Leslie Marmon Silko was born in 1948 to a family whose ancestry includes Mexican, Laguna Indian, and European forebears. She has said that her writing has at its core “the attempt to identify what it is to be a half-breed or mixed-blood person.” As she grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation, she learned the stories and culture of the Laguna people from her great-grandmother and other female relatives. After receiving her B. A. in English at the University of New Mexico, she enrolled in the University of New Mexico law school but completed only three semesters before deciding that writing and storytelling, not law, were the means by which she could best promote justice. Prior to the publication of Ceremony in 1977, she published short stories and authored Laguna Woman: Poems, for which she received the Pushcart Prize. She followed the critical success of Ceremony with a series of other novels, including Storyteller, Almanac for the Dead, and Gardens in the Dunes. It was the singular achievement of Ceremony that first secured her a place among the first rank of Native American novelists.
The Book Industry Charitable Organization (BINC) is a nonprofit that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Binc's core program provides assistance to employees and shop owners who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $9 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 9000+ families. Support for Binc’s programs and services comes from all sectors of the book and comic industries. Their mission is to strengthen the bookselling and comic retail community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and continues to be their safety net.
In a classically shaped story based on events in his own life, Andrew O'Hagan masterfully captures a particular time and place: Glasgow during the 1980s, with its post-punk music and the Thatcher era. This is the story of two young men and one seminal night during their lives, culminating in a dramatic ending that leaves readers stunned with admiration and equally awed by the fierce, determined courage of the leading character named Tully. There is also a universality among the themes: youth, and the time when everything is an agony but when it feels that anything might yet happen. The throb of the possible, and the shimmery future, and always, alongside, the bigger question of freewill. In keeping with the legacy of Christopher Isherwood, Andrew O'Hagan's prose is accessible and engaging, distinctive and original. Funny, well-paced and elegant, Mayflies is a striking achievement in the career of its author, and the judges universally agreed that this novel was a superior and satisfying work of fiction in every single way.
Anunforgettable story of asweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in Glasgow’s run-down public housing, while Thatcher’s policies put husbands and sons out of work, and a drug epidemic is on the rise.
Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark
"Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath" focuses on Plath’s remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind long-held myths about her life and art.
An epic biography of Malcolm X drawing on hundreds of hours of the author’s interviews over 30 years and completed, after his death, by his daughter and head researcher, rewriting much of the known narrative about this central figure in the African American freedom struggle.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions in her groundbreakingwork "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents".
Waiting for an Echo: The Madness of American Incarceration by Christine Montross, M.D.
Galvanized by her work in our nation's jails, psychiatrist Christine Montross illuminates the human cost of mass incarceration and mental illness in her riveting glimpse into America’s prison system in "Waiting for an Echo".
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio reveals the hidden lives of Americans without legal status in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.
At Night All Blood Is Black: A Novel by David Diop, Anna Moschovakis (Translator)
"At Night All Blood Is Black"marksthe English-language, historical fiction debut ofDavid Diop, translated by Anna Moschovakis. This anti-war treatise explores terror and transformation in the trenches of the First World War.
The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans
Danielle Evans brings her signature voice to the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history, chronicling how these subjectsreverberate through daily lifein "The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories".
Sarah Shun-lien Bynumexplores the contradictions of our contemporary momentin "Likes". Friendship, parenthood, celebrity, obsession, race, class and the passage of time, are essential themesinthis collection.
The Deportation Machine: America's Long History of Expelling Immigrants by Adam Goodman
"The Deportation Machine: America's Long History of Expelling Immigrants"examines our history of deportation showing how federal, state, and local officials have targeted groups for expulsion—and illustrating how fear shapes immigrants' lives.
The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson
"The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States"portrays the racial dynamics that lie at the heart of our nation, told through the turbulent history of the city of St. Louis.
The United States of War: A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State by David Vine
"The United States of War: A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State"examines how the U.S. military has shaped our entire world, from today’s endless wars to the prominence of violence in everyday American life.
The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another by Ainissa Ramirez
The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Anotherexamines eight inventions—among them clocks, photographic film, light bulbs and silicon chips--and reveals how they have shaped human experience.
The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World by Patrik Svensson
"The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World"is both a meditation on the world’s most elusive fish—the eel—and a reflection on the human condition.
Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton (translator)
"Where the Wild Ladies Are" collects feminist retellings of Japanese folktales—from shapeshifting wives to magical trees—presenting a world in which humans encounter the only sometimes visible forces that surround them.