People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.
Adjustment Day, by the author of Fight Club, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. (Excerpted from Kirkus Reviews)
Fans of David Sedaris will appreciate how Sedaris, now 61, reflects on the corollaries of time on himself as well as his siblings: “It’s not like we don’t see it now. We’re not pessimists, exactly, but in late middle age, when you envision your life ten years down the line, you’re more likely to see a bedpan than a Tony Award.” He keenly observes the differences in his 95-year-old father, the difficulty in finding safe topics to discuss, and the looming specter of time (or lack thereof) hanging over each interaction: “…The silence my father and I inflicted on each other back then is now exacerbated by his advanced age. Every time I see him could be the last, and the pressure I feel to make our conversation meaningful paralyzes me.” (Bookreporter.com)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fourth novel.
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. (Bookreporter.com)
This intense read about Romy Hill, a woman serving 2 life sentences inside a maximum-security prison, opens a window for the reader into a side of San Francisco with which most are not familiar. You learn about Romy's pre-prison life. She has a son she supports by doing lap dances at the seedy Mars Room. There she meets a man who becomes her stalker, creating the tension that erupts into murder. The underbelly of the twenty-somethings, disenfranchised, exposed to violence, drugs and gratuitous sex is a landscape from which we would prefer to look away.
Circe manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right. With a guide to gods and goddesses at the end of the book, you do not need an education in the classics to apprieciate the marvelous writiing and page-turning adventure with a heroine worthy of our highest regard.
John McCain has written an inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. While confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
A new, tongue-in-cheek book for the recent graduate, Assume the Worst is hilarious. With illustrations by Roz Chast (of New Yorker fame), this book is sure to amuse the graduate in your life.
"Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians (soon to be a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Gemma Chan) and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance. " (Amazon.com)