The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance - Edmund de Waal

The Hare With Amber Eyes (Picador, $16) was one of 264 Japanese netsuke Edmund de Waal inherited in 1994. Feeling “a responsibility to them and to the people who had owned them,” de Waal set out to tell the stories of these figures and of the remarkable Ephrussis. His family memoir follows the netsuke from 1871, when Charles Ephrussi (a model for Proust’s Charles Swann) purchased them in Paris during a wave of japonisme. The collection next went to the Vienna branch of the family, gracing a dressing room in the Palais Ephrussi on the Ringstrasse. Barely surviving the First World War, the banking dynasty was shattered by the Second. The netsuke disappeared. Then resurfaced after the War, emigrating with de Waal’s grandmother to England. De Waal is a ceramicist, concerned with how things feel; he has endowed his narrative with the heft and texture of objects, conveying both the fine detail of the lives and the tremendous sweep of the times. His evocation of the Anschluss, for instance, is a pulse-quickening, heart-breaking account of events, told as family history.

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ISBN: 9780312569372
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011

The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam - Eliza Griswold

In this important and illuminating book, journalist and poet Eliza Griswold roams The Tenth Parallel (Picador, $16) to discover how the globe’s largest populations of Muslims and Christians mingle, co-exist, and clash “from village to village and street corner to street corner.” Griswold spent nearly a decade in Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, where competition—for resources as well as souls—is fierce. She skillfully fills out individual stories with lessons in history and geography: the legacy of colonialism, the implications of climate change. Her sharp curiosity and intimate, compassionate style of reporting highlight the daily realities in some of the world’s most perilous places.

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$21.00
ISBN: 9780312569365
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011

The Classical Tradition - Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most, Salvatore Settis

You see it all over Washington, practice it in politics and academics, hear it in the English language, revive it in names like Helen and Julian. It’s THE CLASSICAL TRADITION (Harvard Univ., $49.95), and it’s all around us, in the architecture, the politics, the museums. Ancient Greece and Rome did more than leave us ruins to uncover—they established a living legacy on which Western civilization continues to build. To get a sense of how all-encompassing an influence this is, an international team of experts, headed by Anthony Grafton, Princeton professor of history and author of The Footnote; Glenn W.  Most, of the University of Chicago; and Salvatore Settis, of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, has compiled this rich encyclopedia. Organized alphabetically, the 500 authoritative articles cover all facets of Greek and Roman thought, from cartography and democracy to maxims and tragedy. Color and black-and-white images present the visual end of the spectrum, which runs the gamut from Palladio to I.M Pei, from the Pre-Raphaelites to Charles Addams. 

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