In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
From the Pulitzer Prize winner, a surprising, powerful, and eloquent nonfiction debut
In Other Words is at heart a love story--of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. And although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery had always eluded her. So in 2012, seeking full immersion, she decided to move to Rome with her family, for "a trial by fire, a sort of baptism" into a new language and world.
In Rome, Lahiri began to read, and to write--initially in her journal--solely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice. Presented in a dual-language format, it is a book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Nabokov. A startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.
Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein. Buy now
West of Eden by Jean Stein
The first book in thirty years from Jean Stein, author of the classic work of oral history Edie: American Girl
West of Eden is an epic oral history depicting Hollywood and Los Angeles, told through the stories of several larger-than-life figures and their families. Each story is a portrait of an outsider coming to Los Angeles with an all-but-impossible dream, and the dark legacy of those illusions for their families, future generations, and the city itself. The book’s subjects include movie moguls, studio bosses, an oil tycoon, a legendary actress, and many others. As she did in Edie, Stein has woven together oral accounts by hundreds of people to create a mesmerizing tapestry of voices that tell the saga of a place like no other. Over four decades in the making, West of Eden is grand in scale, intimate in detail, and a cautionary tale about the dark side of Eden. Buy now
Fantastic Short Fiction
In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world's best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short-form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press, and the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Buy now