The first of Anjelica Huston’s two-volume memoir begins with tales of her storybook childhood home (a richly-decorated estate) in Ireland, her teenage home in hip sixties London, and her troubling first years in New York.
Libba Bray’s The Diviners is the first in a series that follows 17-year old Evie O’Neill. It’s the 1920s and after getting into some trouble at home in Ohio, Evie has just been sent to Manhattan to live with her uncle Will, the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult – or as its commonly called among New Yorkers – the Museum of Creepy Crawlies.
What happens when you write the following sentence on a public wall, “Before I die I want to ____________”? You receive enough passionate, heartbreaking, funny, and honest responses to fill a book, presenting a poignant picture of humanity. Author Candy Chang worked with community organizations all over the world to create these walls on construction sites, plazas, campus, and houses.
Bai Jiang (By Chang) is a souxun (so-SOON), a people finder who works out of her office in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Bai has a delicate relationship with the Chinese triads, gangs, who also work in Chinatown. She was born into a triad family, is the heir of her grandfather, a former triad leader, but she has Buddhist leanings and prefers not to use violence.
There’s a reason fairy tales are timeless. They inspire countless spins on fables deeply familiar to us. The Fairest of Them All freshens up the Rapunzel tale while keeping the basic elements loved by all. The author, who will be attending Omaha’s Litfest October 19, has filled the story with unexpected twists and turns that modern day readers will enjoy.
In the era of food blogs and iPhone cameras, pictures matter. Meatless, a sizable collection of vegetarian recipes from the Martha Stewart Living team, offers us enticing full color photos for each of the 200+ recipes. In fact, the whole book reeks of the signature Martha finesse that her followers have come to expect–sophistication and simplicity with a whiff of obsessive detail.
Attending Omaha Litfest on October 19, this author has written a darkly humorous novel that is both intimate and shocking in its details. Parents often have unspeakable thoughts and this book reveals them. Drake’s characters, male and female, explore their feelings about parenthood alongside a secondary narrative that provides insight into the complex reproduction of zoo animals.
Imagine yourself having a drink with friends in a public tavern. The next thing you know you’re chained to a floor awaiting transport to an undisclosed location. Is this the Middle East? No. This was the United States in 1841.
Solomon Northup was a freely born African American traveling in New York when he was abducted and sold into slavery. Solomon spent twelve years on the plantations of southern Louisiana.