Moonglow Michael Chabon
Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue , Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure and the forces that work to destroy us.
In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh , Michael Chabon traveled to his mother s home in Oakland, California, to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis of the novel Moonglow , the latest feat of legerdemain in the ongoing magic act that is the art of Michael Chabon.
Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as my grandfather. It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at mid-century and, above all, of the destructive impact and the creative power of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. A gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the twentieth century, Moonglow is also a tour de force of speculative history in which Chabon attempts to reconstruct the mysterious origins and fate of Chabon Scientific, Co., an authentic mail-order novelty company whose ads for scale models of human skeletons, combustion engines and space rockets were once a fixture in the back pages of Esquire , Popular Mechanics and Boy s Life . Along the way Chabon devises and reveals, in bits and pieces whose hallucinatory intensity is matched only by their comic vigor and the radiant moonglow of his prose, a secret history of his own imagination.
From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York s Wallkill Prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the American Century, Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most daring, his most moving, his most Chabonesque.Check Catalog
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mahem and Fun in the Sandbox Carol Burnett
New York Times bestselling author and living legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of the iconic Carol Burnett Show.Only Carol Burnett has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy Award-winning Carol Burnett Show and share the stories of the guests, skits, and antics that made it legendary. This book is Burnett’s love letter to a golden era in television through the lens of her brilliant show. She skillfully dissects the elements that made the show so successful for eleven lively years–putting the spotlight on everyone from her guest stars to her costars, her celebrated costume designer to her funny cameramen. Written with all the charm, wit, and humor that fans expect from this masterful entertainer, Burnett covers all the topics listeners want to know more about:How the hour-long variety show came to be, in spite of the misgivings of some CBS vice presidents.How she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway.Anecdotes about guest stars, such as: Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, James Garner, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Steve Martin.Carol’s favorite skits for the eleven year run.Listeners will feel like they have the best seat in the house as Carol Burnett reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching itCheck Catalog
Swing Time Zadie Smith
An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On BeautyCheck Catalog
Two brown girls dream of being dancers but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.
But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey the same twists, the same shakes and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.
Scrappy Little Nobody Anna Kendrick
A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect . I m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit Anna Kendrick! Anna Kendrick s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.Check Catalog
Dishonorable Intentions Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington gains an adversary that he can’t seem to shake in the electrifying new adventure from the #1 “New York Times” bestselling author.Check Catalog
Stone Barrington s latest lady friend is full of surprises, both good and ill. A sensual woman with unexpected desires, Stone finds her revelations in the boudoir extremely agreeable. But on the other hand, she also has some unfinished business with a temperamental man who believes Stone is an intolerable obstacle in the way of his goals.
In a cat-and-mouse game that trails from sun-drenched Bel-Air to a peaceful European estate and gorgeous Santa Fe, Stone and his friend remain just one step ahead of their opponent. But their pursuer is not a man who can stand to be thwarted, and tensions are mounting . . . and may soon reach the boiling point.
The View from the Cheap Seats Neil Gaiman
Presents a collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics–from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories–observed in the author’s distinctive, probing, and amusing style.Check Catalog