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Sam had a varied carrer as a collegiate and independent school faculty member and administrator, retiring from University of Maryland University College as Adjunct Full Professor and Academic Director of Humanities. Along the way, Sam spent seven years with a small marketing communications agency and ran his own college placement consulting practice. He has been a course leader and administrator with two adult learning programs in Maryland and, since 2016, with S.A.G.E. in Hudson and more recently has taught in Baldwin-Wallace East’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. In his free time, Sam likes playing with his dog, Nelson. At The Learned Owl, Sam is one of our beloved booksellers and handles our out of print orders. 

 

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All Adults Here: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 4th, 2020

"'Coming of age isn’t just for kids.' All too true and Straub introduces us to a quirky, very human, very likeable family who all are coming of age, even at their different ages.  With subtle humor and great love for her characters, Straub shows them how wrong they are to think they are done growing up.  This is a warm, gentle portrait of people it is hard not to like, even as they display all of their flaws and quirks."

-Sam


Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781476786391
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

"If you ever have been interested in what our presidents really were like, this is a good way to find out.  Although the focus of the book is presidential autobiographies – a genre that has become part and parcel of running for office – Fehrman illuminates much of their personalities and their real motives in writing about themselves.  This is an extremely accessible history of some of the men who have been president and, by providing so much context, Fehrman also fills in some fascinating parts of American history most of us never even thought about.  I intend to recommend it every chance I get."

-Sam


Imaginary Friend Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538731338
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 1st, 2019

The Darwin Affair: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616206345
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - June 11th, 2019

The Once and Future King (Penguin Galaxy) Cover Image
By T. H. White, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780143111610
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

The Remorseful Day (Inspector Morse #13) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780804119542
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Fawcett - January 30th, 2001

The Oblate's Confession Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780996574402
Availability: Special Order
Published: Secant Publishing, LLC - August 13th, 2015

Clouds of Witness: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062315540
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

Red Harvest Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679722618
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 17th, 1989

Lonesome Dove: A Novel Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780684871226
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 10th, 2000

The Last Picture Show Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631493591
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright - March 20th, 2018

American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812976663
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 20th, 2007

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501174193
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 10th, 2018

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307408877
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Published: Broadway Books - March 22nd, 2016

The Man in the High Castle Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780547572482
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - January 24th, 2012

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (Dover Philosophical Classics) Cover Image
$5.95
ISBN: 9780486451114
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dover Publications - July 21st, 2006

Bloom County: Best Read On The Throne Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684053148
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: IDW Publishing - August 28th, 2018

Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780060254926
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Hugh Haughton (Introduction by), Hugh Haughton (Notes by), John Tenniel (Illustrator), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780141192468
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - March 10th, 2010

The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Jonathan Lethem (Editor), Otto Penzler (Editor)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328636096
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 1st, 2019

Empire of Lies Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780156033565
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Published: Mariner Books - July 6th, 2009

The Devil and Webster Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781455592371
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 20th, 2018

Three Hours in Paris Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641290418
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Published: Soho Crime - April 7th, 2020

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He Started It Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451491756
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Published: Berkley - July 21st, 2020

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Good Girls Lie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780778330776
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Published: Mira Books - December 30th, 2019

John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father's Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781335015921
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Published: Hanover Square Press - March 3rd, 2020

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525559535
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - April 2nd, 2019

How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781616143978
Availability: Special Order
Published: Prometheus Books - July 26th, 2011

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