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Spring
by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>“<i>Spring </i>features Knausgaard unbound, writing for the first time without a gimmick or the crutch of extravagant experimentation…Fall in love with the world, he enjoins, stay sensitive to it, <i>stay </i>in it.”</b><br /><b> -<i>The New York Times<br /></i><br />"Poignant and beautiful…Even if you think you won’t like Knausgaard, try this one and you’ll get him and get why some of us have gone crazy for him."</b> <br /><b><i>—<b>Los Angeles Review of Books</b> <br /></i></b><i><br />You don’t know what air is, and yet you breathe. You don’t know what sleep is, yet you sleep. You don’t know what night is, yet you lie in it. You don’t know what a heart is, yet your own heart beats steadily in your chest, day and night, day and night, day and night.</i><br />  <br /> So begins <i>Spring,</i> the recommencement of Knausgaard’s fantastic and spellbinding literary project of assembling a personal encyclopedia of the world addressed directly to his newly born daughter. But here Knausgaard must also tell his daughter the story of what happened during the time when her mother was pregnant, and explain why he now has to attend appointments with child services. In order to keep his daughter safe, he must tell a terrible story, one which unfolds with acute psychological suspense over the course of a single day.<br />  <br /> Utterly gripping and brilliantly rendered in Knausgaard’s famously sensitive, pensive, and honest style, <i>Spring</i> is the account of a shocking and heartbreaking familial trauma and the emotional epicenter of this singular literary series.
Calypso
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.<br /><br /></b>If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with <i>Calypso.</i> You'd be wrong. <br /><br />When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.<br /><br />With <i>Calypso,</i> Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.<br /><br />This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. <i>Calypso</i> is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.<br />
Look Alive Out There: Essays
by Sloane Crosley

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<div><b>"Sloane Crosley does the impossible. She stays consistently funny and delivers a book that is alive and jumping." ― Steve Martin</b></div>  <br />From the <i>New York Times</i>-bestselling author Sloane Crosley comes <i>Look Alive Out There</i>―a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really. <br />Fans of <i>I Was Told There'd Be Cake</i> and<i> How Did You Get This Number</i> know Sloane Crosley's life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In <i>Look Alive Out There,</i> whether it's playing herself on <i>Gossip Girl,</i>scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, befriending swingers, or staring down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Crosley has taken up the gauntlets thrown by her predecessors--Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris--and crafted something rare, affecting, and true.<br /><i>Look Alive Out There</i> arrives on the tenth anniversary of <i>I Was Told There'd be Cake</i>, and Crosley's essays have managed to grow simultaneously more sophisticated and even funnier. And yet she's still very much herself, and it's great to have her back--and not a moment too soon (or late, for that matter).
When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thoug...
by Jim Holt

Language

English

Pages

386

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From Jim Holt, the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Why Does the World Exist?</i>, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in <i>When Einstein Walked with </i><i>Gödel</i><i>: Excursions to the Edge of Thought</i>.</b></p><p>Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the U.S. Constitution contained a terrible contradiction—and whether the universe truly has a future.</p>
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

March 12, 2018

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Among the most powerful accounts of the Nazi occupation, "The Diary of Anne Frank" chronicles the life of Anne Frank, a thirteen-year old girl fleeing her home in Amsterdam to go into hiding. Anne reveals the relationships between eight people living under miserable conditions: facing hunger, threat of discovery and the worst horrors the modern world had seen. In these pages, she grows up to be a young woman and a wise observer of human nature. She shares an unparalleled bond with her diary, which holds a detailed account of Anne's close relationship with her father, the lack of daughterly love for her mother, admiration for her sister's intelligence and closeness with her friend Peter. Anne Frank's account offers a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman who turns thoughtful and learns of the many terrors of the world.
Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artis...
by Penguin Books

Language

English

Pages

279

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<b>A stunning masterclass on <b>the creative process</b>, the craft of writing, and the art of finding inspiration from Stephen King, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Roxane Gay, Neil Gaiman, and more of the most acclaimed writers at work today<br /><br />"For artists in need of a creative fix, <i>Light the Dark</i> is as good as a visit from the divine muse." -<i>Bookpage</i><br /></b><br /> What inspires you? That's the simple, but profound question posed to forty-six renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK. Each writer begins with a favorite passage from a novel, a song, a poem—something that gets them started and keeps them going with the creative work they love. From there, incredible lessons and stories of life-changing encounters with art emerge, like how sneaking books into his job as a night security guard helped Khaled Hosseini learn that nothing he creates will ever be truly finished. Or how a college reading assignment taught Junot Díaz that great art can be a healing conversation, and an unexpected poet led Elizabeth Gilbert to embrace an unyielding optimism, even in the face of darkness. LIGHT THE DARK collects the best of <i>The Atlantic</i>'s much-acclaimed "By Heart" series edited by Joe Fassler and adds brand new pieces, each one paired with a striking illustration. Here is a guide to creative living and writing in the vein of <i>Daily Rituals</i>, <i>Bird by Bird</i>, <i>Draft No. 4</i>, and <i>Big Magic</i> for anyone who wants to learn how great writers find inspiration—and to find some of your own.<br /><br /> <b>CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS:</b> Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot Díaz, Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Mary Gaitskill, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Roxane Gay, Angela Flournoy, Jonathan Franzen, Yiyun Li, Leslie Jamison, Claire Messud,  Edwidge Danticat, David Mitchell, Khaled Hosseini, Ayana Mathis, Kathryn Harrison, Azar Nafisi,  Hanya Yanagihara, Jane Smiley, Nell Zink, Emma Donoghue, Jeff Tweedy, Eileen Myles, Maggie Shipstead, Sherman Alexie, Andre Dubus III, Billy Collins, Lev Grossman, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Charles Simic, Jim Shepard,  T.C. Boyle, Tom Perrotta, Viet Thanh Nguyen, William Gibson, Mark Haddon, Ethan Canin, Jesse Ball, Jim Crace, and Walter Mosley.<br /><br />"As [these authors] reveal what inspires them, they, in turn, inspire the reader, all while celebrating the beauty and purpose of art." -<i>Booklist</i>
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
by Hanif Abdurraqib

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English

Pages

236

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.<br /><br />In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Willis-Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.<br /><br />In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Willis-Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays
by Alexander Chee

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English

Pages

297

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<DIV><B>From the author of <I>The Queen of the Night</I>, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art.</B><BR /><BR /> As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, “incendiary” by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by the <I>Washington Post</I>. With <I>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel,</I> his first collection of nonfiction, he’s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well.<BR />  <BR /><I>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel </I>is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel, <I>Edinburgh,</I> and the election of Donald Trump.<BR />  <BR /> By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, <I>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel</I> asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.</DIV>
The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life
by Richard Russo

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>A master of the novel, short story, and memoir, the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <i>Everybody's Fool </i>now gives us his very first collection of personal essays, ranging throughout writing and reading and living.</b><br /><br />In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader. From a commencement speech he gave at Colby College, to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humor in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, <i>The Destiny Thief</i> reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors. Warm, funny, wise, and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the prospective of one of our greatest writers.
Figures in a Landscape: People and Places
by Paul Theroux

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English

Pages

415

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<DIV><B>A delectable collection of Theroux’s recent writing on great places, people, and prose</B><BR /><BR /> In the spirit of his much-loved <I>Sunrise with Seamonsters</I> and <I>Fresh Air Fiend,</I> Paul Theroux’s latest collection of essays leads the reader through a dazzling array of sights, characters, and experiences, as Theroux applies his signature searching curiosity to a life lived as much in reading as on the road. This writerly tour-de-force features a satisfyingly varied selection of topics that showcase Theroux’s sheer versatility as a writer. Travel essays take us to Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Hawaii, to name a few. Gems of literary criticism reveal fascinating depth in the work of Henry David Thoreau, Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, and Hunter Thompson. And in a series of breathtakingly personal profiles, we take a helicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor, go surfing with Oliver Sacks, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams.<BR /><BR /> An extended mediation on the craft of writing binds together this wide-ranging collection, along with Theroux’s constant quest for the authentic in a person or in a place.</DIV>

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