This book immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who, in 1922, is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
An intimate work of memoir and literary criticism describes how the author found literary solace and insights in Virginia Woolf's To the lighthouse while mourning the death of her beloved father.
Harriet Price, a prefect at elite Rosemead Grammar school, risks her perfect life by joining forces with bad-girl Will Everheart in a hoax to expose the school's many problems.
An account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of Parkland who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders, inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.
Professor Frederick Lothian, widower and retired engineer, has quarantined himself in a place he hates: a retirement village. His children have cut ties with him and though he knows, logically, that a structural engineer can devise a bridge for any situation, somehow his own troubled family is always just out of his reach. When a series of unfortunate incidents brings him and his spirited next-door neighbor Jan together, Frederick gets a chance to build something new in the life he has left.
An authentic and accessible guide to understanding today's gender conversation. Gender is changing, and this change is gaining momentum. We all want to do and say the right things in relation to gender diversity – whether at a job interview, at parent/teacher night, and around the table at family dinners. Guided by the author you will learn how gender works in everyday life, how to use accurate terminology to refer to transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming individuals, and how to ask when you aren't sure what to do or say.
New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she's in Argentina, wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she's forced to take extreme measures to save herself.
Examines what has been lost as culture moved from the analog to the digital, using the production and consumption of music as a basis for a wider understanding of this transition.
It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club, and her career has stalled out; she's overlooked for every high profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she's given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining the revolutionary president of Burkina Faso, whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. This novel knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance.
An illustrated exploration of the principles, laws, and wonders that rule our universe, our solar system, our world, and our daily lives from the bestselling creator of Lost in Translation.
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused and panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council tries to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.
From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring how we form our identities in life, in politics, and in art.
Compiled here for the first time is a whole year's worth of Roddy Doyle's hilarious Charlie Savage series for the Irish Independent newspaper. Giving a unique voice to the everyday, he draws a portrait of a man – funny, loyal, somewhat bewildered – trying to keep pace with the modern world (if his knees don't give out first).
Not since the early twentieth century has liberalism been under such relentless attack, from both right and left. The crisis of democracy in our era has produced a crisis of faith in liberal institutions and, even worse, in liberal thought. Taking us from Montaigne to Mill, and from Middlemarch to the civil rights movement, Gopnik argues that liberalism is not a form of centrism, nor simply another word for free markets, nor merely a term denoting a set of rights. It is something far more ambitious: the search for radical change by humane measures. He shows us why liberalism is one of the great moral adventures in human history – and why, in an age of autocracy, our lives may depend on its continuation.
SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy.
An activist-academic and cartoonist illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel. A kaleidoscope of characters from the diverse worlds of pop-culture, film, activism and academia guide us on a journey through the ideas, people and events that have shaped 'queer theory'.
In these ten glittering stories, Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here wolflike girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a theme park, and little girls sail away on crab shells.
Based on her popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, the author, in this first book to examine female serial killers through a feminist lens, delves into the cruel and cunning minds of fourteen women who, largely forgotten by history, had a penchant for murder and mayhem.
In this strange, haunting, and deeply human tale, Sophie works at an underground cafe, stays in the shadows and listens to the troubles of the parlor guests, but does not draw attention to herself for one simple reason: Sophie is supposed to be dead. When a nationalistic revolution forces Sophie from her safe haven, she must make a dangerous journey to a new city, one that revels in hedonism and chaos. After joining up with a band of smugglers, she finds herself on a long and treacherous path that will lead her far closer to the truth of her entire world – and to the dangers that lurk even in the light of day.
Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting. When a young woman is found lying in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theater, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness in this startling debut.
When her revenant husband returns to the besieged city of Bruges and reveals he’s hidden a fortune, Margriet de Vos demands her share of that wealth. Her husband now serves the Chatelaine of Hell, and intends to give her this gold. But Margriet won’t be deterred. Neither war, the King of France, nor Hell itself will keep her from getting her due. Part horror, part fantasy, part history, and part epic, this debut novel combines all of its elements into a commentary on gender, power, and patriarchy.
The year is 1888 and Jack the Ripper has begun his reign of terror.Two boudoir photography models are found gruesomely murdered within weeks of one another, and Sarah, their employer begins to suspect it's more than mere coincidence. As she delves into the crime of the century and races through Whitechapel's darkest alleys to find the truth, she makes a shocking discovery that challenges everything she thought she knew about the case.
With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie Hoskie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself in this fast paced fantasy novel. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust's plans are revealed, Maggie's burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.
Now that Ursula is in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice – sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical – shines. This collection is the best of her blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it.
A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley.