Hi all, I am currently scanning the new one by Edward Rutherfurd, "New York: The Novel." As is usual for his books, this one has approximately a squillion pages, so it may be a couple weeks before it is submitted! If anyone is interested in proofing it just let me know. From the book jacket: Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga that showcases his extraordinary ability to combine impeccable historical research and Storytelling flair. Rutherfurd tells this tale as no other author could— from the empty grandeur of the New World to the skyscrapers of the City That Never Sleeps, from the intimate detail of lives long forgotten to those lived today at breakneck speed—four centuries brought to brilliant life in a rich and vibrant fictional tapestry. The novel begins with a tiny Indian fishing village on the forested island of Manna hata, as Dutch traders arrive from across the ocean, seeking to carve out their fortunes amid the splendor of the wilderness. In a global war for imperial dominance, British settlers and merchants arrived as conquerors, bringing aristocratic governors and then unpopular taxation, which led to rebellion, war, and the birth of the United States. From the very beginning New York has been central to the great events of American history. Rutherfurd tells this irresistible Story through the interwoven tales of families rich and poor, black and white, native-born and immigrant—a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall, fall and rise with the city's fortunes. From this intimate perspective we see the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the convulsions of the Civil War, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the trials of World War II, the near demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the 1990s, and the attacks on the World Trade Center. Greed and corruption have always been the companions of hopes and dreams in New York's teeming streets. Deals were struck, politicians corrupted, men bought or assassinated, heiresses wooed. Fortunes were amassed on Wall Street and men became rich beyond the dreams of avarice. The heady seesaw of wealth and poverty was seen in the Roaring Twenties and the Great Crash, the city's future symbolised by its buildings that literally soared toward the sky: the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Twin Towers. Deborah To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.