It is elegant and elegiac, and evokes Washington DC with subtle power. The Years by Annie Ernaux Fitzcarraldo, translated by Alison Strayer is a remarkable work, a truly innovative autobiography that opens new ways of remembering and recuperating the past. The Long Take , by Robin Robertson Picador , is a narrative in verse set in the immediate post-war years in America, that is at once heartbreaking and bracing.
Think of it as the best black and white s movie you will ever encounter in print.
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The Order of Time , by Carlo Rovelli Allen Lane, translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell , hardly seems like pool-side reading, but anyone with the least interest in the science of the physical world will be by turns astonished, baffled and thrilled by what Rovelli has to say about the true nature of time, which has little in common with our everyday conception of it.
Rovelli is the poet of quantum physics. Seamus Heaney Poems Faber is an essential collection, which the poet meant to make before he died, and which the Heaney family have now completed. A feast of beauty. And what to read in homage to Philip Roth? Maybe American Pastoral. A brilliant Raymond Chandler continuation novel with an ageing Philip Marlowe. Osborne and Chandler are a perfect match. Broad Band Portfolio is a brilliantly written and necessary history of our foremost cultural technology by Claire Evans.
It illuminates the occluded contributions of many women to the medium over more than years, and transforms our understanding in doing so. Daniel Trilling has spent years tracing the routes taken by migrants from across Africa and the Middle East to Europe, meeting people and keeping in touch with them along the way: in camps, in cafes, and on Facebook.
In Lights in the Distance Picador he tells their stories — or, more often, allows them to tell their own — calmly, clearly and deeply affectingly, never losing sight of the violence, brutality and pervasive racism that underlies and maintains the present situation. I saw Michael Donkor read at Brixton library recently and was enthralled by the extract he shared from his debut novel Hold 4th Estate , which moves between London and Ghana.
I am looking forward to reading it in full. She is playful and smart, one of a generation of American women who seem entirely unafraid. Sedaris is as much standup comic as writer, making this a great audio and one for the car journey. The Road to Unfreedom Bodley Head by Timothy Snyder is a brilliant and disturbing analysis of the rise of authoritarianism in Russia, Europe and the US in the second decade of the 21st century.
Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the political crisis currently engulfing the world. In Enlightenment Now Allen Lane , Steven Pinker extols the amazing achievements of modernity, and demonstrates that humankind has never been so peaceful, healthy and prosperous. Not bitchy, not snide, not angry, but not fawning nor deferential either. Just funny. It follows the fortunes of Mona, who cleans houses and falls for a man she calls Mr Disgusting.
Beagin combines deep compassion and irreverent humour to create characters with nasty, wonderful, human flaws. Her description of the ways in which forensic experiments evolved is as fascinating as the courtroom dramas they accompanied. My love affair with the explosive, erotic, modernist poetry of Apollinaire is the one enduring passion in my life. Many of his best poems were written when he was a soldier fighting on the front lines in WW1. It was Apollinaire who invented the word, Surrealist. It is a beach-sized introduction to a major left thinker of the 21st century.
People always say not to judge a book by its cover, but people are wrong. Bloomsbury , has a bright yellow cover, making it perfect summer reading. I love it. Fiction in English from Pakistan has redeemed its promise with dazzling consistency. The term neoliberalism provokes much choleric denial. Her memoir Educated Hutchinson brilliantly recounts her journey towards knowledge and enlightenment; bravely, too — her family are still alive.
The crepuscular, dreamlike, post London that Michael Ondaatje invents in his novel Warlight Cape continues to haunt you long after the plot itself. Now that Terry Pratchett is gone, Stephen King is one of the only authors I buy in hardback on publication day. His latest, The Outsider Hodder , is both a detective and a horror novel, and it gripped me to the point of checking under the bed before I went to sleep. It reminded me of what it was like to lie reading by torchlight late at night, when camping in the summer.
She is writer of a rare and strange magic. If Patricia Highsmith were Irish she might well have come up with this tale of a scarred woman who taints all she touches while remaining as charismatic as she is enigmatic. Disappearing Earth follows the lives of the other women and men on the peninsula, who go on living and working even as the missing girls' case remains unsolved. Phillips introduces readers to a part of Russia not often found in literature.
This is a thriller for those who also want to sink their teeth into arresting, literary prose. On the way to pick up a prescription, he takes a detour to avoid his ex-wife and stumbles on a sign for free dogs. With Layla, his life will change, but not in the ways he or the reader will expect. Miller has written a sweet, finely written novel about aging and second chances. Only, the women staying there aren't there to unplug and recharge. They're there to give birth.
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And not to their own children. They're there to give birth to the babies the uberwealthy, who pay exorbitant fees to ensure their surrogates are at peak healthiness. The surrogates—mostly immigrants—in turn cannot leave. Buckle up for this one.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
While growing up in poverty in Italy, she is horribly burned by hot oil; much later, she falls and is lobotomized, waking up suddenly hating her sister. The result is a portrait of a resilient woman who, despite the often brutal, patriarchal world she lives in, carries on. Magazine editor Justine is surprised when she bumps into her childhood crush, Nick. Eleven-year-old Nedda dreams of becoming an astronaut, while her father longs to find a way to slow time—literally—to keep his daughter young a bit longer.
But his time-altering device goes horribly awry. Decades later, Nedda is on a mission to another planet when her ship malfunctions.
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In her stylish, thrilling memoir, Rough Magic , Prior-Palmer charts the grueling physical and mental race and shows how she embraced her ambition to become the first female winner. You've done everything right your whole life. You got stellar grades in school. You launched your career and thrived. You married and had children. You got promotions and raises. You traveled. And yet. You feel unfulfilled and maybe a little guilty that you feel so unfulfilled.
Be forewarned that you'll laugh out loud and cry, probably in the same essay. This is a book you'll want to buy for yourself and every other woman you know. Don't sleep on the German apple pancake recipe at the end, either. They have been convinced a demon has been punishing them for their sins, until coming together and realizing members of their own community have drugged and abused them. Now, the women must decide whether to stay or escape the only home they've ever known.
Physicist and distinguished MIT professor Helen believes in science and doubts the supernatural. But when her best friend Charlie dies, Helen can't explain why she would be getting text messages that sound as if they could only have been composed by her late friend. In Miracle Creek , Angie Kim a former trial lawyer delivers a propulsive courtroom drama. As their situation becomes more precarious, forcing them to consider returning to a violent Peru, Ana must make desperate decisions.
In s Berlin, Ilse joins the Hitler Youth as her best friend, Renate, reels from a discovery about her heritage. Moving between decades and continents, Epstein reveals the devastating choices these women make. Gottlieb adds another layer: Faced with a crisis, she seeks her own therapist. This relatable memoir reminds us that many of our struggles are universal and just plain human. For 34 years, Cathy Guisewite animated the struggles of being a working woman in her iconic comic strip, Cathy. With touching honesty and humor, she reflects on caring for her aging parents and raising her daughter.
In this debut family drama, author Etaf Rum follows three generations of Palestinian-American women in a tight-knit, conservative family. A Woman Is No Man is not only richly told, but an essential read about a community and ethnic group that's rarely featured in literature today. But when she reaches China, she finds she's as much an outsider there as she was at home.
Owuor tackles identity, colonialism, and so many other themes. When her lab gets a new researcher, Aeden, she begins to feel something like affection and their relationship deepens quickly. There's no shortage of books about World War II and internment camps coming out right now, given events in the news over the last year.
There, she befriends Mariko, a Japanese-American teenager. When Elise is released and sent to Germany, where she must decide who she wants to be. But abruptly, on the final night of its tour, the band splits and is never seen together again.
To cope, Arnold, an on-and-off runner, turns back to the trails, conquering longer and longer distances. Running Home is, as the name implies, a memoir about the sport. A few years later, Arthur is broke. When Arthur invites his children home to plea for a bailout, old wounds are reopened. A year later, the body of a missing woman is found in a hotel—not in the swamp where Millicent had said she was going to dump her. In s Malaya part of what is now Malaysia , a dance hall girl—paid to dance with men—and a young servant boy are linked by an unusual object: a severed finger.
Ambitious Young Ji Lin has found a finger at the dance hall and goes looking for its owner. It's part mystery, part coming of age tale, and part absorbing historical fiction. When publicist Iris Massey is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer at only 31 years old, she begins chronicling her life and final days online. As the novel and Fiona's story unfolds, readers learn how the siblings' lives unfold. Bowlaway , author Elizabeth McCracken's first novel in 20 years, centers around a candlepin bowling alley in a small Massachusetts town at the turn of the 20th Century and the alley's mysterious owner, Bertha Truitt, who blew into town one day.
From where? Nobody knows. Over her years living in the town and opening Truitt Alleys, Bertha becomes a living legend. After she dies unexpectedly, a man arrives in town proclaiming he's her son and the rightful heir to the business, and Bertha's past begins to emerge. McCracken's delightful prose and rich historical details make this the perfect book to get lost in.
Nearly nine years ago, journalist and poet Devi S. Mother, the protagonist, reflects on her life, racism, and the South as she lies bleeding from a gunshot wound on her driveway while agents rush her home. Though she was a successful model, Lee Miller knew she wanted more. After moving to Paris to become an artist, she begins a rocky romance with photographer Man Ray, who teaches her the craft.
She follows two young men—one a college freshman, the other a fraternity chapter president—as they navigate the rushing and pledging processes, and she interviews countless other brothers across the country about navigating social media, drinking, sex, and more as they come of age. Robbins addresses the very problematic realities of Greek life while also shining a light on some of the more positive aspects of brotherhood to present a fair account of fraternities today.
An essential read for parents and students.
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