From the author of Call Me By Your Name, Aciman again brilliantly recreates a dreamy story of the relationship between two young men. Between lazy summer days in Cambridge and the frenetic halls of Harvard University, Aciman paints a portrait of a complex and enveloping friendship. Candid and beautifully written, you will identify with these characters with their strong desire for connection.
Matt Haig's wonderful and relatable memoir invites readers into his experience with crippling depression. Vignettes in stream of consciousness style reflect on the author's past experiences and gives insight into the often overlooked aspects of mental illness. I came away from this book with an appreciation for the small details in life that are easy to pass by.
Have you ever wondered what happens beyond the waiting room doors of a morgue? Or how a body is transferred when someone dies at home? Caitlin Doughty reveals all in this funny and enlightening memoir of her time at a crematory. Her honest depictions of the realities of death are both vivid and insightful. I came away from this book with an understanding of both the humor and the quiet acceptance of death.
Set among the rubble of post-WW II London, Warlight is lyrically luminous and hauntingly atmospheric. After their parents move to Singapore, 14 year old Nathaniel and 16 year old Rachel are left in the care of their mother's mysterious acquaintances, The Moth and the Pimlico Darter. Warlight is a misty and dramatic coming-of-age story full of reflections on the sober realities of postwar life.
Set in the wake of the Spanish Civil War in 1945 Barcelona this book is a wander through a dimly lit, misty, cobbled street. Fantastical and haunting, we follow Daniel, the son of a rare book dealer, who journeys to find all the novels written by the mysterious author Julian Carax only to find someone has been destroying them. A smoky, thrilling read that will transport you to another time.
Biographer Nancy Milford gives us an in-depth look at the jazzy but complicated life of Zelda Fitzgerald. From her wild youth in Montgomery Alabama to her rocky marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Milford describes a life of complicated relationships and mental illness. Letters from Zelda to Scott as well as selections from her published works illuminate Zelda's talent as a writer full of earnestness and ambition.
In this exciting read rare book expert Rebecca Rego Barry delves into electrifying book finds from Parisian flea markets to the attic of a Salem Massachusetts's home. Barry touches on the intricacies of identifying rare books and how both luck and a skilled eye are essential for those one-of-a-kind finds. This book will have you sorting through that dusty trunk in your attic for that special piece of history.
After an accident ruins Mr. Field's career as a concert pianist, he and his wife Mim move to the coast of South Africa. Quickly after their arrival Mr. Field is left by Mim and he is consumed by obsessive and repetitive thoughts. Kilalea's dream-like language and the unaffected nature of the sea constructs a sad and reflective story of desire and an individual's search for greater meaning.