New York Times Best Sellers
"Magisterial . . . Her reporting is nimble and her sentences exquisite. But the real power of Caste lies tucked within the stories she strings together like pearls. . . . Caste roams wide and deep, lives and deaths vividly captured, haloed with piercing cultural critique. . . . Caste is a luminous read, bearing its own torch of righteous wrath in a diamond-hard prose that will be admired and studied by future generations of journalists." --Hamilton Cain, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Bennett pulls it off brilliantly... Few novels manage to remain interesting from start to finish, even -- maybe especially -- the brilliant ones. But... Bennett locks readers in and never lets them go... Stunning...She leaves any weighty parallels -- between, for example, racial and gender determinism -- to the reader. Her restraint is the novel's great strength, and it's tougher than it looks... The Vanishing Half speaks ultimately of a universal vanishing. It concerns the half of everyone that disappears once we leave home -- love or hate the place, love or hate ourselves." --Los Angeles Times
"Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. . . . [ A Promised Land] is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid. . . . The story will continue in the second volume, but Barack Obama has already illuminated a pivotal moment in American history, and how America changed while also remaining unchanged." --Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The New York Times Book Review
The lyricism of The Prophets will recall the prose of James Baldwin. The strong cadences are equal to those in Faulkner's Light in August. Sometimes the utterances in the short interpolated chapters seem as orphic as those in Thus Spake Zarathustra. If my comparisons seem excessive, they are rivaled only by Jones's own pages and pages of acknowledgments. It seems it takes a village to make a masterpiece. - Edmund White, Publishers Weekly
For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University. In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, he shares a version of that class with us, offering some of what he and his students have discovered together over the years. Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.
In his introduction, Saunders writes, "We're going to enter seven fastidiously constructed scale models of the world, made for a specific purpose that our time maybe doesn't fully endorse but that these writers accepted implicitly as the aim of art--namely, to ask the big questions, questions like, How are we supposed to be living down here? What were we put here to accomplish? What should we value? What is truth, anyway, and how might we recognize it?" He approaches the stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. The process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is a technical craft, but also a way of training oneself to see the world with new openness and curiosity.
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.
"A lonely boy ambles through the countryside on a spring day, finding companionship: first meeting the mole, then the other animals of the title. As they walk, the new friends talk, wonder, share their hopes and fears and pose some big questions. . . . A big hit."-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Victoria Schwab sends you whirling through a dizzying kaleidoscopic adventure through centuries filled with love, loss, art and war -- all the while dazzling your senses with hundreds of tiny magical moments along the way. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue will enchant readers as deeply as its heroine's Faustian bargain; you will find yourself in quick turns both aching with heartbreak, and gleefully crowing at the truly delicious, wicked cleverness in store."
-- Naomi Novik, Nebula and Locus Award-winning author of Spinning Silver
"Doyle might just be the patron saint of female empowerment. . . . Here she inspires other women to listen to their intuition and break free of what cages them. . . . Her memoir has a message as clear as a 'go' signal: Find and honor your truest self." --People (Book of the Week)
"[A] witty, lighthearted romp...Backman charms." -- Publishers Weekly
" Wintering is every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself. Katherine May thoughtfully examines the emotional, spiritual, and geographical reality of the cold times, the dark days, and those periods of our lives when things are neither soft nor easy. In so doing, she offers a great and humane service to her readers: she shows us that wintering cannot be avoided, but need not be feared. This is truly a beautiful book." - #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert
"Many people think Ernest Cline writes about the future, but what he's really doing is writing about the complexities of the world we live in today. Whether you're black, white, woman, or man, this story is about you and what gaming has meant in your life. We already live in the OASIS, and the journey of life is trying to find as many of those Easter eggs along the way!" --Trevor Noah
"McConaughey is a talented actor and a fine writer, but a total genius at living. He attacks life with an exhilarating ferocity. This is a wildly unexpected and delightful book you can't just read, you have to experience." --Lawrence Wright, author of The End of October
"Laser-like... A powerful, wholly unsentimental novel about family love, loss, belonging and belief that is more focused but just as daring as its predecessor, and to my mind even more successful... [ Transcendent Kingdom] is burningly dedicated to the question of meaning... The pressure created gives her novel a hard, beautiful, diamantine luster."
--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
"The kind of page-turner you always want in a history book but rarely get . . . Larson gives the reader a 'you are there' sense of the intensity of Churchill's work with his team on life-and-death challenges--and solving them at a pace I found to be mind-blowing." --Bill Gates, GatesNotes
"A mystery story, a crime novel, an urban farce, a sociological portrait of late-1960s Brooklyn: McBride's novel contains multitudes... He conducts his antic symphony with deep feeling, never losing sight of the suffering and inequity within the merriment." --The New York Times, Top 10 Books of 2020
Library Journal (09/01/2020):
Culinary star Garten returns with her 12th cookbook, built around the timely theme of comfort food. Garten wishes to create dishes that are satisfying on a deep emotional level, and many of the recipes here are updated versions of American childhood favorites and nostalgic home-cooking staples. Standard party fare becomes refined with Garten's fresh crab nachos and fig and cheese toasts, while classic diner food gets an upgrade in the form of lobster BLTs and mac and cheese made with truffle butter. A few standards have been lightened up, as in spring green spaghetti carbonara, but heavy cream, butter, and melted cheese are generally present in vast quantities. As always, Garten relies on easily sourced frozen and store-bought ingredients and straightforward kitchen methods. VERDICT Garten's cookbooks are perennial best sellers. Anyone in search of nostalgic American comfort food with a twist will enjoy her latest offering.
The west of Ireland looked good to Cal Hooper on the internet. But now that he's living there, the rugged beauty of the region overwhelms him, as it will anyone reading Tana French's The Searcher, an audacious departure for this immensely talented author... Not to be missed. --Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"In this sharp blend of social commentary and memoir . . . Kendi is ready to spread his message, his stories serving as a springboard for potent explorations of race, gender, colorism, and more. . . . With Stamped From the Beginning, Kendi proved himself a first-rate historian. Here, his willingness to turn the lens on himself marks him as a courageous activist, leading the way to a more equitable society." --Library Journal (starred review)
"A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature....Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders--and dangers--of her private world."-- The New York Times Book Review
Can birds smell? Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year? Do robins 'hear' worms? In What It's Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds--blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees--it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin. David Sibley's exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. (For most species, the primary illustration is reproduced life-sized.) And while the text is aimed at adults--including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes--it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action. Unlike any other book he has written, What It's Like to Be a Bird is poised to bring a whole new audience to David Sibley's world of birds.
Fans of Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy finally get the Western they deserve in Outlawed, but Anna North doesn't just reimagine a damsel-in-distress as her own savior. She plays with the promise and danger of the frontier, introducing us to an America we never knew--and one we know all too well. - Alexis Coe, New York Times bestselling author of YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST and ALICE+FREDA FOREVER