September 30, 2013

Dara Horn spoke about her book, A Guide for the Perplexed, at Politics & Prose on Monday, September 30, 2013.

Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt's post-revolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted--leaving Judith free to take over Josie's life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie's talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.

A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community's once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josie's ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten.

An engrossing adventure that intertwines stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the digital frontier, A Guide for the Perplexed is a novel of profound inner meaning and astonishing imagination.

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ISBN: 9780393348880
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2014

SOMEONE by Alice McDermott

September 11, 2013

Alice McDermott spoke about her book, Someone, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

The seventh novel from the National Book Award-winning author of Charming Billy is a moving story of an ordinary everywoman. Marie grows up in an Irish neighborhood of Brooklyn and encounters a self-described “amadan,” or fool. She suffers heartbreak, marries, has children, helps her brother cope with his loss of faith, and mourns her parents. In short, she lives a life as full and bittersweet as anyone’s.

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ISBN: 9781250055361
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Published: Picador - October 7th, 2014

MAN ALIVE! by Mary Kay Zuravleff

September 7, 2013

Mary Kay Zuravleff spoke about her book, Man Alive!, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, September 07, 2013.

All it takes is a quarter to change pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Owen Lerner’s life. When the coin he’s feeding into a parking meter is struck by lightning, Lerner survives, except that now all he wants to do is barbecue. What will happen to his patients, who rely on him to make sense of their world? More important, what will happen to his family?

The bolt of lightning that lifts Lerner into the air sends the entire Lerner clan into free fall. Mary Kay Zuravleff depicts family-on-family pain with generosity and devastating humor as she explores how much we are each allowed to change within a family—and without. Man Alive! captures Owen and Toni Lerner and their nearly grown children so vividly you’ll be looking over your shoulder to make sure the author hasn’t been watching your own family in action.

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ISBN: 9781250056054
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Picador - October 7th, 2014