Thubron has written a memoir of discovery and loss, chronicling the author's journey to the holiest mountain on earth, the solitary peak of Kailas in modern-day Tibet. Thubron undertakes this journey in the wake of his mother's death, using the pilgrimage as a lens to examine both his deeply felt loss and his lifelong need for solitude.
The yoga bible : the definitive guide to yoga postures
Oct 14, 2013 - Oct 17, 2013
Featuring over 150 yogic postures from the main schools of yoga, including Iyengar and Astanga Vinyasa, this guide provides a comprehensive illustrated step-by-step book to achieving the postures, and advice on altering them where necessary with easier postures highlighted for beginners.
Call the midwife : a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times
Oct 14, 2013 - Oct 17, 2013
Jennifer Worth was just twenty-two when she volunteered to spend her early years of midwifery training in London's East End in the 1950s. Coming from a sheltered background there were tough lessons to be learned. Seeing brutality and tragedy first hand, Jennifer dealt with it with amazing kindness and understanding - and a great deal of Cockney humor.
"PURE is a dark adventure that is both startling and addictive at once. Pressia Belze is one part manga heroine and one part post-apocalyptic Alice, stranded in a surreal Wonderland where everyone and everything resonates with what has been lost. Breathtaking and frightening. I couldn't stop reading PURE." (Danielle Trussoni)
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protege of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold "A well-drawn world, full of deceit and mythology, populated by entirely believable characters. Full of truly surprising twists and turns, beautiful imagery and a protagonist it's impossible not to root for, this is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." (RT Book Reviews)
Alice Munro just won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. With clarity and ease, Munro renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories that shed light on the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives. "Profound and beautiful." (Francine Prose)
It is 1970 in a small town in California. Bean Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. Bean and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in Charlotte's family for generations. Walls has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustice.
When Cryptessa Muldoon, a Hollywood has-been who spends her days making enemies with everyone on the street, is found murdered on Halloween night, Jaine Austen, to prove her own innocence, must unmask a killer among a neighborhood filled with suspects. "Levine's latest finds her at her witty and wacky best." (Kirkus Reviews)
Determined to get to Nashville to find her mother in 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home, eventually accepting a ride from a Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. "Crandall delivers big with a coming-of-age story set in Mississippi in 1963 and narrated by precocious 9-year-old Starla, an endearing character whose spirited observations propel this nicely crafted story." (KIRKUS)
Kohen assembles America's most prominent comediennes to piece together an oral history about the revolution that happened to (and by) women in American comedy. There were battles to fight and preconceptions to shake before we could arrive in a world in which women like Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, and Tina Fey can be smart, attractive, sexually confident--and, most of all, flat-out funny.
Crissa Stone is a career criminal who has pulled a number of impressive heists by knowing how to keep her mouth shut and her temper in check. Still, as good as she is, she wants to get out of the life. All she needs is one last big score, enough to bribe her lover's way out on parole, set up a safe and stable new life, and get her daughter back. "This one offers plenty of excitement and plot twists, a solid body count, and vividly drawn characters. Crissa is crime fiction's best career criminal since Richard Stark's Parker. . ." (Booklist)
Yearning for adventure, the well-bred Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin sister. However, the move puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they've abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life. " Both elegant and swashbuckling, romantic and rollicking--an entertaining, satisfying romance" (Kirkus)
Dan gets a minivan : life at the intersection of dude and dad
Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 9, 2013
Just announced as this year's winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, Zevin chronicles a man's inevitable transition into mid-life and fatherhood." Zevin is one hilarious house-husband--like Seinfeld for the stay-at-home-dad set. Raise a sippy cup and cheer him on." (People)
Two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, whose lives unexpectedly intertwine . . .2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves.1852: Josephine is a seventeen-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm--an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. "Infused with ominous atmosphere and evocative detail...a dramatic montage of narrative and personal testimonies that depicts the grotesque routines of the slave trade, the deadly risks of the Underground Railroad and the impossible choices that slaves and abolitionists faced."-(Washington Post)
In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along.... "A provocative tale of forbidden love and madness. Eerie and edgy - and effective as Poe." (Kirkus)