Margaret Marcus, a young Jewish woman from New York City who converted to Islam
and moved to Pakistan, where she became Maryam Jameelah. Maryam's writings
became hugely influential in Muslim communities. Though clearly intelligent, her
fanatical rants are blood-chilling. Nominated for the National Book Award in
2011, and deservedly so. I couldn't put this one down.
For anyone interested in growing up in China under Mao Zedong, China's exploding
economy, or the trajectory of modern China, this is the book for you. Hua's ten
essays are each based on different words relevant to Chinese culture. Hua shares
personal stories as well as political ones, and his essays are as hilarious as
they are insightful. A great read!
This is a sharp, engaging look at the effect of the 2008 financial collapse on some of the places hit the hardest, as well as some of those who fell victim (often of their own volition) to the cheap credit that was a prelude to the disaster. Lewis has a way of making complex issues understandable without detracting from the severity of the issue, and this riveting expose is no different.
Leonard Cohen is a complex, passionate, and highly influential artist who writes exquisitely beautiful music, among other things. This moving, exhaustively researched biography paints a vivid portrait of Cohen, touching on all aspects of his life, including his childhood, his many struggles and his deep love and respect for his craft and his fans. This insightful, nuanced, and fluidly written book will give even the most diehard fans a deeper understanding of their man.
Accolades abound for this new biography of the late David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest), whom many consider the literary voice of a generation. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A thorough, understated account of the life of the pioneering author and how his addictions and fiction intersected. A stellar biography of a complicated subject: Max's portrait skillfully unites Wallace’s external and internal lives.”