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Originally published in 1938, Miss Pettigrew has been rediscovered and reprinted in a beautiful paperback edition by Persephone, including gorgeous line drawings.  A fantasy screwball comedy a little like a Thin Man movie crossed with with an episode of Upstairs Downstairs gone mad, Miss Pettigrew has now been adapted as a major motion picture starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams. “Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met before at the movies. Over the course of a single day, both women are changed forever.  [The author] Winifred Watson (1907 – 2002) grew up in Newcastle, and was a secretary until, in 1935, she married Leslie Pickering, the manager of a timber firm. She wrote six novels in all, but after the birth of her son in 1941 she stopped writing and lived quietly in Newcastle for the rest of her life.  The Times interviewed her at age 94 when Persephone Books reissued the book in 2000. The headline was ‘Bodice-Ripping Fame at 94.'” – Publisher’s Description

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If you appreciate graphic novels by Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, you’ll love Persepolis, soon to be a major motion picture, a visceral and visual way to learn about one girl’s life experience of Iran’s cultural revolution.  If you like Persepolis, don’t miss Persepolis 2, which would make great companion reading for Reading Lolita in Tehran. – R. Kutler

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According to amazon.com, Graham Greene called it the “finest spy story ever written.”  “In an act of literary spycraft, Le Carre had smuggled a great human drama inside a pulp paperback. He helped invent a new kind of novel, the literary thriller, and devised one to speak to the anxious pace, global scale and deadly stakes of 20th century geopolitics. Spy and the books that followed it, notably those starring the fictional spymaster George Smiley, laid bare the ticking watchwork of power and subterfuge that underlies our daily lives and established Le Carre as one of the principal fictional chroniclers of modern politics.” -Lev Grossman, www.time.com  And see the excellent film starring Richard Burton. 

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The perfect listening companion for your trip to Lebowski Fest 2007.  With classic tunes from the Coen Brothers’ bowling film, including My Mood Swings by Elvis Costello and Townes Van Zandt’s version of Dead Flowers. – R. Kutler 

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