Escapism, Part Three

At the Central Library we've compiled a display of staff picks: books we find fascinating,  absorbing, or just plain fun.  So if you've been looking for something to read, consider (among other titles): plotThe Plot Against America by Philip Roth is an alternative history of the twentieth century (Lindbergh defeats Roosevelt in the 1940 election) that the NYT called "sinister, vivid, dreamlike, preposterous and, at the same time, creepily plausible." Gods, Graves and Scholars by C.W.  Ceram is a high points history of archaeaology that covers all the spine-tingling moments of discovery: Carter's first look into Tutankahmen's tomb, Stephens stumbling upon Maya ruins, Champillion cracking the hieroglyphs, to name a few.horror The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read. The title speaks for itself. Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin. A novel about an ordinary, albeit quirky New Yorker that The Christian Science Monitor called, "as delightful as finding a free spot in Times Square." The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. In 1973 Matthiessen accompanied a field biologist into the Himalayas in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard and to visit the Lama of the Shey Monastery. The Snow Leopard is "a magical book, a kind of lunar paradigm and map of the sacred" (The Nation).    

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