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» Pride in Literature

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» Most expensive sales in May

On June 28th, 1969, police in New York City performed a routine raid on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn. For the first time in recorded history, members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) community stood up to the police and fought back for their rights. What followed into the night and following days were riots and rebellion generally acknowledged as the watershed moment that kicked off the gay rights movement. Now, 40 years later, LGBT communities all over the world celebrate gay pride, commonly referred to simply as Pride, with festivals, parades, readings, seminars and more.

In 1895, satirist Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years of hard labor for nothing more than being gay and acting accordingly. While persecution may be far from extinct, diversity in sexuality has come a long way, and that is reflected nowhere else so well as in literature. Looking at some of the best and brightest gay writers from yesterday and today, as well as the most acclaimed and beloved gay-centric content, help us celebrate Pride 2009 with a good book.

» Celebrating Pride in Literature

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Quantum Enigma by Rosenblum and Kuttner Quantum Enigma
by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner

4 stars Reviewed by Fernando

Suspense, mystery, religion, drama, history and a plot that will shake your beliefs and challenge whatever preconceived ideas you have on how the universe works.

Did I mention this is a book about physics?

Actually, it is about quantum mechanics and it's used by the authors to teach a university physics course.

However, you won't know you are learning physics until it's too late...

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Father-Son Writing Teams

We celebrated Father's Day this year by recognizing all the amazing father-son writing teams out there. From Martin and Kingsley Amis to the Updikes, all the way back to Dickens, the literary apple doesn't seem to fall far from the tree.

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Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants

How gruesome! Psychotic shrubs, vicious vines, and poisonous petals - the book is a comprehensive A to Z of plants that kill, poison, intoxicate or simply make you as sick as a dog. It's an unrelenting list of Mother Nature's gangbangers, thugs and assassins.

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Shrinking World

According to Jeff Rubin, one of North America's leading economists, globalization is coming to an end as the world faces up to a dwindling and increasingly expensive supply of oil.

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Signed Bestsellers in May
  1. Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
    Reif Larsen
  2. The Angel's Game
    Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  3. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
    Alan Bradley
  4. The Enchantress of Florence
    Salman Rushdie
  5. Everything Ravaged Everything Burned
    Wells Tower
See The Whole List on the Homepage


Most Expensive Books Sold in May
  1. Della Magnificenza ed Architettura de'Romaniand Osservazioni sopra la Lettre de M. Mariette by Giovanni Battista Piranesi
    $17,000
  2. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Through The Looking Glass and And What Alice Found There
    Lewis Carroll - $14,377
  3. A Tale of Two Cities
    Charles Dickens - $6,950
  4. Selected Poems
    Ezra Pound - $6,050
  5. Sartoris
    William Faulkner - $6,000
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