15 Riveting Reads to Pick Up in May 2013
Stirring new fiction from Isabel Allende, a novel of life after a brother's suicide, a biography of Simón Bolivar and more.
O, The Oprah Magazine |
April 24, 2013
At it's heart, Maya's Notebook' 'is a tale of a girl's journey toward self-discovery, of the fierce power of truth, and of the healing force of love.
We've all felt it, the desire to return to a pivotal moment and handle it differently, changing (for the btter presumably) everything that follows. In Kate Atkinson's dazzling new novel, Life After Life (Reagan Arthur), the fantasy behind that reality turns out to be rivetingly complex.' '
Lorca, the lonely teenager at the center of Jessica Soffer's emotional novel' 'Tomorrow There WIll Be Apricots' '(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is a self-mutilator whose addiction to pain terrorizes her "like an angry wasp"; it's a poor substitute for the warmth her mother, Nancy, doesn't offer.
Willa Cather moved among the eminent literary circles of her day, corresponding with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and Langston Hughes—but the intimacies of her life she reserved mostly for family and friends. In The Selected Letters of Willa Cather' '(Knopf), both sides come to life.
Provocateur Eve Ensler (of The Vagina Monologues fame) makes sense of her illness.
A 6'7" agnostic Mormon with a neurological disorder finds refuge in weight lifting and parlays his passion for books into an unlikely career.
In this literary page-turner, a Boston teacher with dreams of becoming an artist is first enamored of, and the feels betrayed by, a seductive couple who've relocated from Paris.
While taking a break after college to work as a "traildog" in Montana's Glacier National Park, a woman unexpectedly falls in love with the backbreaking labor and decides to stay on.
In this hilarious debut novel, a young Indiana man's job as a bird tracker brings him up close and personal with all manner of creatures.' '
An incandescent first novel set in the small town of Utina, Florida, whose inhabitants struggle to balance tradition and progress.
A fascinating biography of the charismatic military leader who sparked a revolution—written by the former nook review editor of The Washington Post, herself half Peruvian.
A boy growing up in Japanese-occupied Taiwan in the 1940s will do anything to escape his tormenting family and reconnect with his first love in this compelling work of fiction.' '
Years after her brother Sam's suicide, as her family prepares to sell their farm, anthropologist Sarah Pelton digs into the secrets Sam left behind while attempting to live fully without him.
From the author of Drowning Ruth, the story of a young woman who escapes her family's rigid expectations to live as a caretaker in a California lighthouse.' '
Written by the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School, a primer on success that debunks the notion that in business, nice guys finish last.