Murder in the Dark

By Margaret Atwood

First released in 1983, homicide at nighttime is Margaret Atwood's 7th paintings of fiction or her 10th booklet of poetry, looking on the way you slice it. those brief prose types diversity from fictionalized autobiography via prose-poetry, mini-romance, and mini--science fiction.

A banquet of comedian leisure, homicide at midnight is Atwood at her wittiest, such a lot considerate, and most inspiring.

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Cranford / Cousin Phillis (Penguin Classics)

By Elizabeth Gaskell

"Cranford" depicts the lives and preoccupations of the population of a small village - their petty snobberies and urge for food for gossip, and their unswerving help for every different in instances of want. The village is ruled via girls, from the kindly spinster omit Matty, residing in genteel poverty along with her redoubtable sister, to girl Glenmire, who shocks every body by way of marrying the general practitioner. while males do look, equivalent to 'modern' Captain Brown or Matty's suitor from the earlier, they convey disruption and pleasure to the standard lifetime of Cranford. This quantity comprises the novella "Cousin Phillis", which depicts a fleeting love affair in a rural group at a time whilst outdated values are being supplanted by means of the hot. either works are exquisitely saw tragicomedies of human nature, advised with nice delicacy and affection.

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The Miracle Girl

By Andrew Roe

“An uplifting miracle of a book.”  —Will Allison, writer of Long force Home

“A profitable debut . . . energetic, pitch-perfect and guaranteed . . . Roe’s tale feels best for our determined and despairing time, while a miracle--any miracle--will do.” —Kirkus studies, starred review

The crowds maintain coming. a growing number of each day, drawn by means of rumor and whisper and determined want. they arrive to Shaker highway to work out eight-year-old Anabelle Vincent, who lies in a coma-like state--unable to maneuver or communicate. they arrive simply because a customer skilled what looked like a miracle and believed it occurred due to Anabelle. notice spreads. There are extra viewers, extra intended miracles, extra tales on television and the web. yet is that this the divine at paintings or whatever else?

Set opposed to the backdrop of the impending millennium--with all its buzz approximately reckoning and doom--this awesome debut novel is informed throughout the eyes of Anabelle’s committed mom, who cares for her baby whereas attempting to make feel of the media frenzy surrounding her; Anabelle’s estranged father, who's facing the guilt of his activities; the Miracle lady herself; and the viewers who search her aid, her tips, and her healing.

but The Miracle Girl tells a bigger tale in regards to the human craving for anything to think in, and the way discovering the striking within the daily can outline us, exhilarate us, problem us, and maintain us.

“To think or to not believe--that is the query dealing with all who're touched by way of Anabelle, the comatose ‘miracle woman’ on the swirling heart of Andrew Roe’s superb debut.” —Will Allison, writer of Long force Home

“Incisive and insightful . . .  a unique approximately what it ability to be human; to be misplaced or damaged, a bit or much; and to hunt connection and desire and even perhaps transcendence on the earth round us.” —Doug Dorst, coauthor of S.

“Andrew Roe’s novel struggles to comprise the breadth of the author’s expertise. there's a precision and objective in every one sentence. The characters are steeped in complexity. those are humans we know, being affected by either the generic and the marvelous. a beautiful and pleasing debut.” —Jason Mott, writer of The ask yourself of All Things

“A attractive, convinced debut that examines the unusual accountability of being believed in.” —Peter Rock, writer of My Abandonment

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The War Of The Rosens

By Janice Eidus

The warfare of the Rosens, set in 1965, is set an eccentric Jewish kin within the Bronx during which the sibling competition among younger sisters—one of whom is heavily ill—reaches a risk element, forcing each one loved one to stand the constraints and complexities of affection and faith.

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Reading Penguin: A Critical Anthology

Based via Allen Lane in 1935, Penguin Books quickly turned the main learn writer within the uk and was once synonymous with the British paperback. Making prime quality interpreting cost effectively on hand to hundreds of thousands, Penguin helped democratise studying. In so doing, Penguin performed an enormous half within the cultural and highbrow lifetime of the English conversing international. For this publication, which has its origins within the winning overseas convention held at Bristol collage in 2010 to mark seventy five years of Penguin Books, regarded students from various fields research a variety of points of Penguin’s value and achievement.

David Cannadine and Simon Eliot provide large historic views of Penguin’s position and effect. different students, together with Alistair McCleery, Kimberley Reynolds, Andrew Sanders, Claire Squires, Susie Harries, Andrew Nash, Tom Boll and William John Lyons study extra particularised subjects.

These diversity from the breaking of the woman Chatterley ban to the visions of the long run contained in Puffin Books; from Penguin Classics to the scholarly and advertisement pursuits in publishers’ anniversaries; from the paintings and architectural histories of Nikolaus Pevsner to the paintings and layout of Penguin covers; and from the interpretation of poetry to the transcription of the useless Sea Scrolls. jointly the essays depict a lot of what it was once that made Penguin an important British publishing condo of the 20 th century.

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A Different Kind of Normal

By Cathy Lamb

From acclaimed writer Cathy Lamb comes a hot and poignant tale approximately moms and sons, family members and forgiveness--and loving an individual sufficient to allow them to be real to themselves. . .

Jaden Bruxelle is familiar with that existence is invaluable. She sees it in her paintings as a hospice nurse, a task jam-packed with compassion and humor even at the saddest days. and he or she sees it in Tate, the boy she has raised as her son ever considering the fact that her sister gave him up at start. Tate is seventeen, academically amazing, humorous, and loving. he is additionally a skilled basketball participant regardless of having been born with an abnormally huge head--something Jaden's mom blames on a kinfolk curse. Jaden dismisses that as nonsense, simply as she ignores the legends approximately witches and magic within the kinfolk.

Over the years, Jaden has concentrated all her strength on her activity and on sheltering Tate from the area. Tate, for his half, simply desires to be a typical child. via his web publication, he is slowly achieving out, discovering his voice. He desires to try for the school basketball crew. He desires his mother to target her personal lifestyles for a transformation, perhaps even date back.

Jaden is familiar with she must permit go--of Tate, of her fears and anger, and of the duties she makes use of as a safeguard. and during a chain of unforeseen occasions and revelations, she's approximately to benefit how. simply because as pricey as existence should be, its in basic terms genuine worth comes once we are keen to stay it totally, no matter if that suggests risking all of it.

Beautifully written, delicate and precise, A diverse form of general is a narrative approximately embracing love and event, and studying to appear forward for the 1st time. . .

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Between Medieval Men: Male Friendship and Desire in Early Medieval English Literature

By David Clark

Between Medieval males argues for the significance of synoptically analyzing the total variety of same-sex family members within the Anglo-Saxon interval, revisiting recognized texts and matters (as good as fabric frequently thought of marginal) from a extensively varied standpoint. The introductory chapters first lay out the premises underlying the e-book and its severe context, then emphasise the necessity to steer clear of glossy cultural assumptions approximately either male-female and male-male relationships, and underline the paramount position of homosocial bonds in outdated English literature. half II then investigates the development of and attitudes to same-sex acts and identities in ethnographic, penitential, and theological texts, ranging broadly during the previous English corpus and drawing on Classical, Medieval Latin, and outdated Norse fabric. half III expands the focal point to homosocial bonds in outdated English literature with a purpose to discover the variety of institutions for same-sex intimacy and their illustration in literary texts similar to Genesis A, Beowulf, The conflict of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, The Phoenix, and AElfric's Lives of Saints.

During the process the book's argument, David Clark uncovers numerous under-researched matters and indicates fruitful methods for his or her research. He concludes that, in omitting to invite sure questions of Anglo-Saxon fabric, in being too prepared to just accept the established order indicated via the extant corpus, in uncritically uploading invisible (because normative) heterosexist assumptions in our examining, we chance misrepresenting the range and complexity extra nuanced method of problems with gender and sexuality indicates could be extra surely attribute of the period.

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Language, Truth, and Literature: A Defence of Literary Humanism

By Richard Gaskin

In accordance with the literary humanist, works of imaginitive literature have an aim which means that is mounted on the time in their creation and that is a similar for all readers, then and thereafter, no longer topic to the vagaries of person readers' responses. Such works discuss with the true international and make statements approximately that global that are of cognitive in addition to aesthetic worth; the 2 varieties of worth are certainly in detail hooked up. Richard Gaskin deals a defence of literary humanism, so understood, opposed to attack from instructions. at the one hand, a few analytic aestheticians have argued that works of literature don't endure referentially at the global and don't make actual statements approximately it; others carry that such works are not making a contribution to wisdom; others back permit that works of literature can have cognitive price, yet deny that this relies on their having fact or reference. nonetheless, reception-theorists and deconstructionists have rejected the humanist's objectivist perception of literary which means, and customarily take a pragmatist and anti-realist method of fact and which means. This latter, poststructuralist remedy of literature has usually been observed by way of an intensive politicization of its research. In protecting literary humanism opposed to those a number of sorts of assault, Gaskin indicates that the studying and appreciation of literature is a cognitive job absolutely on a par with medical research, and that we will be able to and will have interaction in it disinterestedly for the sake of what should be learnt concerning the global and our position in it.

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Ovid and Hesiod: The Metamorphosis of the Catalogue of Women

By Ioannis Ziogas

The impact on Ovid of Hesiod, crucial archaic Greek poet after Homer, has been underestimated. but, as this booklet exhibits, a profound engagement with Hesiod's issues is significant to Ovid's poetic international. As a poet who praised girls rather than males and opted for stylistic delicacy rather than epic grandeur, Hesiod is usually contrasted with Homer. Ovid revives this epic contention via environment the Hesiodic personality of his Metamorphoses opposed to the Homeric personality of Virgil's Aeneid. Dr Ziogas explores not just Ovid's intertextual engagement with Hesiod's works but in addition his discussion with the wealthy scholarly, philosophical and literary culture of Hesiodic reception. an incredible contribution to the examine of Ovid and the broader poetry of the Augustan age, the e-book additionally types a great case learn in how the reception of earlier traditions can develop into the motive force of poetic production.

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Fates and Furies: A Novel

By Lauren Groff

A FINALIST FOR THE 2015 nationwide booklet AWARD
NPR MORNING version ebook membership PICK
NAMED A most sensible booklet OF THE 12 months by means of: THE WASHINGTON submit, NPR, TIME, THE SEATTLE instances, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, SLATE, LIBRARY magazine, KIRKUS, AND MANY MORE

“Lauren Groff is a author of infrequent presents, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly formidable novel that gives you – with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout.” —The New York instances e-book Review (cover review)

“Elaborate, sensual...a author whose books are too unique and strange to be missed."—The manhattan instances
Fates and Furies is a clear-the-ground triumph.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

From the award-winning, New York Times- bestselling writer of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, essentially the most expected books of the autumn: a thrilling novel approximately marriage, creativity, paintings, and conception.

Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. a blinding exam of a wedding, it's also a portrait of artistic partnership written through the best writers of her generation. 

each tale has facets. each courting has views. and infrequently, it seems, the most important to a very good marriage isn't its truths yet its secrets and techniques. on the middle of this wealthy, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff offers the tale of 1 such marriage over the process twenty-four years.

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, head over heels in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage remains to be the envy in their pals, yet with an electrical thrill we remember the fact that issues are much more advanced and noteworthy than they've got appeared. With gorgeous revelations and a number of threads, and in prose that's vibrantly alive and unique, Groff grants a deeply pleasant novel approximately love, paintings, creativity, and gear that's in contrast to something that has come earlier than it. Profound, incredible, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs either the brain and the guts.

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