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Featured Books of the Month:
TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR: A Novel by Joshua Ferris
Short listed for the Man Booker Prize, this novel is garnering comparisons from Philip Roth to Joseph Heller. As potentially the first novel to ever focus on social media identity theft (both what that might be like and what questions it raises about modern life), this could be one of only a few novels that has captured what life is like in the early 21st century. Time will tell.
But the consensus, currently, seems to be that this book has a sharp wit, a genuine heart and is laugh-out-loud funny. And that takes no small amount of skill when your protagonist is attempting to balance a life full of contradictions, including the demands of faith with the persistence of doubt.
Available in paperback March 10, 2015, and is currently available for pre-Order on our website!
At 30 years old, it’s hard for many of us to believe this is British novelist, Helen Oyeyemi’s fifth novel. Yes, fifth! Clearly, she is doing what she was born to do.
Boy, Snow, and Bird are all characters in this “Snow White” tale turned on it’s head. It’s about secrets and lies, mothers and daughters, race, racism, and cultural identity. Her Grimm’s Fairy Tale approach makes the story both magical and accessible. If it had to be summed up in just one word? Beautiful.
by Myra MacPherson
Author and journalist Myra MacPherson’s The Scarlet Sisters is sure to resonate within the contemporary political and social climate we currently reside. The sisters are Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee “Tennie” Claflin. These women were definitely scandalous in their day, but time has proven them to be revolutionaries. The sisters were the first women to open a brokerage firm, the first female publishers of a radical weekly, and Victoria herself was the first woman to ever run for president (with former slave Frederick Douglas as her running mate). These women pushed against Victorian conventions with a tenacity and bravery so rare for their time, and MacPherson brings their story to life with wit and style.
This debut novel by Rahman, who was born in Bangladesh, educated at Oxford and Yale, and worked previously as both an investment banker and human rights lawyer, is as wide in scope as his personal life experience. Joyce Carol Oates calls the novel “Remarkable… an adventure story of sorts, echoing not only the canonical Heart of Darkness but F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby“. Can a novel truly live up to such praise?
There is only one way to find out. If you like David Foster Wallace or Kazuo Ishiguro you definitely need to pick up In the Light of What We Know.
Featured Wine of the Month: CHANDON BLANC DE NOIR SPARKLING WINE
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy some sparkling rose! The Chandon Blanc De Noir is dominated by the red fruits: dark cherry, strawberry, and currant.
This Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier blend is from California and has become Chandon’s most popular wine, and is even now served at all White House receptions (yes, that White House!).
This wine pairs well with both salty and sweet – Southwestern, Latin American, Mexican and Asian cuisine.
Featured Event of the Month:
Consuelo: “Essbaum writes with startling clarity in this novel about the pain of being human. I found myself dog-earing and underlining Anna’s self revelations as she navigates her rocky marriage. Each turn of the page is cruel and powerful.”
HAUSFRAU is Essbaum’s debut novel about Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, who lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno—a banker—and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. The novel is an unforgettable story of marriage, fidelity, sex, morality, and most especially self.
Essbaum has previously published several collections of poetry, is a member of the core faculty at the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert Low-Residency MFA program, she lives and writes in Austin, Texas