Following a terrible fight with her mother over her
boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on
her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage
runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew
only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for
psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the
English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her
reality until they assume the aura of Read More »
How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life
The budget battles of recent years have amplified the
warnings of demographic doomsayers who predicted that a wave
of baby boomers would bleed America dry, bankrupting Social
Security and Medicare as they faded into an impoverished old
age. On the contrary, argues award-winning journalist Chris
Farrell, we are instead on the verge of a broad, positive
transformation of our economy and society.
The old idea of “retirement”—a word that means withdrawal,
describing a Read More »
A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the
phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from
reading works of literature, from one of our very best book
jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.
What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe
Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what,
exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented
images on a page—a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat
positioned Read More »
Peter Mendelsund has enjoyed years as a much-sought-after
book cover designer and art director. Among the many
recognizable jackets he has created are those for The Girl
with the Dragon Tattoo; collections of the works of Joyce,
Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, and Foucault; the
contemporary works of Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus,
Jo Nesbø, and James Gleick; and many more. All have greatly
benefited from the care and touch Mendelsund gave them Read More »
One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be
cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless—bordering on
masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a
deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting
thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his
family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of
ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated
like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. Those
who take it personally Read More »
A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a
border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980's, as
each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate
and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans,
even at the expense of their shared family history. This is
really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives
in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America Read More »
A fully realized portrait of one woman’s life in
all its complexity, by the National Book Award–winning author
An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its
bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an
ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice
McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the
publication of After This. Scattered recollections—of
childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age Read More »
A Gynecologist Finally Fixes the Medical Problems That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life
Love Sex Again is an all-encompassing guide to women's
sexual health from Dr. Lauren Streicher, a cutting-ede
Gynecologist, and a regular on The Dr. Oz Show.
Ladies, what if one of America's leading sexual specialists
and Gynecologist told you that she knew your body better
than you did? What if she told you that she could fix the
problems that are making your sex life less than perfect?
More than 100 Read More »
It’s the rule—always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When
a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay
in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A
bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing
everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep
twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills
the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead.
Fives and twenty-fives mark the Read More »
An account of sordidness and redemption by the Dartmouth
fraternity member whose Rolling Stone profile blew the
whistle on the frat's inhumane hazing practices.
Always trust the brotherhood.
Always protect your pledge brothers.
What happens in the house stays in the house.
Before attending Dartmouth, the worst thing Andrew Lohse had
ever done was skip school to attend a John McCain rally.
Growing up in suburban New Jersey, he was the typical
American honor Read More »
The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students
What is the value of a college degree?
four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So
is the belief that education offers a ticket to a better
life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion
mark and unemployment on the rise, people are beginning to
question that value. Is a college diploma still worth
pursuing at any price?
At the age of twelve, Jonas, a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life.
"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be
Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a
seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty,
unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a
time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion
is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life.
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each
twelve year old receives a Read More »