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The Mise-en-Scène - Claude Ollier

I'm in the tank for nouveau roman novels, but this is the best one I've read besides Robbe-Grillet's early work. A French engineer named Lassalle travels into uncharted Moroccan mountains to find  a road site to reach a mine. He encounters  growing menace when a young woman, Jamila, is stabbed to death by her husband and her image keeps recurring to Lassalle ... or is it that of the living Yamina? And what happened to Lessing, the engineer who went before Lassale? Is he linked to Jamila in some way? Lassalle's struggles to map the area and mirror his struggles with the mystery, and both may be unsolvable in this hallucination of a novel. Brilliant stuff from a writer who does not get enough attention.

The Book of Psalms Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company - Robert Alter

Along with the Anchor Bible translations and the KJV, this may be the most enjoyable rendering of the Psalms. Far more accurate than the latter while containing critical apparatus to rival the former, this book is another triumph for the great translator. Can't wait for his complete Hebrew Bible coming out this December.

Elements of the Philosophy of Right - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Allen W. Wood, Raymond Geuss

Hegel's most comprehensive examination of ethics and moral philosophy. He counters von Haller's assertion that natural law and the right of the mightiest are sufficient to ground society. Rather than the despotic or  ochlocracist view, Hegel maintains that the rule of law depends on people participating equally (more or less) in moral commitments, property rights, the legal system, and politics without unfairly interfering with each other. 

Primitive Mythology - Joseph Campbell

As always with Campbell, what strikes you first is his personality, his passion, his erudition, his joy at using comparisons of ancient religions to show us what they have in common and thus the deepest impulses that made them, their most basic truths, and how these truths may be applied to the creative life.

Brain teasers: 30 Interactive Brainteasers to Warm up your Brain (Brain teasers, riddles & puzzles, puzzles & games) - Puzzleland

The puzzles here are good for exercising cognitive and perceptual abilities. I wish there were more of them here, but these will keep you entertained for some time.

The New Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version - Pheme Perkins, Carol A. Newsom, Marc Zvi Brettler, Michael D. Coogan, Anonymous

Imagine if the NASB had gotten this treatment. The best one volume study Bible I've encountered, and one of the best period outside of the Anchor Bible. Copious notes, a clear and attractive layout, a great translation, deep scholarship. Wonderful, just wonderful.

Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches - Charles G Leland

Another great work of scholarship of Leland, this one surrounding the well-known grimoire and the revival of modern witchcraft inspired by this and related works.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney

Hilarious, sad, beautifully written, Alexie uses his own experiences as an adolescent to tell the story of a Native American boy trying to escape the life those around him would trap him in. 

The Bitter Kingdom - Rae Carson

A worthy conclusion to the trilogy, as Elisa makes her last stand against the enemy and the final secrets are revealed.

The Moomins and the Great Flood - Tove Jansson, David McDuff

A beautiful introduction into Jansson. An emotionally realistic and sometimes peek into an otherwise comfy but entirely relatable childhood. Philosophical, indeed, in the best tradition of books like Sophie's World and Michael Ende's novels, and like the latter demonstrates its ideas through description and dialogue.

Spellcaster - George Bachman

An enjoyable historical/paranormal/steampunk fantasy with a suspenseful story on two fronts: will Victorian-era debutante Christine be able to end the visions that seem to be destroying her body and will a medieval knight linked to her across space and time be able to prevent a coup of the French throne. The last third of the book takes off in an unexpected direction in answering that question and I won't spoil it. 4.5 stars