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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Death may be a certainty in life, but that still leaves a handful of options as to the "how" of it all. Final Exits provides a whirlwind look at the vast history of intriguing ways people have died. Need to buy a gift for someone who likes reading "weird non-fiction?" or craving a new conversation piece on the coffee table? Look no further.
It's fin de siècle Paris. The Eiffel Tower graces the skyline,
intelligentsia grace the cafes, and Toulouse-Latrec graces the
brothels—as do most artists. Baker Lucien Lessard longs to be one
of them! Soon, however, his painting and, of course, a girl, lead
him into a mystery of art and human nature that stretches from Van
Gogh's suicide to the dawn of civilization.
Vacationing with her playboy father and his for-the-moment lover,
Cecile is enjoying a self-indulgent summer of swimming and
sunning in the South of France. Things go south when Daddy starts
a new relationship with her dead mom's friend and head further
south when Cecile takes it upon herself to break up the new
couple. About six feet further south.
The mix of political and historical details lends a depth to this vivid thriller. Locke plots a twisting path that has many subtle aspects as her main character, Jay Porter, tries to keep a murder from messing up his life. Set in the 1980s, the story also takes many trips back to Jay’s more radical youth as he tries to reconcile his past, his present, and his sense of morality. It’s part social commentary, part nail-biter, and altogether highly recommended. —Nici
Looking for a great escape that will stimulate your imagination, accelerate your pulse, and leave you utterly amazed? Trust me, you want to pick up The Bees. This unique novel is the story of Flora 717: a bee, in a hive, who isn’t quite like the other drones and can’t quite toe the party line. Paull’s story takes very true-to-life bee biology and behavior as its starting point and builds a fictionalized culture on top of it that is cruel and beautiful—both alien and familiar. Flora 717 will steal your heart.
In Focus, bestselling author Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) takes a look at the underrated asset of attention—something sorely tested in this age of distraction. “With compelling insights, wide-ranging examples, and cutting-edge science, Goleman makes the convincing case that the ability to focus is a key to excellence, in both our personal and professional lives—and also explains how to boost that focus.” —Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
As a yoga teacher wary of anything celebrity, fad-like, or commercial, I was surprised and satisfied with Rebecca Pacheco’s down-to-earth, respectful framework into the history and purpose of yoga applied to modern life. With impressive depth of knowledge and refreshing humility, she guides the reader through yoga’s tradition, physical practice, and real-world functionality—while maintaining its authenticity as a discipline and way of compassionate living.
This beautiful guide to classic and popular card games (blackjack, gin rummy) plus lesser-known ones (dou dizhu, suicide) would be an excellent addition to your vacation cabin or board-game nights this summer. Each of the 50 games is presented with rules and variations, with the objective and course of play clearly laid out. You’ll want to read it cover to cover before deciding which game to try first.
I am absolutely taken with April Bloomfield’s new cookbook. Winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef in New York, Bloomfield is clearly an acclaimed chef, but the tone of her text and her book’s gorgeous photos and colorful illustrations make her recipes charming and accessible. A Girl and Her Greens is a showcase of her love for vegetables—from the humble potato to broccoli raab. As with her previous book, A Girl and Her Pig, her food is exciting and sophisticated. You don’t even realize she’s elevated your cooking, you just know that what you’ve made is delicious.
Pleasantville is an engrossing combination of intrigue, action, and personal drama that put me in mind of an early John Grisham novel, but with far more heart. The story begins with a missing woman, a community mobilizing for a search that is all too familiar, and a lawyer who is unwillingly pulled from his personal grief into a public role. Locke weaves together the complicated lives of a powerful political family and the ongoing conflict between corporate greed and community welfare. I really enjoyed that the political intrigue initially felt outdated but Locke pulled twists and turns at the end to reveal its contemporary national implications.