Drew's Picks

Drew is the new owner here at Towne Book Center and has certainly been trying to fill the big shoes that were left for him by PK. Usually you can find Drew on the floor handselling his favorite books (at this point we all know about Johannes Cabal the Necromancer) or moving boxes as he tries to be somewhat useful. A devotee of Fantasy, Science Fiction and History Drew is an eclectic reader and will talk your ear off if you give him a chance! Below are some of his favorite books (we forbid him from picking Johannes Cabal!)

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Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250750112
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Published: Picador - September 8th, 2020

As we all begin to reckon with our own history of race relations here in the United States it can at times be a daunting task. How do we approach correcting a system that has been built on the abuse of others, how do we reconcile our history with the fact that the same period in time can be viewed VERY differently depending on which Americans we're asking? Learning From The Germans does a wonderful job of showing how Germany approaches it's own history and provides some thoughts on how we could do the same.

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Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography (Vintage International) Cover Image
By Robert Graves, Paul Fussell (Preface by)
ISBN: 9780385093309
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Published: Vintage -

WW1 is ofen overlooked here in the United States especially when compared to the second world war. In Good-Bye To All That Robert Graves tell his story of his time in the trenches and shows us all exactly why The Great War was also called the seminal tragedy. Raw and heartrbreaking I cannot recommend this book enough.

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ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

A wonderful and scary love letter to the slasher genre My Heart Is A Chainsaw is the incredible deconstruction of slashers that we all seem to crave and look for! If Randy Meeks from the Scream movies was a final girl this book would be about her. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone that loves horror films or just loves to see some good revenge.

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A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316492065
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 23rd, 2021

By 1941 general consensus was that the key to victory was control of the Atlantic. In an attempt to predict the moves and understand the tactics of the U-boats the WRENS devised and played a game that informed Allied tactics in the Atlantic throughout the war. A Game Of Birds And Wolves is the true story of these women and the game they played and a must have for any WW2 buff!

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By Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora (Illustrator), Tamra Bonvillain (With)
ISBN: 9781684154913
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Published: BOOM! Studios - March 31st, 2020

From the creator of The Wicked And The Divine come Once And Future is a horrific retelling of the Arthur Myth. It is truly England's darkest hour and the king has returned but has he returned to rule England well? Or is he instead a monster so driven by his hatred for his enemies that he will bring England to it's knees?

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Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome Cover Image
ISBN: 9780471686132
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Published: Wiley (TP) - September 1st, 2004

A fascinating exploration and history of one of Rome's most decorated legions Caeser's Legion explore Caeser's Tenth Legion in all their glory. From their foundation in Cis-Alpine Gaul all the way through the Rome's civil war, the conquest of Judea and the sacking of Jerusalem this book is a must have for all fans of ancient history or just history in general!

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ISBN: 9780593201237
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

In Grady Hendrix's Final Girl Support Group we get to explore what happens to the women who have survived the famous killers and slashers that have graced our cinema screens. Well they get therapy obviously! The final girl support group has been meeting for 15 years and several members think its time to move on, unfortunately someone out there agrees that they should move on. In a more permanent way.

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Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590689
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 13th, 2021

Many of us our no doubt familliar with the doctrine of survival of the fittest. The idea that the strongest and most eficient hunter is the most succesfull, Survuval Of The Friendliest posits a slightly different theory. The idea here is that it's humanities ability to work together towards a common goal that has made us the dominant species on the planet. When the storms come its not the one man living alone on a mountain who survives, it's the village.

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Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal Novels #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250054623
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 16th, 2014

Johannes is back again and this time he has to venture into the dangerous dream lands! Will our sarcastic and acerbic necromancer be able to handle the utter nonesense that is the dream lands or will he succumb to the giant spiders with baby faces! As Johannes himself describes this adventure "in which there are monsters and cats, which is to say, very much the same thing!"

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Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756414405
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Published: DAW - June 5th, 2018

If my soul could write books it would have written this one! Sparrow Hill Road tells the classic urban legend of the hitchiking ghost, but turns it on its head by telling it from the ghost's point of view. Filled with road witches and the incredible blend of urban legend and mythology I cannot recommend this book enough. PLUS a third novel in the series just came out!

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Legend (Drenai Saga #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345379061
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Published: Del Rey - October 1st, 1994

Legend is one of my favorite books of all time. Set in the final days of the Drenai Kingdom the Nadir are poised to sweep over the land like a tide with only the undermanned fortress of Dros Delnoch standing in their way. However, though the garrison may be small it's led by the legend himself, Druss. Will he be enough to turn the tide? Maybe not, but that’s beside the point. Stick to the code and stand on the wall an you can be a man to walk the mountains with!