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The Club of Queer Trades
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Widely known as the "Prince of Paradox," G. K. Chesterton was one of the most influential English writers and thinkers of the 20th century. Chesterton's prodigious talents embraced a wide range of subjects, from philosophy and religion to detective fiction and fantasy. And while his writings are light and whimsical, they are filled with direct and honest truths.

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Adult/High School-The first book, originally published in Britain in 1905, is a set of six interconnected detective stories in which seemingly ordinary people find themselves in extraordinary and baffling situations, all of which are tied to the secretive Club of Queer Trades and its mysterious president. Only retired judge Basil Grant can separate illusion from reality to solve the mysteries. Teens who have read the Sherlock Holmes stories avidly will enjoy Basil Grant's adventures. Kuzmin's Wings, first issued in Russia in 1906 and newly translated for this publication, is a frank, though not explicit, exploration of a young man's reaction to discovering his homosexual feelings. Quiet, studious Vanya is drawn to the slightly older and more sophisticated Larion but flees in confusion and anger when he discovers that Larion has a male lover. After a failed attempt at heterosexuality, he slowly reconsiders and meets Larion again, this time with a happier resolution. Teens will be drawn both to the love story and to the author's philosophy that all love is a gift from heaven. Both titles are recommended for libraries seeking to expose students to the best in world literature.-Sandy Schmitz, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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