The overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of - and paean to - the natural world. from the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, richard powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum new york to the late twentieth-century timber wars of the pacific northwest and beyond. there is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. this is the story of a handful of
“I'm not sure if you've read that, but that's the most transformative bit of fiction I have read in a long time.”
Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, e.b. white's stroll around manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of america's foremost literary figures. the new york times has named here is new york one of the ten best books ever written about the metropolis, and the new yorker calls it "the wittiest essay, and one of the most perceptive, ever done on the city.
Brendan doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet william ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. but while attending a lecture given by samuel taylor coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in regency london, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.caught up in the intrigue between rival bands of beggars, pursued by egyptian sorcerers, and befriended by coleridge, doyle somehow survives and learns more about the mysterious ashbless than he could ever have
Only once did david foster wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at kenyon college. the speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in this is water. how does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? how do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? the speech captures wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. after his death, it became a treasured
In the second mountain, david brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. in the second mountain, brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity of dependence. he gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to