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Today’s Cover Characteristic: Cigarette/Smoking
Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Published: Published 1950 by Penguin Books
Many consider The Great Gatsby the closest thing to the Great American Novel ever written. First published in 1925, it is the timeless story of Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby lives in the New York suburb of West Egg, where those with “new money” reside. Gatsby’s mansion is right across the bay from the home of his wartime love, Daisy Buchanan, pictured always in white.
Gatsby seeks to keep his illusion of Daisy as perfect alive. He uses his money, gained through illegal means, to do so, and uses his neighbor, Nick Carroway, to try to reach Daisy. The love of money as the root of evil is a pervading theme.
Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Published: December 28th 2006 by Speak
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
Title: Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
Author: Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
Published: May 25th 2010 by Bloomsbury Press
The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.
Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. Remarkably, the same individuals surface repeatedly–some of the same figures who have claimed that the science of global warming is “not settled” denied the truth of studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. “Doubt is our product,” wrote one tobacco executive. These “experts” supplied it.
Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, historians of science, roll back the rug on this dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.
Title: Cigars in The Parlor
Author: Shane Michaels
Published: May 2nd 2014
From the battlefields of Manassas, Virginia, to the Union prison in Elmira, New York, author Shane Michaels explores the hidden world of men loving men during the American Civil War. In this erotic tale of lust, love, and sacrifice, two men find solace in each other’s arms as they are caught between the splintered world of the Union and the Confederacy. When Kit Walker’s leg is shattered at the Battle of Manassas, he finds himself on Doctor Wallace Sanger’s operating table. Wallace saves his life – but removes his leg. As his wounds mend, the two men find more than comfort as they explore each other’s hidden desires
Title: The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Published: June 7th 2011 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics
The first collection of stories featuring the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous and beloved detectives in fiction
In the riveting tales collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the sleuth of 221B Baker Street and his steadfast companion, Watson, set out on the dark, foggy streets of late Victorian London to solve England’s darkest mysteries and unearth its most closely guarded secrets. In these stories, the beloved detective uses razor-sharp logic and brilliant analytical reasoning to rescue a king from blackmail, find a missing fiancé, infiltrate an opium den, and solve many other mysteries. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes remain as thrilling, surprising, and entertaining as they were more than a century ago.