Butler's collection has a true magic of its own, at times both brutal and gorgeous, but always coming back to an empathy of spirit and intelligence far beyond Butler's years. Ashley butler was born and raised in Virginia. We hear about some of history's oddest seekers of spiritual and scientific knowledge: Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the "artist of space"; Russian futurist Nikolai Federov; and Harry Houdini, the father of cosmonautics; Yves Klein, hanging headfirst over a crowd in Times Square.
Dear Sound of Footstep: Essays #ad - In her daring essay collection dear Sound of Footstep, author Ashley Butler engages the reader in an exploration of her mother's death and an estranged paternal relationship. As illusions of a celestial umbrella slowly disappear, she begins a search for answers within the infinite. The candid narrative evolves into a stunning, abstract deconstruction of time and space, "Why are we here?" Among the subjects she touches on: the fastest man on earth, piloting the reader precariously close to the unanswered question, wind farms and tunnels, and the anechoic without echo chamber at Harvard University.
Rough Likeness: EssaysSarabande Books #ad - In the process, purpura inhabits many stances: metaphysician and biologist, sensualist and witnessall in service of illuminating that which Virginia Woolf called moments of being”previously unworded but palpably felt states of existence and knowing. These elegant, conversational excursions refuse to let a reader slide over anything, from the tiniest shards of beach glass to barren big-box wastelands.
Rough likeness finds worlds in the minute, and crafts monuments to beauty and strangeness. Lia purpura’s essays are full of joy in the act of intense observation; they’re also deliciously subversive and alert to the ways language gets locked and loaded by culture. They detonate distractedness, superficiality, artificiality.
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Physician, siddhartha mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, and award-winning science writer, a historian’s perspective, researcher, and a biographer’s passion. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, just three decades ago, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, setbacks, victories, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.
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From the persian queen atossa, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease.
The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.
The Faraway NearbyPenguin Books #ad - Spiegel Grau. Scribner Book Company. From the author of men explain things to me, rebecca solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, a personal, by narrative, and how we are connected by empathy, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy – a fitting companion to Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle AwardIn this exquisitely written book by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, by imagination.
In the course of unpacking some of her own stories—of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland, of an illness—Solnit revisits fairytales and entertains other stories: about arctic explorers, Che Guevara among the leper colonies, and Mary Shelley’s Dr. Penguin Books. Frankenstein, pain and kindness, about warmth and coldness, decay and transformation, making art and making self.
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Life and Times of Michael K: A NovelPenguin Books #ad - Coetzee. J. M. Penguin Books. Sets out to take his ailing mother back to her rural home. Spiegel Grau. Imprisoned, michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. Penguin Books. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, is now available from Viking. Late essays: 2006-2016 will be available January 2018.
In a south africa turned by war, Michael K. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. From author of waiting for the Barbarians and Nobel Prize winner J. M. Scribner Book Company. This life affirming novel goes to the center of human experience—the need for an interior, spiritual life; for some connections to the world in which we live; and for purity of vision.
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Scribner Book Company. Penguin Books. Tutuola's second novel, my life in the Bush of Ghosts, recounts the fate of mortals who stray into the world of ghosts, the heart of the tropical forest. Penguin Books. Grove Press. Drawing on the west african yoruba oral folktale tradition, Tutuola described the odyssey of a devoted palm-wine drinker through a nightmare of fantastic adventure.
Critique of Black Reason a John Hope Franklin Center BookDuke University Press Books #ad - Scribner Book Company. Penguin Books. Tracing the conjunction of blackness with the biological fiction of race, he theorizes Black reason as the collection of discourses and practices that equated Blackness with the nonhuman in order to uphold forms of oppression. In critique of black reason eminent critic achille Mbembe offers a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness—from the Atlantic slave trade to the present—to critically reevaluate history, racism, and the future of humanity.
Grove Press. Mbembe powerfully argues that this equation of Blackness with the nonhuman will serve as the template for all new forms of exclusion. Penguin Books. Duke University Press. With critique of black reason, mbembe offers nothing less than a map of the world as it has been constituted through colonialism and racial thinking while providing the first glimpses of a more just future.
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After the Flare: A Novel Nigerians in SpaceThe Unnamed Press #ad - Scribner Book Company. Philip K. What’s more: the militant islamic group boko haram is slowly encroaching on the spaceport, leaving a trail of destruction, while a group of nomads has discovered an ancient technology more powerful than anything Bracket’s ever imagined. Spiegel Grau. Penguin Books. With the clock ticking down, bracket – helped by a brilliant scientist from India and an eccentric lunar geologist – must confront the looming threats to the spaceport in order to launch a harrowing rescue mission into space.
Dick award finalist and special citation winner A catastrophic solar flare reshapes our world order as we know it – in an instant, electricity grids are crippled, followed by devastating cyberattacks that paralyze all communication. Penguin Books. Bracket and his team are already up against a serious deadline, but life on the ground is just as disastrous after the flare.
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Michael K: A NovelPicador Africa #ad - Penguin Books. Penguin Books. Scribner Book Company. Grove Press. Duke University Press. Those in the know claim michael k disembarked from a diesel-smoke-spewing truck one overcast morning, burnt and disfigured that contained an assortment of seedlings, and without missing a beat, chose a spot where he set down a small bucket red, looked around, some fisherman’s twine and a rudimentary gardening tool – probably self-made.
How is it that a character from literary fiction can so alter the landscapes he touches, so imposing without attempting to be so? in this response to jm Coetzee’s classic masterpiece, his inventiveness, Life & Times of Michael K, can remain so fragile yet so present, Nthikeng Mohlele dabbles in the artistic and speculative in a unique attempt to unpack the dazed and disconnected world of the title character, his solitary ways, bewildered and bewildering, even as he – in his self-imposed isolation – seeks to avoid them? How is it that Michael K, but also to show how astutely Michael K holds up a mirror to those whose paths he inadvertently crosses.
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Grove Press. E. Penguin Books. Sylvia wynter: on being human as praxis is a critical genealogy of Wynter’s work, location, highlighting her insights on how race, and time together inform what it means to be human. Scribner Book Company. Penguin Books. The contributors explore wynter’s stunning reconceptualization of the human in relation to concepts of blackness, the Caribbean, urban space, migratory politics, science studies, modernity, and the interconnectedness of creative and theoretical resistances.
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