To a God Unknown (Penguin Classics)

By John Steinbeck

Historic pagan ideals, the good Greek epics, and the Bible all tell this remarkable novel via Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, which occupied him for greater than 5 tricky years. whereas gratifying his useless father’s dream of constructing a wealthy farm in California, Joseph Wayne involves think fabulous tree at the farm embodies his father’s spirit. His brothers and their households proportion in Joseph’s prosperity, and the farm flourishes—until one brother, apprehensive through Joseph’s pagan trust, kills the tree, permitting illness and famine to descend at the farm. Set in accepted Steinbeck nation, To a God Unknown is a magical story, exploring one man’s try and regulate the forces of nature and, finally, to appreciate the methods of God and the forces of the subconscious inside. This version good points an creation and notes via Steinbeck pupil Robert DeMott.

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Aquarium

By David Vann

"Like Melville, Faulkner, and McCarthy, Vann is already one of many nice ones of yankee literature."—ABC(Spain)

“Vann’s prose is as natural as a gulp of water from an Alaskan stream.”—Financial Times

David Vann’s fantastic debut Legend of a Suicide was once reviewed in over a a hundred and fifty significant international courses, received eleven prizes world wide, used to be on forty “best books of the 12 months” lists, and demonstrated its writer as a literary grasp. considering the fact that then, Vann has brought an outstanding physique of labor, receiving, between others, most sensible overseas novel in France and Spain (France’s Prix Medicis Etranger, Spain’s Premi Llibreter), a California ebook Award, and the mid-career St. Francis university Literary Prize. Aquarium, his implosive new e-book and primary to be released via Grove, will take Vann to a much wider viewers than ever before.

Twelve 12 months previous Caitlin lives by myself together with her mother—a docker on the neighborhood box port—in sponsored housing subsequent to an airport in Seattle. every day, whereas she waits to be picked up after college, Caitlin visits the neighborhood aquarium to check the fish. watching on the creatures in the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe past her personal. whilst she befriends an outdated guy on the tanks sooner or later, who turns out as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a gloomy relatives mystery and propels her once-blissful dating together with her mom towards a precipice of terrifying consequence.

In crystalline, chiseled but swish prose, Aquarium takes us into the guts of a courageous younger woman whose eager for love and ability for forgiveness transforms the broken humans round her. Relentless and heartbreaking, primal and redemptive, Aquarium is a transporting tale from the best American writers of our time.

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The Annotated Peter Pan (The Centennial Edition) (The Annotated Books)

By J. M. Barrie, Maria Tatar

"Peter Pan is a smart and refining and uplifting benefaction to this sordid and money-mad age."―Mark Twain

100 years after J. M. Barrie released the unconventional Peter and Wendy, Maria Tatar revisits a narrative that, like Alice in Wonderland, bridges the generations, animating either adults and youngsters with its kinetic power. The adventures of the Darling childrens with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Neverland are the seminal story of get away and delusion. encouraged via Barrie's real-life adventures with the 5 Llewelyn Davies boys he followed, the tale of Peter Pan has a deep and arguable background of its personal that comes alive in Tatar's new version. This brilliantly designed volume―with interval images, full-color pictures through iconic illustrators, observation on degree and display models, and an array of supplementary fabric, together with Barrie's screenplay for a silent film―will draw readers into worlds of incandescent good looks, flooding them with the radiance of formative years ask yourself and the poignancy of what we lose once we develop up. a hundred twenty five black-and-white and one hundred twenty five four-color illustrations

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Cassandra at the Wedding (New York Review Books Classics)

By Dorothy Baker

Cassandra Edwards is a graduate scholar at Berkeley: homosexual, incredible, nerve-racked, depressing. firstly of this novel, she drives again to her relatives ranch within the foothills of the Sierras to wait the marriage of her exact dual, Judith, to a pleasant younger health care professional from Connecticut. Cassandra, besides the fact that, is hell-bent on sabotaging the wedding.
 
Dorothy Baker’s entrancing tragicomic novella follows an unpredictable process occasions within which her heroine appears to be like variously as conniving, self-aware, pitiful, frenzied, absurd, and heartbroken—at as soon as totally most unlikely and vastly sympathetic. As she struggles to return to phrases with the one existence she has, Cassandra reckons along with her advanced emotions in regards to the sister who she feels owes it to her to be her adjust ego; along with her father, a brandy-soaked retired professor of philosophy; and with the ghost of her useless mother.
 
First released in 1962, Cassandra on the Wedding is a booklet of putting up with freshness, perception, and verve. just like the fiction of Jeffrey Eugenides and Jhumpa Lahiri, it's the paintings of a grasp stylist with a profound realizing of the complexities of the guts and brain.

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This Location of Unknown Possibilities

By Brett Josef Grubisic

Whilst English Professor Marta Spëk is obtainable a movie consultant's agreement, she's scuffling with a nasty case of year-end doldrums. She symptoms on, imagining that unique hands-on paintings on the sandy position shoot for a made-in-Canada biopic will open doorways of chance and spark her creativity – or a minimum of offer attention-grabbing fabric for her family's annual Labour Day amassing. in the meantime, her soon-to-be boss, the good-looking cynic Jake Nugent, who's good skilled with shoot dynamics in distant websites, hopes purely to stamp out inevitable difficulties earlier than they swallow the price range and value him a role. Script adjustments (massive), on-set mishaps (minor), and after-hours misadventures (many) be sure that Marta and Jake won't simply fail to remember this week within the Okanagan Valley. A wry examine the shoestring finish of a billion-dollar and the occasional yet profound foolishness of the human middle, This situation of Unknown probabilities makes a case for black comedy being the simplest lens for viewing modern existence.

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The Fall of the Imam

By Nawal El Saadawi

Who will overthrow the Imam? Who will defeat the oppression, the tyranny, the injustice and the killings? ... Then, who's the Imam? Is he the fellow, the male, the daddy, the husband, the ruler, the chief? Bint Allah (the Daughter of God), a stunning illegitimate woman, a toddler of sin, regarded down upon via these round her, is falsely accused via the Imam of adulterous relationships and sentenced to demise through stoning. This robust and poetic novel via Egypt's best feminist author unearths the underlying hypocrisy of a male-dominated spiritual country, and increases wisdom of the unbearable quandary of ladies in a society so one can finally self-destruct. "More than the other lady, El Saadawi has come to include the rigors of Arab Feminism."—San Francisco Chronicle "A poignant-and brave-writer."—Marie Claire

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Letters From the Palazzo Barbaro (Pushkin Collection)

By Henry James

The novelist Henry James arrived in Venice as a vacationer, and immediately fell in love with the town – relatively with the sumptuous Palazzo Barbaro, domestic of the expatriate American Curtis relations. this option of letters covers the interval 1869-1907 and offers a different checklist of the existence and paintings of this nice writer.
Includes old pictures and a foreword by means of Leon Edel, Henry James’s biographer.

Pushkin assortment variants characteristic a spare, stylish sequence variety and enhanced, sturdy components. The assortment is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken top rate White Paper and notch-bound by means of the independently owned printer TJ overseas in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are published on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. either paper and canopy board are acid-free and woodland Stewardship Council (FSC) qualified.

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The Paradox of Love

By Pascal Bruckner

The sexual revolution is justly celebrated for the freedoms it brought--birth keep watch over, the decriminalization of abortion, the liberalization of divorce, larger equality among the sexes, women's great access into the group, and extra tolerance of homosexuality. yet as Pascal Bruckner, one in every of France's major writers, argues during this vigorous and provocative mirrored image at the contradictions of contemporary love, our new freedoms have additionally introduced new burdens and rules--without, even though, wiping out the previous principles, feelings, wishes, and preparations: the couple, marriage, jealousy, the call for for constancy, the battle among fidelity and inconstancy. it really is no ask yourself that love, intercourse, and relationships at the present time are so complicated, so tough, and so paradoxical.

Drawing on historical past, politics, psychology, literature, popular culture, and present occasions, this book--a most sensible vendor in France--exposes and dissects those paradoxes. along with his usual brilliance and wit, Bruckner lines the roots of sexual liberation again to the Enlightenment so that it will clarify love's perfect paradox, epitomized through the Sixties oxymoron of "free love": the strain among freedom, which separates, and love, which attaches. Ashamed that our intercourse lives fail to dwell as much as such liberated beliefs, now we have traded neuroses of repression for neuroses of inadequacy, and we overcompensate: "Our mom and dad lied approximately their morality," Bruckner writes, yet "we lie approximately our immorality."

Mixing irony and optimism, Bruckner argues that, by way of love, we should always facet neither with the revolutionaries nor the reactionaries. fairly, taking love and ourselves as we're, we must always detect that love makes no growth and that its messiness, surprises, and paradoxes usually are not in simple terms the assets of its pain--but additionally of its excitement and glory.

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The Violin of Auschwitz: A Novel

By Maria Angels Anglada

A global sensation now on hand in English for the 1st time, The Violin of Auschwitz is the unforgettable tale of 1 man’s refusal to give up his dignity within the face of history’s maximum atrocity.

In the wintry weather of 1991, at a live performance in Krakow, an older girl with a marvelously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who's immediately captivated by way of her tool. whilst he asks her how she got it, she finds the outstanding tale at the back of its foundation. . . .
  
Imprisoned at Auschwitz, the infamous focus camp, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. precious stories of the younger girl he enjoyed and the prayers that when lingered on his lips turn into hazier with every one passing day. Then a trip from a mysterious stranger adjustments every little thing, as Daniel’s former id as a crafter of good violins is published to all. The camp’s most threatening males use this data to make a merciless bet: If Daniel can construct a profitable violin inside a undeniable variety of days, the Kommandant wins a case of the best burgundy. If no longer, the camp health professional, a torturer, will get carry of Daniel. And so, fighting exhaustion, Daniel attempts to recapture his misplaced paintings, figuring out all too good the most probably price of failure. 
 
Written with lyrical simplicity and haunting beauty—and interspersed with chilling, real Nazi documentation—The Violin of Auschwitz is greater than only a novel: it's a testomony to the energy of the human spirit and the ability of attractiveness, paintings, and wish to conquer the darkest adversity.

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