The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

Yale University Press #ad - Prize-winning biographer leo damrosch tells the story of “the club, artists, the painter joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk’s Head Tavern in London to dine, ” a group of extraordinary writers, drink, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern In 1763, and talk until midnight.

. This is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age, and our own. It was known simply as “the Club. In this captivating book, Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters. Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell.

The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age #ad - With the friendship of the “odd couple” samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative, Damrosch conjures up the precarious, exciting, and often brutal world of late eighteenth-century Britain.


Night Boat to Tangier: A Novel

Doubleday #ad - A superbly melancholic melody of a novel full of beautiful phrases and terrible men. In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen -- Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs -- sit at night, none too patiently.

This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles, rendered with the dark humor and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today.

Night Boat to Tangier: A Novel #ad - It is october 23, 2018, dilly, and they are expecting Maurice's estranged daughter, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there. 1 irish times bestsellerlonglisted for the booker prize From the acclaimed author of the international sensations City of Bohane and Beatlebone, a striking and gorgeous new novel of two aging criminals at the tail ends of their damage-filled careers.

One of the new york times book review's 10 best books of 2019 named a best book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review,  The Paris Review,  Lit Hub, The Millions, and NPR No.


Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Simon & Schuster #ad - But the real story of the accident, and misinformation, propaganda, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, has long remained in dispute. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, more human, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.

Midnight in chernobyl is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will—lessons which, of human resilience and ingenuity, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster #ad - Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, and documents from recently-declassified archives, unpublished memoirs, as well as letters, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand.

A new york times best book of the year a time best book of the year a kirkus reviews best nonfiction book of the year 2020 andrew carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner One of NPR’s Best Books of 2019 Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.

Early in the morning of april 26, reactor number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, 1986, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, for ecological fragility, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world.


Jonathan Swift

Yale University Press #ad - Yet swift also wrote many other influential works, was a major political and religious figure in his time, and became a national hero, beloved for his fierce protest against English exploitation of his native Ireland. Swift concealed aspects of himself and his relationships, and other people in his life helped to keep his secrets.

. Assembling suggestive clues, damrosch re-narrates the events of Swift’s life while making vivid the sights, sounds, and smells of his English and Irish surroundings. Through his own words and those of a wide circle of friends, a complex Swift emerges: a restless, a man of biting wit and powerful mind, combative, empathetic figure, and a major figure in the history of world letters.

Jonathan Swift #ad - . Jonathan swift is best remembered today as the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the satiric fantasy that quickly became a classic and has remained in print for nearly three centuries. Probing holes in the existing evidence, he takes seriously some daring speculations about Swift’s parentage, love life, and various personal relationships and shows how Swift’s public version of his life—the one accepted until recently—was deliberately misleading.

What is really known today about the enigmatic man behind these accomplishments? Can the facts of his life be separated from the fictions? In this deeply researched biography, Leo Damrosch draws on discoveries made over the past thirty years to tell the story of Swift’s life anew.


Exhalation: Stories

Knopf #ad - Club • the guardian • financial times • the dallas morning news “exhalation by ted chiang is a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. In “anxiety is the dizziness of freedom, ” the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will.

Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work,  Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic—revelatory. In “exhalation, ” an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal.

Exhalation: Stories #ad - In “the merchant and the alchemist’s gate, ” a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. The best kind of science fiction. Barack obama, via facebook"the universe began as an enormouS BREATH BEING HELD. In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.

. One of the new york times 10 best books of the yeara national bestsellerone of the best books of the year:THE WASHINGTON POST • TIME MAGAZINE • NPR • ESQUIRE • VOX • THE A. V.


Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake

Yale University Press #ad - The book is an invitation to understanding and enjoyment, an invitation to appreciate Blake’s imaginative world and, in so doing, to open the doors of our perception. He believed that we live in the midst of Eternity here and now, and that if we could open our consciousness to the fullness of being, it would be like experiencing a sunrise that never ends.

The author’s goal is to inspire the reader with the passion he has for his subject, achieving the imaginative response that Blake himself sought to excite. He was a counterculture prophet whose art still challenges us to think afresh about almost every aspect of experience—social, political, philosophical, religious, erotic, and aesthetic.

Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake #ad - William blake, overlooked in his time, remains an enigmatic figure to contemporary readers despite his near canonical status. Out of a wounding sense of alienation and dividedness he created a profoundly original symbolic language, in which words and images unite in a unique interpretation of self and society.

Following blake’s life from beginning to end, acclaimed biographer Leo Damrosch draws extensively on Blake’s poems, his paintings, and his etchings and engravings to offer this generously illustrated account of Blake the man and his vision of our world.


The Yellow House: A Memoir 2019 National Book Award Winner

Grove Press #ad - A new york times bestsellerwinner of the 2019 national book award for nonfictiona brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. In 1961, sarah M. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.

It was the height of the space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Located in the gap between the “big easy” of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, the seeping rot of inequality, race, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, and the internalized shame that often follows.

The Yellow House: A Memoir 2019 National Book Award Winner #ad - Widowed, ivory mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. Broom’s the yellow house tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. But after simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child.

The yellow house expands the map of new orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, pride, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, and familial love resist and defy erasure. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.

A book of great ambition, Sarah M.


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Anchor #ad - But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I. R. A. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga.

New york times book review, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in northern ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972, Ten Best Books of the YearFrom award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs.

In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. Terrorists such as dolours price, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, who, when she was barely out of her teens, to the ferocious I. R. A.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland #ad - In this meticulously reported book -- as finely paced as a novel -- Keefe uses McConville's murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. They never saw her again. One of the new york times 10 best books of the yearbest nonfiction book of the year - time magazineone of the best 10 books of the year - washington postnew york times bestsellernational book critics circle award finalistwinner of the orwell prizelonglisted for the national book award "masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972.


Disappearing Earth: A novel

Knopf #ad - One of the new york times 10 best books of the yearnational book award finalistfinalist for the national book critics circle john leonard prizefinalist for the center for fiction first novel prizea best Book of 2019: Entertainment Weekly, AV Club, NPR,  Book Riot,  Variety,  Esquire,  Vanity Fair,  BookBub,  Barnes & Noble,  The New York Post, Real Simple, Jezebel,  Kirkus,  CBC,  The Washington Post, BookPage,  Town & Country, Library Journal, USA TodayNational Best Seller"Splendidly imagined .

. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women. Taking us through a year in kamchatka, a detective, all connected by the crime: a witness, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, a neighbor, a mother.

Disappearing Earth: A novel #ad - In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before. Thrilling" --simon winchester"a genuine masterpiece" --Gary ShteyngartSpellbinding, moving--evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world--this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

One august afternoon, two girls--sisters, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, eight and eleven--go missing. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty--densely wooded forests, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska--and into a region as complex as it is alluring, soaring volcanoes, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, open expanses of tundra, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.


The Life of Samuel Johnson Penguin Classics

Penguin #ad - While johnson's dictionary remains a monument of scholarship, and his essays and criticism command continuing respect, we owe our knowledge of the man himself to this biography. Boswell�s sensitivity and insight into every facet of his subject�s character ultimately make this biography as moving as it is entertaining.

Based on the 1799 edition, christopher hibbert's abridgement preserves the integrity of the original, while his fascinating introduction sets Boswell's view of Samuel Johnson against that of others of the time. Yet johnson had a vulnerable, even tragic, side and anxieties and obsessions haunted his private hours.

The Life of Samuel Johnson Penguin Classics #ad - In boswell's life of samuel Johnson, one of the towering figures of English literature is revealed with unparalleled immediacy and originality. Through a series of wonderfully detailed anecdotes, crossing swords with other great eighteenth-century luminaries, Johnson emerges as a sociable figure with a huge appetite for life, from Garrick and Goldsmith to Burney and Burke, even his long-suffering friend and disciple James Boswell.


The Topeka School: A Novel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - He is one of the cool kids, ready to fight or, better, freestyle about fighting if it keeps his peers from thinking of him as weak. Adam is also one of the seniors who bring the loner Darren Eberheart—who is, unbeknownst to Adam, his father’s patient—into the social scene, to disastrous effect. Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, jonathan’s marital transgressions, its struggles and its strengths: Jane’s reckoning with the legacy of an abusive father, The Topeka School is the story of a family, the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity.

His mother, is a famous feminist author; his father, Jane, Jonathan, is an expert at getting “lost boys” to open up. A new york times, and washington post top 10 book of the year one of barack obama's favorite books of the year also named one of the best books of the year by: esquire, vogue, lit hub, electric literature, vanity fair, time, buzzfeed, the times literary supplement uk, the times UK, Daily Mail UK, Vulture, The New York Post, Amazon, NPR, The Guardian UK, Financial Times UK, The Atlantic, Publishers Weekly, GQ, The Telegraph UK, Kirkus, SPY.

The Topeka School: A Novel #ad - Com, a tender and expansive family drama set in the american midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New RightAdam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, and the New York Public Library From the award-winning author of 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station, class of ’97.

Adam is a renowned debater, expected to win a national championship before he heads to college. It is also a riveting prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the trolls and tyrants of the New Right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men. They both work at a psychiatric clinic that has attracted staff and patients from around the world.