By Stephen Collins
On the island of Here, livin’s easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven — and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is upended… by an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) beard.
‘Once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.’ A potted history of the women who pioneered feminism and changed the world.
By James Baldwin
At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise recounts the education of young Amory Blaine—egoistic, versatile, callow, imaginative. As Amory makes his way among debutantes and Princeton undergraduates, we enter an environment heady with the promise of everything that was new in the vigorous, restless America after World War I. We experience Amory’s sailing hopes, crushing defeats, deep loves and stubborn losses.
By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, is determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will. When he commits an act of murder and theft, he sets into motion a story that, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its depth of characterization and vision is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world.
By Agatha Christie
First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
لـ بدرية البشر
مريم تقصد جنيف بحثاً عن زوجها الذي تركها في الرياض مع ولدين. سلوى تلحق بزوجها السابق بعد أن أجبرها أهلها على الطلاق منه. عناب تقرر أن تعيش لذاتها في جنيف بعد أن تم العتداء عليها ومن ثم تزويجها إلى سائق يمني لم يلبث أن يهجرها. يلتقين في جنيف ثلاث صديقات، لكل منهن قصتها. لكن تجمهن المعاناة من بؤس زوجي والبحث عن سعادة محتملة.
By A.A. Milne
‘One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet’s house to see what Piglet was doing.’ This is the second classic children’s story by A.A. Milne about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. In this volume Pooh meets the irrepressible Tigger for the first time, learns to play Poohsticks and sets a trap for a Heffalump.
By Shirley Jackson
Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Luke, the adventurous future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with chilling, even horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers – and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
By Vladimir Nabokov
Awe and exhilaration–along with heartbreak and mordant wit–abound in Lolita, Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hyper-civilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love–love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.
By Alexander, Skye
The allure and mystery of mermaids has taken hold of our psyche for ages. From the Irish merrows who come on land to search for human husbands to the fake Fiji Mermaid made popular by P.T Barnum, these sea maidens (and sometimes men) can be found in folklore and mythology from every tradition in the world. Inside this captivating collection, complete with beautiful illustrations throughout, you’ll discover the myths surrounding these enigmatic beings, explore the common symbols associated with them, and learn tales of merfolk from around the world. Dive into Mermaids and get swept away!
By A.A. Milne
Winnie-the-Pooh may be a bear of very little brain, but thanks to his friends Piglet, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, he’s never far from an adventure. In this story Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a Woozle and heads off on an ‘expotition’ to the North Pole with the other animals.
لـ سعود السنعوسي
في هذا العمل يقترب الراوي من الذات الإنسانية ونوازعها الخفية فيزاوج ببراعة ما بين أطروحات النقد السردي الحديث وتقنيات علم النفس والتحليل النفسي ليصوغ فيه مركباً نقدياً يسعى إلى استكناه قضايا متعددة: الوطن، الآخر المحتل، العقاب والثواب، القيم والمثل، الحزن والوحدة، الذكريات والتداعيات. وهي في مجموعها خطابات أو رسائل يحدد فيها الروائي تصوره لذاته في علاقتها بالكتابة، ومن ثم يجنح إلى الاهتمام بسؤال فعل الكتابة، حيث يبدو الإلحاح على التجريب مطلباً قوياً بما يعنيه ذلك من انكباب على مسألة الذات. حكاية بطلها “أشبه بالفيلم السينمائي الممل، وكانت البطولة المطلقة فيه للحزن الذي صمد حتى النهاية.
By Charles Dickens
Dark, mysterious and mordantly funny, Oliver Twist features some of the most memorably drawn villains in all of fiction – the treacherous gangmaster Fagin, the menacing thug Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger and their den of thieves in the grimy London backstreets. Dicken’s novel is both an angry indictment of poverty, and an adventure filled with an air of threat and pervasive evil.
By Stephen King
In the wake of a summer storm, terror descends…David Drayton, his son Billy, and their neighbor Brent Norton join dozens of others and head to the local grocery store to replenish supplies following a freak storm. Once there, they become trapped by a strange mist that has enveloped the town. As the confinement takes its toll on their nerves, a religious zealot, Mrs. Carmody, begins to play on their fears to convince them that this is God’s vengeance for their sins. She insists a sacrifice must be made and two groups—those for and those against—are aligned. Clearly, staying in the store may prove fatal, and the Draytons, along with store employee Ollie Weeks, Amanda Dumfries, Irene Reppler, and Dan Miller, attempt to make their escape. But what’s out there may be worse than what they left behind.
لـ محمد حسن علوان
عند مواجهة موت الأحبة يصبح الإنسان أكثر شفافية، وأكثر تأملاً، وأكثر مقدرة على فلسفة الأمور، وأكثر تعمّقاً في اكتناه معنى الحياة. شعرة فاصلة بين الحياة والموت تغدو لدى محمد حسن علوان دهراً، وتجربة يتناول تفاصيلها بأسلوب رائع يكشف عن مدى عمق الأخدود الذي حفره داخله مرض صوفيا تلك التي عشقها والتي أضحت شقتها القائمة على شاطئ بيروت ملاذ فؤاده. يمضي الكاتب في استدراج تأملاته الفلسفية المنسابة حيناً من تجربته الحياتية وأحياناً من وحي وصفياته لصوفيا التي تعيش قصتها العاطفية معه بنفس الوقت الذي تعايش فيها اللحظات الأخيرة لعمرها الآفل الذي حدد لها الأطباء حينه.
By J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Carmilla is a Gothic novella and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 26 years. The story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla.
لـ تركي الحمد
قصة شاب سعودي ينفتح على العالم في مرحلة اساسية من حياة السعودية ١٩٦٧-١٩٧٥ وتجربة شاب محلي تعكس المكان الذي صدرت عنه و تنقل تناقضاته لكنها في الوقت نفسه تجربة كونية تخاطب هموما انسانية عامة. فكيف لطالب صغير ان يكتشف القومية العربية القريبة و البعيدة في آن الواعدة و ذات الشعارات الصارخة معا؟
By James Baldwin
To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.
By Jen Campbell
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is a celebration of bookstores, large and small, and of the brilliant booksellers who toil in those literary fields, as well as the myriad of colorful characters that walk through the doors everyday.