“Emily, Alone” by Stewart O’Nan. (Penguin, $15)
Just released in paperback, O’Nan’s intimate novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of visits from her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when she loses the company of her sole companion, Emily’s life changes in unexpected ways. She discovers a hidden inner strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities. Once again making the ordinary and overlooked not merely visible but vital to understanding our own lives, O’Nan confirms his position as an American master. Stewart O’Nan will be at Watermark on Jan. 26 for a reading and signing, the second of four events in Watermark’s Penguin Author Series.
“The Ex-Nun Poems” by Jeanine Hathaway (Finishing Line Press, $14)
In her latest volume of poetry, Hathaway — a former Dominican nun — reflects on experiences with both joy and regret, explores how the past influences the present, and proves that we all, in some way or another, bear the title “ex.” “The Ex-Nun Poems” follow Hathaway’s previous volume “The Self As Constellation” (winner of the 2001 Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry) and the autobiographical novel “Motherhouse.” Hathaway has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and was an associate professor of English at Wichita State University from 1974-2011, receiving the Wichita State University Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993, as well as the Seaton Award for Poetry in 1985 and 1990.
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4. "Flint Hills" by Mark Feiden & Jim Hoy
5. "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness
6. "Pity the Billionaire" by Thomas Frank
7. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever" by Jeff Kinney
8. "Destiny of the Republic" by Candice Millard
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Source: Watermark Books & Cafe