An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
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When Elizabeth I and Philip II sat on their thrones it seemed the
whole world was split between Catholics and Protestants. Most
people are aware of the Spanish Inquisition, even if only through
Monty Python. Lesser known is the internal struggle of the French.
Goldstone takes it and manages to make it rather hilarious and
relatable. Never have I laughed so much at footnotes.
Steampunk fantasy with a side of Jane Austen. . . what’s not to love? Alexia is unusual not only because she cares not a whit for social niceties or her unmarriageable status, but because she is “soulless” and lacks the vital energy that vampires and other supernaturals consume. There’s a plot afoot, and Alexia’s special gift just may come in handy. I love this book; it warms the cockles of my gear-driven heart. —Jax
You isn’t just about the magical moment when you first laid eyes on a video game console. It’s about everything that goes into creating a game: fleshing out imaginary universes sentence by sentence and tearing out your hair writing code at 3 in the morning. The magical realism and ☆90s flashbacks☆ made this emotional, introspective look at the development of gaming super enjoyable to read. —Andrea
Look out, this is Battle Fantasy at its best. Fans of Joe Abercrombie will feel right at home—particularly fans the kick-ass Monza in Best Served Cold. The twisting plot of ambition and revenge is full of tough female characters—they are intelligent commanders, vicious fighters, ruthless plotters and no one is surprised that they’re also women. It’s also refreshingly non-heteronormative, and the story is full of inventive narcotics, creative demonology, and twisted religious fanatics. It’s a wild ride.
Kate Atkinson describes A God in Ruins as a “companion piece” to Life After Life, but I like to think of it as the quieter younger brother. The book is about Teddy, a quiet soul who becomes a RAF bomber, and his long life after World War II. While his sister Ursula had hundreds of chances at reliving her life, Teddy remains fixed, and must reckon with a future he never thought he’d live to see.
Set in Nigeria in the mid-1990s, this terrific debut tells the story of four brothers whose fortunes change for the worse when their father takes a job in a faraway city. The plot feels as solid and classic as something out of the Old Testament—an African version of Cain and Abel—and the writing is unique, creating tension in oblique and unexpected ways. I found this a profound and moving reading experience.
How does Donna Tartt keep creating protagonists with whom I identify so deeply, even though I’ve [probably] never stolen a famous painting and then become a drug-addicted furniture swindler? Each sentence is so multifaceted and drenched in feeling that it demands to be dissected, and your heart will be scraped raw by the end. Am I exaggerating? Now that this Pulitzer Prize winner is in paperback, there's no better time to discover The Goldfinch for yourself.
I picked this book up on a whim, read it cover-to-cover in only a couple sittings, and wow! I still think about it to this day, except instead of remembering it as a book, I have vivid memories of having lived the life of Ash Thompson who left behind her husband and life on the farm to fight in the Civil War. Neverhome is the espresso shot of books: come and gone in flash with a lingering buzz that lasts for hours (or in this case, months) on end.
This travel diary revolves around a search for the saola, a dainty-hoofed mammal that no Westerner has seen in the wild and that cannot survive in captivity. For all that scientists know, it could already be extinct. DeBuys’s book is an intimate look at the underbelly of conservation, focusing on a small group of men who battle cultural differences, snare traps, and poachers in search of a single glimpse of hope.
The bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon returns with an entertaining look at the brain and the history of neuroscience. “In tale after tale, Kean provides a fascinating, and at times gloriously gory, look at how early efforts in neurosurgery were essentially a medical guessing game.... Entertaining and quotable, Kean’s writing is sharp, and each individual story brings the history of neuroscience to life. Compulsively readable, wicked scientific fun.” —Kirkus Reviews