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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE • ROXANE GAY'S AUDACIOUS BOOK CLUB PICK Shortlisted for the The Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction
Set against the harsh reality of an unforgiving landscape and culture, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon provides a vision of the Old West unlike anything seen before. The narrator, Shed, is one of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction: a half-Indian bisexual boy who lives and works at the Indian Head Hotel in the tiny town of Excellent, Idaho.
The first book in the word-of-mouth phenomenon debut fantasy series about one man's dangerous journey through a labyrinthine world.
"One of my favorite books of all time" -- Mark Lawrence
My most esteemed books find places on one of two mental lists I keep. Persons sometimes ask me what are my favorite books and I am stymied until I parse them into two principals. When I hear favorite, my mind goes first to affection and I think of the books I simply love. Most of these are literary and as I list them, I feel anxious not including as many titles I have read that earned my high respect without the swoon of love because of the affect they had on my beliefs and thinking. These books are found on my Most Important books list.
I am here , and there is nothing to say .
Since my twenties, I have periodically selected a number of my favorite books and photographed them in a large rectangle. While the books were not sorted, the old photos show my evolution of taste. John Cage’s 1961 Silence has been among them for decades. Most notably, it is the only book that finds its way onto both of my esteemed book lists. I have high affection for the experience of reading it and the ideas it contains influenced me in enduring ways. In 2011 Wesleyan University Press issued a 50th Anniversary edition which is still available today.
A bird flies
Slavery is abolished
A sound has no legs to stand on.
The world is teeming: anything can happen.
Cage is known as a composer. He rebelled against the rigid formalities of his classical training. He decided all sound was viable for music.
In 1952 he first performed 4’33” which was very important and very boring. But with 4’33” is found a definitive frontier in the field of music. Silence. Since his simple (and silly) act, the field of creative play is larger.
Deeply thought-provoking, these genius stories will have you pondering reality and the possibilities of the not-so-distant future.
- Review by Thomas
“Nothing short of a masterpiece.” —NPR Books
A New York Times Bestseller and a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year
In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.
Miuko isn't a beauty of particularly clever. She's average, often a klutz, and completely unextraordinary. But then she's kissed and cursed by a demon and she must go on a quest to find a cure. She's aided and impeded by spirits, gods, monsters, and even other demons. These supernatural characters are utterly human in personality and actions. This Japanese-inspired fantasy is engrossing and humorous. Every page is welcomingly and entertainingly readable.
Robert McFarlane's beautiful prose in Underland is captivating as you journey with him through tight and wet places, to under sea potash mines, ancient buriel tombs, the eerie catacombs of Paris and the intricate web of fungal communication between the roots of trees, affectionately known as the "Wood Wide Web." You might just add some of the places he explores to your bucket list.
- Review by Frank