May 13, 2018

Sunday Salon: Powell's Books in Chicago

On a trip to Chicago in April, we stopped at a favorite used books store in Hyde Park on the south side, Powell's Books. I came away with three books I'd not have bought anywhere else....such was the atmosphere of the place that it made me want to read them.

Fluke: The Maths and Myths of Coincidence
Fluke by Joseph Mazur, March 15, 2017,  paperback by Oneworld
A look at coincidences, their probability and frequency. The book tries to analyze how coincidences work, that they are not so unusual after all. So you meet your next door neighbor while you are both at the Louvre in Paris during the month of May. Surprise! Amazing! Or is it?

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally, October 9, 2014, Viking
How the history of the human race shapes us as individuals

The third book I'd have bought anywhere -
Man's Fate

Man's Fate by Andre Malraux, September 3, 2009, Penguin Classics
Shanghai, 1927, and revolution is in the air. As the city becomes caught up in violence and bloodshed, four people's lives are altered inexorably....

What books are you reading this week?
The Sunday Post  hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer,  It's Monday, What Are You Reading? by Book Date., and Mailbox Monday.

26 comments:

  1. Unusual but interesting books. Enjoy them all.

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    1. Thanks, Mystica. I will get to them one at a time one of these days.

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  2. Powell's Books sounds amazing! Enjoy all of those books...and more.

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  3. FLUKE sounds like a book that I would enjoy. I like nonfiction that makes me think.

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    1. Yes, nonfiction books can be very thought provoking.

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  4. Sounds like a great bookstore to visit. Enjoy your books.

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    1. Wish they were closer to where we live, Nise!

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  5. Interesting titles. Happy Reading!

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  6. Those first two look very interesting. I read mostly non-fiction.

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    1. I can recommend these two nonfiction reads.

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  7. I too am interested in Fluke

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  8. Nice looking assortment of books. I've been trying to stay out of used book stores. I have hundreds of unread books around my house already without adding more. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. This book store is a must visit every time we visit Chicago, which is not very often at all.

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  9. I've visited two locations of Powells in Oregon and I love used book stores. I can tell you where they are in the many places I have traveled. When we used to vacation before Kindle we would end up with 2-3 boxes of books from visiting them everywhere we went. In 2011, we went from Winnipeg to Vancouver, the down thru Washington and Oregon to Salt Lake City and across Nebraska back to MN I know where the used bookstores We would read them and sometimes then trade them in at the next store in the next town. My daughter and I are fast readers. Of course, I was driving all day. She was too young to drive then, so I had to read at the pool or before bedtime. Interesting choices. Enjoy! Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. Our bookstore tells me they are in Chicago only and are not connected to the famous Powell's in Oregon. But they are very good, nevertheless.

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  10. Fluke looks exactly like the kind of book I need to read right now. I've added to my wishlist. My weekly update

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    1. It's tantalizing, what the book says about coincidences!

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  11. Very interesting titles.

    ENJOY your books and your week.

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    1. I enjoy nonfiction every now and again.

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  12. I love a good used bookstore trip. You never know what you'll end up with. I'm really intrigued by the book on the history of the human race. Sounds like a fascinating read.

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    1. I hope to get to this one in the summer!

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