Melville House Fall 2015

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    Ada's Algorithm How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age Paperback James Essinger 9781612194578 $21.95 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Sep 28, 2015
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    Bolano A Biography in Conversations Paperback Monica Maristain 9781612194844 $18.95 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Aug 04, 2020
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    Contraband Cocktails How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed To Hardcover Paul Dickson 9781612194585 $25.95 COOKING Nov 12, 2015
    Americans weren’t supposed to drink during Prohibition—but that’s exactly when “cocktail culture” came roaring to life. The Bloody Mary, sleek cocktail shakers, craft mixology, and hundreds of other essentials of modern drinking owe their origins to the Dry Years.   In Contraband Cocktails, Paul Dickson leads us on a fascinating tour of those years—from the “Man in the Green Hat” making secret deliveries to Capitol Hill, to The Great Gatsby’s Daisy pouring Tom a mint julep at the Plaza, to inside the smoky nightclubs of the Jazz Age—Dickson se... + Read More
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    Everlasting Lane A Novel Paperback Andrew Lovett 9781612194677 $16.95 FICTION Jan 12, 2016
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    Good on Paper Hardcover Rachel Cantor 9781612194707 $33.95 FICTION Jan 26, 2016
    THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND NOVEL FROM THE WRITER EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL (STATION ELEVEN) CALLS “SHARP, WITTY, AND IMMENSELY ENTERTAINING” Is a new life possible? Because Shira Greene’s life hasn’t quite turned out as planned. She’s a single mom living with her daughter and her gay friend, Ahmad. Her PhD on Dante’s Vita Nuova hasn’t gotten her a job, and her career as a translator hasn’t exactly taken off either.But then she gets a call from a Nobel Prize-winning Italian poet who insists she’s the only one who can translate his newest book.Stu... + Read More
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    Not on Fire, but Burning A Novel Hardcover Greg Hrbek 9781612194530 $25.95 FICTION Sep 08, 2015
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    Rules for Werewolves Hardcover Kirk Lynn 9781612194769 $33.95 FICTION Sep 23, 2015
    In the tradition of Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, a visionary debut novel about shelter, escape, family, violence, and dumpster-diving   It’s the story of a restless group of young squatters. They’ve run away from their families and their pasts, questing after knowledge of their most wild selves, roaming the half-empty suburbs of America, occupying the homes of the foreclosed or vacationing, never staying in one place long enough to attract attention, while shoplifting beer at the local Speedy Stop. They’re building a new society with new laws, ... + Read More
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    Sophia Paperback Michael Bible 9781612194721 $20.95 FICTION Dec 08, 2015
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    The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure Paperback C.D. Rose 9781612194622 $19.50 HUMOR Oct 26, 2015
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    The Day the Renaissance Was Saved The Battle of Anghiari and da Vinci's Lost Masterpiece Hardcover Niccolo Capponi 9781612194608 $34.95 HISTORY Nov 12, 2015
    It was a battle that change the course of history, and was immortalized in a massive painting by Leonardo da Vinci that was thought lost for centuries . . . until now.   On a sweltering day in June 1440, near the Tuscan town of Anghiari, the simmering conflict among Italy’s principal powers exploded into a battle whereby Florence and the papal States joined with Venice to defeat the previously unstoppable army of Milan. The shocking denoument would open the way for the flowering of Florentine culture, and the birth of what we now know as the Re... + Read More
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    The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome Hardcover Serge Brussolo 9781612194684 $32.49 FICTION Jan 19, 2016
    An undisputed French master of the fantastic—as prolific as Stephen King; as original as Philip K. Dick—now in English for the first time  They call them “mediums”—professional dreamers who “dive” into the dream world to retrieve items that convert to valuable artworks in the waking world. What's more, the more dangerous the dream, the more valuable that artwork becomes. In David Sarella’s dreams, he’s a professional jewel thief. With the help of his beautiful accomplice, Nadia, he breaks into jewelry stores and museums, lifts diamond necklaces... + Read More
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    The Dog Walker An Anarchist's Encounters with the Good, the Bad, and the Canine Hardcover Joshua Stephens 9781612194516 $24.95 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Sep 14, 2015
    A dog book for the 99%, The Dog Walker is a hugely entertaining look at the world’s greatest job—by an activist who spent a decade as a dog walker for the political class   Dog walking: it’s every eight-year-old’s dream! You spend your day outdoors; you interact exclusively with silly, loving, ridiculous dogs; and you get paid for it. But the reality is . . . well, actually, the reality is pretty great, too, at least according to the anarchist Joshua Stephens’s eye-opening account of the dog walker’s life. An Anthony Bourdain of the dog walking... + Read More
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    The Happy Marriage Hardcover Tahar Ben Jelloun 9781612194653 $33.95 FICTION Jan 12, 2016
    “Ben Jelloun is arguably Morocco’s greatest living author, whose impressive body of work combines intellect and imagination in magical fusion.” —The Guardian   In The Happy Marriage, the internationally acclaimed Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of one couple—first from the husband’s point of view, then from the wife’s—just as legal reforms are about to change women’s rights forever.   The husband, a painter in Casablanca, has been paralyzed by a stroke at the very height of his career and becomes convinced that his marriage i... + Read More
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    The Quest for a Moral Compass A Global History of Ethics Paperback Kenan Malik 9781612194837 $20.00 PHILOSOPHY Aug 11, 2015
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    The Reflection Hardcover Hugo Wilcken 9781612194493 $25.95 FICTION Sep 01, 2015
    Hugo Wilcken's first novel, The Execution—a taut, psychological mystery about an average person who commits an accidental murder—got the kind of rave reviews authors dream of: He was compared to Camus and Hitchcock.Now, in his second novel, The Reflection, the comparisons seem even more appropriate: It's a smart, creepy, steadily absorbing mystery about an average law-abiding citizen who finds himself inexplicably caught up in a case of mistaken identities—with one of his own patients.When psychiatrist David Manne is asked by a friend who's a N... + Read More
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    The Visitors Paperback Simon Sylvester 9781612194639 $24.95 FICTION Dec 29, 2015
    In the tradition of Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks, Simon Sylvester brings an ancient myth to life with this lush, atmospheric coming-of-age taleNobody comes to the remote Scottish island of Bancree, and seventeen-year-old Flora can’t wait to move to the mainland when she finishes school. So when a mysterious man and his daughter move into isolated Dog Cottage, Flora is curious. What could have brought these strangers to the island? The man is seductive but radiates menace, while Flo finds a kindred spirit in his daughter, Ailsa. Meanwhile, several... + Read More
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    We, Robots Staying Human in the Age of Big Data Hardcover Curtis White 9781612194554 $33.95 PHILOSOPHY Nov 17, 2015
    In the tradition of Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget, a rousing, sharply argued—and, yes, inspiring!—reckoning with our blind faith in technology   Can technology solve all our problems? Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many of our most famous journalists, pundits, and economists seem to think so. According to them, “intelligent machines” and big data will free us from work, educate our children, transform our environment, and even make religion more user-friendly. This is the story they’re telling us: that we should stop worry... + Read More
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    Wittgenstein Jr Paperback Lars Iyer 9781612194820 $15.95 FICTION Aug 17, 2015

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