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Holiday Recommendations 2016

Nutshell by Ian McEwan — A witty take on Hamlet set in contemporary London emphasizing the murder mystery over the revenge aspect.  Yes, the “narrated by a fetus” premise is out there, but don’t take it too seriously.  It just

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Our Holiday Suggestions…

Need a good gift idea? Here are some staff and customer favorites from the past year. “M Train” by Patti Smith Curl up with a cup of strong black coffee and Patti Smith’s phenomenal new memoir. Smith, a NY cultural

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Review: “The Horse” by Wendy Williams

       An extraordinary story of the horse through its fifty-six million year journey as one of our great companions.  The author, a recognized authority, gives us a new picture of today’s horses in terms of their relationship to

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Review: My Brilliant Friend

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Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend is an intricately personal novel about the friendship of two girls, Elena and Lila, who grow up together in an impoverished suburb of Naples during the 1950s. Lila is the “brilliant friend,” but is trapped

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Review: The Mad and the Bad

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This utterly bonkers French noir about a young female outpatient who goes on the lam with a twelve-year-old brat to avoid being offed by a hitman hired by the boy’s uncle owes equally to David Goodis and Claude Chabrol. Jean-Patrick

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Review: Once Upon a Time & Time Out of Mind-The Lives of Bob Dylan

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The last two decades have seen dozens of rock critics and Dylan scholars step up to the plate and take their whack at Hibbing’s favorite son, so it’s a bit of a surprise that Ian Bell’s comprehensive two-volume biography of

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Review- 10:04 by Ben Lerner

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Ben Lerner’s 10:04 is both a metafictional and a philosophical novel closely based (it would seem) on the author’s own life, which is to say that the whole thing sounds like a penance to read.  It isn’t.  It’s a book

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Review-The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine

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Alfred Thayer Mahan, a United States Navy flag officer and historian, has been called “the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century.” He wrote a book in 1890, The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660 – 1783, which set the world

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Review: The Infatuations by Javier Marías

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“It’s a novel, and once you’ve finished a novel, what happened in it is of little importance and soon forgotten. What matters are the possibilities and ideas that the novel’s imaginary plot communicates to us and infuses us with…” It seems likely

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Review: The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal

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While amassing the family archives in preparation for writing The Hare with Amber Eyes (one of the bestselling books of the last decade for our store), Edmund de Waal discovered the manuscript of a novel by his grandmother, written in the

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"A wonderful establishment, with a splendid staff. This place helps redeem the Upper East Side of New York. Every reader in the area should make it a home away from home."

–Stephen Koch, Author and Former Chairman of the MFA Graduate Writing Program at Columbia

"A veritable book lover’s paradise"

– New York Social Diary

“Crawford Doyle is that rarity: a gorgeous store with the nuanced selection and incredible staff to back it up. They set a new benchmark for what a bookstore can be and do.”

– Dustin Kurtz, Marketing Manager at Melville House