A Selection of New Hardcover Lit. for Grownups!
Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
»» Ishiguro’s dark, futuristic visions continue in Klara and The Sun, his latest novel. Klara is an AF (artificial friend), programmed to act and function as a companion. As Ishiguro’s storytelling moves through this not-too-distant future, Klara and The Sun blossoms into a meditation on solitude and belief.
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
»» Mythological re-telling master Natalie Haynes is at it again, breathing new life into the mythos of the Trojan War. A Thousand Ships is woven from a multitude of threads, all feminine character points of view. An enthralling revision from a new perspective.
The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
»» Sequel to The Sympathizer, Nguyen’s Pulitzer-winning previous novel, The Committed finds his Nameless narrator now residing in 1980’s Paris, enterprising as he must to survive. A fascinating look at the history of Vietnamese immigrant history, guided by Nguyen’s singular style and personal family experience.
Origins: How Earth’s History Shaped Human History by Lewis Dartnell
»» Academic researcher and Science author Lewis Dartnell’s latest book, Origins, shifts the perspective of history away from human cause/effect to ask if the way the world is geographically oriented affected the trajectory of human history. Origins shows just how deep an impact our planet has had on our progress.
Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester
»» It is important to note that the first pages of Land contain two foundational aspects of how America came to be. The first cornerstone is a picture of Chief Standing Bear (whose lands were stolen), and the second is the opening paragraph from Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality (Western thought). Historian extraordinaire Simon WInchester’s latest is a fascinating, philosophical history of the concept of what is ‘ours’ pertaining to fabricated ownership of the Natural world.
Reviews by Joel
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