A collection of some of the best profiles written by the all-time great New Yorker journalist, Joseph Mitchell. With profound empathy and his trademark "old testament humor," Mitchell traces the topography of a vanished New York, a subterranean stage inhabited by bearded women and street preachers and roaming gypsy caravans. Much like James Joyce's contributions to the novel and Bob Dylan's approach to songwriting, Joseph Mitchell elevated journalism by mining profundity from the seemingly mundane and overlooked aspects of daily life.
Ranging from dystopian to downright apocalyptic, the stories in Saunders' first collection are vibrant and frightening, wild and lonely, hilarious and raw. Written while Saunders himself was working a corporate job to support his family, each story shows its characters fumbling through one bizarre capitalist hellscape after another. But each story is memorable for its own unique world, its own characters, and the moments of intense, beautiful clarity that Saunders manages to reach. This is a wonderful collection often overlooked in a wildly successful career.
This is truly one of the best edge-of-your-seat fantastic sorcery-filled adventures EVER! A great read aloud for the whole family (or try the audio book for your road trip). Book 2, The Sorceress, is also available. Highly recommended!
Louis is a trumpeter swan who is not able to trumpet! Try as he might, he is unable to ko-oh, burble, or honk like his brothers and sisters. But then his father steals him a real brass trumpet, and Louis embarks on a worldwide quest to learn his instrument and communicate in his own unique way. Written by the author of Charlotte's Web and illustrated by Fred Marcellino, Trumpet of the Swan is a wonderful story about an intelligent character who finds joy and expression in music.
Malina explores the mind of a woman experiencing fascism's faceless undercurrents in the "freedom" of postwar society. The narrator does not mince words: to even think of transcending this world, beyond the binary of man and woman and all our society's power structures, would mean "murder," in every sense. Quotidian, lurid, surreal, radical -- and all veiled in a love triangle of sorts. This novel belongs to our moment as much as any.
In 1693, two indentured French immigrants become woodcutters, or "barkskins," in Canada's lush, coastal wilderness. For the next 300 years, their descendants control or rely upon the burgeoning timber industry, as trees are increasingly seen as an infinite resource, to be possessed and plundered. One family ambitiously develops a logging company. The other, marrying into an Indian tribe, grapples with the loss of traditions, power, and culture. Propelled by greed, opportunism, innovation, and imagination, and enduring difficult, perilous lives, the characters of this brilliantly imagined, fastidiously researched novel move toward a modern-day epiphany; a hopeful ecological reversal of the "taming" of the forest.