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The Wright Brothers - David McCullough
by David McCullough Esteemed Historian David McCullough now tells the surprising, inspirational and profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. The house they lived in had no electricity, nor indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading!
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When Books Went to War - Molly Guptill Manning
by Molly Guptill Manning Michael Allen’s new love! When America entered WWII the country faced an enemy that had banned and burned more than 100 million books. In 1943 the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program that produced 120 million paperbacks for troops to carry in their pockets.
Hell and Good Company - Richard Rhodes
by Richard Rhodes Historian Rhodes has turned his eye for aesthetic detail and his ear for poetry and literature to the Spanish Civil War. He makes an argument that the Spanish Civil War helped usher in modernity, advancing military technology, medicine, journalism, painting and literature.
In Montmartre - Sue Roe
by Sue Roe This is a lively and deeply researched group biography of the figures who transformed the world of art in Paris in the first decade of the 20th century. It begins in October 1900 as a teenage Picasso, eager for fame and fortune, first makes his way up the hillside of Paris’ famous windmill-topped district. Sue Roe simply thrills us with these key moments in the history of art. $29.95
Headstrong - Rachel Swaby
by Rachel Swaby Who are the role models for today’s female scientists? Author and journalist Rachel Swaby profiles 52 women who are history’s brightest female scientists, from Nobel Prize winners to lesser-known, but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day. Put on those lab coats girls! How many female scientists can you name? PAPERBACK ORIGINAL $16
Waiting for Unicorns - Beth Hautala
by Beth Hautala I want to read this entire gorgeous middle grade novel out loud to you because the language, the storytelling, and the sheer beauty of the thoughts and insights make you pause over and over again as you journey with 12-year-old Talia McQuinn. Talia travels with her father to icy cold Churchill, Manitoba, to find (what else?) unicorns! Talia has a wish jar and she wishes her mom were alive. And unicorns, of course, grant wishes! Congratulations Beth Hautala — you have created a thing of great beauty and there is no doubt in my mind this is a classic in the making! $16.99 AGES 12 AND UP
Pinstripe Pride - Marty Appel
BATTER UP! This action-packed saga of the New York Yankees is recounted for young readers by an author who knows the team well. Founded in 1902 as the New York Americans, they were also known as the Highlanders, but newspapers soon started calling them Yankees. They were an average team until 1920 came along and Babe Ruth changed everything. Told in chronological order, familiar stories are flavored with fascinating behind-the-scenes information. A home run, be sure to share Pinstripe Pride with your baseball-loving parents and grandparents!
JOAN’S NEW LOVE!
A Royal Experiment
by Janice Hadlow King George was determined to be a new kind of king, one that would be a moral agent for the common good. And he realized that to achieve such a change, he would need to conduct his own family life in an exemplary moral fashion. Joan Gray found this biography debut, “A Royal Experiment”, fascinating and superbly written. $40
by C. W. Gortner Historical fiction author C. W. Gortner turns his wonderful storytelling talents to glorious Paris in the 1920s and the charismatic Coco Chanel. Gortner has experience in the fashion industry and he takes us so elegantly, as his subject demands, to the heart of Paris and to the heart of this enigmatic doyenne. A beautiful homage to a couture icon whose influence is still felt today.$26.99
The Perfume Garden
by Kate Lord Brown The Spanish Civil War is the backdrop for this stunning historical fiction debut. High in the hills above beautiful Valencia a forgotten house guards its secrets, until London’s leading perfumier becomes the first to unlock its doors in 70 years. Historical fiction is a powerful teacher and Kate Lord Brown transported me to a time and place that I will not soon forget. $24.99
Charlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations
This celebrated interior designer and renowned tastemaker turns her discerning eye to the garden as a resource for interiors, for entertaining and for good living. Charlotte’s greatest muse is the garden and she demonstrates the ways a garden provides inspiration every day — indoors and outdoors. An extensive resource guide of notable gardens to visit is also included. $50 BUY
by Mary Louis Kelly STOP EVERYTHING! THRILLER ALERT! Caroline Cashion, a 37-year-old, unflappable professor, discovers a life-changing revelation on her MRI — there is a bullet lodged in her neck and she has no idea how it got there! Author Mary Louise Kelly has spent the last two decades traveling the world as a reporter and can she spin an impossible tale. The Bullet is guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very last page! $26
HAPPY SPRING 2015!
Winter 2015 has indeed been the Winter of Our Discontent, so SPRING 2015 DESERVES CAPITAL LETTERS!! And spring always joyfully and gloriously announces itself with trees and flowers bursting to life once again. This Spring Diane’s Books is itself bursting WITH FABULOUS NEWS — Diane’s Books was chosen as the winner of the 2015 Malcolm S. Pray Excellence in Business award!!
In this, Diane’s Books’ 25th Anniversary year, all my amazing Diane’s Dazzling Divas and I are so honored, so very honored. We say a huge thank-you to all you devoted and loyal customers who care so very much about what we do and what we believe in, which is the best book for you and your family, each and every time, and the power of story and words to fill our lives, minds and imaginations.
To be recognized for this kind of excellence is humbling indeed and this great town of Greenwich has recognized our unrelenting and undaunted commitment and passion to books — to the grandeur and enchantment of the printed word. This great award is also a reaffirmation to me that books matter so very much and like spring continue to bloom and blossom in great numbers much to my delight and admiration for the great enterprise of publishing. Aristotle says it best: “We are what we repeatedly do. EXCELLENCE then is not an act but a habit.”
In 2013, we introduced a new mantra: DIANE’S BOOKS FOREVER AND EVER. In 2015, the Town of Greenwich and all of you join our chorus: “YES! DIANE’S BOOKS FOREVER AND EVER.” THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
And a belated THANK YOU to all of you fabulous customers who once again embraced our favorite community outreach, The Diane’s Books Angel Tree during the holidays. Thanks to your continued generosity more than 400 neighborhood children received a special, individually wrapped, lovingly chosen hardcover book. Kindness is our shibboleth at Diane’s Books, kindness colors our world with happiness, and your recognition of these precious children, each and every year, is a beautiful and thoughtful act of kindness.
And finally a bit of whimsy and wonder from poet Pooh in honor of Poetry Month. The month of April not only celebrates poetry but reminds us to indulge! And here’s Winnie The Pooh: “Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things that get YOU. And all you can do is to go where they can find you”
HAPPY READING EVERYONE! HAPPY READING OUT LOUD! AND, OF COURSE, HAPPY SPRING!
by Joseph Ellis “A brilliant account of six years, during which four Founding Fathers, in disregard of public opinion, carried the American story in a new direction.” In a virtuosic introduction, historian Joseph Ellis maintains that Abraham Lincoln was wrong — in 1776, our forefathers did not bring forth a new nation. Instead, Washington, Madison, Hamilton and John Jay were the quartet who orchestrated the Second American Revolution!
A Higher Form of Killing
by Diana Preston An eloquent, objective, fascinating and chilling history of war and of weapons of mass destruction. Preston recreates three groundbreaking events in 1914 that violated the peace-time rules established at the Hague Convention of 1899 and 1907, and forever changed the nature of warfare. Readers and history buffs will be reminded of Guns, Germs and Steel.
Dead Wake by Erik Larson One of the great tragedies of WWI, the sinking of the Lusitania claimed the lives of 1,195. Larson writes: “I’ve come to think of it as a maritime Devil In The White City, with the great ship standing in for the World’s Fair and the German U-boat commander as the serial killer.” The perfect companion to A Higher Form Of Killing!
by George Friedman “This non-academic but erudite view of European history shows that the 20th century’s trauma of war and violence is not quite behind us.” Geopolitical forecaster Friedman examines the geopolitical flashpoints, particularly in Europe, in which imminent future conflicts are brewing, are still smoldering beneath the surface and are on course to erupt again.
The Patriot Threat
by Steve Berry So smart! Thriller author Berry loves to wrap his exciting adventures around history and his irascible hero Cotton Malone, a retired member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department. Cotton is pressed into service once again when a rogue North Korean acquires top secret Treasury Department files. Berry brings history to the forefront with his clever mix of fact and speculation.
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