Taking us into a foreign landscape, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today — an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, and where displays of affection are punished; a police state where informants are rewarded and where an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life.
The Days tells of Hussein’s early education in a small village in Upper Egypt, as he learns not only to come to terms with his blindness but to excel in spite of it and win a place at the prestigious Azhar University in Cairo. The second part, The Stream of Days: A Student at the Azhar, is an enthralling picture of student life in Egypt in the early 1900s, and the record of the growth of an unusually gifted personality. The third part carries the story on to his final attainment of a doctorate at the Sorbonne, a saga of perseverance in the face of daunting odds.
When faced with poverty, Evelyn Ryan, wife of an alcoholic husband and mother to ten children, started entering writing contests, composing her jingles, poems, and essays at the ironing board. She won appliances, bikes, watches, clocks, and, a $5000 first-place prize, which kept her family from being evicted. Ryan's unconventionality and sense of humor triumphed over poverty, and her persistence makes the reader cheer her on.
In this deeply etched and haunting memoir, Vivian Gornick tells the story of her lifelong battle with her mother for independence. There have been numerous books about mother and daughter, but none has dealt with this closest of filial relations as directly or as ruthlessly. Gornick's groundbreaking book confronts what Edna O'Brien has called "the prinicpal crux of female despair": the unacknowledged Oedipal nature of the mother-daughter bond.
With The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters' lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history. She introduces us to Black and multiracial characters who are experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love and getting walloped by grief — all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively.
Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common, but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.
Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior.
Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Miu how she feels for her? Meanwhile, K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.
Then, a desperate Miu calls K from a small Greek island, where Sumire has mysteriously vanished...
Things Fall Apart is often compared to the great Greek tragedies, and currently sells more than one hundred thousand copies a year in the United States.
A simple story of a "strong man" whose life is dominated by fear and anger, Things Fall Apart is written with remarkable economy and subtle irony. Uniquely and richly African at the same time, it reveals Achebe's keen awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places.
Born into poverty, Catherine used her beauty and intelligence to ingratiate herself with Peter the Great's generals, finally seducing the Tsar himself. But she knows the peril of her position. Peter’s attentions are fickle and his rages powerful; his first wife is condemned to a prison cell, her lover impaled alive in Red Square. And now Catherine faces the ultimate test: can she keep the Tsar’s death a secret as she plays a lethal game to destroy her enemies and take the crown for herself?
Impro lays bare the techniques and exercises used to foster spontaneity and narrative skill.
Divided into four sections, 'Status', 'Spontaneity', 'Narrative Skills' and 'Masks and Trance,' the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes the stunning The Folk of the Air trilogy, filled with twists and enchantment, as one girl learns the meaning of true power when she finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.
Part coming-of-age memoir, part underdog story, and part insider account of succeeding in Hollywood on their own terms, Like Brothers is as openhearted and lovably offbeat as Mark and Jay themselves.
Now, for the first time, Mark and Jay take readers on a tour of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir told in essays that share the secrets of their success, the joys and frustrations of intimate collaboration, and the lessons they've learned the hard way.
Fasten your seat belts — the white-knuckle thrills at Utopia, the world’s most fantastic theme park, escalate to nightmare proportions in this intricately imagined techno-thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child.
America’s most notorious art thief, Boston-based Myles Connor, tells the unapologetic true story of his life of crime in The Art of the Heist. Co-written with acclaimed author Jenny Siler, Connor’s eye-opening memoirs offer readers a rare, detailed, and intimate look into the mindset of a master criminal — a cat burglar, thief, and con man, veteran of numerous brazen museum heists, who shares the unparalleled “rush” of a life lived on the far side of the law.
"I almost didn’t publish Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It. Here I was, a CEO who’d fallen apart after his company failed, writing a book about how loving himself saved him. I thought I’d be a laughingstock and my career would be finished. But I stepped through the fears and shared my truth with the world."
#1. When asked what advice he had for young writers, author Kiese Laymon said, "Commit every day to doing whatever it takes to become the writer you want to become, while committing to being a better person than you are a writer."
#2. After Walt Disney released the Three Little Pigs film during the Great Depression, he, for a while, resisted immense public pressure to create sequels, saying, "You can't top pigs with pigs."
Good Omens Amazon Series
Good Omens is a miniseries based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. A co-production between Amazon Studios and BBC Studios, the six-episode series was created and written by Gaiman, who also served as showrunner.
Man Forgets Everything in Life Except Batman!
I normally have the emotional range of a teaspoon, but this video made me cry tears of gratitude and joy, so even though it has nothing to do with books, I just had to share it!
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May the Force be with you,
To infinity and beyond,
Live long and prosper,
May the odds be ever in your favor,
Trace & Caitlyn
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