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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Too few sources of sex advice put you, yourself, first. Even fewer
do so without the assumption of some sort of generic "normal."
Emily Nagoski starts with the idea that we are all different in our
sexuality - who, how, how often, what we are attracted to - AND
we are ALL normal. Do yourself a favor: take this book home with
you and feel better in every way.
Peter Brook (leading director and among the most influential 20th
century artists) breaks down the relationship between theatre and
its human audience, when it is essential, when it is a gift, and when
it has rendered itself unnecessary. Essential for practitioners
seeking relevancy, and an intriguing glimpse into the possibilities
of illusion and creativity for the rest.
I loved this complex book! When the curator of a Vatican exhibit about the Shroud of Turin is murdered, the blame falls on Simon, a Roman Catholic priest. His brother Alex seeks an ancient gospel that contains the clues he needs to clear his brother’s name. Drenched in history, this is the story of how far a quiet, heartbroken man will go to protect his beloveds…and how far others will go to conceal the truth. —Cat
The Children’s Crusade is simply wonderful. Set in pre-Silicon Valley Palo Alto, it is the coming-of-age story of the Blair family. The story is as much about the family entity itself as it is of its individual members: the gentle yet focused father, the mercurial mother, and their four children, each with their own roles. But Packer also writes the “every” family, making us consider our own relationships with our parents and siblings, how adult they are, and how caught in childhood they remain.
We Are Called to Rise says so much about the good in humanity; it is a story of redemption and unexpected love. Set in Las Vegas, we are given an intimate view of those living in the city instead of the traditional story of the light and show. We are introduced to an immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker who struggles with the darker shadows of the city, and a wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. These characters seem separate and disparate from one another, but McBride interlaces their stories and by the time their stories connect to reveal a whole, acts of tragedy and deep bravery are already unfolding. This is one of those novels that seems a quick read, where the story catapults you forward, but by the end, the spectrum of the range of what we are capable of, in every sense of that word, is what actually remains.
Well known for predicting sports games and tasting yummy, octopuses (never octopi!) have firmly situated themselves in our culture. Sy Montgomery’s book explores another side of these remarkable creatures—their consciousness, memory, and emotions. While scientists have already begun establishing the intelligence of octopuses, the author pushes further, developing friendships with these creatures. Wonderful for any animal lover, it confirms what many of us already know, that all animals—including octopuses—express and feel love.
“I used to roll my eyes when people described themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious.’ Not anymore. With his usual sharp and elegant prose, Sam Harris—one of the great skeptics of our time—shows how spiritual traditions provide important truths that have largely been missed by the scientific and secular communities. Waking Up is an extraordinary book: It is a seeker’s memoir, a scientific and philosophical exploration of the self, and a how-to guide for transcendence. It explores the nature of consciousness, explains how to meditate, tells you the best drugs to take, and warns you about lecherous gurus. It will shake up your most fundamental beliefs about everyday experience, and it just might change your life.” —Paul Bloom, Yale University Professor
It is incredibly hard to make it to the major leagues, and even harder to become a starting player. The odds of it happening to three siblings in the same family is rarer, still. But the Molinas are no ordinary family. In former Giants catcher Bengie Molina’s wonderful new book, we learn how the patriarch of his family, his father Benjamin, raised three sons who not only became big league catchers, but who each won two World Series rings. Benjamin, a poor Puerto Rican factory worker, had a passion for the game that was surpassed only by the love for his family. He taught his sons baseball, but through the game also taught them about humility, loyalty, and the true meaning of success. An absolutely moving and beautiful book.
When Sally Ride joined NASA at the age of 26, she had never flown a plane. Unlike the military men who established the space race, Ride was a scientist with advanced degrees in physics and English literature, and she had to learn to fly. Ride took to the sky brilliantly, astonishing all of her instructors, and it is that verve and determination that made her the first American woman in space. I inhaled this book and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in American spaceflight.
Humans have always been explorers, adventurers who constantly keep reaching for the next horizon. But it’s easy to believe that dreams of reaching the stars are beyond our grasp. Petranek argues otherwise, and posits that far from the realm of science fiction, the question of settling Mars is not only important but crucial. If you are at all interested in space exploration or the future of the human race, this is a book for you.