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Friday, July 03, 2009

Library booty

My latest books from the library ....

Another novel about art restorer and Israeli agent Gabriel Allon (Moscow Rules). In this one, he must forge a Mary Cassatt painting in order to catch a Russian arms dealer who's hanging out in Saint-Tropez :)

- Lydia Seated in a Garden with a Dog by Mary Cassatt

- the old port at Saint-Tropez

And I'm just starting Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History, about the behind-the-scenes stuff at the natural history museum in New York City. The author is one of the two guys who wrote Relic, one of my favorite books. The blurb on the book from the writer's site ....

The American Museum of Natural History in New York is one of the best-loved museums in the United States. Some four million people come through its doors every year. They marvel at the dinosaur skeletons, the meteorites, the elephants and the gems. And yet less than five percent of the Museum’s collections are on display.

Beyond the exhibition halls, along seemingly endless corridors, basement rooms, attic vaults and locked cabinets, the Museum houses a veritable stockpile of world records: the biggest elephant tusks, the finest uncut emerald, the world’s smallest beetle, millions of spiders, butterflies, dinosaur bones, whales, diamonds, gold masks, gigantic rubies, thousands of mummies, shrunken heads, and much more.

How was all this started? Who amassed these fabulous collections, and how? Here you will read the true story of the discovery and transportation of the world’s largest meteorite; the discovery of the first T. Rex; the incredible theft of the Star of India in the biggest jewel heist in history; the bizarre story of the Copper Man; the failed search for the “Arctic Atlantis,” and much more. You will read stories of expeditions to the ends of the earth, true tales of heroism, defeat, discovery, death, madness, and even murder—all in the pursuit of science.

WooHoo! :)

Here's a little video for the museum .....


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