Books You Can Devour on a Long Flight
When else do you have time to read a novel
in one sitting? These totally engrossing tales will have you turning pages—takeoff
December 10, 2013
In her quietly magnificent new work of fiction, her first in
seven years, National Book Award winner Alice McDermott trains her masterly
microscope on a single, unremarkable woman and the Brooklyn neighborhood she
inhabits for nearly three decades.
Just about everybody in the world knows that
J.K. Rowling, of Harry
Potter fame, is the real identity of Robert Galbraith.
From the author of The Color of Water
comes a gut-wrenching and suspenseful fictional tale inspired by real events—starring a slave boy who, along with the abolitionist John Brown, helps change the course of American history.
In Donna Tartt's latest novel, The Goldfinch' 'it takes just a split second for 13-year-old Theo's life to be upended.
In a bid for the order she craves, Celia' 'has bought a subdivided Brooklyn brownstone and serves as its live-in landlady. Prudent Celia selects unobtrusive tenants, most of whose best years, like hers, seem largely behind them: a retired ferry captain, a single schoolteacher, a humorless activist. But their neatly compartmentalized existence is destabilized when Celia allows the teacher to sublet his flat to an unnervingly beautiful woman with the fraught name of Hope.
Thea Atwell is the headstrong 15-year-old at the center of Anton DiSclafani's sparkling debut novel.
This memoir by one of Ireland's greatest fiction writers has the grit of Angela's Ashes and the sensuality of a D.H. Lawrence novel. All the juicy gossip is a fabulous bonus.
It doesn't matter if you relished or reviled Eat, Pray, Love. With this novel about a young 19th-century philadelphia woman who becomes a world-renowned botanist, Elizabeth Gilbert shows herself to be a writer at the height of her powers. Surprisingly, it turns out moss is a riveting subject.
Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers' 'is the saga of an electric young woman's full-throttle pursuit of love amid the class war and cultural upheaval of the late '70s.
Julie Jacobson begins the summer of '74 as an outsider at arts camp until she is accepted into a clique of teenagers with whom she forms a lifelong bond.' '
is the legacy of war—and how long does it last—are the questions behind this brilliant, utterly
gripping novel. Humanitarian lawyer Tom Harrington heads to devastated Haiti to
investigate the murder of one Jackie Scott, a photographer who so obsessed him,
that "even in her death he was without a cure for her."