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THE PIGEON TUNNEL Stories From My LifeTHE PIGEON TUNNEL Stories From My Life
By John Le Carré

$28.00 Viking
www.johnlecarre.com

For decades, author John Le Carré has fascinated millions of readers with his breathtakingly realistic novels about the Intelligence Community and those who are privy to its secret and mysterious inner workings. But finally, we get to hear the truth from whence this fiction sprang in Le Carré’s highly anticipated and very entertaining new memoir THE PIGEON TUNNEL.

Le Carré furnishes us with a backstage pass to his life as he takes us from his years in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to war-torn Cambodia and Beirut and, among other places, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. His stories are as insightful as they are enthralling and they illustrate how accurately he drew his characters from the larger-than-life people who inspired them, such as the courageous female aid worker on whom he based his protagonist in The Constant Gardener.

From the parrot ensconced in a hotel room in Beirut who could mimic machine-gun fire to a tee, to the details of his friendship with actor Alec Guinness who starred as George Smiley in the BBC adaptations of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People, to the story of the New Year’s Eve he spent with Yasser Arafat, there is no end to the fascinating tales the author spins in one chapter after another. Imbued with a deft sense of humor and an encyclopedic sense of modern world history, Le Carré ruminates about the life he has led in the midst of it all, challenging any pre-conceived notions we may have had about how he came to understand the inner-workings of political systems across the globe and the people who grease the wheels. A fascinating romp for fans of Le Carré’s work and novices alike, this is a book you will not want to miss.


CATCHING THE BIG FISH Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity 10th Anniversary EditionCATCHING THE BIG FISH Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity 10th Anniversary Edition
By David Lynch
$15.00 Tarcher Perigree
www.tarcherperigee.com

Acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch is known for such evocative and thought-provoking films as Blue Velvet and Eraserhead. But ten years ago, he added author to his list of artistic accomplishments when he published CATCHING THE BIG FISH, his autobiographical take on meditation and the creative process. Now the 10th Anniversary edition of this compelling book is out in paperback, featuring the addition of interviews with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

In a series of verbal snapshots, Lynch’s book delves deep into the waters of his methodology as he explains his meditation practice, the way he creates his films and lives his day-to-day life. Summing up his philosophy about all of this in the introduction he states: “Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.” From there, you are treated to snippets of Lynch’s innermost thoughts, realizations and approaches to his craft. Some of these thought-poems are only a few paragraphs long while others go on for a couple of pages. But each one is packed with insights which allow the reader to step inside of this genius’ mind and wander around unencumbered.

A meditation in itself, this book is a treasure trove of insights from a man who has created a host of unforgettable films and established himself as an icon in the cinematic world. This is a great little tome to keep on hand for moments when you need that special burst of inspiration or just want to kick back and take a tour of David Lynch’s brain.


DRAWN TOGETHER Uplifting Comics on the Curious Journey Through Life and Love By Leah PearlmanDRAWN TOGETHER Uplifting Comics on the Curious Journey Through Life and Love
By Leah Pearlman

$16.00 Tarcher Penguin
www.Dharmacomics.com

There was a time when Leah Pearlman was not a comic strip artist. Instead, she was a prestigious team-member at Facebook making oodles of cash and living in a swanky house. But when her father got cancer, she shared her devastation by drawing a stick figure comic strip which expressed her sadness and dismay. Of course, she posted that comic to Facebook and got instant feedback from lots of readers who related to, not only what she had drawn, but what she said with her art. As her life evolved, she posted more comics on-line. And after her father lost his battle with cancer, a devastated Pearlman found that pursuing this art form helped her deal with her grief. It wasn’t long before she realized she was unable to fully express herself within the framework of her life as it was, so she quit her day job and Dharma Comics was born. Now that the inspirational illustrations which make up Dharma Comics are enjoying their seventh anniversary and 50,000 followers, Ms. Pearlman has come out with DRAWN TOGETHER, a charming new collection of her work.

Combining fan favorites and brand new illustrations, this little book offers an easy way to find an up-lifting message that you can carry with you throughout your day. Separated into five sections: Loving Me, Loving You, When Life Gets Hard, Choose Your Own Adventure and Finding The Missing Peace you will find hope, understanding and a kind of symmetry that will touch you and remind you that you’re not alone, even on days when you feel that way. This whimsical-yet-deep book will inject a little playfulness into your life with a sense of humor and unabashed innocence which will make you want to strive for happiness, no matter what hurtles come your way.   


THE RAMBLERS A Novel THE RAMBLERS A Novel
By Aiden Donnelley Rowley

$25.99 William Morrow
www.ivyleagueinsecurities.com

From bestselling author Aiden Donnelly Rowley comes THE RAMBLERS, now out in paperback, the story of three 30-something New Yorkers, trying to make sense of their personal histories, who spend one tumultuous Thanksgiving week together, hoping to forge their futures.

Clio Marsh is running from her past, where the secrets of her childhood still live on. An Ornithologist at the American Museum of Natural History who leads bird-watching walks through Central Park, her favorite spot is The Ramble, a wild section of the park that takes her outside of her urban confines and her penchant for self-examination for a few hours every Sunday morning. It’s here that she meets Henry, an older, charming hotelier who falls for her hard and fast, making Clio question relationships, love and her place in his life.

Clio’s best gal pal Smith Anderson, who carries some hefty baggage of her own, is a professional organizer whose high-end clientele mirrors the privilege of her own moneyed family. Having recently broken off her engagement to a man who is now married to another woman, the heartbroken Smith is faced with organizing her sister’s over-the-top wedding while simultaneously trying to rein in the personal chaos that frames her days and nights. Enter Tate, an old friend from Yale, where Smith and Clio were roomies. Recently divorced and a newly-made multi-millionaire, Tate is equally off balance and searching for purpose in his life. Although the three of them enjoy the initial reunion, it’s Smith he falls for. And as this trio of soul survivors intersects to do a dance of enormous proportions, the city they love wraps its arms around them, holding them close and reassuring them that, in the end, there’s no place like home.

Beautifully written and thoroughly engaging, this novel has a fresh perspective on well-explored themes. Aiden Donnelly Rowley has a talent for creating flesh and blood characters you come to care about who sweep you up into their lives and carry you away. Her love of New York is apparent here, as the city becomes one of the characters in this novel as surely as if it were a living, breathing entity. Un-put-downable, original and fresh in its approach, THE RAMBLERS is a must read.


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