Andy D. Staff Picks

In his spare time, Andy is an actor and a musician. He also writes about books on his blog.


 

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The Pericles Commission (An Athenian Mystery #1) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616952518
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Published: Soho Crime - January 15th, 2013

A fast-paced mystery colored by Corby's intricate details of ancient Athens, out hero Niko teams up with famous statesman Pericles to solve a murder. Corby blends mystery with some fun historical fiction, all the while giving the reader and amazingly interesting murder mystery even Aristophanes would have loved. There are now five books in the series!

-- Andy


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The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2013

My childhood Dog was named Jasper. So, this book is extra bittersweet. If you liked **Station 11**, you'll love this. Post-apocolyptic buy with so much heart. My favorite line? "They bred dogs for everything else... why didn't they breed them to live longer?"

-- Andy


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Goddess of Buttercups & Daisies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593766054
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Published: Soft Skull Press - May 12th, 2015

It's the Dionysian Festival once again and Aristophanes can't get a word in. His new play is great - it may stop war with Sparta! Maybe Luxos has it worse - a musician in love with a goddess. It's a crazy adventure wherein phalluses are measured, Athens looks inward, and the theatre births a new star.

-- Andy


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Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa Cover Image
By Kenji Miyazawa, John Bester (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681372600
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 2nd, 2018

There is so much intersecting of things I love in this book. Folk tales, animals, Asia, dark humor, odd spirits. This is a great collection of bite-size stories. It's like Aesop's fables if the lessons had the grace of an anvil. There's sort of a grim smile hanging over the whole book. Favorits for me include "Tokkobe Torako," "30 Frogs" and "Restaurant of Many Orders."

-- Andy


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Let Me Explain You: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476789095
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Published: Scribner - June 21st, 2016

Stavros Stavros Maurakis is going to die. A goat came, he knows he won't last long. What else is a proud Greek man to do buy write his daughters, wife an email telling them how to fix their lives. The problem is, they... well, they don't appreciate it. Each of his daughters confronts Stavros in their own way - with charming, funny, and often odd results.

-- Andy


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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$8.98
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

George Saunders pulls off something that, were it not George Saunders, I'd think it nearly impossible. After the death of Willie Lincoln, the young son of the President finds himself trapped between life and death. As his spirit sits in the graveyard, he finds companionship in other trapped souls. It is these fellow souls that narrate Saunders first full novel in a Greek Chorus, playscript-like format while alternate chapters blend cited nonfiction into the story, Saunders creates a world that is both heartbreaking and comical all while giving us one of the more ambitious and inventive pieces of fiction to come in the past few years.

-- Andy


Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780380813810
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 25th, 2004

No one makes me laugh more consistently than Christopher Moore. In Lamb, Moore fills in the Jesus' years not documented by the Bible through the eyes of his best friend, Biff. Together, they travel to distant lands in an attempt to find themselves. Along the way, they buy an elephant, meet the abominable snowman, invent coffee, and even meet a demon. Always funny, heartwarming and engaging, Christopher Moore is without a doubt my favorite living author and Lamb is a great introduction to his style, warmth and wit.

-- Andy


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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385352956
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 27th, 2015

A lively and fun adventure, Ajatashatru, an Indian Fakir (a magician/conartist of sorts) sets out on a journey to buy a bed from the Ikea in Paris, France. With no money for a hotel, Ajatashatru settles down in the Ikea store to spend the night and inadvertently finds himself locked away in a wardrobe that is packed up and shipped away. From there, our hero is whisked away to three different countries where he finds new friends, a new career and that not only is there more to life than he thought, he has a place in this world and people who care about him. A wonderful debut from Puertolas and a light, fun read that will make you laugh!

-- Andy


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Jitterbug Perfume: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553348989
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Published: Bantam - April 1st, 1990

Tom Robbins crafts the best metaphor and the most clever simile I've ever read. Jitterbug Perfume is a story that moves past extraordinary into a realm only Tom Robbins can create. It simultaneously follows one 20th century girl's quest for a perfect perfume and one 12th century King's quest for immortality. Their stories intersect across three continents, across ten centuries, through greek gods, and, most importantly: beets.

-- Andy