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Introducing an instant classic master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction Now he turns his attention back to the source presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales In Norse Mythology Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon Odin the highest of the high wise daring and cunning Thor Odin s son incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods and Loki son of a giant blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities dwarfs and giants Once when Thor s hammer is stolen Thor must disguise himself as a woman difficult with his beard and huge appetite to steal it back More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir the most sagacious of gods is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry The work culminates in Ragnarok the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people Through Gaiman s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely... competitive natures their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again more
Written in 1948 1984 was George Orwell s chilling prophecy about the future And while 1984 has come and gone his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears It was their final most essential command Winston Smith toes the Party line rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth With each lie he writes Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes But as he starts to think for himself Winston can t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching A startling and haunting vision of the world 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish No one can deny the influence of this novel its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers or the resiliency of its admonitions a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time
1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival About the experience of violence abuse love loss and femininity The book is divided into four chapters and each chapter serves a different purpose Deals with a different pain Heals a different heartache Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look
Mackenzie Allen Philips youngest daughter Missy has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness Mack receives a suspicious note apparently from God inviting him back to that shack for a weekend Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare What he finds there will change Mack s world forever In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him You ll want everyone you know to read this book
The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters living and dead historical and inventedFebruary 1862 The Civil War is less than one year old The fighting has begun in earnest and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long bloody struggle Meanwhile President Lincoln s beloved eleven-year-old son Willie lies upstairs in the White House gravely ill In a matter of days despite predictions of a recovery Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery My poor boy he was too good for this earth the president says at the time God has called him home Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns alone to the crypt several times to hold his boy s body From that seed of historical truth George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle gripe commiserate quarrel and enact bizarre acts of penance Within this transitional state called in the Tibetan tradition... the bardo a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie s soul Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation Formally daring generous in spirit deeply concerned with matters of the heart it is a testament to fiction s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless profound question How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end Praise for Lincoln in the Bardo A luminous feat of generosity and humanism Colson Whitehead The New York Times Book Review A masterpiece Zadie Smith Ingenious Saunders well on his way toward becoming a twenty-first-century Twain crafts an American patchwork of love and loss giving shape to our foundational sorrows Vogue Saunders is the most humane American writer working today Harper s Magazine The novel beats with a present-day urgency a nation at war with itself the unbearable grief of a father who has lost a child and a howling congregation of ghosts as divided in death as in life unwilling to move on Vanity Fair A brilliant Buddhist reimagining of an American story of great loss and great love Elle Wildly imaginative Marie Claire Mesmerizing Dantesque A haunting American ballad Publishers Weekly starred review Exhilarating Ruthless and relentless in its evocation not only of Lincoln and his quandary but also of the tenuous existential state shared by all of us Kirkus Reviews starred review It s unlike anything you ve ever read except that the grotesque humor pathos and ultimately human kindness at its core mark it as a work that could come only from Saunders The Nationalmore
Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm Meet Ove He s a curmudgeon the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window He has staunch principles strict routines and a short fuse People call him the bitter neighbor from hell But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove s mailbox it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats unexpected friendship and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents association to their very foundations A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew s Last Stand Fredrik Backman s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others If there was an award for Most Charming Book of the Year this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down... Booklist starred review more
The seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning soon to be a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss Samira Wiley and Joseph Fiennes Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because in an age of declining births Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable Offred can remember the days before when she lived and made love with her husband Luke when she played with and protected her daughter when she had a job money of her own and access to knowledge But all of that is gone now Funny unexpected horrifying and altogether convincing The Handmaid s Tale is at once scathing satire dire warning and literary tour de force
The 1 New York Times bestseller that Entertainment Weekly called a surefire hit NOW AN HBO LIMITED SERIES STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON NICOLE KIDMAN SHAILENE WOODLEY ALEXANDER SKARSG RD LAURA DERN ADAM SCOTT AND ZO KRAVITZ FROM THE DIRECTOR OF WILD AND DALLAS BUYERS CLUB JEAN-MARC VALL E AND WRITER DAVID E KELLEY Sometimes it s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal A murder a tragic accident or just parents behaving badly What s indisputable is that someone is dead But who did what Big Little Lies follows three women each at a crossroads Madeline is a force to be reckoned with She s funny and biting passionate she remembers everything and forgives no one Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline s youngest how is this possible And to top it all off Madeline s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline s ex-husband over her How Is This Possible Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare While she may seem a bit flustered at times who wouldn t be with those rambunctious twin boys Now that the boys are starting school Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen... of the school parent body But royalty often comes at a price and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay New to town single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son But why While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives mothers and daughters schoolyard scandal and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive more
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY IS NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURENow available as a three-volume paperback boxed set E L James s New York Times 1 bestselling trilogy has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as being in a class by itself Beginning with the GoodReads Choice Award Romance Finalist Fifty Shades of Grey the Fifty Shades Trilogy will obsess you possess you and stay with you forever This boxed set includes the following novels FIFTY SHADES OF GREY When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey she encounters a man who is beautiful brilliant and intimidating The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man and Grey admits he wants her too but on his own terms When the couple embarks on a daring passionately physical affair Ana discovers Christian s secrets and explores her own desires FIFTY SHADES DARKER Daunted by Christian s dark secrets and singular tastes Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought They rekindle their searing sensual affair and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life FIFTY SHADES FREED Now Ana and Christian have it all love... passion intimacy wealth and a world of possibilities for their future But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle misfortune malice and fate conspire to turn Ana s deepest fears into reality This book is intended for mature audiences more
The National Book Award Winner and 1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora an outcast even among her fellow Africans she is coming into womanhood where even greater pain awaits When Caesar a recent arrival from Virginia tells her about the Underground Railroad they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape Matters do not go as planned Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her Though they manage to find a station and head north they are being hunted In Whitehead s ingenious conception the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil Cora and Caesar s first stop is South Carolina in a city that initially seems like a haven But the city s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens And even worse Ridgeway the relentless slave catcher is close on their heels Forced to flee again Cora embarks on a harrowing flight state by state seeking true freedom... Like the protagonist of Gulliver s Travels Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey hers is an odyssey through time as well as space As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre Civil War era his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering powerful meditation on the history we all share more
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