How Joseph Luzzi escaped the heartbreak of inheriting his parents’ Italy forms the core of “My Two Italies,” a brilliant tour de force that is part memoir, part cultural criticism and part paean to the magical city of Florence. A narrative at once elegant and elegiac, the book encapsulates the essence of contemporary Italy – sordid politics, organized crime, the bella figura – in a fast-paced prose that rushes by much too quickly.
Can a satire also be an homage? Apparently so. It’s tricky to pull off, but Julie Schumacher does it in “Dear Committee Members,” the story of a beleaguered English professor toiling away at a nameless liberal-arts college.
“We’ve lost the real Jesus – or at least exchanged him for a newer, safer, sanitized, ineffectual one,” Jefferson Bethke writes. “We claim Jesus is our homeboy, but sometimes we look more like the people Jesus railed against.”
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Aug. 17, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.
Since she began her career writing for Seventeen magazine, Gayle Forman's evolution to author of best-selling young adult novels was not a stretch. Her latest book, "If I Stay," has been translated to the big screen and is in theaters this Friday. It is the story of young Mia and Adam's love, music and choices. The 44-year-old lives in Brooklyn, is married and the mother of two young girls. The sequel to "If I Stay" is "Where She Went," available only in book form - so far.
Nearly a half century before Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson crossed paths on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, a 21-year-old man named Marquette Frye was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, just outside of Watts.
“White Beech” is Germaine Greer’s 11th book, and it is the story of a decade spent developing the Cave Creek Rainforest Rehabilitation Scheme on a former dairy farm in the northeastern Australian state of Queensland, where she put her habitat-rebuilding theories to the test.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Aug. 10, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.
Mat Honan at Wired did a little experiment, where he liked everything - read: EVERYTHING - in his Facebook News Feed for 48 hours. Even things he hated. He wanted to see how that would affect what Facebook showed him.
Want to see a grandstand show at the Kansas State Fair? We're giving away two pairs of tickets to see the Country Gold concert starring Leroy Van Dyke, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, T.G. Sheppard (pictured) and Eddy Raven.