With an ingenious plot and unique narrator, this tale of murder and treachery is told from the viewpoint of a fetus — the yet-unborn Hamlet, witness to the conversations and unsavory dealings of those around him. A cleverly imaginative take on Shakespeare’s character, this darkly humorous and skillfully crafted novel reaffirms McEwan as one of the finest writers today.Recommended by Michal D.
Another blockbuster by Timothy Egan! This time it’s the riveting story of an astonishing figure, Irishman Thomas Meagher, who overcame surprising odds to become a hero in his home country and America. Egan’s dramatic biography is not just a portrait of Meagher; it also illumines the beginnings of the great Irish-American story.Recommended by Michal D.
An indispensable guidebook to build your dream career, Guillebeau’s inspiring yet practical advice will get you thinking outside the box and following a path that leads toward your passions. Looking to find the work you were born to do? Then this book is for you.Recommended by Michal D.
A heartbreaking and exceptionally moving memoir by a young surgeon wrestling with the questions met when confronting death, and reflecting on what makes life worth living. An inspiration to us all, Kalanithi’s eloquent and thought-provoking self-examination is unforgettable. I’m grateful for the chance to have read it.Recommended by Michal D.
Envision that an imaginary world you created truly existed. And that your imagined world begat other worlds. Welcome to Arcadia. In his inventive romp audaciously imagined, Pears builds the cosmology and the spectacle of an otherworldly story enchantingly told.Recommended by Michal D.
Aaron Swartz was one of the most visible advocates for the Internet free culture movement before his premature death at age 26. In Peters's engrossing look at Swartz’s life and ideals, the author explores the contentious concept of intellectual property ownership, the history of open access, and the free culture movement in America.Recommended by Michal D.
Relive the adventure or introduce a new reader to Harry, the young boy who takes readers and their imaginations to incredible and magical places, in a story now spectacularly illustrated with over 100 color images.Recommended by Michal D.
The rich storytelling and atmosphere in Brooks’s imaginative new novel based on the life of King David is a humanizing and captivating tale about a complex, fabled figure. Strikingly written and flawlessly conjuring both time and place, Brooks succeeds at re-creating a character, an era, and the drama of history.Recommended by Michal D.
Irving’s novels are peopled with imaginative, surprising, and memorable characters. Juan Diego and his sister, Lupe, scavengers living in a Oaxacan dump, are no exception. Now an adult, Juan Diego reflects back on his life. A story of growing older, memories, and dreams, this absorbing tale reminds us how the past remains a vital connection to our present.Recommended by Michal D.
With the same narrative flair as her captivating biography of Cleopatra, Schiff’s account of the Salem Witch Trials is a dazzling, insightful, and beautifully written portrait of colonial America, the pressures the New World colonies faced, and the women at the heart of the story. An emotionally powerful tale told by a gifted storyteller, this is history at its finest.Recommended by Michal D.
She's back! Stieg Larsson's thrilling characters return in author David Lagercrantz's accomplished hands. Mikael Blomkvist pairs up once again with Lisbeth Salander, the hacker wunderkind, in this stand-alone sequel to the page-turning series.Recommended by Michal D.
An amazing history that recounts the inconceivable events surrounding the... (read more)Recommended by Michal D.