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Desert Island Picks

LSJ
 
Spies
Spies
"Beautifully accomplished, richly nostalgic novel about supposed Second World War espionage seen through the eyes of a young boy."
The Calendar: The 5000 Year Struggle To Align The Clock and the Heavens, and What Happened To The Missing Ten Days
The Calendar: The 5000 Year Struggle To Align The Clock and the Heavens, and What Happened To The Missing Ten Days
"Intriguing review of the inventive approaches that have lead to the various calendars over the last 5 millenia."
Middlesex
Middlesex
"A colossal act of curiosity, of imagination and of love."
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Vintage East)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Vintage East)
"An enchanting book about books and reading during the Chinese Cultural Revolution."
Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Dangerous Waters
Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Dangerous Waters
"Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Dangerous Waters"
The Perfect Storm: The True Story of Men Against the Sea
The Perfect Storm: The True Story of Men Against the Sea
"The Perfect Storm: The True Story of Men Against the Sea"
Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi
"Fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore."
Longitude
Longitude
"Longitude"
An Instance Of The Fingerpost
An Instance Of The Fingerpost
"An Instance of the Fingerpost"
The Dream Of Scipio
The Dream Of Scipio
"The Dream of Scipio"
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Oxford World's Classics)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Oxford World's Classics)
"A favorite from my childhood"
English Passengers
English Passengers
"A moving story about eccentric Eglishmen who set sail in search of the Garden of Eden, and of a young Tasmanian aborigine and his tribe, struggling against the invading British. Compelling, worthy."
The History of Love
The History of Love
"Moving, tragic, beautiful. A book begging to be re-read."
The Chosen
The Chosen
"A beautiful book about relationships between two boys and their fathers"
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
"Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty... A must-read."
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Animal Dreams
Animal Dreams
The Shipping News
The Shipping News
The Island of Lost Maps: A Story of Cartographic Crime
The Island of Lost Maps: A Story of Cartographic Crime
"Intresting read for anyone interested in map collecting, and for anyone interested in a good mystery..."
Happy All the Time
Happy All the Time
"Engaging, witty, sharp. One of my favorite novels."
A Voyage For Madmen
A Voyage For Madmen
"Rich with excitement, accomplished, gripping and authoritative, A Voyage for Madmen is the story of the yachting tournament from hell."
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
"Fasciniating."