“Between the World and Me” carries a very different message, though it is also written in the form of a letter to a black teenage boy. The boy is Coates’s 15-year-old son, who — like Baldwin’s nephew — is trying to make sense of blatant racial injustice and come to grips with his place in a world that refuses to guarantee for him the freedoms that so many others take for granted.
A LITTLE LIFE is a title with 3 meanings. First, it refers to its protagonist, Jude, a man who cannot ever accept that his life is worthwhile. Second, it refers to the act of reading it, spending time in this book is really like living a version of life.
“The vivacity, humor, sorrow, pragmatism and sheer literary star power that fill the 43 stories collected in A Manual For Cleaning Women hit with such immediacy and vigor that it seems unbelievable that their author, Lucia Berlin, died in 2004, at the age of 68, before most of us ever knew about her.
The Sellout is a 2015 novel by Paul Beatty published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the UK by Oneworld Publications in 2016. The novel takes place in and around Los Angeles, California, and concerns a protagonist who grows artisanal marijuana and watermelons.
“A God in Ruins” is especially impressive because it’s a sequel of sorts — a “companion volume,” in the words of the publisher — to “Life After Life,” Atkinson’s fascinating 2013 novel, which introduced readers to the Todds of Fox Corner, a well-to-do British family whose lives intersect in various ways with the major historical events of the first half of the 20th century.
The Girl on the Train (2015) is a psychological thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins. The novel debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list (combined print and e-book) dated 1 February 2015, and remained in the top position for 13 consecutive weeks, until April 2015.
“The Buried Giant” is a melancholy book, and the mist that breathes through it is a melancholic mist. The narrative tone is dreamlike and measured. There are adventures, sword fights, betrayals, armies, cunning stratagems and monsters killed, but these things are told distantly, without the book’s pulse ever beating faster.
"The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt's New World" (published in the UK and the US in 2015, and in 2016, 2017 & 2018 in 23 other countries) New York Times Bestseller Number 2 Spiegel Bestseller (Germany) 10 Best Books of 2015, New York Times Winner of Royal Society Science...
Generative and generous, this is a book that belongs on the shelves of anyone who desires, especially if what they desire is nothing short of freedom itself. • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf Press). To order a copy for £23, go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846.
A ll the best-loved authors, it seems, now leave a last book, to be published posthumously – Joan Aiken, Agatha Christie and (supposedly) Stieg Larsson, to mention just a few – and now, with The Shepherd’s Crown, it is the turn of Terry Pratchett, who died in March 2015.
The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra is a 2015 Hogarth publication. I confess I had no idea what to expect from this book. It was recommended to me by a friend on social media and due to the topic of conversation we were having at the time, I got the wrong impression about the book’s premise.
All Hannaham’s characters in this novel follow troubled paths through life. The action of Delicious Foods begins on the lam, dropping the reader right into what they might presume is a thriller. Eddie, another protagonist, is driving away from some undisclosed event.
And now, Jim Shepard, one of America’s finest writers, brings the Warsaw orphanage to life in “The Book of Aron.” Drawing on his imagination and dozens of historical sources, the author has produced a remarkable novel destined to join the shelf of essential Holocaust literature.
In June 2015, she released Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian, a retelling of the series’ first novel, which sold more than 1 million copies in its first week but received negative reviews from critics. “The inside of Christian Grey’s head is a fascinating place to be,” James said in a press release.
Finders Keepers is a crime novel by American writer Stephen King, published on June 2, 2015. It is the second volume in a trilogy focusing on Detective Bill Hodges, following Mr. Mercedes. The book is about the murder of reclusive writer John Rothstein (an amalgamation of John Updike, Philip Roth, and J. D. Salinger), his missing notebooks and the release of his killer from prison after 35 years.
The Turner House is the story of the Turners, a family who has lived in their house on Detroit's East Side for half a century, weathering immense changes along the way. Flournoy's National Book Award–nominated debut does an incredible job of bringing both a family and a city to vibrant, poignant life. Find it here. Follow Angela Flournoy on Twitter.
Get this from a library! Hold still : a memoir with photographs. [Sally Mann] -- Photographer Sally Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the ...
A lot of books about the Wright Brothers are written for children. Maybe that’s because these two aviation pioneers are better known for their work than for anything personal, and because inventing the first viable airplane is more exciting than anything else about them.
Criticisms of trigger warnings are often based on the idea that college is a time for intellectual growth and emotional development. In order for this to happen, students must be challenged. And they need to learn to engage rationally with ideas, arguments and views they find difficult, upsetting or even repulsive.
A few hours after Michel Houellebecq’s Submission was released in France, gunmen stormed into the office of Charlie Hebdo and murdered 12 people, including eight journalists. Among the victims was the economist Bernard Maris, one of Houellebecq’s closest friends.
Nov. 11, 2015 At one point in this novel a character is led through an “aperture” into a magical, intradimensional garden. Her host is planning to dine on her soul, after using a kind of science-fiction thingy to reach in through her nostrils and pluck it out.
Get this from a library! Ordinary light : a memoir. [Tracy K Smith] -- "A memoir about the author's coming of age as she grapples with her identity as an artist, her family's racial history, and her mother's death from cancer"--<p>"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: ...
Lewis Carroll loved puns, like those about the tortoise who taught us, or the lessons that lessen the need for any more of them. He especially loved puns that could be found hiding in one word, like wonderland: a place full of wonders and a place where you wonder what is happening to you.
Sky fall … parachuting spells disaster in Satin Island. Photograph: Daniel Barbier/Getty Images I n a characteristically erudite essay in the London Review of Books last year, Tom McCarthy took aim at the current vogue for memoiristic fiction, singling out David Shields and Karl Ove Knausgaard (respectively the movement’s chief ideologue and most prominent practitioner) for mention.