Back in 1987, it seems to fourteen-year-old June Elbus that only one person has ever truly understood her -- her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Quirky and shy at school, and unwillingly distant from her once close older sister, June only feels like herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of AIDS, the mysterious illness her family will barely talk about, June's world is turned upside down.
In this hilarious take on literary favorites, Mallory Ortberg holds imaginary and hilarious conversations via text message with everyone’s favorite characters and writers. From Achilles to Hamlet, Jessica Wakefield to Hermione Granger, Ortberg perfectly captures them in texts. This is a must read for literature lovers, English majors, and anyone who ever wanted to be best friends with a fictional character.
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NPR’s Book Critic, Maureen Corrigan, lets us readers in on her love affair with The Great Gatsby in a funny, passionate, and conversational tone. There is an intimate relationship between a book and its readers; none more so than The Great Gatsby and Corrigan brings it all to light. Even if you thought you knew everything about one of America’s favorite novels, you will learn to appreciate something new here. This is not The Great Gatsby you remember from your high school English class.
In Visible City, author Tova Mirvis explores the anonymity and intimacy of life in New York City, juxtaposing the public and private lives of community members in a transitioning neighborhood of pre-war apartments. Recovering attorney Nina, now a stay-at-home mom, uses her son’s toy binoculars to scrutinize the lives of an older couple living opposite her family on the block. When an innocuous meeting at Starbucks leads to a budding friendship with one half of the couple, Nina struggles to reconcile what she once imagined with what she now knows about their lives.
The Wooden Barn is a last-resort boarding school where “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers” go to recover from personal trauma. Jam Gallahue is sent there by her parents after losing the boy she loved, and finds herself selected to be part of the elite class Special Topics in English with the beloved, soon-to-retire teacher Mrs. Quenell. The class focuses on a specific author – this time, Sylvia Plath – and as the students begin their assigned journal entries, they realize that writing in the journals brings unexpected transformation.
Based on the real-life story of Mary Rowlandson (1637-1711) who lived in an outpost town in 1600’s Massachusetts this enthralling novel tells the story of Mary’s capture by Native Americans in an Indian raid. Mary became a slave to a powerful female Indian leader and witnessed both savage cruelty and kindness while adapting to the Native American culture. When she returned to English society and her minister husband she often felt shunned by her community and conflicted by the cruelty and prejudices imposed upon the Native Americans. This novel gives a fresh in
When a horrific fire destroys their modest Mumbai restaurant and steals the life of a beloved wife and Mummy, the grief-stricken Haji family emigrates from India. An extended period of mourning spent traveling throughout Europe culminates with this gregarious family opening an inexpensive Indian restaurant in the small alpine town of Lumiere, France. Cultural differences soon escalate between the Haji family and Gertrude Mallory---longtime owner of a two-star restaurant a hundred-feet across the street---leading to a terrible accident jeopardizing the health of fourteen-ye
Road Ends completes Lawson’s trilogy of work set in the remote rural landscape of Northwestern Ontario. The Cartwright’s---a sprawling dysfunctional family with seven children---reside in the small, farming community of Struan. Family patriarch and breadwinner, Edward Cartwright, is manager of the local bank. The story unfolds from multiple points of view alternating between him and the two oldest Cartwright offspring, Tom and Megan, both in their early twenties.
Raised by a band of con-artists and outsiders, Tooly Zylberberg has always led an unconventional life. Taking solace in her isolated existence, she is currently running a failing bookstore in a small village in Wales when an old boyfriend from New York sends her an urgent message about a man from her past he mistakenly believes is her father. Against her better judgment, Tooly flies to New York City and finds that the message was about Humphrey - a self-proclaimed grumpy intellectual from Russia who helped raise her.
Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable as children in their Calcutta neighborhood growing up in the 1960s. Even so, they are opposites and in their twenties their paths diverge. Charismatic Udayan is drawn to politics and a radical communist movement in India.