to Wodehouse’s idyllic England and the escapades of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster as depicted in his many humorous novels. Faulks has masterfully captured the original nuances, humor and language. It’s just a joy to slip into this world again!

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ISBN: 9781250047595
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 5th, 2013

Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant) return in their first new novel in nearly forty years: "Jeeves and the Wedding Bells" by Sebastian Faulks.

Box of Matches

In this novel, very little "happens," but everything happens to the narrator in the darkness of the very early morning. This moving and humorous book will make you feel better about getting up in the morning. Recommended by Kelly and Pat.

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ISBN: 9780375706035
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Published: Vintage - March 9th, 2004

Emmett has a wife and two children, a cat, and a duck, and he wants to know what life is about. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee in the dark, lights a fire with one wooden match, and thinks.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Another Raven staff member favorite summer read.

Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a captivating tale deeply rooted in memory and childhood. In much the same vein as his other works, Gaiman combines a mystic and imaginative world with empathetic, compelling, and remarkable characters. Narrated with the brutal honesty and ignorance of a

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ISBN: 9780062255655
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 18th, 2013

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman's first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...


John Lanchester's very pleasurable novel Capital gives the reader glimpses into the lives of the residents who live on Pepys Road in London, at the beginning of the financial crisis:  a banker, a shopaholic wife, Pakistani shopkeepers, a Hungarian nanny, a Polish builder, a millionaire graffiti artist, a Senegalese soccer star

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ISBN: 9780393345094
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 28th, 2013

Each house on Pepys Road, an ordinary street in London, has seen its fair share of first steps and last breaths, and plenty of laughter in between.


Adichie's novel has incredible power. It will expand your understanding of race, America, immigration, and what it means to call a place home, while at the same time leaving you hungry for coconut rice and fried plantains. Ifemelu and Obinze grow up in Nigeria but end up moving to different countries that challenge their identities as individuals and as partners.

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ISBN: 9780307271082
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 14th, 2013

One of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

LONGLISTED 2015 - International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Where'd You Go Bernadette

Another Staff summer read.  The center of this book is the character Bernadette. We see a fascinating, fun, brilliant, eccentric woman and all of the people in her world she impacts. Her endearing daughter Bee compiles all of the documents that contribute to her mother’s life and uses them as clues to help her (and the reader) understand the mystery behind Bernadette.

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ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

*Soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett*
A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.


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