Martin's Staff Picks

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Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology Cover Image
By Eric H. Cline, Glynnis Fawkes (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780691166407
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 7th, 2017

"What an incredible book. For a history lover such as myself, Three Stones Make a Wall is like manna. Since most of we learn about our past comes from archeology, it behooves us to know a bit more about the subject than the lastest Indiana Jones film. TSMAW is a survey of archeology from the first excavations of Pompeii to the most current discoveries. It is a fascinating look at the details of a science that is usually known just for the lastest headlines. I think it is the best general audience book on archeology since Gods, Graves, and Scholars. I cannot recommend this book highly enough." - Martin


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Passing Strange Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765389527
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 24th, 2017

"This is an incredible read. I will simply say this. There is a small shelf in my library of great novels about/set in San Francisco. Passing Strange is on that shelf, between The Maltese Falcon and Tales of the City." - Martin


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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
$15.99
ISBN: 9781481424363
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Published: Saga Press - October 4th, 2016

"These are some of the best short stories I've recently read. And while you may be thinking 'but I don't like science fiction', these stories transcend genre in the way very few writers are able to do. And so far, there is not a single story in this collection that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. If you are in any way a fan of well written short stories, then I cannot recommend this collection highly enough." - Martin


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Conversations in Jazz: The Ralph J. Gleason Interviews Cover Image
By Ralph J. Gleason, Toby Gleason (Editor), Ted Gioia (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300214529
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Published: Yale University Press - May 24th, 2016

"Some of the best interviews of jazz musicians that I've ever read. A must have for any jazz fans bookshelf." - Martin


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The Vorrh Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101873786
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Published: Vintage - April 28th, 2015

"How much did I love this book! If one has to assign a genre to The Vorrh, I suppose it would be fantasy, although it could just as easily be called magical realism or a handful of other definitions. There are also bits of historical fiction, and a bit of what might be called steampunk. I won't try to summarize the story. The two weeks I spent reading this book were some of the most challenging, enjoyable and rewarding. I'm hoping for more from Mr Catling as soon as he is ready. Reading The Vorrh is like being admitted to a number of different worlds, each with it's own rules, and watching as these worlds coalesce." - Martin


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Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143127864
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Published: Penguin Books - October 13th, 2015

"The first 'just the facts' biography I've read of Stalin, and easily the best biography I've read in the last few years. There are more than a few surprises in this book." - Martin


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Shakespeare's Restless World: Portrait of an Era Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143125945
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Published: Penguin Books - November 4th, 2014

"This book sets out to do two things, and it does them quite well. It gives us a fresh look at Shakespeare's plays, and the times they were born in. In my world, a fresh look at Shakespeare's plays is always a good thing. Second, it uses his plays, and the objects in the title of the book to re-examine, with fresh eyes,the world in Elizabethan times. I forget, and this book reminds me, that Shakespeare was writing for a common audience, and his plays encompassed everything from comedy through drama all the way to some of the best tragedies ever written.  SRW is an excellent introduction to Elizabethan England, one of my favorite eras of history." - Martin


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Eggshells Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612195971
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Published: Melville House Publishing - March 14th, 2017

"So many reasons to love this book. Great writing, interesting narrator , and the best literary stroll around Dublin since Joyce." - Martin


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Alif the Unseen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013

"The first novel from the author of Ms. Marvel. Alif The Unseen is an incredible fiction debut. The story of a middle eastern hacker on the run from the authorities, Alif is one of the best books yet about the passions and frustrations that led to the Arab Spring(s). It is also a welcome, and long overdue, use of middle eastern culture, legends, history, and other story elements in popular literature. There were moments in ATU that made me put the book down, to let what I'd just read sink in. Based on her first novel, G Willow Wilson is an author we will be enjoying for decades to come. Alif The Unseen is/are many great stories, wrapped together in one novel, very well told." - Martin


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How to Listen to Jazz Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780465093496
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Published: Basic Books - September 19th, 2017

"Hands down, one of the best books on jazz I have ever read. And easily the best book on trying to explain jazz. If you are just dipping a toe in the great ocean that is jazz, or if you have been enjoying this music for decades, this is a book that will increase your understanding and enjoyment of this music. It's already altered the way I listen to music, and I've been listening to jazz since the early eighties. I think it helps that Ted Gioia is a musician himself. How to Listen to Jazz is also very refreshingly free of ideology. Ted Gioia simply wants you to listen to and enjoy the music for its own sake. I cannot recommend this book highly enough." - Martin