Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled
himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of
his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly
imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story
as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García
The epic grandeur of Dante’s masterpiece has inspired readers
for 700 years, and has entered the human imagination. But the
further we move from the late medieval world of Dante, the more a
rich understanding and enjoyment of the poem depends on
A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a
groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans
and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the
assault on America. Lawrence Wright’s remarkable book is
based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he
conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan,
England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.
In 1989, Ken Follett astonished the literary world
with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel
set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a
cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected.
Part history, part cultural biography, and part literary mystery,
The Orientalist traces the life of Lev Nussimbaum, a Jew who
transformed himself into a Muslim prince and became a best-selling
author in Nazi Germany.
Born in 1905 to a wealthy family in the oil-boom city of Baku, at
the edge of the czarist empire, Lev escaped the Russian Revolution
in a camel caravan.
The best-selling author of Enigma and Fatherland
turns to today's Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and
gives us his most ambitious, page-turning thriller yet--where the
power of God is nearly equaled by the ambition of men.
Willa Cather's best known novel is an epic--almost mythic--story of
a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern
desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the
Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of
red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and
Indian in custom and belief.
Bologna, 1858. A police posse, acting on the orders of a Catholic
inquisitor, invades the home of a Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara,
wrenches his crying six-year-old son from his arms, and rushes him
off in a carriage bound for Rome. His mother is so distraught that
she collapses and has to be taken to a neighbor's house, but her
weeping can be heard across the city.
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of
Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly
gathered seven of her most committed female students to read
forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged
arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the
universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the
girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their
veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F.