April Fools!

Posted on March 31, 2011 by | Posted in Blog, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 1 Comment on April Fools!

Once more a new month has begun, and it’s no joke that once again we present 10 gems from our catalog.

Hopefully it’s not too late to prepare for April Fool’s Day! Our recording of Pathological Lying, Accusation and Swindling by William and Mary Healy tells you all there is to know about liars, so you will not be taken advantage of.

To avoid exactly that is the aim of rich Mr. Brewster, when his daughter appears with a brand new husband in the novel by P. G. Wodehouse. Will The Indiscretions of Archie be too much to bear for the unsuspecting father-in-law?

John Kendrick Bangs’ protagonist The Idiot proves to be quite trying company in Mrs. Smith-Pedagog’s boarding house. His table talk vexes all other guests, but is he really such a fool as everyone assumes?

Fools are certainly those who do not learn from history. The genocide on the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 is denied, condemned, or seen as part of normal warfare. Read about Martyred Armenia in Fa’iz El-Ghusein’s autobiographical account of a Turk condemned to spectator.

While we can vow “never again” faced with human atrocities, we can only prepare for the worst and hope for the best when it comes to natural disasters. On April 18, 1906, The San Francisco Calamity by Earthquake and Fire happened. Charles Morris interviewed eyewitnesses for a first hand account of the catastrophe.

The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen also profess to be first hand accounts of real events, but who has already heard of the baron will take the stories in Rudolf Erich Raspe’s book with a grain of salt.

The same should young Vivie do in George Bernard Shaw’s play, after she excerts a promise from her mother to end her questionable business. But Mrs. Warren’s Profession is a profitable one, and luxuries are hard to give up…

Instead of giving up, what if somebody could take over your life for a while? Unfortunately the stand-in for John Chilcote turns out to be the better him. Find out if the politician is getting his life back in The Masquerader by Katherine Thurston.

Undercover agents are used to slip into the skin of other people, hopefully to protect the innocent. But even as Gabriel Syme turns into The Man Who was Thursday, it is still difficult to find out who needs protection in the story by G. K. Chesterton.

This year April ends with a long holiday weekend. Celebrate Easter with a selection of poems From The Temple on various religious topics by the Anglican priest George Herbert.

Enjoy – and don’t get fooled!


1 comment

  1. Lady Hawke says:

    Thanks for all the fantastic work you’re doint to the website. I like the idea of recommending books monthly.

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