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Thrift Store Finds

Thrift Store Finds

'John Ploughman's Talk Or Plain Advice For Plain People' by C. H. Spurgeon

'Piano Lessons: Music, Love & True Adventures' memoir by Noah Adams

'A Sideways Look At Time' essays by Jay Griffiths

'The Black-Eyed Blonde' crime fiction by Benjamin Black

'American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville' travel memoir by Bernard-Henri Levy

'The Book Wars: What It Takes To Be Educated In America' essays by James Atlas

'The Disuniting Of America: Reflections On A Multicultural Society' essays by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

'The Indian In America' Native American history by Wilcomb E. Washburn

'Vengeance' a crime novel by Benjamin Black

'I Always Loved You' A Story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas historical fiction by Robin Oliveira

'Mark Twain On The Damned Human Race' Edited & with an Introduction by Janet Smith

'Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breath of the Reformed Tradition' by Kenneth J. Stewart

'The Collected Poems of John Ciardi' by John Ciardi

'Waiting for the Mahatma' a novel by R. K. Narayan

'The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine-Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary' biography by Jenny Uglow

'Dawn Powell: A Biography' by Tim Page

'Haussmann Or The Distinction' a novel by Paul LaFarge

Below is a description of the novel 'Haussmann or the Distinction'

A stunning, imaginative novel about the great architect of Paris

Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who demolished and rebuilt Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century, was the first urbanist of the modern era--and perhaps the greatest. He presided over two decades of riches, peace, and progress in a city the likes of which no one had ever seen before, with boulevards monumentally conceived and brilliantly lit, clean water, public transportation, and sewers that were the envy of every nation in the world. Yet there is a story that, on his deathbed, Haussmann wished all his work undone. "Would that it had died with me!" he is supposed to have said. What is the secret of the baron's last regret?

To answer this question, Haussmann tells the story of Madeleine, a foundling who grew up in the magical, chaotic world that Haussmann destroyed; of de Fonce, one of the great artistes démolisseurs who tore Paris down and sold its rubble as antiques; and of a three-sided affair that pits love against ambition, architecture against flesh, and the living Parisians against Haussmann's unbuilt masterpiece, the Railroad of the Dead.

Although steeped in history, the novel is not bound by fact; it is an account of the hidden, sometimes fantastical life of the nineteenth century, a work that will make readers think of Borges as well as Balzac; it is a view of cities, of love, and of history itself from the other side of the mirror.

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