Lovecraft meets Stephen King in this spooky debut novel about a family of haunted house proprietors who are haunted across generations by monsters—and not the hokey jump-scare kind. Edith Eger is one of the few living Holocaust survivors to remember the horrors of the camps.
The winner of 2019's Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, a UK-based award for nature books, Underland is a true masterpiece of naturalism, one that will have you in …
When an annoyingly friendly couple and their two children move in next door, Ove finds himself with several unexpected new friends, an unkempt cat, and a new outlook on life. By Off the Shelf Staff | December 27, 2016. From playing naked chess with Marcel Duchamp to dalliances with Jim Morrison and Ed Ruscha (to name a few)—not to mention designing album covers for Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds—Eve Babitz was the It Girl of 1970s Los Angeles. That is, until he meets Esme Tran from Vietnam and things get a whole lot more complicated.
In telling these wrenching stories, Goldberg gives voice to the legions who have experienced unthinkable violence. Female sexuality and promiscuity. Ten years after Olive Kitteridge earned the Pulitzer Prize, Strout returns to Crosby, Maine for a new season of Olive’s life.
Does that really come as a shock to anyone? How intimate could you get with a robot? It is at once expansive and exquisitely detailed, but what readers will remember most is the huge heart at its core. At the same time, she decides to open herself up to love and befriends two young men from the town.
But as we've seen with other popular cult stories—it's not all as harmonious at it seems. Most Popular Books Published In 2019 The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, Talking to … © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. The major themes? Jamison reports on surprising subjects, such as lonely whales and break-up museums, while also turning her eye inward for a poignant meditation on her own experiences of marriage, giving birth, and becoming a stepmother. By Off the Shelf Staff | October 25, 2019, By Off the Shelf Staff | January 11, 2019.
First we obsessed over IN A DARK, DARK WOOD, and then we couldn’t stop talking about THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10. Inside you’ll find photographs, short narrative interviews, and poems composed of historical documents—all stories that speak to the expression of masculinity in Jackson’s community. Ever the master at dramatizing overlooked threads of American history, Whitehead turns his lens to Jim Crow-era Florida, where juvenile reform schools abused a generation of young black men. We may earn a commission from these links.
Published Nov. 22, 2019 Updated Nov. 25, 2019 Mother and daughter Harriet Lee and Perdita Lee have inherited a gingerbread recipe that isn’t so popular in London circles—like with the parents and students at Perdita’s posh school—but their golden biscuits are apparently very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (or, according to many sources, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee’s early youth. What’s a measure of a good life?
Elizabeth Gilbert, the critically-acclaimed author known for Eat, Pray, Love (2017) and Big Magic (2016), is back with a sexy tale set in the 1940s about a woman who looks back at her youth. For centuries, women on Korea’s Jeju island have been free-diving into the sea, a practice explored through this fictionalized story of two friends who struggle to stay close amid war, family rivalries, and a shifting cultural landscape.
Perdita sets out to find this mythical place and discovers who her mother really is along the way. With a cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER celebrates life's infinite possibilities.
Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January, Forget Sleep. Acclaimed novelist Jennifer Weiner is back with her latest, Mrs. Everything, chronicling the lives of sisters Bethie and Jo Kaufman beginning in the '50s leading all the way up to the present day as they deal with friendship, family, grief, and identity.
It’s been a fantastic year of new reads, old favorites, and rediscoveries and now we’re ready to end 2019 just how we started it—with books! In one story, a woman receives a phone call from the wife of the stranger who attacked her in her home, bizarrely asking for advice about their marriage. When a beloved high schooler is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. Already beloved by millions of readers, this novel follows a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as they both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
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Ove is a lonely and cranky old man with staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. For the little ones, there are some beautifully illustrations and fun books to read aloud; empowering and engaging non-fiction for older kids; and some new YA adventures from Malorie Blackman and Philip Pullman. But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.
Ruth Ware is one of our—and your—favorite writers. Ten years after accepting a cab ride with grave and everlasting consequences, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life. The brilliance (and wonderfully dry humor) of writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner is proven yet again in her novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, about a man's ex wife who has gone missing. During a weekend away with a friend in an eerie glass house, crime writer Leonora wakes up in a hospital bed injured wondering not “What happened?” but “What have I done?” This one is for fans of GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. Each woman dives deep into their romantic relationships and desires, proving that we all have a common thread: the desire to love and be loved.
In Gingerbread, she casts her imagination toward the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories. Who are you when no one is watching?
The acclaimed essayist returns to her signature cocktail of memoir, journalism, and cultural criticism in this dazzling collection about the outer reaches of human connection.
But all the passengers remain accounted for—and as the ship sails on, she must attempt to convince the other passengers that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.
Fusing genres with supernatural grace, Armfield takes the discourse about inhabiting a female body to spooky, surprising places. By Off the Shelf Staff | November 22, 2019.
Documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr writes a heartbreaking memoir about the relationship with her father, the acclaimed New York Times journalist who passed away in 2015 after collapsing in the newsroom. One night in summer 2013, four former classmates find themselves together again in their small Ohio town, each haunted and harrowed by the reality of life in our day and age. By Off the Shelf Staff | January 15, 2020.
With acute social insight into the crisis of toxic masculinity and deep psychological penetration into one Midwestern family, this is the rare novel of ideas that never skimps on depth of feeling.
The book is about Kya, a girl that has been dubbed "Marsh Girl" because she's survived for years in a marsh on the coast of North Carolina. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, which was first released in August 2018, has sold 907,000 copies in 2019 and more than 1.1 million since it came out. Our critics pick the best novels, poetry, sports, memoirs and children’s books of the year, Sat 30 Nov 2019 03.00 EST Jasmine Guillory's novels never disappoint, especially when you're in the mood for a fun, light read. Eight years of immersive reporting on the front lines of female desire gave Taddeo exhaustive access to three complicated women—a homemaker exploring an affair outside her loveless marriage, a restaurateur experiencing consequences for the threesomes she pursues with her husband, and a high school student coming forward with the wrenching truth about a teacher who seduced and devastated her. The promise and tragedy of post-war America is charted in this riveting portrait of an Irish-American family as they chase the American Dream.
Owens's book has sold over 907,000 copies in 2019 and more than 1.1 million since it's August 2018 release. I Know What You Did Last Summer meets The Girl on the Train in Andrea Bartz’s addictive debut novel, which follows magazine fact-checker Lindsay as she tries to figure out the mystery of her best friend’s suicide.
In prose as radiant and assured as his poetry, Vuong explores the ability of stories to heal generational wounds, and asks how we can rescue and transform one another in the wake of unimaginable loss.
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