Jeff VanDam, First Husband of Roscoebooks and Special Occasions Employee

Jeff VanDam is a lawyer and ex-journalist who moonlights as a volunteer book reviewer and stockroom attendant at RoscoeBooks. When it comes to reading, he alternates between sweeping historical nonfiction about grand lives and modernish sardonic novels. To be more specific, he enjoys Caro, O'Neill, Kearns Goodwin, Chabon, H.S. Thompson, Shteyngart, and anything written about Theodore Roosevelt. His favorite book remains To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. He did not like The Goldfinch. He is also the parent, along with this store's owner, of a one-year-old who greatly prefers the works of Eric Carle and Graeme Base to the exclusion of nearly everything else.

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ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade - August 7th, 2012

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling novel of North Korea: an epic journey into the heart of the world's most mysterious dictatorship.

"Imagine Charles Dickens paying a visit to Pyongyang, and you see the canvas on which Adam] Johnson is painting here."--The Washington Post

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ISBN: 9780312680633
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2011

A searing, beautiful, and deeply comic novel by a young American master

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Dover Thrift Editions) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780486280615
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Published: Dover Publications - May 26th, 1994

Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life"; Ernest Hemingway declared that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T. S.

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ISBN: 9781491509159
Availability: Special Order
Published: Brilliance Audio - June 10th, 2014

Chabon's extraordinary story of one turbulent weekend in the life of a struggling writer, a satire of the permanent adolescence of the creative class

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ISBN: 9780812982497
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Published: Random House Trade - October 7th, 2014


The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394720241
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Published: Vintage - July 12th, 1975

One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of

The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson I Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679729457
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Published: Vintage - February 17th, 1990

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart.

The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394746234
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Published: Vintage - November 12th, 1986

This first volume of Shelby Foote's classic narrative of the Civil War opens with Jefferson Davis's farewell to the United Senate and ends on the bloody battlefields of Antietam and Perryville, as the full, horrible scope of America's great war becomes clear. Exhaustively researched and masterfully written, Foote's epic account of the Civil War unfolds like a classic novel.

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ISBN: 9780312427566
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Published: Picador USA - March 4th, 2008

From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review)