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.
Growing up in the tiny village of Smith, Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod was surrounded by his Cree family's history. In shifting and unpredictable stories, his mother, Bertha, shared narratives of their culture, their family and the cruelty that she and her sisters endured in residential school. McLeod was comforted by her presence and that of his many siblings and cousins, the smells of moose stew and wild peppermint tea, and his deep love of the landscape. Bertha taught him to be fiercely proud of his heritage and to listen to the birds that would return to watch over and guide him at key junctures of his life.
In his second novel, the acclaimed author of The Sabotage Café leads us on a long, strange trip through the heart of the sixties and beyond, as seen through the eyes of the revolution's poster child. A kaleidoscopic saga, this novel is at once a profound allegory for America – where we've been and where we're going – and a deeply personal and profound portrait of a father and son who define our times.
A gift collection of witty one-liners by the New Yorker writer and first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon, celebrates the universal advice of her mother and is accompanied by full-color illustrations by a New Yorker staff cartoonist.
Genderqueer adolescent Jamie and her gay friend, Levi, comes out to her brother Steve, who encourages them to seek acceptance from friends and family.
In this graphic novel eleven-year-old Joey's world turns inside-out when he finds himself pulled inside the walls of his own home, seemingly trapped in a strange and surreal place. As he searches for a way out, he discovers a myriad of strange, intriguing, and frightening characters, who ultimately lead him to complete the greatest journey of them all – growing up. A fantastical trip through a strange landscape that explores the changing perspective of a young boy facing adulthood.
From the author of the All Souls Trilogy comes a new novel set in the same spellbinding world as a Discovery of Witches. Marcus Whitmore was made a vampire in the eighteenth century. Over two hundred years later, he finds himself in love with Phoebe Taylor, a human who decides to become a vampire herself. And with tradition enforcing separation from Marcus, Phoebe's transformation will prove as challenging now as it was for Marcus when he first encountered Matthew de Clermont, his sire.
Make It Happen is the how-to book to help entrepreneurs sharpen their creative vision, figure out – and overcome – what's holding them back from turning their great ideas into reality, and get started making it happen.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers. With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her Mami finding out. But she can't stop thinking about performing her poems.
A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can't control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's page-turning new thriller.
When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.
What do birds' names mean? Where did they come from? And who originally created them? Many of our most familiar birds are named after people or places, sometimes after their sound or appearance, or perhaps after their quirky little habits. But sometimes a little more detective work is required to find the deeper meanings and stories behind the names. Mrs Moreau's Warbler is a journey through time, from when humans and birds first shared the world, up to the present day, as we find ourselves struggling to coexist sustainably with our feathered friends.
From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.
Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was an 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. It was the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history.
On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal accident. His older sister, Karin returns to nurse him back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a coma, he believes that Karin is really an impostor. She contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber who recognizes the condition as a rare case of Capgras syndrome – the delusion that people in one's life are doubles or imposters – and eagerly investigates. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.
Presents a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery, as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade – abducted from Africa on the last 'Black Cargo' ship to arrive in the United States.
Follow a golem with a surprisingly modern sensibility and an even more modern sense of style in this graphic novel.