“A Brief History of Seven Killings” is based in part on the real-life story of the Shower Posse, who began their rise in early-'60s Kingston and spread to America, where, by the 1980s, they controlled much of the crack trade in New York and Miami — in the book, they form an alliance with Griselda Blanco of the Medellín cartel.
Sept. 19, 2014 In Sarah Waters’s previous and much-acclaimed novels, whether they’re set in the Victorian period (“Tipping the Velvet”) or in the 1940s (“The Night Watch”), the tectonic plates beneath the storytelling are formed by British society — how its attitudes shift, how they don’t.
Station Eleven is a 2014 science fiction novel by Emily St. John Mandel. It is Mandel's fourth novel. The novel takes place in the Great Lakes region after a fictional swine flu pandemic, known as the "Georgia Flu", has devastated the world, killing most of the population. It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2015.
Elena Ferrante Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008) and the four volumes of the Neapolitan Quartet (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child), published by Europa Editions between 2012 and 2015.
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David is a really well written and exciting account of the thirteen days these three leaders spent at Camp David hammering out one of the most significant agreements in human history – the Camp David Accords.
“The Empathy Exams” bounces among topics. There are essays on travel in dangerous territories, on men in prison, on extreme endurance races, on saccharine, on murder trials, on unusual diseases, on women and pain. Ms. Jamison’s mind plays across topics as disparate as the HBO series “Girls” and the morphology of folk tales.
Some Luck, the first of an intended trilogy, cycles through birth and death, passions and betrayals, among characters we come to know inside and out. about the author Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults.
A monumental, genre-defying novel that David Mitchell calls "Michel Faber’s second masterpiece," The Book of Strange New Things is a masterwork from a writer in full command of his many talents. It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea.
The Silkworm is a 2014 crime fiction novel written by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith . It is the second novel in the series featuring private investigator Cormoran Strike, and is a sequel to The Cuckoo's Calling (2013). It was followed by Career of Evil in 2015.
But based on On Immunity: An Inoculation, she’s clearly done copious amounts of research. The book is a personal, impressionistic, fascinating look at the history of immunity, from those 18th century English milkmaids with cowpox who miraculously found themselves immune to smallpox to the crazy (and dangerous) theories of celebrities like Jenny McCarthy.
This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood - a story of renewal and revelation.
Book review: John Grisham’s ‘Gray Mountain’ is a searing look at Big Coal By Patrick Anderson October 19, 2014 At the start of “Gray Mountain,” John Grisham’s angry and important new novel, Samantha Kofer — age 29, Washington native, graduate of Georgetown and Columbia Law — is a third-year associate at a huge New York law firm.
Nov. 6, 2014 “I’ll Give You the Sun,” the second novel by the talented Jandy Nelson, author of “The Sky Is Everywhere,” is told from the alternating perspectives of teenage fraternal twins, a boy and girl named Noah and Jude, each of them narrating from a different side of the accident that forever changed their lives.
Book Review: 'The Invention of Wings,' By Sue Monk Kidd Sue Monk Kidd's new novel, The Invention of Wings, is a fictionalized account of the abolitionist sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimké, and the slave Hetty, given to Sarah on her 11th birthday.
By Ron Charles May 27, 2014 Email the author Follow @roncharles Roxane Gay doesn’t make it easy to recommend her riveting first novel. Set in modern-day Haiti, “An Untamed State” is the story of an American lawyer who’s kidnapped while visiting her rich parents in Port-au-Prince.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a novel by Claire North, a pseudonym of British author Catherine Webb, published in April 2014. It won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and was featured in both the Richard and Judy Book Club and the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.
How to Be Both is not a multi-choice narrative, but the textual order depends on an element of chance. The book has two interconnected stories. There is a teenage girl called George whose mother has just died and who is left struggling to make sense of her death with her younger brother and her emotionally disconnected father.
Stevenson, the visionary founder and executive director of the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative, surely has done as much as any other living American to vindicate the innocent and temper justice with mercy for the guilty — efforts that have brought him, among myriad honors, a MacArthur genius grant and honorary degrees from Yale, Penn and Georgetown.
Amazon.com has chosen Celeste Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You as its book of the year, ahead of a wealth of prominent titles from Richard Flanagan’s Booker-winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North (93rd) to Hilary Mantel’s short story collection The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher (61st) and Martin Amis’s The Zone of Interest (81st).
“All Our Names” moves back and forth between a young black man in Africa and a young white woman in America, both narrating their own chapters in an intimate, reflective tone. The time and place are a little hazy, though we begin in Uganda probably in the 1960s, as the “ecstatic promises of a socialist, Pan-African dream” are starting to fade into a long nightmare of civil wars.
The Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark For The Ivy League (shame about the title) is the sort of book I want to press on friends, saying simply: “You must read this.” Rob Peace grew up in a poor and dangerous New Jersey neighbourhood. The odds were stacked against him.
Can’t and Won’t reveals an artist relentlessly probing the possibilities of fiction. Creative writing students are frequently told that a distinctive authorial voice is more important than a tightly plotted story, and Davis, who won the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, is living proof of that dictum.
By Monitor staff December 1, 2014 “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library,” wrote Jorge Luis Borges. It’s a lovely thought, particularly as it suggests that those of us who give and receive books as gifts are actually exchanging slices of heaven.