The Sense of an Ending (Borzoi Books) by Julian Barnes Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â PR 6052 .A6657 S46 2011
This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought aboutâ€”until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought heâ€™d left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought heâ€™d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnesâ€™s oeuvre.
Damned : life is short. Death is forver. by Chuck Palahniuk Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â PS 3566 .A4554 D35 2011
â€œAre you there, Satan? Itâ€™s me, Madison,â€ declares the whip-tongued thirteen-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniukâ€™s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a mariÂjuana overdoseâ€”and the next thing she knows, sheâ€™s in Hell. Madison shares her cell with a motley crew of young sinners that is almost too good to be true: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by fate to form the six-feet-under version of everyoneâ€™s favorite detention movie. Madison and her pals trek across the Dandruff Desert and climb the treacherous Mountain of Toenail Clippings to confront Satan in his citadel. All the popcorn balls and wax lips that serve as the currency of Hell wonâ€™t buy them off.
This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno where The English Patient plays on endÂless repeat, roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb, and the damned interrupt your dinner from their sweltering call center to hard-sell you Hell. He makes eternal torment, well, simply divine.
Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department . . . but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observÂing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tolÂerate displeasure . . . in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.
Like the previous five best-selling novels in the Dexter series, Double Dexter
showcases the witty, macabre origiÂnality that has propelled Jeff Lindsay to international sucÂcess. Double Dexter
is raucously entertaining . . . full of smart suspense and dark laughs.
Â The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel (The Cousins’ War) by Philippa Gregory Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â PR 6057 .R386 L33 2011
Passion. Danger. Witchcraft . . .The Lady of the Rivers is #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregoryâ€™s remarkable story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the Wars of the Roses.
Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream.Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the dukeâ€™s squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the dukeâ€™s death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen.The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta can sense the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of royal rivals. Not even their courage and loyalty can keep the House of Lancaster on the throne. Henry the king slides into a mysterious sleep; Margaret the queen turns to untrustworthy favorites for help; and Richard, Duke of York, threatens to overturn the whole kingdom for his rival dynasty.Jacquetta fights for her king, her queen, and for her daughter Elizabeth for whom Jacquetta can sense an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York.A sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend and drawing on years of research, The Lady of the Rivers
tells the story of the real-life mother of the white queen.Â Zone One: A Novel by Colson WhiteheadÂ Â PS 3573 .H4768 Z36 2011Â
In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuildÂing civilization under orders from the provisional governÂment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Streetâ€”aka Zone Oneâ€”but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous varietyâ€”the â€œmalfunctioningâ€ stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams workÂing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitzâ€™s desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world.And then things start to go wrong.Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One brilÂliantly subverts the genreâ€™s conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century
Van Gogh: The LifeÂ by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â N 6953 .G3 N35 2011
Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith galvanized readers with their astonishing Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, a book acclaimed for its miraculous research and overwhelming narrative power. Now Naifeh and Smith have written another tour de forceâ€”an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable, and ultimately heartbreaking portrait of creative genius Vincent van Gogh.
Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials. While drawing liberally from the artistâ€™s famously eloquent letters, they have also delved into hundreds of unpublished family correspondences, illuminating with poignancy the wanderings of Van Goghâ€™s troubled, restless soul. Naifeh and Smith bring a crucial understanding to the larger-than-life mythology of this great artistâ€”his early struggles to find his place in the world; his intense relationship with his brother Theo; his impetus for turning to brush and canvas; and his move to Provence, where in a brief burst of incandescent productivity he painted some of the best-loved works in Western art.
The authors also shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Goghâ€™s inner world: his deep immersion in literature and art; his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; and his bouts of depression and mental illness.
Though countless books have been written about Van Gogh, and though the broad outlines of his tragedy have long inhabited popular culture, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Goghâ€™s life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius whose signature images of sunflowers and starry nights have won a permanent place in the human imagination.