How are young women supposed to see each other clearly when they can´t even see themselves? This razor-sharp novel ´´perfectly captures [the] power dynamics and identity issues that...women are forced to face.” (Marie Claire, Must-Read Books of 2019) Fiona and Liv are seniors at Buchanan College, a small liberal arts school in rural Pennsylvania. Fiona, who is still struggling emotionally after the death of her younger sister, is spending her final college year sleeping with abrasive men she meets in bars. Liv is happily coupled and on the fast track to marriage with an all-American frat boy. Both of their journeys, and their friendship, will be derailed by the relationships they develop with Oliver Ash, a ruggedly good-looking visiting literature professor whose first novel was published to great success when he was 26. But now Oliver is in his early 40s, with thinning hair and a checkered past, including talk of a relationship with an underage woman - a former student - at a previous teaching job. Meanwhile, Oliver’s wife, Simone, is pursuing an academic research project in Berlin, raising their five-year-old son, dealing with her husband’s absence, and wondering if their marriage is beyond repair. This sly, stunning, wise-beyond-its-years novel is told from the perspectives of the three women and showcases Mandy Berman’s talent for exploring the complexities of desire, friendship, identity, and power dynamics in the contemporary moment. Praise for The Learning Curve ´´Readers expecting a typical love triangle won’t find one. Instead, Berman delivers a thorough and incredibly timely investigation into relationship power imbalances that’s sure to start a lot of conversations.” (The Millions)´´Fiona and Liv are two best friends who became inseparable after Fiona experienced a family tragedy. Senior year of college, their lives are head 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karissa Vacker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/007028/bk_rand_007028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Oh what adventures the Dinky Ducklings have, as they travel to visit their aunt and uncle, down the road at Duckville on the Ditch. Talking ducks, a sly fox, a rabbit family, and a wise old turtle, are a few of the characters joyfully brought to life, in this listening adventure that makes everyone smile. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nancy Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/clbt/000066/bk_clbt_000066_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Twenty-five years after Jesus´ Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson NATIONAL BESTSELLER ? NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Dwight Garner, The New York Times ? Maureen Corrigan, NPR´s Fresh Air ? Chicago Tribune ? Newsday ? New York ? Vulture ? AV Club ? Publishers Weekly ´´Ranks with the best fiction published by any American writer during this short century.´´-New York ´´A posthumous masterpiece.´´-Entertainment Weekly NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review ? The Washington Post ? NPR ? The Boston Globe ? New York Public Library ? Kirkus Reviews The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson´s death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come. Praise for The Largesse of the Sea Maiden ´´An instant classic.´´-Newsday ´´Exceptional luminosity . . . hits a powerful vein.´´-The New York Times Book Review ´´Grace and oblivion are inextricably yoked in these transcendent stories. . . . [Johnson´s] gift is to extract the beauty in all that brokenness.´´-The Wall Street Journal ´´Nobody ever wrote like Denis Johnson. Nobody ever came close. . . . We´re just left with this miraculous book, these perfect stories, the last words from one of the world´s greatest writers.´´-NPR ´´Johnson offers visions and sadness and laughter. But it´s the sentences-those adamantine, poetic sentences-that made him one of America´s great and lasting writers. It´s the sentences that live on.´´-The Boston Globe ´´Johnson´s fiction . . . overflows with creative energy, moving from one beauty to another with a mercurial, at times almost chaotic grace.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´Sly, open-ended, and meticulously wise . . . [Johnson] is a writer whose ambitions were in their own way as broad and burgeoning as Dostoyevsky´s. He is for all time.´´-Rachel Kushner, Bookforum
A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to ´´Our Father Below´´. At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joss Ackland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003070/bk_harp_003070_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to ´´Our Father Below´´. At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation, and triumph over it, ever written. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ralph Cosham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001759/bk_blak_001759_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The next book from Ben Orlin, the popular math blogger and author of the underground bestseller Math With Bad Drawings. Change Is The Only Constant is an engaging and eloquent exploration of the intersection between calculus and daily life, complete with Orlin´s sly humor and wonderfully bad drawings. Change is the Only Constant is an engaging and eloquent exploration of the intersection between calculus and daily life, complete with Orlin´s sly humor and memorably bad drawings. By spinning 28 engaging mathematical tales, Orlin shows us that calculus is simply another language to express the very things we humans grapple with every day -- love, risk, time, and most importantly, change. Divided into two parts, ´´Moments´´ and ´´Eternities,´´ and drawing on everyone from Sherlock Holmes to Mark Twain to David Foster Wallace, Change is the Only Constant unearths connections between calculus, art, literature, and a beloved dog named Elvis. This is not just math for math´s sake; it´s math for the sake of becoming a wiser and more thoughtful human.
Internationally best-selling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels - including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates - provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless fans to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads. In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures - told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters. Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the ´60s psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Keith Szarabajka. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003935/bk_harp_003935_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.