This amazing book's chorus of voices from beyond the grave format lends itself perfectly to audio. This AMAZING 166-person full cast features the familiar voices of David Sedaris, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Susan Sarandon, Miranda July, Jeff Tweedy, Ben Stiller, Jeffrey Tambor, Carrie Brownstein, Lena Dunham, George Saunders...Truly amazing. It makes me want to invite all my friends over for a multi evening dinner/ listening party - it's as good as going to a play.
An extraordinary novel, one of the best I've read all year. The often brutal story centers around a girl orphaned in a war-torn Eastern European country, a writer suffering a deep depression after a stillbirth, and the writers' artist friends, who conspire to connect the two. The book's power resides in its stunning language, interesting formal experimentation, and daring exploration of war, art, motherhood, sex, and violence.
Experience life in remote coastal North Carolina from the perspective a ten-year-old colonial girl, the slave girl who was given to her as a birthday present, her independent, spontaneous mother, her soldier-sailor-shopkeeper-frontiersman father, and her plantation-building grandparents. Katy Simpson Smith’s novel is written in crystal clear prose, with telling details that put you there, and observations about human life in general that ring true. Smith demonstrates her characters’ great hopes and meager stakes, their struggle with faith, and the poison of slavery in the New World.
Muriel Barbery, author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, has an extraordinary new novel. It is a very adult book focused on mythical Faerie and Elven culture, the equivalent of which exists in nearly every world culture. Just to remind you again, there is nothing in this book to remind you of children’s literature. It divulges a culture much as Ursula LeGuin does in the best of her books DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!
This is a brief, but beautiful little novel made from the simplest stuff. The narrator is a bartender in late middle age. The suburban bistro he works at is falling apart and over the course of a few days he tries to patch things together. In the process he ruminates over his position and life in general. This is Fabre’s ninth novel but the first in English translation.
Astronaut Mark Watney was believed to be killed during the sandstorm that forced his fellow crew members to abort their mission on Mars and return to Earth. But Mark is very much alive, and is now alone in a hostile environment, where air, water, food and finding a way to communicate are his only objectives. The story is told through Watney's log entries, alongside chapters detailing what's happening back on Earth, as NASA goes from mourning a fallen spaceman to trying to find a way to bring him home. An exciting debut from first-time novelist Weir, The Martian is a Robinson Crusoe for the 22nd century, filled with science and physics (without leaving the layman reader behind), as well as good old human ingenuity and plenty of well-placed humor to ease the edge-of-your-seat suspense.