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It’s Christmas break and Milo is ready for hot chocolate and presents, not five unexpected guests in his parents’ Inn. Since his parents are busy running things, it’s up to Milo and Meddy to find out who is stealing from the guests and the true story behind the Greenglass House.
America is becoming a class-based society.
"Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves." --The New York Times Book Review
If the idea of a novel about the Twin Towers suddenly reappearing intact in the middle of the Badlands doesn't scare you off, then let me coax you along a little further. The concept is high, yes, but this blend of mixtape liner notes, speculative fiction, and family history is terrifically written. Somehow familiar and far-out at the same time, SHADOWBAHN is strangely addictive.
This is a deep, dark story about the consumptive power of loss and grief, and the fissures they crack open in our lives. Haunting images and grave suggestions are scattered throughout by a steely, mysterious narrator that refuses to let you set the book down.
Witt’s curious reportage and honest questions continually lead to thoughtful insights in this collection about love, life, sex, commitment, marriage, and self-worth in the 21st century. If you’ve ever sat in wonder at the universe of sexual proclivities and variety of modern relationships, this book is sure to pique your interest.
Sometimes a novel isn't really a novel, but rare is the book that walks that fine line successfully. Mike Roberts has done so here, with a smooth, conversational style that belies the depth of his intentions. A great and refreshing read, like they all should be.
Fans of HBO's The Wire will be fascinated by this personal account of life on the streets of Baltimore, MD. Watkins provides insight into the highs and lows—financial, psychological, and spiritual—of the drug game through a profound self-awareness and a truly endearing narrative voice.
Without a verteran in your life, the cost of war may sometimes slip from mind. Books like this, and men like Tomas Young, ensure that as a nation and a society, we never disregard the value of human life or forget the simple truth of peace.
In the ebullient style that made him one of the most popular scientists of his age, Richard Feynman gives us a spectacular crash course in physics. From balance and momentum to his groundbreaking work in quantum electrodynamics, Feynman continually elucidates each of his "pieces" with style, wit, and his trademark vigor.
After seven long years, one of my all-time favorite authors returns with another novel you just can't put down. Taking dead aim at those who would dare use a term like "post-racial", THE SELLOUT is as funny, smart, and tuned-in as Beatty has ever been.
From the staff of the now defunct but highly influential rap mag Ego Trip is what I consider the greatest book ever written on the subject. Packed with amazing facts, infinite hip-hop wisdom, and the collective's smart-ass sensibility, it's a book you can pick up and put down until the spine breaks. They don't call themselves "the arrogant voice of musical truth" for nothing.
A loose retelling of the tale of Theseus, OREO is an overlooked classic now back in print after 40 years. It is a wickedly funny look at race, culture, and betweenness—even if it's sometimes hard to tell what truly lay on either side.
Imbued with the wild spirit of his short but powerful classic JESUS' SON, but polished with the literary gold of his epic masterpiece TREE OF SMOKE, Denis Johnson's poetry is every bit as good as his prose. I love to loan this collection out, never get it back, and buy it all over again.
A story that operates as a window into one reclusive mind, but speaks volumes about the whole of humanity, Darnielle's debut novel is damn near flawless. Its message and meaning adapt and change with more and more attention and grip hard at something hidden within.
A friend once handed me this book and simply said, "read it, I know you'll like it." He was right. Loaded with meaning and resonant prose throughout, this 65th anniversary edition proves that THE SHELTERING SKY remains a good story, well told (as the man says...). Read it, I know you'll like it.
In her beautiful, humorous, & creative way, Sakugawa reimagines the classic self- help guides for the modern world. Whether you are looking to learn quirky ways to throw the best apartment party, smart ways for keeping fresh flowers longer, honest ways to fall in love with yourself, or even just different delicious uses for nutella (including nutella wontons!), this book has got you covered!
Friendship! Adventure! Girl power! In this middle grade graphic novel series, a group of friends follow leads on a potentially dangerous mystery at their summer camp for "hardcore lady types". These ladies represent diversity in race, gender, sexuality, and personality; however, all are great examples of strong, caring, and open- minded leaders. At the forefront, the series is a fun adventure story that will keep you on the edge of your feet!
This book is perfect for lovers of art, and those interested in feminism! Although I have always been intrigued and inspired by her preformance art, Marina Abramovic lets her readers into the deep, personal aspects of her life. This was a book I did not want to put down and stayed with me long after.
This beautiful children's book illustrates the touching friendship between a lion and a bird. When the bird has to fly south for winter, the lion is afraid of what will come of their relationship. It ends with the notion that "sometimes life is like that"- an important reminder for children and adults.
This book- perfect for children and adults- is so great on so many different levels. Although the characters are shapes, Silverstein uses them in a brilliant way to tell a heart-warming story. This book tells the story of a missing piece on a journey to find the shape to make it whole. It is amusing, depressing, magical, and uplifting all at the same time. Children may find the story amusing, but adults may find it also exemplifies the pressure and struggle of finding the perfect partner.
In this hilarious graphic novel memior, Allie Brosh uses comedy to talk about depression in a realistic and progressive way. It definitely made me laugh and cry at the same time. And as a plus- this book features two hilarious and lovable messed up dogs. What more could you ask for?
This beautiful but brutal book of poetry is moving to say the least. Kaur takes you on a journey of self-acceptance, love and loss, and healing through her poetic style and images. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in poetry, most of all young woman and feminists.
An astounding debut by Corrinna Luyken, The Book of Mistakes follows an artist through the adventure of drawing the perfect picture, taking it a step too far, and the creative journey back. It reminds us that mistakes give the opportunity to experiment, to play, and to have great ideas! It is absolutely stunning and perfect for children and adults alike.
The latest mystery from the author of Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, and Mystic River. And in typical Dennis Lehane fashion, the moment you think you know what's happening everything shifts and everything you thought you knew is quickly unraveling. Since We Fell is the emotional rollercoaster that you immediately get back in line to ride again!
This charming story is written in the perfect dog voice! Poor George wants to be good, he hopes he'll be good... but as we all know sometimes when it comes to chasing cats and chocolate cake hoping isn't enough. In high contrast color design, Oh no, George is a story of temptation and redemption... or is it?
This was my favorite read of 2016. Summerlost, by Ally Condie bestselling author of the Matched series, is a coming-of-age mystery that has secret adventures, Shakespeare, speaks honestly about loss and how the right friendships can help you move forward. This is Ally Condie's first middle grade novel, and I can't wait for her next.
Doomed to or blessed with eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem.
The first work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright--a tour de force of memory, mystery, death, and life.
An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time
Told in short, cinematic bursts, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is gloriously pulpy. Ajo Kawir, a lower-class Javanese teenage boy excited about sex, likes to spy on fellow villagers in flagrante, but one night he ends up witnessing the savage rape of a beautiful crazy woman by two policemen. Deeply traumatized, he becomes impotent.
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented
One of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2017 So Far
Published in 1952, Wayward Heroes is part of the body of works for which Laxness was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1955. It is a masterfully written tragicomedy about the oath-brothers Thorgeir and Thormod, inspired by the old Icelandic sagas Saga of the Sworn Brothers and Saga of Saint Olaf.
In this new selection and translation, Peter Wortsman mines Franz Kafka's entire opus of short prose--including works published in the author's brief lifetime, posthumously published stories, journals, and letters--for narratives that sound the imaginative depths of the great German-Jewish scribe from Prague.
Animals, strange beasts, bureaucrats, businessmen, and nightmares populate this collection of stories by Franz Kafka.
It's 1883 in Johnson County, in the old Dakota Territory--a rugged, wide-open landscape of rolling, red earth, prairie, and cattle as far as the eye can see. But the land is closing, the "Beef Bonanza" is ending, and the free-range cattlemen are stuck watching a way of life disappear in a blaze of drought and gunfire.
Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in his bucolic hamlet of Bury, a weakling and compulsive liar in a town famous for producing brutish giants.
"A gorgeous, wise, riveting work of, among other things, cowboy noir...Honestly, I can't recall ever being this fond of a pair of psychopaths."
--David Wroblewski, New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
"On Story is film school in a box, a lifetime's worth of filmmaking knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages."
--Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
This novel recounts the story of an Indiana woman who assumes the guise of a man, Ash Thompson, to fight for the Union in the Civil War. The opening line, “I was strong and he was not so it was me went to war to defend the Republic” demonstrates how powerfully simply the author writes. No detail of the war or bloodshed is spared, including the gallows humor of men in battle, but the language is so beautiful, with the dialogue ringing so period true, that a perfect balance is struck.
When done right there's something magical about books told from the point of view of an animal. With this sensitive and lovely story Pennypacker carries the torch passed down from Felix Salten (Bambi) and Sterling North (Rascal). When Peter and his fox Pax are seperated by an impending war to be reunited both must face an epic journey that will test and ultimately redeem them. A great read for children of all ages.
This epistolary novel tells the story of Professor Jason Fitger who is busy navigating the back side of his own zeitgeist with something way less than grace. Fitger writes letter after letter full of passive aggressive bile that gradually reveal how he fell so far from favor. Laugh out loud funny, I recommend this book in the strongest possible terms.
Read this book with a box of tissues handy as it is a wrenching story of loss but love this book because it's a spot on, heartfelt examination about the knotty ties of friendship. Even if you aren't familiar with Hersh or Chestnutt so long as you have had your heart good and broken you will get it.
This unrelenting portrait of the greedy squandering of our precious natural resources is both a beautiful excursion into the heart of human darkness and a brutal story that squarely combats the myth of the West. A forerunner of Cormac McCarty, this is an underappreciated great that clamors for a wider audience.
While she is the subject of one of the most famous paintings of the 20th century, little is known about Christina Olson. This novel imagines her life hobbled by illness and familial obligation and how becoming an unwitting muse allowed her a freedom real life denied her.
I can't think of a more evocative narrative muse than Edward Hopper. Apparently Lawrence Block feels the same because he asked a diverse group of author friends (Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and more) to pick a painting and write a story about it. This carefully curated collection features ensnaring tales from all genres so strong it's hard to pick a favorite. With its full color plates, this would make a lovely gift for fan of Hopper's broody genius or anyone intruiged by the intersection of artistic mediums.
In this sometimes pointed but always charming essay collection, fashioned in the style of a medieval bestiary, Passarello tells the stories of famous animals including Koko, the sign language gorilla, and Arabella, the spider who went to space. This beautiful edition, published by Louisville's own Sarabande Books, is a treat for both animal lovers and any reader with a curious mind.
Chevalier resets Othello, the classic story of jealousy and revenge, as a tale of schoolyard bullying set in the 1970s. In her masterful hands knowing how the story ends only increases the tension and the casual racism of the period makes it, sadly, feel as timely as ever. The best entry yet in the Hogarth Shakespeare series.
Both wonderful and heartbreaking, this debut puts readers into the mind of a 13 year old autistic girl who just might blow her chance at a forever family to do the right thing when the adults around her fail to understand the burden she can't articulate or put down. This book will make you anxious but also make you cheer.
A dark exploration of the world of competitive gymnastics that portrays the agony and urgency of desire, the unknowablility of others and the burden of expectation. A crime novel where the crime is only the catalyst for an examination of a family's unraveling. Abbott at her very best.
Equal parts a memoir about moving solo to the big city and a criticism of visual artists (Darger, Warhol, Hopper) who prominantly feature loneliness in their work, this book is a weird hybrid that totally works. My favorite book of 2016!
"Sing, Unburied, Sing" is all power, grief, and love. This is an incredible novel, one that has stayed with me long after reading the last line.
"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." --Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon
For readers who loved Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Lois Lowry's The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.
Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for NonfictionNew York Times Bestseller "Sy Montgomery's The Soul of an Octopus does for the creature what Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk did for raptors." --New Statesman, UK Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors' Spring Pick
Soon to be an HBO series, book one in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends growing up in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted family epic by Italy's most beloved and acclaimed writer, Elena Ferrante, "one of the great novelists of our time." (Roxana Robinson, The New York Times)
As seen on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, where it was described as "gloriously unsettling... evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson," and already one of the year's most widely acclaimed novels:
From personal loss to phantom diseases, "The Empathy Exams" is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize
"A "Publishers Weekly "Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014"
A brilliant exploration of the natural, medical, psychological, and political facets of fertility
One of The New York Times Book Review's "10 Best Books of 2015"
An NYRB Classics Original
A FACINATING TRAVEL MEMOIR THAT WILL ALTER THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT THE BUMBLEBEE
In this moving memoir of health and illness Tova Bailey watches a snail on her night stand, living a life that mirrors the limitations of her own. What follows is an incredibly compelling story of companionship and beauty in the most unexpected of creatures.
"In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. All of these hues are me; I am, in the deepest sense, colored." From these fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist and professor of ecology J. Drew Lanham.