If you’ve ever heard the phrase “This is the best thing since sliced bread” and assumed the speaker was referring to an ancient period when mammoths stomped around and our ancestors were striking rocks together to create fire, you’re wrong. Sliced bread was actually invented in 1928 after years of bakers stroking tall hats, wondering how to keep loaves fresh yet perfectly portioned. This means that in modern literature today, we have classic and wonderful books by authors from around the globe who remember that dark period before the convenience of a perfect slice.
Here We Go Again is a behind-the-scenes look at Betty’s career from her start on radio to her first show, Hollywood on Television, to several iterations of The Betty White Show, and much, much more. Packed with wonderful anecdotes about famous personalities and friendships, stories of Betty’s off-screen life, and the comedienne’s trademark humor, this deliciously entertaining book will give readers an entrée into Betty’s fascinating life, confirming yet again why we can’t get enough of this funny lady.
In these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Baker brings a profound, even elegiac sensibility to bear on a gallery of heroes and rascals who have, for better or for worse, stirred the American imagination and become essential parts of our history. Included here are appreciative pieces on the great journalists Murray Kempton and Joseph Mitchell, as well as a sober, almost head-shaking review of overheated memoirs in The New Yorker. Another discusses the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, while one takes up the near-tragic contrast between the myth and the life of Joe DiMaggio.
Set in contemporary Oxford, this incisive novel charts the breakdown of a community. A new mosque is to be built—on the site of a derelict pub—and gradually, half-hidden prejudices begin to surface and relationships between the residents start to sour. Drawing closely on current affairs, this novel investigates what it means to live in a world where paranoia, prejudice, and fear compete with tolerance and diversity.
Wendy’s Fictional Dinner Party Guest: Atticus Finch
Perhaps it’s a cliché to want to have dinner with Atticus Finch—lawyer, father, all-around good man. Atticus is known for his conscience, grace, compassion, and morality. I suspect that his words would be full of insight and wisdom, and challenge me to sit straighter in my chair.
A devastating vision of the Holocaust and the unfillable emptiness it left in the lives of those who passed through it.
A romantic and suspenseful epistolary novel about a group of people trying to make a movie about Moses in the present day, The Lawgiver is a story that emerges from letters, memos, e-mails, journals, news articles, Skype transcripts, and text messages.