Outgoing Ava loves her older sister, Pip, but can’t understand why Pip is so reserved and never seems to make friends with others. When Ava uses her writing talents to help her sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.
Early studies of the functions of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike-strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, lobotomies, horrendous accidents-and see how the victim coped. In many cases survival was miraculous, and observers could only marvel at the transformations that took place afterward, altering victims’ personalities. An injury to one section can leave a person unable to recognize loved ones; some brain trauma can even make you a pathological gambler, pedophile, or liar. But a few scientists realized that these injuries were an opportunity for studying brain function at its extremes. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explains the brain’s secret passageways while recounting forgotten stories of common people whose struggles, resiliency, and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible.
In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there’s a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car. Dinner table discussions cover the gamut, from the greats of English literature, to swearing in German, to sexually transmitted diseases. There’s no end to what Nina can learn from these boys (rude words) and their broad-minded mother (the who’s who of literary London). A charming, hilarious, sweetly inspiring celebration of bad food and good company, Love, Nina makes a young woman’s adventures in a new world come alive.
Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, Living With A Wild God brings an older woman’s wry and erudite perspective to a young girl’s uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Certain to be a classic, Living With A Wild God combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich’s singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement. Ehrenreich’s most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the “meaning of life.”
From GQ’s Nerd of the Year to one of Time’s most influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny, and remarkably savvy co-founder of Twitter— the social media platform that singlehandedly changed the way the world works. Now, Biz tells fascinating pivotal and personal stories from his life and career, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today.
The story of the extraordinary wartime experiences of five of Hollywood’s greatest and most legendary directors, all of whom put their stamp on the war and who were changed forever by it.
A big, enthralling debut of America in its ascendance, of history versus modernity, and a love story of the West, Painted Horses introduces an extraordinary new literary voice. In the mid-1950s, America was flush with prosperity and saw an unbroken line of progress clear to the horizon, while the West was still very much wild. In this ambitious, incandescent debut, Malcolm Brooks animates that time and untamed landscape, in a tale of the modern and the ancient, of love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress. Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana, with a huge task before her—a canyon “as deep as the devil’s own appetites.” Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood, but from the moment she arrives, nothing is what she expects. And then there’s John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the U.S. Army’s last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than just the vanished past. Painted Horses sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman’s vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often make strange bedfellows. It establishes Malcolm Brooks as an extraordinary new talent.
A sparkling, enchanting and moving debut novel featuring three unforgettable characters and their unlikely connection on one fateful night.
Madeline Altimari is a smart-mouthed, precocious nine year old who also happens to be an aspiring jazz singer. As she mourns the recent death of her mother, she doesn’t realize that on Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day—and night—of her life. After bravely facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, she doggedly searches for Philadelphia’s legendary jazz club The Cat’s Pajamas, where she is determined to make her on-stage debut. On the same day, Madeline’s fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene, who has moved back to Philly after a divorce at thirty, is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high school crush, afraid to hope that sparks might fly again. And across town at the Cat’s Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever by the end of the night, unless someone can find a way to save it.
As these three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover possibility in one magical moment. A vivacious, charming and completely unique debut, 2 A.M. At The Cat’s Pajamas will delight readers on every page.
A highly ambitious and stylish literary debut set against the 1960’s Chicago jazz scene about a talented but troubled singer’s heartbreaking relationship with her precocious ten-year-old daughter. An incredibly sophisticated and poignant debut, Last Night At The Blue Angel is an unforgettable mother-daughter tale about what happens when our passion for the life we want is at sharp odds with the life we have. It is a story ripe with surprising twists and revelations, and an ending that is bound to break your heart.
A posthumous debut novel, wry, wise and outrageous, from award-winning journalist Michael Hastings, based on his experiences working for a national news magazine in the mid 2000s.