The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre
When the vision came, he was in the bathtub. So begins the madness of Louis Daguerre. In 1847, after a decade of using poisonous mercury vapors to cure his daguerreotype images, his mind is plagued by delusions. Believing that the world will end within one year, Daguerre creates his “Doomsday List”—ten items he must photograph before the final day. The list includes a portrait of Isobel Le Fournier, a woman he has always loved but not spoken to in half a century.
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The Beautiful
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Nathan Nelson is the average son of a genius. His father, a physicist of small renown, has prodded him toward greatness from an early age—enrolling him in whiz-kid summer camps and teaching him college algebra. But despite Samuel Nelson’s efforts, Nathan remains ordinary. Then, when he’s 17, Nathan develops synesthesia, a blending of the senses, following a near-fatal car accident. His altered brain allows him to memorize vast amounts of information. At Samuel’s insistence, Nathan attends the Brook-Mills Institute for Talent Development and lives alongside savants, prodigies, and neurological misfits. He begins to unravel the mysteries of his new gift and to make peace with the crushing weight of his father’s expectations.
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Bright and Distant Shores
(Australia 03/11, US 09/11)
“They were showing the savages on the rooftop—that was the word at the curbstone.”

Chicago, 1897. An obsessive collector and insurance magnate commissions the world’s tallest building. Determined to compete with Marshall Field’s recent donation of $1 million to found the Field Museum, the tycoon funds a private collecting voyage into the Pacific. In addition to bringing back a bounty of artifacts, the voyage also brings back a Melanesian brother and sister to appear in the insurance company’s rooftop ethnographic exhibition. Bright and Distant Shores chronicles life in Chicago after the World’s Fair and the collision course between commercial America and the tribal Pacific.
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