Book Horoscopes: December 2015

BOOKS WRITTEN BY AUTHORS WHO SHARE YOUR SIGN

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ARIES
BEOWULF | TRANSLATED BY SEAMUS HEANEY
Seamus Heaney’s translation “accomplishes what before now had seemed impossible: a faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right.”
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TAURUS
KINSEY AND ME: STORIES | SUE GRAFTON
A collection of stories by the author of V Is for Vengeance includes stories that detail Alphabet series heroine Kinsey MIllhone’s origins, as well as true tales of the author’s past.
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GEMINI
CHASING UTOPIA: A HYBRID | NIKKI GIOVANNI
One of America’s most celebrated poets whose works have spurred movements, inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations pays homage to gatherings of friends, family and lovers where, at the center, is food as sustenance, as aphrodisiac and as memory.
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CANCER
KINDRED | OCTAVIA BUTLER
Dana, a black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner’s son, survives to father Dana’s ancestor.
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LEO
THE SILKWORM | ROBERT GALBRAITH
Cormoran Strike investigates the disappearance of a novelist who, in his most recent book, unflatteringly portrayed people from his life.
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VIRGO
MR. MERCEDES | STEPHEN KING
Months after a crazed hit-and-run driver kills several attendees at a Midwestern job fair, a depressed retired cop and two unlikely allies join forces to find and stop the killer, who has sent a letter threatening another attack.
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LIBRA
THE GREAT GATSBY | F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
A young man newly rich tries to recapture the past and win back his former love, despite the fact that she has married.
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SCORPIO
THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE | NEIL GAIMAN
When otherworldly beings are set loose on the world, threatening the life of a little boy, the extraordinary Hempstock women–Lettie, her mother and her grandmother–summon all of their courage and cleverness to keep him alive, but soon discover that his survival comes with a high–and deadly–price.
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SAGITTARIUS
I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON | PHILIP K. DICK
This volume brings together ten previously uncollected stories and a major unpublished essay, which span nearly thirty years of the career of the noted science fiction writer.
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CAPRICORN
THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET | SANDRA CISNEROS
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.
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AQUARIUS
THE COLLECTED POEMS OF LANGSTON HUGHES
A complete anthology of the poetry of Langston Hughes presents 860 poems that capture the rhythms, emotions, cultural significance, and political awareness of African-American life, from his earliest works to his final collection.
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PISCES
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER | CARSON MCCULLERS
The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Some fight their loneliness with violence and depravity, some with sex or drink, and some—like Mick—with a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

Book Horoscopes: November 2015

BIOGRAPHIES OF PEOPLE WHO SHARE YOUR SIGN

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BILLIE HOLIDAY: THE MUSICIAN AND THE MYTH | JOHN SZWED
Looking beyond the numerous tragedies endured by the singer, draws on material that has come to light in the last decade to reveal Holliday’s persona and musicianship while examining the historical context of her career.
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TAURUS
SOUL OF THE AGE: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE MIND OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | JONATHAN BATE
Tells the story of the great dramatist while deducing the crucial events of Shakespeare’s life, connecting those events to his world and work, and revealing how this unsurpassed artist came to be.
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GEMINI
CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR | GEORGE CRILE
Describes how, after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson persuaded his colleagues to fund the CIA’s efforts to arm the mujahideen and the repercussions of the covert operation.
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I AM MALALA | MALALA YOUSAFZAI
Documents the educational pursuits of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee who became an international symbol of hope and inspiration when she challenged the traditions of her Pakistan community, offering insight into the influential role of her courageous father.
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LEO
THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE ELEPHANT MAN | MICHAEL HOWELL & PETER FORD
The subject of several books, a Broadway hit, and a film, Joseph Merrick has become part of popular mythology. Here, in this fully revised edition containing much fresh information, are the true and unromanticized facts of his life.
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VIRGO
SEVEN DEADLY SINS: MY PURSUIT OF LANCE ARMSTRONG | DAVID WALSH
Chronicles the author’s thirteen-year investigation of allegations that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tour de France titles, and looks at the shadowy world of drug use in professional athletics.
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LIBRA
KINDRED SOULS: THE FRIENDSHIP OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AND DAVID GUREWITSCH | EDNA P. GUREWITSCH
Presents a memoir that portrays the intense friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and her doctor, David Gurewitsch, and provides a unique look at Mrs. Roosevelt as she continued to have a profound impact on world events.
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SCORPIO
DOROTHY DAY, WITH LOVE FOR THE POOR | JIM O’GRADY
Provides a look at the life and work of the activist and founder of the Catholic Worker newspaper.
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SAGITTARIUS
DECODED | JAY-Z
The controversial hip-hop artist presents the story of his life and career through lyrics, images and a personal narrative that also offers insight into his creative process.
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CAPRICORN
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: A LIFE | MARSHALL FRADY
A renowned biographer presents an intimate and inspiring portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr., drawn from twenty-five years of award-winning commentary on American race relations, that interweaves a history of the civil rights movement with King’s rise to fame.
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AQUARIUS
RISE TO GREATNESS: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND AMERICA’S MOST PERILOUS YEAR | DAVID VON DREHLE
Chronicles Abraham Lincoln’s success at turning the Civil War to the North’s favor during the year of 1862.
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PISCES
BECOMING STEVE JOBS | BRENT SCHLENDER & RICK TETZELI
Based on the highly popular 2012 cover story in Fast Company, an award-winning journalist and a veteran editor present a behind-the-scenes account of how Steve Jobs became the most famous and visionary CEO in history through interviews with people who knew Jobs best.

Book Horoscopes: October 2015

BOOKS ABOUT THE PLANET THAT RULES YOUR SIGN

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IMPACT | DOUGLAS J. PRESTON
Wyman Ford and a team of scientists must figure out how to destroy an alien doomsday weapon aimed at Earth, and the only tools at their disposal are a handful of weaponless machines–the Mars Orbiter, a lander, and a few satellites.
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TAURUS
THE SKY PEOPLE | S.M. STIRLING
In 1988, with the Cold War raging, Marc Vitrac is assigned to Jamestown, the U.S.-Commonwealth base on Venus, and discovers a perilous world swarming with lost races of people, where he confronts a secret that could threaten the human race.
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GEMINI
MERCURY | BEN BOVA
As Mercury is explored for possible technological benefits, Dante Alexios investigates the planet’s potential as an orbit point for power satellites, Victor Molina looks for evidence of life, and Elliot Danvers oversees the scientific progress of the first two.
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CANCER
LIMIT | FRANK SCHATZING
On Earth in 2025, cyber cop Owen Jericho stumbles upon a plot to destroy entrepreneur Julian Orley, who, opening the first-ever hotel on the moon, has assembled the world’s richest and most powerful individuals to sample his brand-new lunar accommodation.
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LEO
THE SUN’S HEARTBEAT | BOB BERMAN
Provides facts about the star at the center of our solar system and describes the life of the sun, from its birth and life as a self-sustaining ultra-H-Bomb fusion explosion, to its spectacular and anticipated future death.
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VIRGO
2312 | KIM STANLEY ROBINSON
A tale set in a technologically sophisticated solar system 300 years in the future follows the experiences of former world designer Swan, who in the wake of an unexpected death is led into a plot to destroy everything she has helped to create.
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LIBRA
CHASING VENUS | ANDREA WULF
The award-winning author of The Brother Gardeners chronicles the 18th-century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system, explaining the political strife and weather challenges that were overcome to enable an international team of astronomers to work together.
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SCORPIO
HOW I KILLED PLUTO AND WHY IT HAD IT COMING | MIKE BROWN
A dramatic account by the astronomer who inadvertently triggered the “demotion” of Pluto in his effort to officially recognize the solar system’s 10th planet describes ensuing debates and public outcry while revealing the behind-the-scenes story of his discovery.
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SAGITTARIUS
THE MOONS OF JUPITER | ALICE MUNRO
Surprising stories of betrayals and reconciliations, love affairs consummated and mourned. The true events in The Moons Of Jupiter are the ways in which the characters are transformed over time, coming to view their past selves with an anger, regret, and infinite compassion that communicate themselves to us with electrifying force.
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CAPRICORN
SATURN | BEN BOVA
On a future Earth where fundamentalist politicians rule, the planet’s dissidents are boarded on a space arc destined for Saturn, a journey that is further challenged by the schemes of corrupt individuals.
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AQUARIUS
PUSHING ICE | ALASTAIR REYNOLDS
In 2057, Bella Lind and the crew of the Rockhopper mine comets for their ice, but when Janus, one of Saturn’s ice moons inexplicably leaves its orbit and heads out of the solar system at high speed, Bella is assigned to follow it, unaware that the moon has some most unusual surprises in store.
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PISCES
THE MOONS OF JUPITER | KRISTIN LEUTWYLER
A spectacular tour of the moons of Jupiter in 106 stunning NASA images.