The Heights: A Novel

By Peter Hedges

A "devilishly pleasant" (Bookpage) new novel from an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and the writer of What's consuming Gilbert Grape.

Tim and Kate Welch are probably the final middle-class relatives within the specific local of Brooklyn Heights, NewYork. Tim is a well-liked historical past instructor, and a typical man. Kate isn't traditional, yet she aspires to be. pointed out by means of a hippie mom, Kate remains domestic with their younger sons attempting to be the accountable mother or father she by no means had. yet their neat and tidy international is became the wrong way up while Anna Brody- attractive, filthy rich, and impulsive-moves into the most costly brownstone in Brooklyn, and attracts Kate and Tim into her world.

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The Dark Lantern (A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight)

The darkish Lantern (1951) used to be the 1st of Henry Williamson's fifteen-volume, A Chronicle of historic solar, spanning the years from the overdue Victorian interval to the second one international warfare. In it we meet Richard Maddison, a countryman operating in London as a urban clerk, suffering to make do on a couple of shillings every week. He falls for Hetty Turner, youngest daughter of a filthy rich service provider, yet her father premiums Richard an incorrect suitor. "There is magic in Henry Williamson's novel ...which increases it correct out of the relations saga type. The magic is of the steam teach age of South London that's so lovingly described". (John Betjeman, day-by-day Telegraph). "Williamson's type is romantic, although infrequently sentimental, and his sensuous reaction to nature is clean and surprising". (Anthony Burgess, Ninety-Nine Novels: the simplest in English because 1939).

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Marabou Stork Nightmares

By Irvine Welsh

"For somebody who will get excessive on language, this booklet is a good looking trip...a genuine journey de force."―Madison Smartt Bell, Spin

The acclaimed writer of the cult classics Trainspotting and The Acid House, Irvine Welsh has been hailed as "the smartest thing that has occurred to British writing in a decade" (London Sunday Times). This audacious novel is a superb (and literal) head journey of a publication that brings us into the wildly lively, albeit coma-beset, brain of Roy Strang, whose hallucinatory quest to remove the evil predator/scavenger marabou stork retains being interrupted through grisly thoughts of the social and relations disorder that introduced him to this nation. it's the type of lethally humorous cocktail of pathos, violence, and outrageous hilarity that in basic terms Irvine Welsh can pull off.

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Gothic Tales (Penguin Classics)

By Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic stories combination the genuine and the supernatural to eerie, compelling impact. 'Disappearances', encouraged via neighborhood legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and truth; 'Lois the Witch', a novella according to an account of the Salem witch hunts, indicates how sexual hope and jealousy bring about hysteria; whereas in 'The outdated Nurse's tale' a mysterious baby roams the freezing Northumberland moors. even if darkly surreal, corresponding to 'The negative Clare', the place an evil doppelgänger is shaped through a woman's sour curse, or mischievous like 'Curious, if True', a playful remodeling of fairy stories, the entire tales during this quantity shape a stark distinction to the social realism of Gaskell's novels, revealing a darker and extra unsettling type of writing.

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The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

By Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin

Philip Pullman’s His darkish fabrics trilogy is well known for its secret and magic. What’s the reality in the back of all of it? Is the golden compass truly established in technology? How does the delicate knife minimize via whatever? may perhaps there be a bomb just like the one made with Lyra’s hair? How do the Gallivespians’ lodestone resonators fairly paintings? And, in fact, what are the darkish fabrics? Drawing on string conception and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos idea, award-winning technological know-how writers Mary and John Gribbin exhibit the genuine technology in the back of Philip Pullman’s bestselling fable trilogy in interesting and crystal-clear prose.

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Border Crossing: A Novel

By Pat Barker

Out jogging together with his spouse, Lauren, beside the river Tyne, Tom Seymour instinctively hazards his existence to avoid wasting a tender guy who they occur to note ahead of he jumps into the icy present. Tom's spontaneous act saves the lifetime of anyone whose prior, in addition to his destiny, he feels a feeling of accountability in the direction of. lately published from legal, and residing below an assumed identify, Danny Miller used to be attempted for homicide as a ten-year-old at the foundation of Tom's testimony, and evaluate of him as a psychologist and a professional witness. while Danny asks Tom to assist him tackle his life—beginning along with his past—Tom is drawn right into a lonely, soul-searching reinvestigation of the kid murderer's case.

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Friday's Harbor: A Novel

By Diane Hammond

The heartwarming and provocative sequel to Diane Hammond's Hannah's Dream, Friday's Harbor is the compelling tale of a demise orca, the being concerned zoo that saves him, and the talk that threatens his captivity.

It's been 3 years on account that Hannah, the elephant, departed the Max L. Biedelman Zoo, in Bladenham, Washington, and masses has replaced, together with the appointment of latest government director Truman Levy, and the arriving of a failing killer whale named Friday.

With assistance from marine mammal rehabilitator Gabriel bounce, and a workforce of committed even though green keepers, Friday starts to recuperate. yet now not each person believes he will be in captivity—a debate that explodes onto a countrywide degree. Now, Friday's destiny may perhaps now not leisure within the palms of Truman and the being concerned employees on the Max L. Biedelman Zoo.

Like The paintings of Racing within the Rain and Like Water for Elephants, Friday's Harbor superbly illuminates the targeted bond among animals and humans.

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Jazz

By Toni Morrison

Within the wintry weather of 1926, while all people in all places sees not anything yet good stuff forward, Joe hint, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra attractiveness items, shoots his teenage lover to dying. on the funeral, Joe’s spouse, Violet, assaults the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound tale of affection and obsession brings us backward and forward in time, as a story is assembled from the sentiments, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black city lifestyles.

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The Wizard That Wasn't (Mechanized Wizardry Book 1)

By Ben Rovik

Petronaut Technician Horace Lundin does not think in magic... till he witnesses its strength first-hand.

From that time on, the steampunk scientist is ate up with an idea. What if magic didn’t need to be chaotic and messy and unreliable, just like the wizards who perform it? What if it may be so simple as throwing a change?

Lundin and his colleagues positioned their reputations at the line and construct a music-box magician, designed to forged the spells programmed into its steel disks.

But they can not retain their discovery within the security of the workshop endlessly. while Princess Naomi is laid low through darkish magic, will or not it's human or clockwork wizardry that saves the day?

"Convincing and sensible multidimensional characters... wealthy drama and intrigue... the discussion is witty and fast moving. i really loved Rovik’s work.” --Indie booklet weblog Database.

"It's constantly a excitement to find an indie writer who is familiar with tips to inform a great story..." --Mike Reeves-McMillan, writer of 'City of mask'

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Open City: A Novel

By Teju Cole

A New York Times awesome e-book • One of the 10 most sensible novels of the year —Time and NPR
 
NAMED A top e-book ON greater than TWENTY END-OF-THE-YEAR LISTS, together with The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe EconomistNewsweek/The day-by-day Beast • The New Republic • big apple Daily information • la TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Seattle Times • Minneapolis Star Tribune • GQ • Salon • Slate • New York journal • The Week • The Kansas urban StarKirkus Reviews

A haunting novel approximately id, dislocation, and historical past, Teju Cole’s Open City is a profound paintings through a massive new writer who has a lot to claim approximately our nation and our world.
 
alongside the streets of big apple, a tender Nigerian general practitioner named Julius wanders, reflecting on his relationships, his contemporary breakup together with his female friend, his current, his earlier. He encounters humans from assorted cultures and sessions who will supply perception on his journey—which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his early life, and into the main unrecognizable points of his personal soul.

“[A] prismatic debut . . . appealing, sophisticated, [and] original.”—The New Yorker
 
“A mental hand grenade.”—The Atlantic
 
“Magnificent . . . a remarkably resonant feat of prose.”—The Seattle Times
 
“A specific and poetic meditation on love, race, identification, friendship, reminiscence, [and] dislocation.”—The Economist

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