In the spirit of Then We Came to the End and This Is Where I Leave You, Truth in Advertising is a wickedly funny, honest, and poignant novel about the absurdity of corporate life, the complications of love, and the meaning of family. Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he’s a bit of a mess and closing in on 40. He’s recently canceled a wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-awaited vacation to write, produce, and edit a Superbowl commercial for his diaper account in record time. Unfortunately, it gets worse. At the same time, he learns that his long-estranged and once-abusive father has fallen ill. And that neither of his brothers or his sister intend to visit. Ultimately, his father’s death is a wake-up call for Fin to re-evaluate the choices he’s made, admit that he’s falling for his co-worker Phoebe, question the importance of diapers in his life, and finally tell the truth about his life and his past.
At seventeen, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone. Over the months, years, and decades that follow, Lizard and Kate are obsessed with piecing together the motives behind the deaths, returning time and again to their father’s missing briefcase, his shady business dealings and shaky finances, and to a famous ballerina who has threaded her way into Lizard’s and Kate’s lives. A wildly entertaining novel of murder, seduction, and revenge—rich in incident, in expansiveness of character, and in lavishness of setting—it’s a Gatsby-esque adventure, a larger-than-life quest for answers that reveals how sometimes the greatest mystery lies in knowing one’s own heart.
Set in the present in the rural community of Feathertown, Tennessee, Flight Behavior is the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a petite, razor-sharp young woman who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming a mother and wife at seventeen. Now, after more than a decade of tending small children on a failing farm, suffering oppressive poverty, isolation, and her husband’s antagonistic family, she mitigates her boredom in an obsessive flirtation with a handsome younger man.
Headed to his secluded cabin to consummate their relationship, she instead walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with silent red fire that appears to Dellarobia to be a miracle. Her discovery is both beautiful and terrible, and elicits divergent reactions from all sides. Religious fundamentalists claim it as a manifestation of God; climate scientists scrutinize it as an element of forthcoming disaster; politicians and environmentalists declaim its lessons; charlatans mine its opportunity; international media construct and deconstruct Dellarobia’s story; and townspeople cope with intrusion and bizarre alterations of custom.
After years lived entirely within the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out and ultimately leading into blunt and confrontational engagement with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large. Over the course of a single winter, her life will become the property of the planet and, perhaps for the first time, securely her own.
She never thought a kiss could kill…
Samantha didn’t mean to hurt anyone. She was just trying to fit in… and she wanted to make Zee a little jealous after he completely ditched her for a prettier girl. So she kissed Alex. And then he died—right in her arms.
Sam is now the school pariah and a media sensation—how did she not know Alex had a peanut allergy? Consumed with guilt, she’ll have to find a strength that goes way deeper than pulling off the fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly. Because if she can’t figure out how to forgive herself, no one else will either.
Re-issue of a classic memoir, published originally in 1993. A portrait of Athill’s turbulent relationship with Hakim Jamal; lover of Jean Seberg, Black Power activist and troubled spokesman for his generation.
Lace is a thing like hope. It is beauty; it is grace. It was never meant to destroy so many lives.
The mad passion for forbidden lace has infiltrated France, pulling soldier and courtier alike into its web. For those who want the best, Flemish lace is the only choice, an exquisite perfection of thread and air. For those who want something they don’t have, Flemish lace can buy almost anything – or anyone.
For Lisette, lace begins her downfall, and the only way to atone for her sins is to outwit the noble who now demands the impossible. To fail means certain destruction. But for Katharina, lace is her salvation. It is who she is; it is what she does. If she cannot make this stunning tempest of threads, a dreaded fate awaits.
The most lucrative contraband in Europe, with its intricate patterns and ephemeral hope, threatens to cost them everything. Lace may be the deliverance for which they all pray…or it may bring the ruin and imprisonment they all fear.
Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and our overall pop culture of the last four decades. From his early days in the sixties with Buffalo Springfield to his groundbreaking solo career albums including After the Gold Rush and Harvest, to his mega-bestselling records with Crosby, Still & Nash, to his reemergence as the patron saint of grunge, Young has epitomized the uncompromising artist who follows only his heart and head. Now, in Waging Heavy Peace, Young presents a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and creativity; it is a journey that spans the snows of Ontario to LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Astoundingly candid, witty and destined to become an American classic, this is the book music lovers have always wanted.
In this fascinating history, Wilson reveals the myriad innovations that have shaped our diets today. An insightful look at how we’ve changed food and how food has changed us, Consider the Fork reveals the astonishing ways in which the implements we use in the kitchen affect what we eat, how we eat, and how we relate to food.
Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time around: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even a new job. But shortly after she adopted Seamus, a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had a malignant tumor and less than a year to live. The diagnosis devastated Teresa, but she decided to fight it, learning everything she could about the best treatment for Seamus. She couldn’t have possibly known then that she was preparing herself for life’s next hurdle – a cancer diagnosis of her own.
She forged ahead with survival, battling a deadly disease, fighting for doctors she needed, and baring her heart for a seemingly star-crossed relationship. The Dog Lived (And So Will I) is the uplifting, charming, and occasionally mischievous story of how dogs come into our lives for a reason, how they steal our hearts and show us how to live.
Rhoda Janzen, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, is back with a hilarious and heartfelt memoir about her return to faith and love. At the end of Mennonite, Rhoda had reconnected with her family and her roots, though her future felt uncertain. But when she starts dating a churchgoer, this skeptic begins a surprising journey to faith and love—finding herself hanging with the Pentecostals, who really know how to get down with sparkler pom-poms. Amid the hand waving and hallelujahs Rhoda finds a faith richly practical for life—just in time for some impressive lady problems, an unexpected romance, and a quirky new family. Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? is for people who have a problem with organized religion, but can’t quite dismiss the notion of God, and for those who secretly sing hymns in their cars, but prefer a nice mimosa brunch to church. This is the story of what it means to find joy in love, comfort in prayer, and—incredibly, surprisingly—faith in a big-hearted God.