Thursday, November 27, 2008

FEATURED: What She Said...

World War I as experienced by actual and fictional characters. Pat Barker's trilogy - Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, The Ghost Road - is a profound look at the devastation of war on civilians and soldiers alike. Stark, unflinching, haunting.

The ever delightful and surprising Muriel Spark tackles mortality, death, and old age in the wickedly funny Memento Mori. A group of elderly friends are harassed by a mysterious phone caller who leaves the simple, concise message: "Remember, you must die."

J.K. Rowling has called Dodie Smith's 17-year old Cassandra Mortmain, avid chronicler of I Capture the Castle, "one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met." In several sixpenny books, and over six months, Cassandra writes of her eccentric family, the poverty and joys visited upon them, and her own first flutterings of love. Castle is that rare book that is as poignant as it is recognizable.

Hons and Rebels is Jessica Mitford's tell-all of her vastly entertaining and notorious family. Jessica, a devout communist, is at odds (and ends) with most of said family much of the time. A great first step into all things Mitford, especially the sisters: Nancy scandalizes the family with her thinly-veiled and bestselling novels; Diane marries fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity Valkyrie falls for Hitler and becomes a Nazi sympathizer; and Debo, a relief, marries well and remains apolitical. Pamela, the quiet one, prefers country life and her dogs.

All titles can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day, 11am to 7pm.

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